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What is an Ally? | Developing a Common Language | Gay and Lesbian Identity Development | Heterosexual Questionaire
Heterosexual Privilege | Trans Definitions | Overview of the Transgender World
The Intersexed Condition | What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality | Choosing a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual-Affirming Therapist

 

Choosing a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual-Affirming Therapist

Adapted from Bernice Goodman, "Out of the Therapist Closet," in Hilda Hidalgo & Travis Peterson (Eds).
NASW Resource Manual on Gay and Lesbian Issues

  • What extent of knowledge does the therapist have about lesbian, gay, bisexual culture?
  • How long has the therapist been working with LGB clients? How many LGB clients has the therapist worked with?
  • What type of training does the therapist have in working with LGB clients?
  • How much understanding and knowledge does the therapist have about racism, sexism, and homophobia/biphobia in society?
  • What is the therapist's knowledge of and commitment to issues of diversity among LGB persons and culture?
  • Can the therapist constructively challenge self-oppressive attitudes and internal biases with clients and also help to create and support new, healthy ways of being?
  • Is the therapist a visible part of the LGB community?
  • What feelings do you have of this person? Is there a feeling of trust and safety? Would you feel comfortable in participating in therapy with this person?
  • Does this therapist understand the effects of institutional homophobia, biphobia, and heterosexism upon LGB people?
  • Can this therapist recognize the differences between appropriate behavioral responses related to societal oppression and the unique psychological difficulties that a LGB person may be experiencing?
  • How well does the therapist acknowledge the impact of socially defined gender roles on an LGB individual's sense of self?