Individuals and couples who identify as LGBTQ face unique challenges when seeking out a therapist. They may feel unsupported by their families, their faith, their culture or society in general. They may have had unpleasant or even harmful interactions with previous therapists who bring stereotypes and personal biases into the therapy office. These issues and experiences can have a negative impact on persons seeking help.
Read more below, or reach out today to learn more about my services for the LGBTQ community.
Affirmative therapy for LGBTQ individuals is based on the premise that LGBTQ and heterosexual identities are equally valid. An affirmative therapist has gained the knowledge, self-awareness and skills required to be competent counseling LGBTQ individual and/or couples. An affirmative therapist is accepting of various lifestyles, challenges oppressive stereotypes and systems, and is an advocate for LGBTQ people, their relationships and their families.
I am a proud member of the LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah. I participate in numerous trainings throughout each year to maintain up to date, specific knowledge and skills required to work with the LGBTQ population. I have years of working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexualities. Whether you are in the closet or out, whether you are in a relationship or not, I will work with you to ensure you feel the emotional safety necessary to work together and affect the change you are seeking.
The American Psychological Association (APA) has published Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Clients. You can get more information about their guidelines here.
Other resources to consider when choosing a therapist can be found on the Guild website which includes a printable list of questions to ask a prospective therapist and "A Transgender Survivor's Guide to Accessing Therapy." Additionally, the National Association of Social Workers has published a fact sheet on same-sex marriage and the APA has created a helpful fact sheet on Lesbian & Gay Parenting.