LGBT+ AFFIRMATIVE THERAPY
LGBT+ affirmative therapy is about having a true understanding of the specific issues and challenges that LGBT+ people face, plus knowledge of the barriers that many LGBT+ people face when trying to access health and therapeutic services, and being truly accepting of LGBT+ people's identities. It goes beyond simply being ok with LGBT+ people or being fine with working with that community. It's much more in-depth than that and in the present day every ethical therapist should be LGBT+ affirmative.
As a therapist and as a human being I am fully LGBT+ affirmative. I don't mind sharing that I am LGBT+, which means I have a lived experience to draw on in addition to the knowledge and skills that I'm able to utilise when working with LGBT+ clients.
If you are LGBT+ then I fully welcome, embrace and accept you for who you are. You will receive a compassionate, understanding, inclusive, accessible service where you are free to express who you are without the need to edit parts of your identity.
If you are a therapist and wanting to become LGBT+ affirmative then I am here to help you to achieve that. I provide several options to help you grow, develop and become truly LGBT+ affirmative. I'm a world leader in this area, having advised the UK government on mental health policy for LGBT+ people, in addition to winning numerous awards and being named among the most influential LGBT+ people in the UK for my work supporting LGBT+ people, and having trained over 3,000 people from around the globe so far in how to be LGBT+ aware and affirmative. I'm here to support you with this too. I literally wrote the book on it (see below).
The LGBT+ Affirmative Therapist training that I provide is Quality Checked by the National Hypnotherapy Society. This means that the training has been rigorously assessed and meets the high standards required to be delivered to therapists. The Quality Check is reviewed and renewed annually to ensure that the training continues to meet acceptable standards.
Below you will find details on the options available to you. If you would like to discuss your options before investing in becoming an LGBT+ affirmative therapist, I will be happy for you to contact me. There are also other CPD options relating to working with LGBT+ clients, including the new Working with Victims and Survivors of Conversion Therapy training.
Option 1 – Face to face training
A one day CPD training course equipping you with all the knowledge, understanding and confidence needed to be a truly LGBT+ affirmative therapist.
This training covers:
- What being an LGBT+ affirmative therapist means
- Specific issues faced by the LGBT+ community
- Barriers faced by LGBT+ people accessing therapeutic services
- Terminology and understanding LGBT+ identities
- Challenging your prejudices and belief systems
- How to work with LGBT+ clients in an affirmative way
The training involves lots of discussion and group work. Take-away resources will be provided, including:
- Glossary of LGBT+ terminology
- Copy of the accompanying slideshow (don’t worry, the training is not death by Powerpoint - it's very interactive with plenty of discussion)
All delegates will also receive one month’s personal support from me and a certificate of attendance to show that you are an LGBT+ affirmative therapist.
Cost: £180 per delegate
Location: I am able to travel anywhere in the UK and internationally to deliver the training, with travel expenses and accommodation costs being covered by the organiser. A minimum of six delegates will be required. Alternatively, I deliver training days that I organise myself. Details of upcoming training dates can be found below.
CPD hours: 6
If you are ready to become an LGBT+ affirmative therapist and would like to attend a face to face training day, book your place below or contact me today to discuss your options. You can reach me at email@example.com or by calling or texting 07816 181 428. I'll be happy to assist you.
Upcoming training dates:
Saturday 9th July 2022 - Taking place on Zoom - Please click here to book your place
Option 2 – E-learning
This is an electronic learning experience covering everything that the face to face training covers.
The e-learning option takes place right here on my website. Watch presentations and videos, and view documents that have been specially created to help you become an LGBT+ affirmative therapist. This option includes submitting a reflective journal to me detailing what you have learnt and how you will implement it in your practice, after which a certificate will be awarded to show that you are an LGBT+ affirmative therapist.
Book your LGBT+ affirmative e-learning experience below. Once ordered, I will send a welcome letter to you by email that includes the link and password for accessing the training.
Option 3 – 1:1 mentorship
A fantastic opportunity to work with me personally as I devote my time, knowledge, skills and experience to help you live and breath being LGBT+ affirmative in your therapeutic work. Mentorship will involve monthly catchups with me, either face to face or online to discuss your progress and set tasks that will ultimately lead to you become a leading LGBT+ affirmative therapist.
Cost: £49 per month
A minimum of six months commitment is required.
If you are ready to become an LGBT+ affirmative therapist and would like to engage in the 1:1 mentorship opportunity, contact me today to discuss your options. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling or texting 07816 181 428. I'll be happy to assist you.
Other CPD for therapists
Working with Victims and Survivors of Conversion Therapy:
This e-learning CPD takes place right here on my website, with slides to help you gain an understanding of conversion therapy, what it is, where it's practiced, the impact is has on people subjected to it, and how to work therapeutically with victims and survivors. There is also a reflective assignment to complete before being awarded with your certificate of completion.
Book your training below. Once ordered, I will send a welcome letter to you by email that includes the link and password for accessing the training.
How to be an LGBT+ Affirmative Therapist book
As I said at the top of this page, I literally wrote the book on how to be an LGBT+ affirmative therapist. Get your copy by clicking here.
How to be an LGBT+ Affirmative Therapist is an informative, practical handbook to help all types of therapist work with LGBT+ clients and patients. Whether you are a counsellor, hypnotherapist, psychotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or another type of therapist, this book will equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to work effectively with LGBT+ clients and patients in a positive, affirming way.
Learn about terminology and identities, specific issues and challenges faced by LGBT+ people, what being an LGBT+ affirmative therapist means and how you can be one, and how to be an ally to the LGBT+ community.
This is a practical, hands on book that gets straight to the point (no pun intended). It's less about theory and more about real life stuff that will help you in your therapeutic practice.
How to be an LGBT+ Affirmative Therapist is a must read for any therapist wanting to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence in working with LGBT+ clients and patients, whether you are LGBT+ yourself or not. It's relevant for therapists all around the world and is up to date with the latest terminology, information and therapeutic approaches.
If you're ready to be an LGBT+ affirmative therapist, this is the book for you.