LGBT Inclusive

LGBT Inclusive

I am an LGBTQ ally and I want clients to know that I support them andtheir families. Being an affirmative ally and therapist means I treat couples, families, and transgender people with the dignity, respect, and affirmation they deserve. Affirmative therapy is:

  • An approach to therapy that embraces a positive view of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identities andrelationships and addresses the negative influences that homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism have on the lives of LGBTQ clients.

Being an affirmative therapist involves:

  1. Self-reflection – reflect on your own upbringing, attitudes and
    beliefs; acknowledge areas of privilege; recognize bias stemming
    from living in a heteronormative and gender-binaristic society.
  2. Get involved – live an affirmative life; become familiar with the issues; strive for social justice and social change.
  3. Create an affirmative setting – provide LGBT friendly reading material, literature, and resources; include affirming language on
    all paperwork; use the client’s preferred name; don’t resort to heteronormative assumptions, instead ask about a client’s partner.
  4. Be open about your commitment to providing affirmative therapy with all clients, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  5. With heterosexual and/or cisgender clients, act as an advocate by challenging heterosexism and the gender binary.

My goal has been to create a more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, & queer-inclusive practice.

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