Developing acceptance and understanding of trans and gender diverse loved ones: Working with parents and families


While trans and gender diverse people often seek psychological help and counseling to aid in their transition and achieving a desired life, parents and families of TGD people may be left unsupported. These people may struggle understand their loved ones identity, have difficulty reconciling the persons‰’ affirmed gender identity with their history, be grieving the loss of their family member‰’s perceived future, or be openly rejecting of this identity. Any number of difficulties may present for those with TGD loved ones that they are not necessarily able to process or understand by talking with the person, but that they may still need help to process. While several peer-based groups are available that provide support to these individuals, little resources are available in aiding work with family members of TGD people. This presentation aims to educate people who work with parents and families of TGD people about common issues that may arise, potential therapeutic directions, process issues and difficulties of working with those who reject their TGD loved ones, and to increase understanding of working with these people.


Tim Cronin |

Tim Cronin: Tim is a psychologist and researcher working in LGBTQIA+ mental health, and identifies as part of the community. Through Tim‰’s research and practice with clients he has a focus on strengths-based approaches to well-being, as well as health, resilience, and pride in the transgender and gender diverse community. 

Merinda Brown

Merinda is a psychologist with a background in welfare and community services. Merinda has a firm belief in holistic and integrative approaches to mental health care, particularly those that utilise the strengths and resources available to clients. As a queer woman, Merinda is committed to addressing systemic gaps in mental health service delivery for the LGBTIQA+ community.

Josh Muller

Josh is a registered psychologist and is passionate about LGBTQIA+ health and wellbeing. Coming from both research and practice backgrounds, he loves working with individuals as well as advocating for broader change. He’s a proud bisexual and secretary of the Melbourne Bisexual Network.