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Non-Binary Identity in LGBTQI Therapy

Non-Binary Identity

Non-binary identity is a vital aspect of gender diversity within the LGBTQI community. Non-binary identity is part of the broader spectrum of gender identities. It challenges the conventional male-female dichotomy, offering a more inclusive understanding of gender.

Identity challenges

  1. Confusion or lack of understanding about non-binary identity
  2. Struggles with societal acceptance and validation
  3. Understanding and processing personal and relational dynamics

Exploring non-binary identity

Non-binary identity refers to a gender identity that doesn’t fit within the traditional binary of male or female. People who identify as non-binary may experience a gender that is a blend of both, neither, or something entirely different.

How therapy can help

Recognising and validating non-binary identities in therapy supports mental well-being and creates a more inclusive therapeutic environment.

How therapy works

Therapists adopt a non-judgmental and affirming approach, ensuring that non-binary individuals feel seen and understood.


What does non-binary mean?
Non-binary refers to gender identities that don’t fit within the traditional categories of male or female. Non-binary individuals may identify as a mix of both genders, neither, or as a different gender entirely.
How can therapy support non-binary individuals?
Therapy can provide a safe space for non-binary individuals to explore and affirm their gender identity, address any related challenges, and promote overall mental well-being.
Why is it important to acknowledge non-binary identities in therapy?
Recognising non-binary identities in therapy validates the experiences of non-binary individuals, encourages inclusivity, and ensures that therapy is supportive and affirming for all gender identities.


  1. Stonewall: 10 Ways to Be a Better Ally to Non-Binary People
  2. Mind: Gender Identity
  3. BACP: LGBTQ+ Issues in Therapy
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision