I hear the word affirming a lot regarding the LGBTQ community. I also hear the words, accepting and knowledgeable. So, what does it mean when you find an LGBTQ affirming therapist? At True You Southeast, when we say we are an LGBTQ affirming practice, that means that not only do we accept our clients for who they are as people and part of the LGBTQ community, we fully support our clients with their gender, sexuality, family, children, dating, adoption, intersectionality and all other aspects of their lives. We get additional training to remain current with the transgender and LGBTQ community’s mental health needs and are knowledgeable about medical needs.
When you are looking for an LGBTQ affirming therapist, please ask them questions about their experience working with the community. Look at their directory profiles, such as Psychology Today and TherapyDen and take the time to see how they speak to your needs and how they reach out to the LGBTQ community.
Questions to Ask Your Potential Therapist
Have you worked with many transgender or non-binary clients before?
Have you read the WPATH standards of care most recent version 7?
Do you support informed consent for my medical care?
If I need a hormone therapy letter, how long will it take to receive it?
Do you attend additional training specifically for working with the LGBTQ community?
Have you worked with an LGBTQ couple before?
LGBTQ Therapist Training and Values
When you are looking for a therapist, their ability to listen to you and your uniqueness as an individual with intersectionality is very important.
To stay informed about LGBTQ mental health care and wellness, we attend training and conferences each year that focus on topics specific to the community.
Being an affirming therapist is more than just training. It’s a complete way of thinking that believes in the LGBTQ community, believes in LGBTQ rights and acceptance and works to break down barriers for LGBTQ mental health by offering safe spaces for clients to heal, learn and grow. Being an affirming therapist isn’t an inconvenience. It’s not an extra belief the therapist has to have to get clients. It’s a belief and value system that fully supports people’s health, identity, happiness, love and growth in life.
When you are looking for a therapist to support you and see you through life’s many challenges, it’s best to work with someone who supports you as a person, an individual, but also supports where you are and where you come from. If you are looking for an LGBTQ affirming therapist, we are here for you. You can reach us at 404-800-7586 or by email here on the contact page for a free consultation about your individual needs.