Affirmative therapy is a therapeutic approach that holds a positive view of clients who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ).
This therapeutic approach also acknowledges and rectifies the negative messages of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexism has on the lives of LGBTQ clients.
Psychological Associations such as the American Psychological Association (APA), Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), as well as associations for marriage and family therapy recognize affirmative therapy as a positive treatment intervention to support LGBTQ clients. An affirmative therapist does not pathologize a person for being LGBTQ but rather embraces a positive view that celebrates the diversity in gender and sexual orientations. An affirming therapist also recognizes LGBTQ clients have unique lived experiences.
An affirming therapist can work with sexual and gender diverse clients by encouraging the development of a positive identity and to provide support during the journey of coming out to oneself as well as coming out to others. The therapist provides a safe(r) space to explore additional issues such as systemic barriers and to navigate the heteronormative bias within the larger society. In addition, an affirming therapist is connected with the LGBTQ-friendly resources available within the larger community to support the client.
Embracing an Affirmative Point of View
At Insight Psychological our therapists, counsellors, and Psychologists embrace an affirmative view to work with our LGBTQ clients. We strive to create safe(r) spaces for LGBTQ clients through embodying inclusive values, practicing affirmative skills, and having supportive knowledge.
We respect clients from all walks of life and the values they hold. We create a space for self-discovery and growth that respects where one comes from and where one wants to be. Our mission is to promote the psychological health of people through the generation of awareness and the delivery of effective, prompt, quality psychological services.
How Insight Psychological Can Help
At Insight Psychological, we have knowledge, skills, resources, and expertise to support sexual and gender diversity. Our therapists are knowledgeable in the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQ community. We have psychologists who are certified as Sex Therapists and can also provide knowledgeable care in gender transition (i.e., the Gender Transition Program). We are also connected with the larger community’s resources to support our LGBTQ clients.