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

Margaret Nichols, PhD, has been a licensed psychologist and AASECT Certified sex therapy supervisor working in the LGBTQ community for 35 years. She founded the New Jersey Hyacinth AIDS Foundation and is the founder and president of the Institute for Personal Growth. Her recent publications include chapters in textbooks Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy and Systemic Sex Therapy.


Chris Lyford

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:


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What Therapists Need to Know About Working with LGBTQ+ Clients