We all deserve help.
All kinds of people seek out therapy for all kinds of reasons–including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender , queer, questioning and a whole host of other LGBTQ+ identified people.
It’s getting better out there, isn’t it?
While public awareness, perceptions and legal rights are shifting dynamically in a very public way right now, all who fall into this population have likely experienced at one time or another varying levels of discomfort, discrimination and marginalization.
Not just from strangers–several experience all of these in their own homes.
We can be out own worst enemies.
For many, an equally difficult struggle occurs within.
Questioning one’s own gender and/or sexual identity, letting go of the “normal” template we’re all raised to believe is our inevitable path, feeling scared, unsafe, lost, alone, confused…it can all feel unbearable.
Some situations are unique to the population, such as dating someone of the same sex or transitioning genders.
Other times, common symptoms like depression, anxiety and low self-esteem are present and connected to one’s LGBTQ+ identity.
And not everyone gets it.
For these reasons and more, LGBTQ+ people often seek out therapy to help sort through their current experience.
Unfortunately, mental health professionals are generally taught to provide therapy from a “heteronormative” perspective, leaving the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ clients to their imaginations.
You have a right to quality care.
You deserve a competent therapist, one who is trained and truly prepared to address the complex context of being LGBTQ+. A positive, welcoming attitude towards the LGBT+ population isn’t enough.
Never settle for a therapist who hasn’t earned the right to work with you.
Come get the help you deserve.
Everyone has his/her/their own personal story and experiences life differently. For any LGBTQ+ people seeking therapy, having a therapist who can see and understand all aspects of the one-of-a-kind person you are is essential.
Whether you are working through LGBTQ+ specific themes or universal human challenges in a LGBTQ+ context, I am prepared to serve you.