Finding the you that fits you: A young adult's account of their trans journey and reflections from their former clinician

Matt Bristow

Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Matt Bristow is a clinical psychologist at the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) in the UK, where he sees children, young people and their families. He has worked in the service since 2013. Prior to qualifying, his doctoral thesis examined how young people developing minority sexual identities (e.g. lesbian, gay, bi, queer) constructed "sexual identity" in a series of interviews and focus groups with members of LGBT youth groups. In 2016, he was closely involved with developing and launching the service's new website:


Whilst the majority of the adolescents seen in the UK's child and adolescent Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) plan to continue receiving support for specialist gender services beyond age 18, some will not. Of these... [ view full abstract ]


This clinical vignette presents the experiences of a young adult (assigned female at birth) in her own words, who first presented to GIDS at age 16 and who also socially transitioned to a male gender presentation at that... [ view full abstract ]


We conclude by examining how individual case studies of people whose trans journeys do not end in transition can help clinicians better support people in making the right choices for them, regardless of how their gender... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Matt Bristow (Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Children and adolescents


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