Affirmative Care for the LGBTQIA+ Community
People within the LGBTQIA+ community share many things in common outside of sexuality or identity. Many seek therapy for things like self-esteem concerns, anxiety, relationship issues, and more. Commonly, trauma, discrimination, and minority based stress are primary reasons for entering therapy. Regardless of the reasons, someone from the community might seek therapy, it is important that their therapist will be accepting, knowledgeable, skilled, and supportive.
What is LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Care?
LGBTQIA + Affirmative Care was developed to address the unique emotional and mental health needs of members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Therapists who offer affirmative care provide their LGBTQIA + clients a safe space to develop a healthy sense of self and strengthen their voice.
What is the Best Way to Find an LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapist?
If you would like to work with a trained LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ organization
- Search providers specifically using the term LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Care
Make a list of two to three therapists who seem qualified to help you with your unique issues and experiences, 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 an LGBTQ+ Affirmative therapist, please reach out to us.