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Sexual Health in LGBTQI Therapy

Sexual Health

Sexual health is an important aspect of overall well-being, and it plays an especially important role in LGBTQI therapy. Understanding and addressing the unique challenges faced by LGBTQI individuals is essential for creating a safe, inclusive, and affirming therapeutic environment.

Common issues

Individuals within the LGBTQI community often encounter specific issues related to sexual health, including:

  1. Discrimination and stigma: LGBTQI individuals may experience prejudice and stigma, impacting their mental and sexual health.
  2. Access to care: Finding healthcare providers knowledgeable about LGBTQI sexual health can be challenging.
  3. Mental health: The stress of living in a world that may not fully accept their identities can affect sexual health and overall well-being.

About sexual health in LGBTQI therapy

Sexual health in LGBTQI therapy encompasses a broad range of topics, including safe sexual practices, understanding one’s sexual identity, and addressing the mental health implications of sexual health issues. Therapy aims to:

  1. Create a safe space: Providing a non-judgmental and supportive environment where individuals can discuss their sexual health openly.
  2. Education and awareness: Offering information about safe sex practices, STI prevention, and healthy relationships adapted to LGBTQI needs.
  3. Support for identity exploration: Helping individuals explore and affirm their sexual and gender identities in a positive manner.

Key features and benefits

  1. Inclusivity: Therapy that respects and understands diverse sexual and gender identities.
  2. Holistic approach: Addressing both mental and physical aspects of sexual health.
  3. Supportive environment: Ensuring individuals feel safe and understood in discussing their sexual health concerns.

Importance of convenience and flexibility

Therapy should be accessible and adaptable to meet the varied needs of LGBTQI individuals. This might include:

  1. Flexible scheduling: Offering sessions at times that suit the individual’s lifestyle.
  2. Online therapy options: Providing remote therapy to increase accessibility.


Why is sexual health important in LGBTQI therapy?
Sexual health is integral to overall well-being. Addressing it within therapy helps individuals lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.
What can I expect from LGBTQI sexual health therapy?
You can expect a supportive, non-judgmental space where your unique needs and concerns are understood and addressed.
How do therapists approach sexual health issues in LGBTQI therapy?
Therapists take a holistic and inclusive approach, considering both mental and physical aspects while providing education and support personalised to your identity.
Are online therapy options available for LGBTQI sexual health?
Yes, many therapists offer online sessions to ensure accessibility and convenience for all individuals.


  1. World Health Organization. (n.d.). Sexual Health. Retrieved from WHO
  2. National LGBT Health Education Center. (n.d.). Providing Inclusive Services and Care for LGBT People. Retrieved from LGBT Health
  3. American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients. Retrieved from APA
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision