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 attempted 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.
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. Whether you need help with gender dysphoria or want a LGBTQ-safe therapist for help with general depression or anxiety, we can help. We focus on providing affordable and personalized services with multiple locations in Central Texas.