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Bisexual identity in LGBTQI therapy

Bisexual identity

Bisexual identity is an important aspect of the LGBTQI spectrum, involving individuals who experience attraction to more than one gender. In the context of LGBTQI therapy, recognising and affirming bisexual identity is essential for providing inclusive and supportive care.

Understanding challenges

Bisexual individuals often face unique challenges, including biphobia, erasure, and misconceptions about their identity, both within and outside the LGBTQI community. Addressing these issues is important in therapy.

About bisexual identity

Bisexuality refers to the capacity for emotional, romantic, and/or physical attraction to more than one gender. It is a valid and distinct sexual orientation within the LGBTQI spectrum.

Therapeutic support and inclusion

Therapists provide a non-judgmental space for clients to explore and affirm their bisexual identity, addressing any internalised biphobia, related mental health concerns or societal pressures they may face and work through personal challenges.

Key features and benefits of therapy

  1. Affirmation of bisexual identity
  2. Addressing biphobia and erasure
  3. Support in processing relationships and societal pressures
  4. Promoting mental well-being and self-acceptance

Therapy process

LGBTQI therapy involves understanding the unique experiences of bisexual individuals, offering personalised support to help them during their identity and related mental health issues.

Convenience and flexibility

Therapists offer personalised approaches to meet the unique needs of bisexual clients, ensuring flexible and inclusive therapeutic practices.


What is bisexual identity?
Bisexual identity involves attraction to more than one gender, encompassing a broad and inclusive range of experiences.
How can therapy help with bisexual identity?
Therapy can provide support in affirming bisexual identity, addressing internal and external challenges, and promoting overall mental well-being.
Why is it important to address biphobia in therapy?
Addressing biphobia is important for the mental health of bisexual individuals, as it helps reduce stigma and promote acceptance and self-esteem.


  1. American Psychological Association – Definitions Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
  2. Stonewall – Understanding Biphobia
  3. Mind – Mental Health Support for Bisexual People
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision