Many therapists, trained in traditional developmental theories that often assign stigma or pathology to LGBTQ+ clients and in a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) that historically classified homosexuality as a mental illness, have absorbed the unconscious yet pervasive biases that continue to plague our societal struggle with sexuality and gender as an aspect of civil rights.
As an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist, I am trained in cultural competency and view gender and sexual minorities as a normative and healthy expression of humanity. I will be accepting, supportive and encouraging during our sessions together.
Some common LGBTQ+ issues I've worked with:
- Relationships/ Dating
- Coming out
- Substance use & Behavioral addictions
- Intimacy issues
- Dealing with shame