Most trainings on sex and gender diversity, even though they advertise as LGBTQ, are mainly about working with gay and lesbian clients. Yet the queer community includes not only B and T people, but those who identify as nonbinary, asexual, kinky, polyamorous, and more.
Today’s LGBT+ community has exploded in size, and therapists working in progressive, urban communities will likely see clients whose approach to sex, gender, and relationships diverges from the mainstream. According to sex therapist and author Margie Nichols, clinicians need to be adaptable.
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Margaret Nichols, PhD, CSTS, is a psychologist, sex therapist, and author of The Modern Clinician’s Guide to Working with LGBTQ+ Clients. She has more than 40 years of experience doing therapy with sex-, gender-, and relationship-diverse people, and she identifies as queer.
Chris Lyford is the Senior Editor at Psychotherapy Networker. Previously, he was Assistant Director and Editor of the The Atlantic Post, where he wrote and edited news pieces on the Middle East and Africa. He also formerly worked at The Washington Post, where he wrote local feature pieces for the Metro, Sports, and Style sections. Contact: email@example.com.