QUEER THERAPY NETWORK
MHP HOUSTON CHAPTER
Queer Therapy Network MHP Houston Chapter is a professional queer-affirming mental health network
of certified mental health providers and postgraduate pre-licensed professionals who seek continued education training, hands-on experience, job placement, mentorship, and therapist-to-therapist support and want to collectively serve the LGBTQIA+ community with mental health services, resources, and support in a welcoming, safe, inclusive, and diverse environment.
To build the first professional and accredited mental health network chapter of queer-affirming mental health providers offering mental health services, resources, and support.
To become the first leading accredited chapter of queer-affirming, mental health professionals,
According to ZIPPIA's demographics, there are over 341,444 mental health professionals, counselors, and therapists currently employed in the United States.
Only 27% are non-white, and only 15% are LGBTQ+.
QTNMHPHC is here to change these statistics.
WHAT QTNMHPHC OFFERS
Accredited chapter of certified and postgraduate queer-affirming mental health professionals.
Booking Services offering free or low-cost individual, couples/relationship, and family, group therapy.
Continued Education Training Mental Health Courses.
Member exclusive Groups, Blogs, Forums, Mental Health Podcasts and Educational Videos.
Job Placement for postgraduates upon successful completion of (CET) courses.
Community Partners and Organizations offering additional training, support, and resources.
Therapist to Therapist Support and Mentorship.
Celebratory Member Honorary Ceremony
DID YOU KNOW?
70% of (non-queer) mental health providers report not having training in how to affirm and support LGBTQIA+ people, leaving many LGBTQIA+ people feeling unsupported and misunderstood by their mental health providers. This lack of queer-affirming mental health providers continues to contribute to devastating consequences. For many LGBTQIA+ people, finding a mental health provider who looks like them and truly understands their experiences can be life-saving. Queer-affirming mental health providers can provide better much-needed support and guidance to those who are struggling.
THE IMPORTANCE OF QUEER-AFFIRMING
MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
There are several reasons why it is important for mental health providers to be LGBTQIA+-affirming.
With an LGBTQIA+-affirming therapist, LGBTQIA+ people are:
More likely to feel comfortable seeking help from them.
More likely to be open about their sexual orientation and gender identity with them.
More likely to have better mental health outcomes.
HOW WE MEET THE DEMAND FOR
QUEER-AFFIRMING MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
QTNMHPHC provides a members-only chapter of certified and postgraduate queer-affirming mental health professionals and programs specifically focused on extensive educational training, networking events, member directories, resources, and reports to become more aware and knowledgeable about the unique mental health challenges and needs of LGBTQIA+ people.
In addition, creating partnerships with educational institutions that have a strong track record of training queer-affirming mental health professionals, mental health associations, and organizations that can provide expertise and support ultimately meeting the demand for queer-affirming mental health professionals working together and creating a world where queer people can receive the mental health care they need.