“It let me let my feelings out”
child from the 4-11 years service

This service is for children and young people experiencing significant difficulty in relation to gender.

For Southampton children aged 4-11

Parents, carers and schools can understandably struggle with how best to respond to a child presenting with gender related difficulties. Following an initial meeting to discuss the child’s situation and needs we can offer up to six therapy sessions where those involved can come together to consider how best the child can be supported.

For Southampton children aged 12-18 

We run a therapy group that meets on Thursdays. The aim is to engage young people in:

  • Exploring gender identity and gender related distress
  • Looking at ways of understanding & managing their difficulties
  • Identifying, celebrating and building on strengths

Support for parents and carers

We facilitate a group once each term where parents/carers of children or young people engaged with this service can share information and ideas about how they can support their child and where we can sometimes hear from visitors with relevant expertise/experience in this area.

For more information please see our Resources and Policies page.

For our Gender Identity Therapy Service leaflet, please click here.

To refer in to the service, please complete the online form here.

“It’s been really helpful having art and games when we’re talking. It’s helped me be able to talk about really difficult things in a comfortable and accepting environment. Having the group has helped with my anxiety and worries because I’ve heard other people’s stories and how they cope.”
young person from the 12-18 year service
“It’s been incredibly helpful to have someone to talk to who understands the emotions and feelings surrounding gender dysphoria”
Parent of 4-11years service
“Accessing support for children with these specific needs is almost impossible. I genuinely don’t know what I would have done without the group. Yellow Door provided a safe, non-judgmental space where she could start to explore who she was, without the pressure of school or family. She was able to meet other young people who were experiencing the same, or similar, emotions and feelings and for the first time in her life started to feel like she did have a place”
Parent 12-18 years service