What is LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy?
LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender/non-binary, queer, questioning,
intersexed, asexual) Affirmative Therapy is a framework in which a clinician focuses on
affirming one’s gender and/or sexual identity. The clinician by no means will try to change a
client’s orientation, rather help them to understand themselves and orient toward living life as
authentically as they want.
What does LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy Look Like?
LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy is interwoven into individual psychotherapy, with a focus
on identity affirmation with an understanding of comorbid difficulties such as depression,
anxiety, or trauma that may come up. In therapy we will explore their identity, process any
obstacles or issues of marginalization that may come up, and explore their unique experience
within their identity. Our clinicians practice cultural humility, understanding that every
individual’s experience is different. We want you to be the author of your story, and we can help
give you the tools to write it.
What other ways does this impact my care?
We are able to provide documentation for clients seeking gender affirming procedures
and assist in whatever way is needed in their transition.
Outside of individual therapy, we will often recommend group therapy. We offer multiple
groups for LGBTQ identified individuals. Group therapy can allow a client to build a
sense of community. Based off the isolating nature that “being in the closet,” we have
found that fostering community is very cathartic and healing for LGBTQ individuals. It
has also been shown that the more alike group members are, the quicker they are able to
Sex education can be provided for individuals who feel they have not been exposed to
appropriate knowledge. This can help you feel safe and comfortable in your sexual
exploration, or lack thereof!
Couples’ therapy at CCPW is inclusive. We are happy to work with families of all
backgrounds and structures to increase positive communication and satisfaction.