Affirmative Therapy for the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community
People within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community share many things in common outside of sexuality and identity. We seek therapy for things like self-esteem concerns, anxiety, relationship issues, and more. Regardless of the reason someone from the community might seek counseling, it is important their therapist is accepting and supportive.
What is 2SLGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy?
2SLGBTQIA + Affirmative Therapy was developed to address the unique emotional and mental health needs of members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. This therapy describes the acknowledgment and acceptance of an individual’s identity and sexual orientation. Therapists who offer affirmative therapy provide their 2SLGBTQIA + clients a safe space to develop a healthy sense of self and strengthen their voice.
Tenets Of 2SLGBTQ + Affirmative Therapy
2SLGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy can help someone navigate their life in a more thoughtful and meaningful way. Here are some of the main tenets of 2SLGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy:
The most important aspect of effective therapy is creating a safe space for clients to explore their emotions and heal trauma. In 2SLGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy, individuals are welcomed without judgment or preconceived notions.
Finding a True Ally
Once a safe space and genuine trust have been established, an alliance can be fostered where the 2SLGBTQIA+ individual feels they are supported and celebrated.
What is the Best Way to Find an 2SLGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapist?
If you would like to work with a trained 2SLGBTQ + Affirmative therapist, there are several steps you can take to find one:
- Ask a friend or acquaintance for a referral
- As for a referral from a well-known LGBTQ + organization
- Do a Google search specifically using the term LGBTQ + Affirmative Therapy
Make a list of two to three therapists who seem qualified to help you with your unique issues, then feel free to call them to get a sense of their personality. A good therapist will be happy to speak with you to make sure your questions are answered and you feel comfortable moving forward.
If you are experiencing a mental health issue and would like to work with a 2SLGBTQ + Affirmative therapist, please reach out to me. I offer in-person and telehealth sessions and am happy to discuss how I may be able to help.