… especially if you identify as LGBT or queer. Of course, you want to know whether the therapist is LGBTQ+ friendly…
… but you also need your therapist to understand that the many issues for which you might be coming to therapy might have absolutely nothing to do with your sexual orientation!
You deserve to be seen as a person with concerns outside of your sexual preference. You’re not just a label. But you also want your therapist to understand that your sexuality is an important aspect of who you are.
Not every therapist is qualified or trained to meet the unique needs that an LGBTQ+ can bring into therapy. Your therapist needs to understand the social obstacles, family issues, social stigmas, and general misconceptions that you face every day and how this emotional trauma can affect your mental health.
As a sex therapist seeking certification through The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), you can be sure that I have a positive attitude toward sex and won’t have any biases when we do therapy together. I’ll meet you where you are with unconditional positive regard.
By offering LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy, you can be sure that I embrace a positive view of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities and relationships. I’ll will work with you to attempt to understand the negative influences that homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism have on your life… or whatever brings you into my office.
As your therapist, I want you to understand I support you. You can rest assured you will receive the dignity, support, respect, and positive affirmation you deserve.
… or who you want to love that you worry that feeling that judgment while you are in therapy might be too much for you to handle.
Maybe you are struggling with understanding and accepting your gender identity.
You would like to explore without having to explain to your therapist what it means to be non-binary, and you just want to work with someone who already understands.
It’s time to meet with a therapist who has done the hard work to be knowledgeable enough to meet you where you are.
… when you know going into it that your therapist will accept every aspect of you.
So many things stop people from reaching out to get help with their sex life – fear of embarrassment, fear of judgment, worry that their problem can’t be fixed…
They sit, wait, and hope that things will miraculously get better. But they won’t – not by themselves.
I may not be able to promise that I can fix everything, but I can promise to be non-judgmental and open to help you with whatever you bring to my office.
Please don’t let fear or anxiety hold you back from having a fulfilling sex life.
We’ll learn about your needs and recommend one of our specialized therapists.