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Therapy Stories
Therapy Stories
Learn about the human cost to a one-size fits all prescription in therapy.

Read why access to all goals in therapy is crucial

Youth need access to therapy that supports them in their goals and values. When therapists do not support their clients in their goals and values, it pushes youth to see their situation as hopeless. Supporting youth in their goals does not result in shame and discouragement - just the opposite is true. Read these stories about therapy to see why access to all goals in therapy is so important.

(*) Some names have been changed.

Meet Erin

Experienced Gender Dysphoria

"If my licensed school psychologist was afraid of being sanctioned by the Utah licensing board, she likely would not have helped me ... manage my trans feelings."

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Meet Stephen

Experiences Same-Sex Attraction

"Had I not had [access to a therapist who supported my values], I would have continued to disconnect myself from others and experience suicidal thoughts. ... I am now a better husband and father because I was able to have the therapy I wanted with the goals I wanted from a licensed therapist."

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Meet Betsy*

A Lesbian Previously Identified as Male

"I am now a happy, proud, out lesbian ... Without professional help though, I would never have arrived at this point. ... In my case, a therapist’s intervention was crucial ... working through my issues with a therapist meant finally shedding my past trauma, and being able to accept myself, as I am, without the need to adopt a trans identity."

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Meet Fred*

Experiences Same-Sex Attraction

"[My therapist] really helped me to find myself, my true self. ... I believe we as human beings have a choice. Some of us don’t believe homosexuality is the path we want our lives to take. We have the right to get help in our decisions as much as anyone else does."

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Meet Jim*

Experiences Same-Sex Attraction

Jim lives in Australia, where laws prohibit any therapy that attempts to reduce or modify unwanted same-sex attraction.

"... it's become incredibly difficult to live the way we want to live based upon our morals and values that we have chosen."

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