There’s a difference between “acceptance” and “affirming” counseling. Even though many practitioners may be willing to work with Trans clients, it’s important that those individuals have more than just a willingness. Affirmative counseling does more than tolerate: it celebrates, explores, and upholds identity. Here’s a list of ways in which clients and therapists can evaluate their cultural competence and create the most affirming environment possible.
“For transgender individuals, finding a therapist who is transgender can be extremely difficult. They often feel lost in a large gap where many therapists are completely uncomfortable, and unwilling to work with them versus those who feel comfortable, but who aren’t educated in trans-related issues. This list can help transgender individuals who are considering participation in therapy make a decision about who they should work with.”
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