Sandy Kiaizadeh, MA, Registered Psychotherapist
Toronto Mindful Solutions Clinic

LGTBQ Affirmative Therapy

Mindful Solutions Clinic offers LGBTQ-affirmative therapy to all clients, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. 

This means that your psychotherapist: 

  • Embraces a positive view of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identities and relationships, 
  • Knows the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity,
  • Addresses the negative influences that homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism may have had on your life, 
  • Offers an inclusive therapeutic space using affirmative language and correct terminology on all paperwork and in all interactions (e.g. in relation to your  preferred name, gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship status),
  • Acknowledges that each individual has a unique story related to personal discovery and disclosure of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity; your story matters in the therapeutic setting and is what we will be working with together,
  • Does not resort to heteronormative assumptions, asking you instead,
  • Lives an affirmative life, personally and professionally, as an ally for the LGBTQ community by challenging oppression, micro-aggressions, heterosexism and the gender binary,
  • Reflects on her own upbringing as a cisgender heterosexual woman, acknowledging areas of privilege and/or bias stemming from living in a heteronormative and gender-binaristic society,
  • Regularly undertakes LGBTQ-affirmative continuing education trainings and resources for clinical practice.