Affirmative therapy embraces a positive view of LGBTQ+ identities and relationships.
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LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy also addresses the negative influences that homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism have on the lives of LGBTQ clients. Our approach provides a safe, inviting space that encourages the following: 1. Self-reflection – reflect on your own upbringing, attitudes and beliefs; acknowledge areas of privilege; recognize bias stemming from living in a heteronormative and gender-binaristic society. 2. Get involved – live an affirmative life; become familiar with the issues; strive for social justice and social change. 3. Create an affirmative setting – provide LGBT friendly reading material, literature and resources; include affirming language on all paperwork; use client’s preferred name; don’t resort to heteronormat ive assumptions , instead ask about a client’s partner 4. Be open about your commitment to providing affirmative therapy with all clients, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. 5. With heterosexual and/or cisgender clients, act as an advocate by challenging heterosexism and the gender binary.