Knowledge and Skills Building Workshops
How do we have sex with a body that does not function in the way we internally see ourselves? How can we position our bodies when parts are in the way or not there? How do we reclaim sexual functioning after medical intervention? This presentation will discuss the intersections between Trans studies and Disability Studies and what we can learn from each other to accommodate for bodies that do not look or function in “traditional” ways. What is the psychotherapist’s role in exploring these aspects of the body and the psychological barriers which arise and complicate this conundrum such as gender trauma, sexual abuse and other trauma history? We will explore how sexuality and sexual functioning may shift as a result of gender affirming social and medical intervention. Theories and research from trans health, disability studies, sex therapy, neuroscience and psychology will be used to interrogate this nuanced clinical issue.