Affirming Therapy for LGBTQ+ Teens & Adults
We believe everyone deserves a judgment-free space to feel understood and to heal. Our LBTQ+ affirming therapist are passionate about creating affirming and empowering space that affirms all facets of your sexual and gender identity. Our therapists are highly-skilled and experienced in working with the queer and trans community; we are knowledgeable of the diversity of issues LGBTQ+ people face, including concerns related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
If you've been looking for a queer-identified therapist who gets it and affirms your identities, gender, relationships, and experiences, you have come to the right place.
At the Aguirre Center for Inclusive Psychotherapy, our team of highly trained, inclusive therapists are dedicated to helping queer and gender diverse people achieve a greater sense of self-awareness, peace, and well-being. We have a passion for helping our clients find the insight and strength needed to work through their challenges, as well as to develop a sense of self-acceptance and worth. Our goal is to create a safe, inclusive space for all of our clients to feel heard and seen, no matter their identity.
We understand that members of the LGBTQ+ community face many of the same mental health concerns as the general population, but they also have a set of unique challenges that other communities don’t. Our queer and trans communities face unique stressors from living in a stigmatizing, heteronormative society. Living authentically in a world that’s not built for queer and gender diverse people can feel overwhelming — even impossible — at times. The impact of growing up and living in a homophobic and transphobic family and a society that marginalizes LGBTQ+ people is profound. Given the oppression, discrimination and stigma faced by the our community, it is not surprising that queer and trans people experience a disproportionate rate of mental health issues.
Unfortunately, traditional forms of therapy have often failed to provide appropriate support for our queer, trans and Q+BIPOC communities, which has, understandably, resulted in a lack of trust in mental health professionals and a reluctance to seek therapy. Our LGBTQ+ affirming therapists seek to address these issues by creating a safe and inclusive environment where you can focus on the concerns that bring you to therapy without fear of judgment, invalidation, or discrimination.
We bring an anti-oppressive approach to therapy that emphasizes the importance of understanding the effects of power, privilege, and oppression on the lives of our clients and our communities. Our affirming therapy practices can empower you to be your most authentic self and to develop a deeper understanding and acceptance of your unique intersecting identities. We can provide support in navigating family dynamics, social expectations, harmful norms, and while helping you build healthier relationships in your life – with your self, with others, and with your community. We strive to provide you with affirmation and validation through every step of your journey.
Meet our Queer-identified therapists
All of our therapists at the Aguirre Center for Inclusive Psychotherapy are queer allies, and most are also members of the LGBTQ+ communities. Many of us also live at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities, such as race and ethnicity, religion, and nuerodivergence. While a lived queer-experience does not guarantee we will fully understand every aspect of your identity, what we can promise is that our our affirming therapists strive to see ALL of you and to truly understand ALL of your intersecting identities. We won’t ask you to educate us on the fundamentals of the LGBTQ+ experience and can ask deeper questions that move you forward. What we will do is hold all your identities, contexts, and the impact of oppression while addressing the issues that bring you to therapy.
We are committed to providing our Q+BIPOC clients a decolonized, culturally-responsive atmosphere that fosters healing, growth and well-begin. Anti-oppressive/decolonized therapy means that we will: never pathologize or shame appropriate responses to oppression and trauma. Therapy should always be a space to be open and grieve injustice as it happens to ourselves or our community without judgment. Decolonized therapy is a framework of healing from the dehumanizing effects of colonization, white supremacy, and systemic oppression. We de-center mental health away from the dominant, white narrative, and instead, we center rich familial, cultural, and ancestral wisdom, knowledge, and strengths from our Black, Brown, and Latinx communities.
Our anti-oppressive, culturally-informed approach to understand dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression that have shape our clients' identities and lived experiences. For Q+BIPOC, an important part of our work is healing the wounds from racial stress and racial trauma (microaggressions, racism, violence, stereotypes, poverty, and discrimination). Anti-Oppressive, Decolonized, and Affirming therapy is the therapy you have been looking for - the therapy each of us deserves.
Other Psychological Services Offered at ACIP
In addition to working with the LGBTQ+ community, at the Aguirre Center for Inclusive Psychotherapy we also specialize in working with folx who hold other marginalized identities including Black, Latinx/Hispanic, neurodivergent folx and members of the Poly/ENM communities. We offer a variety of psychological services both in-person and online therapy from Atlanta-based therapy practice and across the state Georgia. Our stellar team of therapists and psychologists provide individual therapy and counseling for depression, anxiety, trauma, burnout, imposter syndrome, and more. We also offer couples & relational counseling for all genders and all relationship structures.
We look forward to supporting you on your journey towards healing and wholeness.