LGBTQ Counseling Psychology Services
- Discrimination in terms of jobs or housing
- Intersection of sexuality/gender identity and religious beliefs
- Rejection by family or friends
- Gender policing in public bathrooms
- Prejudice against same-sex/gender variant parents
- “Coming out”
- Relationship abuse and violence
- Sex reassignment surgery
- Internalized shame
- Sexual abuse
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals have unique challenges related to their sexual minority identities. The Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of the right of same-sex couples to marry in June 2015 was a major victory in human rights for the LGBTQ community, but there remain a number of battles for these individuals that may contribute to stress, depression and anxiety.
While LGBTQ individuals are often lumped into one group, the subgroups are vastly different from one another. Bisexual people have different challenges than trans people, for example. Being mindful of these differences is a core component of my work with the LGBTQ community. You and I will discuss what your unique experiences with sexuality and/or gender have been. Whether it’s accepting this part of yourself that you have never shared with anyone before, determining how to tell people close to you, navigating your first relationship (or your fifteenth), or clarifying how you identify (e.g. bisexual? pansexual? asexual?), I will provide a safe space for you to process and share your feelings. Together we will make a plan to actively reach your goals. Even if your sexuality or gender is unrelated to your reasons for seeking therapy, but you just want a safe space with an affirming therapist, you’ve come to the right place as well.