Thanks for expressing an interest in being on the LGBT Center of Raleigh Mental Health Community Resources list. Included below is a list of guidelines for psychotherapy with LGB clients that was created by the American Psychological Association. You are asked to read this list to see if your therapy practice is consistent with these guidelines.
In addition, there is a list of guidelines for psychotherapy with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) clients that was created by the American Psychological Association in 2015. If you serve Transgender and Gender Nonconforming clients, you are also asked to read this list to see if your therapy practice is consistent with these guidelines.
APA Guidelines for Therapy with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) Clients
Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients
Attitudes Toward Homosexuality and Bisexuality
- Guideline 1. Therapists understand that homosexuality and bisexuality are not indicative of mental illness.
- Guideline 2. Therapists are encouraged to recognize how their attitudes and knowledge about lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues may be relevant to assessment and treatment and seek consultation or make appropriate referrals when indicated.
- Guideline 3. Therapists strive to understand the ways in which social stigmatization (i.e., prejudice, discrimination, and violence) poses risks to the mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients.
- Guideline 4. Therapists strive to understand how inaccurate or prejudicial views of homosexuality or bisexuality may affect the client’s presentation in treatment and the therapeutic process.
Relationships and Families
- Guideline 5. Therapists strive to be knowledgeable about and respect the importance of lesbian, gay, and bisexual relationships.
- Guideline 6. Therapists strive to understand the particular circumstances and challenges facing lesbian, gay, and bisexual parents.
- Guideline 7. Therapists recognize that the families of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people may include people who are not legally or biologically related.
- Guideline 8. Therapists strive to understand how a person’s homosexual or bisexual orientation may have an impact on his or her family of origin and the relationship to that family of origin.
Issues of Diversity
- Guideline 9. Therapists are encouraged to recognize the particular life issues or challenges experienced by lesbian, gay, and bisexual members of racial and ethnic minorities that are related to multiple and often conflicting cultural norms, values, and beliefs.
- Guideline 10. Therapists are encouraged to recognize the particular challenges experienced by bisexual individuals.
- Guideline 11. Therapists strive to understand the special problems and risks that exist for lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth.
- Guideline 12. Therapists consider generational differences within lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations, and the particular challenges that may be experienced by lesbian, gay, and bisexual older adults.
- Guideline 13. Therapists are encouraged to recognize the particular challenges experienced by lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals with physical, sensory, and/or cognitive/emotional disabilities.
- Guideline 14. Therapists support the provision of professional education and training on lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues.
- Guideline 15. Therapists are encouraged to increase their knowledge and understanding of homosexuality and bisexuality through continuing education, training, supervision, and consultation.
- Guideline 16. Therapists make reasonable efforts to familiarize themselves with relevant mental health, educational, and community resources for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.
For further reading on the APA guidelines, go to the APA Practice Guidelines for LGB Clients
If you believe you are competent and would like to be on the referral list, please submit your name and practice information using our online Mental Health Resources Submission Form. You will be asked to reply to an email message with your statement that you have read and understand these guidelines and agree to practice in a way that is consistent with the guidelines and standards of care. This statement is required for inclusion on the referral list.
Mental Health Resources Submission Form