LGBTQ Counseling For Individuals, Couples & Families
Everyone has life struggles with which they are dealing, but being part of the LGBTQ community often comes with additional stress, such as discrimination, identity issues, and low self esteem. If you are seeking therapy and are part of the LGBTQ community, Taylor Counseling Group is a comfortable place for therapy, where you will receive the help you need without judgment. Whether you are struggling to come out, having family issues, marital/relationship issues, or just dealing with the day-to-day struggles of life, your therapist will create a treatment plan specific to you and your needs in an environment that allows you to speak freely, openly, and honestly about your needs. We are here to help you navigate the challenges in order to become the most authentic version of yourself.
How Is LGBTQ Counseling Unique?
Like anyone, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (or questioning) individuals may seek therapy for depression, anxiety, relationships and other challenges. At the same time, counseling for LGBTQ individuals is unique in many ways.
LGBTQ individuals may face additional struggles that they wish to discuss with a therapist. For example, they may:
- Face gender dysphoria, a condition in which gender identity and expression is not the same as the gender assigned at birth
- Seek therapy for sexual identity issues, including questioning of their sexual identity
- Need therapy for abuse, discrimination or challenges they have faced because they are LGBTQ individuals
- Be interested in family therapy for loved ones who are not accepting
- Be concerned about stigma and may want to learn how to deal with stigma at work or school
LGBTQ individuals may have experienced bullying and hate crimes or been kicked out of their homes or lost friends and family after coming out. They may be seeking therapy to help deal with the emotional impact of these events.
In addition, LGBTQ individuals may have mixed experiences dealing with mental health professionals and feel most comfortable with LGBTQ therapists specifically. For many years, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) used by mental health professionals designated homosexuality as a disorder. Consequently, some LGBTQ patients may have had negative experiences with therapy in the past.
Individuals who have been through conversion therapy, in which someone tempted to erase their identity, may rightfully be concerned about attempting therapy again. Conversion therapy, also known as reparative therapy or sexual orientation change therapy, is now refuted by both the American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association.
A compassionate therapist with experience in LGBTQ challenges may be able to help. Many individuals feel more comfortable with a therapist who is part of the LGBTQ community or who specializes in LGBTQ issues because they share concerns about stigma and are focused on compassionate care.
LGBTQ Counseling — Benefits for Individuals, Couples & Families
Choosing the right therapist can make a huge difference in improving and managing your mental health. During an LGBTQ counseling session, you will speak privately with a therapist familiar with the challenges facing people of diverse sexualities and genders.
At Taylor Counseling Group, our licensed therapists create a safe space for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have, whether they are regarding your identity or sexual orientation or not. LGBTQ counseling for individuals can help with:
- Exploring your sexual orientation.
- Thinking about coming out to friends and family.
- Exploring your gender expression or identity.
- Managing or identifying gender dysphoria, anxiety or depression.
- Mitigating concerns such as addiction, parenting matters, sexual problems, addiction and relationship issues.
- Dealing with bullying or discrimination.
Why Seek Out Gay Relationship Counseling?
Whether you’re in a long-standing partnership, just starting a relationship or have a family seeking out a compassionate, nonjudgemental place for therapy has its benefits.
Gay relationship counseling, including gay marriage counseling, may help you:
- Add play, seduction or affection to your relationship.
- Achieve a healthy amount of time and separation for individual hobbies or interests.
- Be and feel honored, regardless of your gender expression, gender creativity or gender identity.
- Create authentic roles within your marriage or relationship.
- Learn to learn about and celebrate your partner while integrating all of who you are in the relationship.
- Learn ways to incorporate more success and happiness into your relationship.
- Heal stress and pressure related to societal expectations surrounding marrying the person you love.
What Is Affirmative Therapy for LGBTQ Communities?
Affirmative LGBTQ counseling is designed specifically for the unique needs of the LGBTQ community. This approach is committed to empowering LGBTQ individuals in their relationships and all facets of their lives while honoring the struggles that the LGBTQ community faces. Affirmative therapy is focused on finding efficient ways to overcome daily challenges.
Individuals in the LGBTQ community may seek counseling for the same reasons as heterosexual individuals, yet they do face unique challenges. Affirmative therapy addresses these unique needs.
If you are a member of the LGBTQ community in Central Texas and want affirmative therapy that addresses your needs, contact the team at Taylor Counseling Group to schedule an appointment today.
Contact Taylor Counseling Group for LGBTQ Pride Counseling
Taylor Counseling Group offers customized therapy for the LGBTQ community for individuals, couples & families. Whether you need help with gender dysphoria or want an LGBTQ-safe therapist for help with general depression or anxiety, we can help. We focus on providing affordable and personalized services with for LGBTQ individuals, couples and families in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and throughout Central Texas.