At Portland Psychotherapy, we strive to make quality, evidence-based mental health services available to all members of our community. Supporting diversity and inclusivity are core values at Portland Psychotherapy. As part of this mission, our therapists are committed to the principles of gay and LGBTQ affirmative therapy and we as a center strive to empower those who are marginalized and oppressed. In addition to our commitment to LGBTQ affirmative therapy in our clinical work, a main emphasis in the research we conduct at our center focuses on issues of stigma and shame, which are issues particularly salient to those in the LGBTQ community who are often marginalized by the prejudice and heterosexism that is pervasive in our society. At Portland Psychotherapy, we are committed to helping all those we work with live lives of meaning, integrity, and dignity.
What is Affirmative Therapy?
Affirmative therapy is not simply taking the position that there is nothing pathological or wrong with being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer. It is more than that. As clinicians who practice affirmative therapy, we celebrate and advocate for the validity of relationships and identities outside the mainstream heterosexual norms. We seek to counteract the pervasive stigmatization, prejudice and discrimination that our society inflicts on those who identify as anything other than heterosexual. In affirmative therapy, we seek to address the harm and added stress that can result from living in a heterosexist society.
National LGBTQ organizations
- Human Rights Campaign
- Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)
- Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
- The Pride Foundation
- AFFIRM- Psychologists affirming their LGBT family
- Gay, Lesbian, and Straight education network
- The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
Local LGBTQ organizations
- Basic Rights Oregon
- Gay Oregon
- Q Center: Portland’s LGBTQ community center
- SMYRC: Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center