The vital role of LGBTQ+ affirming counselors

Individuals within the LGBTQ+ community often encounter marginalization and discrimination based on their sexual, gender, and affectional minority orientations. As the number of self-identifying LGBTQ+ individuals continues to rise, the need for competent counseling becomes increasingly apparent. Competent counselors play a pivotal role in helping LGBTQ+ individuals navigate prejudice, foster resilience, and enhance overall well-being.

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