Sex assignment, gender assignment, and affectional orientation: Applying continua of congruence to dismantle dichotomies
Originally Published In
M. Nickerson's (Ed.), Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally-Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Innovative Strategies and Protocols. New York, NY: Springer Publishing
Understanding the variance across the sex/gender/affectional continua is a foundational part of clinical practice with gender influenced client issues. All clients have biological developments that lead to sex/gender/affectional differentiation and variance. As a specialist in this topic area, I have discovered that most of my clients have experienced indirect clinical barriers that required focused treatment on sex/gender/affectional issues. In this chapter, I will share how I have improved positive treatment outcomes by integrating a sex/gender/affectional continua and Eriksonian psychosocial development across all phases of EMDR therapy. This chapter will offer an explanation of sex/gender/affectional continua and Eric Erickson's psychosocial stage of adolescence, ego identity versus role confusion.