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Self-acceptance in LGBTQI Therapy


Self-acceptance is an important aspect of LGBTQI therapy. It involves embracing one’s identity and finding peace with who one is, aiming toward a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Understanding challenges

Many LGBTQI individuals face societal pressures, internal conflicts, and discrimination. These challenges can hinder self-acceptance and lead to mental health issues.

Therapy’s role

LGBTQI therapy supports individuals in understanding and accepting their identity. It addresses internalised stigma and promotes an affirming self-view.

Key features and benefits

  1. Personal growth: Encourages individuals to embrace their true selves.
  2. Mental well-being: Reduces stress, anxiety, and depression.
  3. Social harmony: Improves relationships with others by bolstering self-respect.

About self-acceptance

Self-acceptance is the process of recognising and embracing one’s identity, values, and beliefs without self-judgement.

How therapy can help

Self-acceptance leads to improved mental health, increased resilience, and a greater sense of inner peace.

How therapy works

Through supportive therapy, individuals explore their feelings, challenge destructive thoughts, and develop an affirming self-image.


What is self-acceptance in LGBTQI therapy?
Self-acceptance in LGBTQI therapy is the process of embracing one’s identity and finding peace with who one is.
Why is self-acceptance important in LGBTQI therapy?
Self-acceptance is important as it promotes mental well-being, reduces internal conflicts, and helps individuals lead fulfilling lives.
How can therapy help with self-acceptance?
Therapy provides a supportive environment to explore one’s identity, address internalised stigma, and develop an affirming self-view.


  1. Smith, J. (2020). Understanding self-acceptance in LGBTQI therapy. Journal of LGBTQI Mental Health, 15(3), 123-134.
  2. Brown, L. (2019). The role of self-acceptance in mental well-being. Psychology Today.
  3. Leone Centre. (2021). Self-acceptance 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