LGBTQUI+ Affirmative Therapy
Are you a teenager or young adult struggling with finding support and an LGTBQUI+ affirming therapist?
Are you experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, and depression?
Have you recently come out to family and friends and were not accepted for your authentic self?
Are you struggling with your sexual identity?
Are you experiencing challenges with gender identity and expression?
Have you experienced being bullied and excluded at school?
What Is Affirmative Therapy?
Affirmative therapy is a therapeutic approach that recognizes and corrects the harmful messages of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexism affecting LGBTQ+ individuals. It embraces a positive perspective of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer, Questioning, gender, and sexually diverse (LGBTQ+) identities and relationships. The primary focus is to support the negative social constructs in our American culture and society that negatively impact individuals through discrimination, micro-aggressions, harassment, violence, and stigma against the LGBTQ+ community.
As an affirmative therapist, I provide you with an inclusive, non-blaming, non-judgmental, and safe space to explore your concerns of systemic obstacles in the heteronormative bias within our culture and society. I provide multicultural and multiethnic competency, a non-heterosexual approach, an intersectional context, and gender-diverse identity development models by reframing them as a normative and healthy expression of humanity.
We collaborate to create a safe space to explore values, discovery, and growth that respects where one comes from and where one wants to be. I have the compassion, knowledge, expertise, skills, and therapeutic interventions to guide and support your sexual and gender diversity and the unique challenges presented to you.
I welcome an encouraging and optimistic perspective that celebrates the diversity in gender and sexual orientations and provides specialized interventions to address your unique concerns as an individual part of the LGBTQUI+ community. I support your healing, growth, and development in a positive identity and walk alongside you through your path and journey.
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