Category Archives : LGBT Counseling

Micro-what?: An Introduction to Microaggressions

Have you ever been in a situation where your other-ness was, intentionally or unintentionally, blatantly pointed out? Have you ever experienced someone else’s stupid joke or dismissive comment take up way too much space in your mind, long after they’ve said it and everyone else has altogether forgotten about it?…

In the World of Mainstream Sexuality, Bisexual People are Invisible

It seems that people may be finally starting to lose their grip on the model of “traditional” sexuality (read: heterosexuality). Same-sex marriage is receiving more and more support and legislation, which is wonderful for those who identify as lesbian or gay. Increased visibility for the LGBT+ community as a whole…

Unique Considerations in Counseling Black Men who Have Sex with Men

In many ethnic minority communities, particularly within the black/African-American community, the term “gay” is viewed as pertaining solely to the white male experience; for all intents and purposes, gay equals white. This word has no important personal meaning or significance for many boys and men of color. This can be…

Kristen Martinez Interviewed by CareersinPsychology.org

I have been featured as a “Counseling Expert” by CareersinPsychology.org for my specialty as an LGBT+ affirmative counselor. You can read the entire interview here. Photo credit: CareersInPsychology.org – Kristen Martinez, M.Ed., Ed.S., LMHCA, NCC Therapist in Seattle

Lavender Ceilings and Glass Escalators: Not Just Stylish Design Terms

The glass ceiling is a phenomenon that most people have some general idea about: the effects of systematic gender discrimination in male-dominated workplaces that limit women’s abilities to be promoted or rise in rank throughout the company. Well, it turns out that a few more of these phenomena exist… Ever…