Joie de Vivre is an affirmative practice and celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer experience. Affirmative therapy embraces a positive view of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identities and relationships, and addresses the negative influences that homophobia,
transphobia, and heterosexism have on the lives of LGBTQ clients.
Despite improvements in civil rights and increased visibility, psychological problems persist for many LGBTQ individuals. Affirmative therapy addresses the impact modern day discrimination and marginalization have on LGBTQ emotional well-being, identity development, and relationship formation including families, partners, and community.