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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Reduce Stigma Exhibition at OCCCA

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Reduce Stigma Exhibition at OCCCA 
Through a series of free arts events, including exhibitions, hands-on workshops and plays, “Connect Heal End Stigma”
shines a light on issues of mental illness, stigma, wellness and
recovery, while showcasing and cultivating the talents of the mental health community and general public.


Connect Heal End Stigma

” Celebrates mental health awareness and


through connection, featuring original artwork by professional artists, who are also: mental health advocates, community builders, arts educators, and/or family members and/or are persons diagnosed with a mental illness. Through the observation of these courageous and honest works of art, which reveal personal stories and experiences, exhibition viewers will learn about persons with mental illnesses, the stigma they have faced and the many roads of advocacy, wellness and recovery.  
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art: 117 N Sycamore ST., Santa Ana, CA. 92701 *

Free hands-on workshops in fine art; creative writing / poetry; dance and music
will be offered at OCCCA. Workshops will be facilitated by professional artists and include the discussion and creation of artworks reflecting on themes of stigma, wellness and recovery. This experience will enhance the lives of participants, helping to reduce stigma, anxiety and stress and raise self-esteem, while providing a sense of joy and productivity derived from a positive access to their imagination and the healing process of creativity.
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art: 117 N Sycamore ST., Santa Ana, CA. 92701 *

The feeling of separateness for those diagnosed with any level of mental illness
can be acute and the thought that one is entirely alone can be difficult, and at times extreme. Through a compelling script of deeply moving vignettes, the raw, honest and poetic tone of “I Live In Your World” gives voice to a marginalized population of persons with mental illness, communicating personal stories and messages that engage the audience on an intimate and universal level.
Grand Central Art Center, Theater: 125 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA. 92701 *

These events are dedicated to the service and memory of Artist~ Educator~ Mental Health Advocate Janice DeLoof.
Events will promote a message of community building and stigma reduction, serving as a catalyst to enrich the lives of all participants.
Funded by the County of Orange Health Care Agency, Behavioral Health Services, Prevention and Intervention Division, Mental Health Services Act /Prop. 63.
For more information and schedule go to!
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art


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