Why you'll love this course

Instructor and family therapist James Guay is friendly, approachable -- and a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights. He understands the wide range of knowledge and experience that therapists may have as they approach the topic, and addresses issues of language and treatment clearly and openly, without judgment.

Course description

Fundamentals of Therapy with LGBTQ Clients aims to give practical guidance for providing a welcoming and affirmative psychotherapy experience to clients who identify as members of the LGBTQ community. Topics include validating language, systems of oppression, and addressing the unique needs of this population.

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the differences between being LGBTQ friendly versus LGBTQ informed

  • Differentiate between sex, gender and sexual orientation

  • Define essential LGBTQ terminology, including a recognition of how language is self-determined and changes over time

  • Recognize at least three effects of societal oppression, including how this can intersect with various identities

  • Identify at least three characteristics of LGBTQ Affirmative Psychotherapy


James Guay

James Guay


James Guay has used various platforms to promote greater compassion and advocacy for human rights. He’s Co-Chaired on the #BornPerfect Advisory Committee for the National Center for Lesbian Rights — providing expert testimony against the use of conversion therapy at California’s State Capital. He’s taught classes & workshops related to LGBTQ topics at Esalen Institute, JFK University and UC Berkeley’s School of Law. James has also served on the Board of Directors for: - Gaylesta (The Psychotherapist Association for Gender & Sexual Diversity) - CAMFT (The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) - AAMFT-CA (The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, California Division) James is a California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#39252) in private practice since 1999.