Vulnerable youngsters rushed into treatment. Staff too nervous to speak out: After resigning from controversial Tavistock gender clinic trust, a former governor says he fears we're hurrying children down a transgender path they may bitterly regret | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Vulnerable youngsters rushed into treatment. Staff too nervous to speak out: After resigning from controversial Tavistock gender clinic trust, a former governor says he fears we're hurrying children down a transgender path they may bitterly regret

For four decades, I have devoted my career to trying to understand people who are greatly distressed and confused.

As an adult psychotherapist, I deal with patients who may express their feelings in challenging ways.

But my role is to pay careful attention and to try to tune in to what isn’t being said; the hidden aspects of a patient’s story.

The key to achieving this is patience, time and slow-moving, dogged determination — words that aren’t fashionable in a fast-paced world intent on quick fixes and budget cuts.

But it’s my view that to try to treat vulnerable patients in any other way can be hugely damaging.

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