Anti-Oppressive Therapies and Methods of Healing for 2SLGBTQ+ Youth
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The resilience and activism stemming from 2SLBGTQ+ communities shaped the modern landscape of mental health counselling as we practice it today. A critical location for violence against 2SLBGTQ+ youth is within institutional structures that historically and presently stress and oppress individuals based on their race, socio-economic status, ability, sexual orientation, gender, and more. In recognition of the challenges that young 2SLGBTQ+ people face, access to therapy that is gender and queer-affirming is particularly important, if not lifesaving. Within this capstone, I propose that when therapists engage in anti-oppressive therapies alongside 2SLGBTQ+ youth, healing emerges from community, activism, and creativity. The mental health disparities that 2SLBGTQ+ youth face is political and so, there must also be a political nature to healing within 2SLGBTQ+ communities. Although history has presented 2SLGBTQ+ youth as a monolith, liberation offers a means of resistance that is intersectional; in many ways, liberation offers space for freedom. These methods of therapeutic practice are necessary for creating and imagining a radically different future for 2SLGBTQ+ youth within mental healthcare. This capstone will outline the review of literature, including the current gaps in research pertaining to 2SLGBTQ+ youth. The capstone will briefly discuss anti-oppressive therapies and more broadly explore the need for an anti-oppressive lens regardless of therapeutic modality preferences.