Using Trans-Affirming Counseling Practices on College Campuses: Recommendations for Professional Practice

Valerie G. Couture

Abstract


College mental health counselors support students who are struggling with emotional, academic, and social problems. Students who identify as being within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) demographic are among those who seek support from mental health counselors. This article reviews the theoretical and empirical research for trans-affirming counseling practices in college mental health centers and across campus services. Recommendations include colleges using an interdisciplinary approach to provide a safe environment for trans-students to feel supported while at college, as well as, ongoing professional development training for faculty and staff.  


Keywords


Counseling theory; transgender; counseling center; college student

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