While other therapists, both hypnotherapists and non-hypnotherapists, might mean well, they do not always know or understand what it is like to have gay, lesbian, or transgender specific problems. The therapists may not be as LGBT culturally competent as one would hope.
Melvin Marsh is a certified hypnotherapist who is a gay-identified female to male transsexual himself. Feeling like a boy his entire life, he started to live socially as a man in 2002. He was living as a man when he gave birth to his daughter in 2003. Although not a trained hypnotist at the time, but naturally performed a hypnobirth and thus knew how powerful it could be. Melvin had his name changed in 2008, top surgery in 2009, and returned to work the next day.
Melvin has felt the discrimination on a daily basis since then, especially living in the south. He travels 3 hours each way for his medical care. Melvin wants to make sure that other transgender people who would like to experience hypnosis / hypnotherapy can do so in an environment that is safe, respectful, and discreet with someone who understands what it is like to have to hide who they are and not be able to talk about LGBT issues without worrying. Since going out can be anxiety causing, he is happy to do Skype.