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You Can Be Yourself With Me

Almost from the beginnings of our organization, ALGBTICAL has adopted as its unofficial theme or slogan, the phrase, "You Can Be Yourself With Me."  It is a sincere message of compassion and affirmation to our clients that they will be treated with dignity and respect.

 

More recently, ALGBTICAL has sought to also communicate to its clients and the general public the label, "Affirming Counselors," to further emphasize the importance of that theme in the ongoing work they do.

 

Moreover, ALGBTICAL continues to promote its members as "Advocates, Allies, and Activists."

 

ALGBTICAL counselors are competent and ethical.  They are committed to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community with integrity and professionalism.  They adhere to ACA and ALCA Codes of Ethics.

 

ALGBTICAL counselors provide professional and compassionate advising, therapy, consultation, and counseling to LGBT students and clients in a manner that is sensitive, respectful, affirming, supportive, and non-judgmental. 

 


Relevant Resources

 

LGBT-Friendly Counselor List
Counseling LGBT Clients and Students
Ethical Issues in LGBT Counseling
Respect for LGBT Clients
Note to Parents of LGBT Children
The Coming Out Process
Allies and Advocates in Support of LGBT People

 



Advocates, Allies, Activists

 

ALGBTICAL counselors are proud to be advocates, allies, and activists in behalf of the issues and concerns of their LGBT students and clients.

 

ALGBTICAL counselors assist their students and clients in the coming-out process. They want their students and clients to know that they are accepted for who they are. They can be themselves. They do not need to hide who they are.  They do not need to guard their speech. They can be open about themselves and speak freely about aspects of their lives.

 

ALGBTICAL counselors do not consider homosexuality a choice.  Nor do they consider it a disorder or a disease.  They do not consider their clients sick, confused, or sinful.  They do not consider homosexuality unnatural or immoral.  They do not think that LGBT people need to be converted, cured, or repaired.

 

ALGBTICAL counselors avoid attitudes and behavior that are oppressive to LGBT persons, including homophobia and heterosexism.

 

ALGBTICAL counselors are educated professionals.  Their perspectives on LGBT issues are based on solid medical, psychological, sociological, therapeutic, and scientific research. 

 

ALGBTICAL counselors are informed.  They are aware of the history and culture of LGBT people.  They know the struggles and affirmations of the LGBT community.  They understand the issues and concerns of LGBT individuals. 

 

ALGBTICAL counselors help others understand the importance of equality, fairness, tolerance and mutual respect. They raise awareness and build bridges by actively, publicly, and courageously practicing acceptance of and support for LGBT people and speaking out in their behalf.

ALGBTICAL counselors defend and protect LGBT people.  They support efforts to end the oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. They seek to safeguard the rights of LGBT people.  They oppose the discrimination, prejudice, harassment, hatred, and violence that LGBT people are subjected to.

 



 

Straight But Not Narrow


ALGBTICAL counselors may be part of the LGBT population or they may be straight.  Regardless of a counselor's personal sexual orientation, he or she is expected to affirm LGBT clients in the same manner as any client.

 

Many ALGBTICAL counselors are LGBT allies.  An LGBT ally is a heterosexual (straight person) who believes in and advocates for homosexual (LGBT) rights. In relation to issues of oppression, an ally is defined as “a person who is a member of the ‘dominant’ or ‘majority’ group who works to end oppression in his or her personal and professional life through support of, and as an advocate with and for, the oppressed population.”  A LGBT ally is “a person, often straight, who is accepting and supportive of the LGBT community.”


Everyone has the opportunity to be an ally and a friend at home, school, church and work. A straight ally can merely be someone who is supportive and accepts the LGBT person, or a straight ally can be someone who personally advocates for equal rights and fair treatment.


Allies are some of the most effective and powerful voices of the LGBT movement. Not only do allies help people in the coming-out process, they also help others understand the importance of equality, fairness, tolerance and mutual respect. They raise awareness and build bridges by actively, publicly, and courageously practicing acceptance of and support for LGBT people and speaking out in their behalf.

 




Affirming Counselors


ALGBTICAL counselors are proud to label themselves as LGBT-friendly or LGBT-affirming.  They would like for their clients and prospective clients to know that they will be treated with respect.

 

ALGBTICAL counselors are affirming counselors.  They accept their clients as they are.  Their clients can be themselves, knowing that the counselor will affirm, accept, and celebrate them.

 

LGBT clients need to have confidence in their counselor.  They want to meet with a counselor that they know will be open, empathetic, understanding, affirming, supportive, and non-judgmental.  Given the general atmosphere of prejudice that exists, it is understandable that LGBT clients may feel a need to verify that their counselor is LGBT-friendly.

 

ALGBTICAL is pleased to offer their LGBT-friendly counselor list of practitioners who are knowledgeable of LGBT issues and who are sensitive to the needs and concerns of LGBT individuals.

 

If you are seeking an LGBT-affirming counselor for yourself or for another person, please contact us.

 


Relevant Resources

 

LGBT-Friendly Counselor List
Counseling LGBT Clients and Students
Ethical Issues in LGBT Counseling
Respect for LGBT Clients
Note to Parents of LGBT Children
The Coming Out Process
Allies and Advocates in Support of LGBT People

 

 


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Association for Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama