The Affirmative Couch

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For The Communities

Teaching Affirmative Psychology

We train psychotherapists to provide a safe space and affirmative mental health services for LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer, transgender, gender nonbinary, intersex, asexual, etc.), consensual non-monogamous (CNM; swinging, open, polyamorous), and kink (fetish, bondage, discipline, domination, submission, sadism, masochism, etc.) communities. Our online magazine for community members, Out on the Couch, publishes articles written by psychotherapists to increase awareness of the unique needs of these communities and how therapy can help.

The Affirmative Couch, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Affirmative Couch, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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LGBTQ+ clients deserve therapists who are intimately familiar with the particularities of how queer and trans people live, love, creative and contribute to the world. This requires specific and rigorous education and sensitivity, awareness of ancient queer and trans historical culture and also of the impact of heterosexist and cissexist parenting (which is to say abuse) on the functioning queer and trans person. It also involves the working hypothesis that there is a spirit informing the individuation of LGBTQ people on which the future of our society depends.

– Douglas Sadownick, PhD;
Core faculty & Founding Director of LGBT Specialization in MA Clinical Psychology Program at Antioch University Los Angeles

BEAM Black Emotional and Mental Health

Nonprofit Spotlight

The Affirmative Couch believes in supporting nonprofits that cater towards supporting LGBTQIA+, CNM, or kink mental health; every quarter we pick a different nonprofit to donate a portion of our net profits.

BEAM is a collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities. Their mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. We do this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts. BEAM envisions a world where there are no barriers to Black healing. Consider supporting their work with a donation.

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