Trans woman and psychotherapist row over children transitioning GMB
Transgender patient was left depressed and suicidal after ‘losing his penis’ when he surgically transitioned to a woman without having psychoanalysis first
- Psychotherapist Bob Wither treated a transgender patient 25 years ago
- After transitioning from man to woman he regretted it and became suicidal
- He stressed people with gender dysphoria should get psychotherapy before
- Trans journalist India Willoughby says it’s only controversial because it’s new
A psychotherapist has described the heartbreaking experience of treating a transgender patient who ‘regretted losing his penis’.
Bob Wither says the reason he is so concerned about the increasing numbers of people being referred to clinics with gender dysphoria is one man he treated 25 years ago.
He told Good Morning Britain: ‘The reason why I’m so concerned is… the very first person I saw 25 years ago had been living as a woman for nine years and had fully transitioned.
‘At which point she realised it had been a big mistake. Sorry I know it’s breakfast television, but he’d lost his penis, it was really a deep tragedy for him.
‘He was very suicidal and very depressed. He recovered, But he really wish he’d had psychoanalysis before he surgically transitioned. That’s why I’m so passionate about this.’
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Mr Wither was on Monday morning’s programme with India Willoughby, 51, a transgender journalist who claims the ‘uproar’ over increasing numbers of people identifying as trans is only so big because the issue is ‘relatively new’.
The debate came after the Mail on Sunday revealed 17 children at one single British school are in the process of changing gender.
Teachers at the school claimed the majority of the youngsters are autistic, which has raised concerns about the vulnerability of children who start changing gender at a young age.
Host Piers Morgan asked how it could ‘possibly be right’ that 17 children at one school could claim to be the wrong gender.
Bob Wither was on Monday morning’s Good Morning Britain with India Willoughby, 51, a transgender journalist (pictured), who claims the ‘uproar’ over increasing numbers of people identifying as trans is only so big because the issue is ‘relatively new’
Ms Willoughby, who made history as a the first transgender woman to front an all-female talk show on Loose Women, replied: ‘One per cent of the world’s population is trans.
‘So across 10 school years that would be those 17 pupils – in that context it isn’t that many. The only uproar here is that it’s a relatively new thing.’
She attacked Mr Wither’s example of his patient that regretted transitioning by saying: ‘The case you cite, I would argue that the vast majority of people who transition are extremely happy.
‘We have been treating this condition extremely well for 50 years now.
‘The first sex change took place before the first heart transplant – doctors understand it.
Bob Wither (pictured on Good Morning Britain today) says the reason he is so concerned about the increasing numbers of people being referred to clinics with gender dysphoria is one man he treated 25 years ago
‘We have something called the World Health Organisation (WHO) and they all agree, there’s a consensus of opinion here.
‘I have a young son and from three or four I was aware that something was wrong. We know who we are, it’s not a problem.’
But Mr Wither stressed society needs to prioritize child protection.
He said: ‘I think that get overlooked and we should have that conversation together.
‘How can we best prevent people having unnecessary surgery?
‘And can we agree that if anybody transitions and ends up regretting it, they have lost their fertility, their sex life is very likely to be seriously impaired…’
But Ms Willoughby claimed she felt as if ‘she is on trial for being trans’.
She added: ‘When we talk about being transgender, issues get conflated.
Pictured: Good Morning Britain hosts Kate Garraway, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid (left to right) spoke to Mr Wither (far right) and Ms Willoughby (second right) this morning
‘Sometimes it’s a sex offender and suddenly everyone who’s trans is a sex offender.
‘This time it’s autism – the two are not automatically linked.
‘Gay people used to be treated as if they had an illness that needed treatment – this is the same thing but with autism.’
One UK teacher spoke out over the weekend to say she believes some vulnerable autistic children are being ‘tricked’ into becoming transgender by other pupils.
She claimed young girls at her school who had changed gender are grooming others to do the same.
Recently a man born as a woman told his story of regret over his gender swap.
Lee Harries, 60, of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire (pictured today left) was born Debbie Karemer (pictured as a woman right) but underwent gender reassignment surgery at the age of 44
Lee Harries, 60, of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, was born Debbie Karemer but underwent gender reassignment surgery at the age of 44.
After years of struggling with his sexual identity, he had his breasts, uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, before doctors made a prosthetic penis for him.
But years later he said: ‘I’m not meant to be a bloke’ and believes he is not transgender.
Mr Harries, who married his partner Alan before he transitioned, has undergone counselling, where experts have told him he has PTSD as a result of being sexually assaulted by his father.
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