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  • 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:

    Safe Spaces

    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.