At first glance, therapy for someone who identifies as LGBTQ is the same as for someone who does not. We are all susceptible to anxieties, stressors, depression, family tension, and other emotional and mental health concerns that are sometimes a part of simply being human. However, many members of the LGBTQ community experience an additional layer of challenges related to their gender and sexual orientation. Some of these challenges include questioning and exploring our identities, dealing with rejection by our families or communities, and managing the stress that can be caused by oppression, discrimination, and isolation.
Being a member of the LGBTQ community can be an important facet of one’s identity, and one that your therapist must fully understand to be effective in supporting you.
Issues addressed in therapy could include:
• Support for individuals questioning and exploring their sexual identity
• Care for individuals in the “coming out” process
• Transition-related support: support in exploring options, making decisions, and venturing forward
• Coping with familial or community rejection due to one’s sexual or gender identity
• Support for parents of LGBTQ children: A safe space to process concerns, hopes, and fears and explore ways to affirm their child
• Healing work for trauma survivors who are part of the LGBTQ community
LGBTQ Therapy Group: This group provides a welcoming environment in which LGBTQ-identified individuals can connect, share experiences, and grow collectively.
Gender Diversity Group: A supportive process group designed for individuals who identify as transgender, gender-variant, genderqueer, non-binary, gender fluid, two-spirit or anywhere else on the gender-creative spectrum. This group provides a safe space to discuss issues related to the gender journey, including exploring our gender expression, transitioning, relationships, and coping with misunderstanding and discrimination.
• Recovery from trauma and complex post-traumatic stress
• Affirmative therapy for LGBTQ-identified individuals
• Anxiety and panic disorders
• Polyamorous, non-monogamous or “non-traditional” relationships
• Adjusting to life transitions
• Immigration and acculturation
• Healing through expressive art therapy
Address and Contact
Programs & Education
Mental Health Screenings