As a healer are you grounded to be present with pain? Can you be comfortable being on the outside of a group and still maintain your self-confidence? What is the preferred terminology when addressing the original people of this land? Is it OK to say “Indian”? Do you know the history of the people you serve?
If you had a cold, with a stuffy nose, sore throat, and headache, would you want a medicine that treated all the symptoms or just the stuffy nose? Most people would want the medicine that treated all the symptoms. Yet, when it comes to mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, standard mental health treatments do not necessarily address all the issues involved, particularly cultural issues.
Without knowledge about this vulnerable population and the best ways to support them, mental health providers may unintentionally mistreat gender non-binary people, who may perceive a lack of competence and resist treatment as a result. This article provides tips to mental health providers for working with gender non-binary clients.