Choosing a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual-Affirming Therapist

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LGBTQ Healing: 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

Updated to include trans* information

  • What extent of knowledge does the therapist have about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender culture?
  • How long has the therapist been working with LGBTQ clients? How many LGBTQ clients has the therapist worked with?
  • What type of training does the therapist have in working with LGBTQ clients?
  • How much understanding and knowledge does the therapist have about racism, sexism, and homophobia/biphobia/transphobia in society?
  • What is the therapist’s knowledge of and commitment to issues of diversity among LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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, trans* biases and ignorance upon LGBTQ people?
  • Can this therapist recognize the differences between appropriate behavioral responses related to societal oppression and the unique psychological difficulties that a LGBTQ person may be experiencing?
  • How well does the therapist acknowledge the impact of socially defined gender roles on an LGBTQ individual’s sense of self?

If you have additional questions about or feedback about this article, please feel free to contact me.

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Diversity Training in Orange County | Lisa Maurel, MFT

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Diversity In the Workplace-
Newport Beach
Diversity Training in Orange County | Lisa Maurel, MFT



Diversify Your Skill Set -
Invest In Diversity Training!

Cultural Competency & Affirmative Therapy  

with LGBTQ Clients & Family Systems


Thursday June 6, 2013      9am -1 pm
4 CEU’S for MFT’s and LCSW’s
Newport Beach, CA


Complex Case Discussion Salon
Thursday June 27, 2013 9am-1pm
4 CEU’S for MFT’s and LCSW’s

Newport Beach, CA

Dear Colleagues,

It’s my pleasure to offer this very unique course to you. My goal is to provide you with the most comprehensive and in-depth understanding of working with LGBTQ spectrum clients and families, and to build a network of therapists who are truly equipped to serve this community.

What is LGBTQ?
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and everything in between that is non-heterosexual and non-gender conforming.

I’ve recently completed a survey and taken into account what you have shared about the class and what your professional needs are. Thank you!

As a result, I have a new format which maximizes what you said you found most valuable about the experience. This year, I’m offering a an introductory course and a half day case conference to go deeper!

I’m taking a new approach which gives you a chance to learn, digest, and then come together to go deeper into case discussion. I hope to repeat this model and create a space for networking and professional collaboration that will support you in your work.

I often hear from attendees that they have learned completely new information that they can apply with their LGBTQ clients as well as a personal shift in reflecting about their own experiences as a sexual/gendered person. I hope you will take this opportunity to learn about the intersection of gender, sexuality, race and class.

Of course, we will have a break for lunch and getting acquainted. Lunch will be provided by PDM.

Early Bird Discount ends this Friday, May 31, and seating is limited.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Part 1 Thursday June 6, 2013 9am -1
Intro to Affirmative Therapy and Cultural Competency with
LGBTQ Clients and Family Systems (4 CEU’s)

  • LGBTQ Identities 101
  • LGBTQ History and the Lost Tribe
  • Minority Stress Model and LGBTQ Mental Health
  • Intersectionality and Multiple Minority Identity
  • Gender Identity as Distinct form Sexual Orientation
  • Transgender Clients and Gender Spectrum
  • LGBTQ Youth at Risk
  • Transference and Ethical Responses to Clients Seeking Orientation or Gender Identity Change will be discussed.
  • Practicing Affirmative Therapy: GAP Model
Part 2 Thursday June 27, 2013 9am-1pm 
Complex Case Salon (4 CEU’s)
  • Complex Clinical Issues in LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Axis II
  • Transference/Countertransference
  • Case discussions will demonstrate the complex challenges of culture, sex, gender and sexual orientation, religion and multiple minority status.
  • Case presentations will also demonstrate  the effective application of cultural competency and affirmative models in working with LGBTQ clients and their extended families.
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their own cases for group discussion and feedback.


What have other attendees said?


Lisa’s workshop is a fantastic sounding board for learning about the LGBT community. Her welcoming and nonjudgmental style allowed for participants with limited knowledge to feel comfortable. The resource materials are incredibly helpful to further one’s learning beyond her workshop. This workshop is money and time well spent. 

Cara O’Donnell, MFT



“Lisa brings an amazing combination of passion, experience, knowledge and compassion when it comes to working with clients and informing her colleagues and the general public about LGBT issues and challenges. 

Her ability to captivate an audience with the latest research and real world stories makes for a dynamic presentation that needs to be heard by organizations and groups everywhere.”
Tara Brown
Teen Life Coach and International Speaker


This course meets the qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education
as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Presented by Lisa Maurel, MFT License No. 32416, PCE 4474

Course will be offered at my Newport Beach office.
Address and map will be provided after registration.

Registration Includes:
Equality Resource Packet
Light Lunch from PDM will include soup, salad, drink.

Register For This Coursework – Buy Now



Registration Instructions: 1) Click Add to Cart for desired workshop(s). 2) You will be directed to a checkout page. 3) Fill out your information. 4) PayPal will take you to your own private, secure registration page. Check out and you will be provided with an immediate receipt. 5) You will receive a registration confirmation within 1 business day.

Questions? I’m here to help: contact me for assistance with your needs.

Lisa Maurel, MFT | 1151 Dove Street, Suite 245 | Newport Beach | CA | 92660


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