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LGBTQ+ youth in LGBTQI therapy

LGBTQ+ youth

LGBTQ+ youth often face unique challenges that require specialised support and understanding. LGBTQI therapy offers a safe and affirming space for these young individuals to explore their identities, address their concerns, and find support.

Unique challenges

LGBTQ+ youth may encounter a range of issues related to their sexual orientation and gender identity. These can include feelings of isolation, discrimination, bullying, and mental health struggles such as anxiety and depression. Addressing these challenges early is important for their well-being and development.

Therapeutic support

LGBTQI affirmative therapy provides a supportive environment where LGBTQ+ youth can discuss their feelings and experiences without judgement. Key benefits include:

  1. Safe space: A non-judgemental and confidential setting where youth feel accepted and understood.
  2. Identity exploration: Guidance in exploring and understanding their sexual orientation and gender identity.
  3. Resilience building: Tools and skills to build resilience and manage external pressures and internal conflicts.

About LGBTQI affirmative therapy

LGBTQI affirmative therapy is specifically designed to support the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals. It acknowledges the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ youth and provides personalised support.

How therapy can help

Therapy can help LGBTQ+ youth in numerous ways, including:

  1. Mental health improvement: Addressing issues like anxiety, depression, and self-esteem.
  2. Self-understanding: Helping youth gain a deeper understanding of their identity and experiences.
  3. Enhanced coping skills: Developing skills to manage stress, discrimination, and other challenges.

How therapy works

The therapeutic process typically involves:

  1. Initial assessment: Understanding the youth’s background, experiences, and specific needs.
  2. Ongoing sessions: Regular meetings to provide continuous support and work through issues.
  3. Family involvement: Engaging family members when appropriate to create a supportive home environment.


What is LGBTQI therapy?
LGBTQI therapy is a type of counselling designed to support the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals, addressing issues specific to their experiences.
How can LGBTQI therapy help youth?
It provides a safe space for identity exploration, improves mental health, and helps develop coping skills for dealing with discrimination and other challenges.
Is family involvement necessary?
Family involvement can be beneficial but is not always necessary. It depends on the individual needs and circumstances of the youth.


  1. Stonewall: Coming Out as a Young Person
  2. Young Minds: LGBTQ+ Mental Health
  3. Mind: LGBTQ+ Mental Health
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision