Thursday, January 14, 2016, 11AM PT/ 2PM EST: Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips interviews Jane Baker, author of the book, “Trading Places: When Our Son Became a Daughter,” about the insider experience of parenting a young man while he makes the decision to disclose his true self, his sense of being trapped in the wrong body, the therapy and treatment he seeks in the process of becoming a transgender woman. Joining her is Dr. Antonia Caretto, a licensed Psychologist and specialist in many areas including Gender Variance and Dysphoria and a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
As the mother of this transgender woman, Jane Baker reveals her own doubts, anguish, fears and mission to learn everything she can to prove her daughter wrong. She reveals her findings, the impact on her marriage, reactions of others and the place of acceptance she and her daughter find in this journey. Joining her is Dr. Antonia Caretto, who has worked with many parents and teens dealing with transgender issues. She will address the physical and psychological aspects of transgender identification and the confusion, fears and realities that adults, teens and their families face as they make choices.
Phoenix, AZ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 01/13/2016 -- About Jane Baker
Jane Baker is the author of the Memoir, Trading Places When Our Son Became a Daughter. In this important book, Jane Baker tells the story of supporting her adult child through gender transition while struggling to overcome deep personal anguish about it. Baker takes us on a journey from grief, through an arduous period of investigation, to understanding, meaning to eventually finding a light at the end of the tunnel. She is very proud of her courageous daughter. Living with her husband Ted in Bloomfield Hills Michigan, Jane now speaks and writes about the transgender journey, her goal is to help struggling parents, friends and extended families support their transgender loved ones. Her message is that family unity is a key element in this process to everyone, especially transgender people themselves. In early 2009, shortly before his 20th birthday, her son Steve told Jane he was a woman. He was making plans to become a daughter, and would soon be renamed Sarah. When Jane first learned her adult son planned to become a daughter, she felt like her child was heading for disaster and she desperately tried to stop the transition. As time progressed, her efforts to stop it led her to learn more about transgender people instead. She also became increasingly aware that her child was happier and more confident as a woman. Over the course of three years, Jane underwent a transition of her own: from being the mother of two adult sons to the mother of one son and one daughter. As more and more transgender people come out of the closet, parents and other loved ones may be looking for resources to help them cope. Baker first validates their grief. Then, through an arduous period of investigation, she educates those readers and guides them through to the light at the end of the tunnel.
About Dr. Antonia Caretto
Dr. Antonia Caretto is a licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in Farmington Hills since 1994. Treating a wide range of adults and children she specializes in Gender Variance and Dysphoria in addition to Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders and Seasonal Affective Disorders. In addition to the American Psychological Association and many other professional organizations, she is a member of The World Professional Association for Transgender Health and has worked with parents and teens dealing with transgender issues. She has professionally presented on topics as: Non-binary Identities, Clinical Issues and Gender Identity, How Do I know if my Child is Transgender? and an Introduction To Working with Transgender Clients. She brings considerable expertise to this show.
About Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips
Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips has been a practicing psychologist, psychoanalyst, group therapist and professor for over 30 years. She is the co-author of three books and over 40 articles and chapters. Most recently, she co-authored Healing Together: A Couple's Guide to Coping with Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress. She has written and presented on a wide range of topics including couples, marriage, divorce, trauma, teens, pets, and midlife, military, managing stress, and infidelity, resilience, bereavement and family issues. Her work has been recognized with awards such as The Suffolk County Psychological Association Psychology of the Year Award, The Rutgers University GSAPP Lifelong Distinguished Achievement Award, and The American Group Psychotherapy Association Social Responsibility Award. She also gave testimony before Congress for the needs of military families. Suzanne is a weekly blogger for Psych Central with over 250 original blogs. She has also blogged for This Emotional Life on PBS, has appeared on television programs such as Fox 5 Good Day New York and Good Day Street Talk. She has been a radio guest on many shows including Kelly Connor's Real Women on Health, Military Mom Talk Radio, Tom Matt's Boomer Rock and NPR. Since 2013, Suzanne has hosted Psych Up on CoSozo online radio and on WMIQ 1450 AM in Michigan. Her current show, Psych Up Live, airs globally on VoiceAmerica.
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