Gender dysphoria, or, gender identity disorder as is defined by psychiatrists, is the discontent of some persons with the sex assigned at birth and/or the gender roles associated with that sex. Even though it is not a very common disorder of sexuality, it certainly affects very strongly those who are afflicted by it. In this more than two-hour presentation it will be shown that the conventional attempts for an explanation of sex identity confusion are not adequate enough to account for the very often obsessive/compulsive dimensions of the disorder. A brief discussion of the theories that are attempting to explain this disorder will take place about the biological, genetic, hormonal, prenatal, psychological and behavioral factors. However, the main emphasis of the presentation will focus in alternative explanations of the phenomenon which are spiritual and psychic in nature. Case histories of mild gender dysphoria will be presented from the bibliography and my practice as well as more extreme cases of transsexualism and transgenderism. Finally, solutions and possible treatments will be discussed to prevent the possibility of an irreversible Gender Reassignment Surgery takes place that may be regretted afterwards.
Athanasios Komianos (friends call him Nassos) was born in Kifisia, Greece in 1964. He moved to the United States where he studied psychology in Rose State College at Oklahoma City. Soon he moved into Oklahoma University and he finally graduated from Old Dominion University at Norfolk Virginia in 1985, as a sociology graduate. He had to abandon his graduate work and return to Greece for family reasons. His interest in hypnosis and in the depth psychology was still with him until finally after a very long and torturous detour, he came to practice it as a hypnotherapist at the island of Corfu, Greece. He was approved as a Certified Hypnotherapist by the National Guild of Hypnotists and as a Certified Regression Therapist by the International Board for Regression Therapy, he was a member of the IARRT. He also has served at the Board of the Earth Association for Regression Therapy (EARTh) as a Vice President (2009-2013) and President (2013-2015). Since 2013 he has moved back to Kifisia where he is successfully running his therapeutic practice. He is also founder and director of the Greek Academy of Regression Therapy. He has published several articles on the Journal for Regression Therapy of which as of 2023, is the Editor in Chief. He has also published several articles on a Greek weekly magazine called Phenomena, and is the author of three books. Nassos is also very well known as a deep researcher of the paranormal or parapsychological phenomena and has just formed a center in Athens whereas the study of these phenomena are studied. It was due to his interest in what others call metaphysical that he studied the Valley of Roses in depth. He also was the first person to present this story outside of Greece and in the English language. He has coined the term hypnoscopesis, the specific technique of hypnosis that he is using in his practice. He is also known for two more innovative techniques, the “Focus on your Birthmark” technique and the” Rapid Entity Attachment Release” technique, which is also the title of a book he has written. He was the executive producer of the documentary film Why Regression Therapy. He has lectured, held workshops and offered seminars in Greece, Portugal, Germany, Turkey, Estonia, India, Czech Republique, Russia and the United States.