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Therapy for Gender, Sexual and Relationship Minorities

Gender, sexual and relational affirming therapy is an approach in therapy rather than a specific method or technique. The affirming therapist starts with the assumption that difference is a normal and natural part of human diversity, and that there are many genders, sexual orientations and relationship styles. The client’s identity and/or relationship is viewed as valid and meaningful. The therapist affirms and supports the client’s identity and/or relationship and the client is given an accepting and informed space to explore aspects of their identity and/or relationships, as well as other areas of their life. The autonomy and right to self-determination of the client is respected and therapy is treated as a collaborative partnership between therapist and client. The client is free to bring what is troubling or distressing them to a therapist who is informed and non-judgemental. If the therapist has not heard of a particular identity or relationship structure the therapist may ask questions in a respectful manner to better understand, and will conduct further research to be more informed moving forward. This approach to clients is informed by the Practice Guidelines for Psychology Professionals Working with Sexually and Gender Diverse People published by the Psychological Society of South Africa in 2018. Research shows that many sexual and gender minorities do not feel safe accessing mental health care and are concerned that their identity or relationship will be considered unhealthy. Affirming therapy is our attempt to make therapy more accessible to gender, sexual and relationship minorities
This includes but is not limited to:

  • Transgender individuals
  • Queer individuals
  • Non-binary individuals
  • Lesbian individuals
  • Gay individuals
  • Bisexual individuals
  • Pansexual individuals
  • Asexual individuals
  • Polyamorous individuals/relationships
  • Polygamous individuals/relationships
  • BDSM individuals/relationships
  • Open relationships
  • Swingers
  • Relationship Anarchists