In treating his patients, Hirschfeld exhibited what may rightly be called a ‘patient-centered’ approach. He listened attentively and without judgment to his patients’ accounts of their suffering due to their sexual preferences and respected what they wished for themselves. The emphasis in his treatment was placed on how the patients felt about and experienced their own conditions. He did not impose treatments of conditions that society deemed pathological; rather, he encouraged his patients to understand and accept their natures and express them without remorse. He also urged them to exercise caution in public as the situation required. This is in stark contrast to the psychoanalytic method- dominant throughout the postwar period- which placed emphasis on the notion of “deviance” as a defining characteristic of the “treatment” of homosexuality. What Hirschfeld sought to accomplish was not the conformity of his patients, as was the case with psychoanalysis, but the fruitful exploration and legitimation of sexual difference and homosexual existence.
Seriously dude, this is what modern psychiatric care for trans people should look like (although of course it doesn’t always.) Fuck Sigmund Freud for wrecking this for everyone.