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Sexual Diversity: LGBTQ+ Counseling and Therapy

Updated/Revised Date: 19th Sep 2022
Author: Sexual Diversity | Contact: SexualDiversity.org
Additional References: LGBT Counseling - Therapy Publications

Synopsis: Information regarding gender and sexual diversity therapy revolving around sexual orientation and difficulties faced by the LGBTQ+ community.

Definition

LGBTQ+ Counseling (Therapy)

Therapy, or counseling, is a process in which a nonjudgmental, caring, and trained therapist helps a person resolve problems or complete life tasks. While specific methods may vary, most counselors believe that helping someone involves facilitating self-exploration, self-understanding, self-acceptance, and self-esteem. Helping a gay or lesbian individual value and esteem their sexual orientation fits into this philosophy. Counseling may assist you with:

  • Deciding what to do.
  • Identifying and clarifying issues.
  • Developing and enhancing relationship skills.
  • Identifying, clarifying, and expressing feelings.

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Sexual diversity counseling strives to be affirming and supportive for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex (LGBTQQI), and others who identify along the spectrum of gender and sexual diversities. We believe that everyone deserves to feel safe, respected, and understood, and we choose to celebrate the many ways in which we can understand and express ourselves. We recognize that the difficulties faced by LGBTQQI people can be painful and isolating.

Gender and sexual diversity therapy supports clients who are experiencing distress in life or relationships and identify within this spectrum - or clients whose problems may revolve around gender, sexual orientation, or sexual diversity, and regards these identities as equal in every respect to heterosexuality or monogamy.

Counselors are as diverse as their clients, meaning the counselor's values may not always align with the client's values. Some may think counselors with conservative beliefs against same-sex orientation should not provide counseling to that population. Others may think those same counselors should be obligated to affirm same-sex orientation. Then there are some counselors who, because they can't affirm same-sex orientation, feel they should not provide counseling services to sexual minorities.

Guidelines for Sexual Diversity Counselors

*Adapted from ct.counseling.org

If you are going through issues, you don't have to do it alone. You can reach out to supportive people and LGBT-friendly organizations. You may also find that counseling can be a positive tool in facing issues related to your LGBT identity by helping you develop new understanding, self-acceptance, and problem-solving skills.

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• (APA): SexualDiversity.org. (2022, September 19). Sexual Diversity: LGBTQ+ Counseling and Therapy. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved April 13, 2024 from www.sexualdiversity.org/sexuality/therapy/


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