Dr Natasha Prescott
How long have you worked in GIDS and where did you work previously?
I have worked in GIDS since 2012. Before that, I worked in a number of different services during my clinical training. This gave me the chance to work with people of all different ages and in various settings.
Do you have any special interests within the work that you do?
I am interested in the many different ways that people think and talk about gender. In my work with families, I’m interested to hear about when and how different explanations might feel more or less helpful to a young person or to those around them.
What advice would you have to someone coming to their first appointment with you?
Lots of people are nervous when they come to see someone new for the first time. This is completely understandable and especially so if you are going to be talking about something that feels very private or that you aren’t used to talking about very much. The first appointment is just a chance for us to start to get to know each other, to find out a little bit about what has brought you to GIDS, and to start to think together about how we might be able to help. The team here are very friendly and we all try to help put people at ease, as we all know how nerve-wracking a first appointment it can be.
Do you just work in London?
Everyone in our team sometimes travels to meetings in different parts of the country. For example, we might agree with a family that it would be helpful to visit a child’s school to meet with teachers and other local professionals to think about how everyone can work together to best support that child. I also sometimes travel to Ireland to meet with families for their appointments there and to work alongside the other professionals who are supporting them.