Pride is a celebration and a protest in the face of the violence, harassment, injustice, discrimination, and losses endured by members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
- We welcome and affirm clients of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities and proudly employ members of the LGBTQIA+ community
- We recognize the inequities and threats to the community and acknowledge how these barriers negatively contribute to mental health
- We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind and regularly conduct internal training events to ensure a united approach in protecting our clients’ safety
Support is an active process, and allyship demands action. We’re open to new ideas and committed to evolving with the needs of this community by centering the voices of LGBTQIA+ people.
In 2023, we’re launching an LGBTQIA+ workbook, programming, and a specialty track – designed, led, and supported by members of the community. We’ll share more in this space as we expand our service offerings.
Special Considerations for LGBTQIA+ Therapy
Finding LGBTQIA+ friendly therapy to address issues unique to the community and your lived experience can be challenging, but there is hope. More providers are making an effort to inform themselves of the challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community and actively taking steps to create an inclusive, safe space to provide support.
Our goal with this blog post is to share common mental health challenges experienced by people with diverse genders and sexualities. We’ll also focus on the role of trauma-informed care and what to look for in a provider so that you can feel safe, accepted, validated, and empowered as you make choices about your mental healthcare.READ MORE
LGBTQ+ Mental Health Discussion with Gigi Goode
Gigi Goode is an American entertainer, designer, and makeup artist, who is best known for participating on the twelfth season of the US television program RuPaul’s Drag Race. She won the People’s choice award in 2020 for Best Competition Performer. Her mission is to bring light to all ends of the gender spectrum through her artwork and appearances.
Gigi Goode shares her experience and talks with APN therapists about LGBTQ+ mental health.WATCH NOW
Finding the Right LGBTQIA+ Therapist for You
Finding a therapist who is understanding, supportive, and knowledgeable about your unique experiences is crucial, and this is especially true for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. While therapy can be empowering, finding a therapist who recognizes your support needs and holds space for your lived experience can also be daunting. Here’s how to find the right LGBTQIA+ therapist for you.READ MORE
Not Another Closet – Creating LGBTQ Safe & Welcoming Places
Steve R. Kelly worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. He helped create LGBTQIA understanding and awareness for clinicians and other healthcare professionals so they can better serve the community with compassionate care.
In this APN Speaker Series session, Steve shared how to create a safe, welcoming, and affirming therapeutic environment for clients within the LGBTQ community.WATCH NOW
Therapy Unboxed: LGBTQIA+ Safe Spaces
In this episode of Therapy Unboxed, APN therapist Lana Seiler talks with our Clinical Supervisor of Admissions, John Hardman, about what it means to embody an LGBTQ-affirming approach to therapy. They review common barriers and shortcomings, acknowledge the importance of LGBTQ culture and community, and identify actionable steps to establish safety and meet client needs across sexual orientations and genders.WATCH NOW
MORE SUPPORT FOR THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY
Trevor Project for LGBTQIA+ Youth, ages 25 and younger
Call 866.488.7386 or text 678678
Colorado Crisis Services for the Colorado LGBTQIA+ community
Call 844.493.8225 or text HOME to 741741
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline