What is an Affirmative Psychotherapist?
Affirmative psychotherapists have experience, training, and expertise in working with sexual, gender, and relationship expansive communities rather than simply an interest or desire to work with these communities. Affirmative psychotherapists understand the implications of intersectionality for LGBTQIA+, consensual non-monogamous, and/or kinky people who are also people of color, disabled, neurodiverse, sex workers, or identify with another intersectionality. Affirmative psychotherapists are skilled at addressing the mental health concerns of LGBTQIA+, consensual non-monogamous, and/or kinky clients/patients.
What Affirmative Trainings Do We Offer?
Finding quality training as a psychotherapist can be difficult and even more so when it is education about sexuality and gender!
Many courses focus on content, rather than the therapeutic process. By concentrating on vocabulary and statistics about these communities, these courses often don’t help psychotherapists understand the experiences of their clients and fail to offer effective interventions.
In contrast, our courses will focus on a wide variety of clinical issues with sexual, gender, and relationship expansive clients from a diverse group of trainers. Our courses will be specific in scope and focus on more advanced trainings than simply a basic 101 level. With content being added regularly, psychotherapists can have ongoing training to remain relevant and up-to-date.
What Makes Us Different?
Conferences and online continuing education are the primary ways that psychotherapists get continuing education But both have limitations.
Conferences are often cost prohibitive not only due to registration costs, but also travel expenses and lost income due to time off. In addition, multiple courses that may be of interest may be available at conflicting times. Most talks are only for 1-2 hours and therefore are limited in depth on a topic.
Online continuing education workshops are a lower cost option for training, but most websites only offer basic information, such as terminology, identification of privilege, and introduction to clinical issues.
The Affirmative Couch has intermediate to advanced trainings for therapists offered online at a reasonable price. The articles in Out on the Couch may serve as an introduction for new therapists and are free.
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Why is Affirmative Psychotherapy important?
Being LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual, etc.), consensual non-monogamous (swinging, open, polyamorous, etc.), or kinky (fetish, bondage, discipline, domination, submission, sadism, masochism, etc.) has unique challenges. Sexual, gender, or relationship expansive people face discrimination in employment, housing, religion, and even with medical and mental health service providers. Many face abandonment or erasure from family and friends.
Additionally, these communities are not cohesive, and discrimination can be also found within. As a result, members of the sexual, gender, or relationship expansive communities seek mental health services at a higher rate than their cisgender, heterosexual, monogamous counterparts. They can often struggle to find psychotherapists who will understand their unique experiences, provide a safe space, and have competence in working with sexual, gender, and relationship expansive communities.
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.