I never said it can’t be beneficial, only that it’s not beneficial – or advisable - in all cases. Seriously, I think a lot of the antagonism here is because people interpret people as saying things they aren’t saying. My contention that gender dysphoria can in some cases be resolve solely with psychotherapy is not unreasonable.
I had a conversation with a friend who is a doctor (specializing in neurology and psychiatry, for what it’s worth) earlier today about this. His comments were that a doctor interviewing someone with gender dysphoria would not be to immediately shuffle them into hormone or reassignment surgery, but to try to establish the causes of the condition. In some cases, he suggested solving the issue could be accomplished by addressing the root of the dysphoria with psychotherapy.
Before people assume I’m lying because I have it out for transgender people, I fail to see how this is controversial or surprising to anyone here, since everyone here has admitted that not everyone with gender dysphoria should receive hormone therapy or reassignment surgery, and we’ve all agreed that psychotherapy is a key initial component of any treatment. Again, before rushing to assume antagonism, I really am not sure what anyone here can dispute about that.
The part you could dispute is my contention that therapy is unfairly maligned and is wrongly compared to gay conversion therapy. But based on this thread, I think I might be right there, too. The subject is just so politically charged that it seems recommending psychotherapy as a first and potentially final step, which is the accepted clinical practice, will nearly get you branded a bigot.