Safe Space and Validation for LGBTQIA+ Trauma Discussions
Trauma is a difficult subject to discuss for some, especially when there is no "safe space" in which to have the conversation. I struggled with opening up about my traumatic past due to a lack of safe space to share these memories. In our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, etc. (LGBTQIA+) community, it can be difficult to find someone who can hold a safe space for us without judgment. This leads to many individuals settling for a therapist or counselor who truly isn't meeting their needs.
Holding a Safe Space for Trauma
If you are not comfortable with a counselor or therapist after one meeting or 10, then you are not obligated to continue confiding in that person. The relationship between the therapist and patient should be one of comfort and safety. We have similar relationships with our friends or family. If you are unable to feel safe space held for you by a professional, friend, or family member alike, then consider finding a space that is safer or more comfortable for you to share.
What does a safe space look like for you? Can you think of a time when space wasn't safe, and you stayed in it?
Nolasco, M. (2020, November 2). Safe Space and Validation for LGBTQIA+ Trauma Discussions , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, October 2 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/thelifelgbt/2020/11/safe-space-and-validation-for-lgbtqia-trauma-discussions