Gender Identity South West was founded by Dr Debby Jackson (she/her) in 2021. The service is based in Exeter, South West England and is for trans, non-binary and gender diverse adults who experience gender related distress and difficulty and are considering, or have decided that they would like to access gender affirming healthcare, including hormone therapy and surgery.
Gender Identity South West acknowledges and respects the diversity of gender identity, expression and role and is committed to supporting trans, non-binary and gender diverse people to achieve a greater sense of physical and social comfort in their gendered selves.
Dr Jackson is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a Gender Diversity Specialist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. She is a full member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health and the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists and is included in the HM Court and Tribunal Services’ List of Specialists in the Field of Gender Dysphoria. Dr Jackson has over 20 years experience working in the NHS including 6 years in a senior role in a Gender Identity Clinic. She continues to work with her NHS colleagues, providing clinical services and support. In her independent practice, she works closely with other independent specialists in the field, including those providing endocrine and surgical interventions, located across the UK.
The service is delivered in line with the 7th Version of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People (2012).
Specialist gender assessment
We provide a supportive and compassionate assessment that aims to gain an understanding of a person's experience of gender related distress and difficulty, establish their needs and goals and explore how they, and we, may be able to help them to feel more comfortable in their gendered self.
Gender affirming hormone therapy consultation
We provide a consultation to explore individual patient expectations and the potential short, medium and long term costs, benefits and outcomes of hormone therapy. We provide an opinion regarding eligibility for hormone therapy and make onward referrals to gender specialist endocrinologists.
Gender affirming surgery consultation
We provide a consultation to explore individual patient expectations and the potential short, medium and long term costs, benefits and outcomes of gender affirming surgeries. We provide an opinion regarding eligibility for surgery and make onward referrals to gender specialist surgeons.
Voice and communication therapy
We provide a consultation to explore your hopes for voice and communication as part of gender comfort and authentic gender expression. We offer help with voice feminisation, voice masculinisation and voice neutralisation based on exploration of a range of vocal dynamics including pitch, resonance and intonation.
Information and support
Information and support for trans and non-binary people, their friends, families and supporters, is widely available from a variety of sources both regionally and nationally. We can provide additional support sessions and/or signpost or refer to a gender specialist psychological therapist.
If you would like to get in touch please email email@example.com
If you would like to book an appointment then please get in touch, using the email address you would like to use for all correspondence, and let us know the following details; a) preferred name and pronouns, b) brief summary of your gender concerns, c) any steps you may have already taken towards social, legal or medical transition and d) what you would like to get out of contact with the service.
Appointments are most often offered online via secure video link but can be arranged if necessary at our base in Exeter. Please let us know your preference in your email.
Please note that the service operates on a part-time basis and so there may be a delay in response to your email. In addition the service cannot respond to people in crisis or emergency situations. Please take a look at the 'Information and Support' page on our website and/or contact your GP or local emergency department if you feel that you and/or others require immediate assistance or are in an unsafe situation.