Therapy for LGBTQ Issues
If you are a part of the LGBTQ community, you have probably have encountered oppression in various forms. This may have left you feeling isolated, afraid or rejected. You may have experienced family rejection, people who refuse to use your pronouns, discrimination on the job or in public spaces. Instead of being able to celebrate and live an open, wonderful life you experience distress in various forms. If you are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) you may experience racism both within and outside the community. BIPOC often feel there is less room to be themselves in their communities. They may feel they have to choose between one identity and the other.
You may feel extreme pressure if your family is part of a religion that is rooted in heterosexual dominance. You may not have anyone safe to confide in. This can lead to feelings of depression or thoughts of self harm. If you do not feel safe to be open in any way, you may need help figuring out where you can be safe. You may need help finding community for yourself or coping with family reactions. Your family may also need help sorting through their feelings.
You may feel anxious, if you are considering gender reassignment surgery or maybe hormonal therapy. You may have a lot of questions about finding the right health care provider or maybe even if it’s the right thing for you. Therapy can help you problem solve so that you have the best experience possible.
Finding a therapist of color who will work with you can be challenging. Therapists of color are few. Some may not want to work with this community due to their religious beliefs. It’s important to have a therapist who is an ally. We get it! You also need a therapist who is competent in working with LGBTQ. Therapy is an excellent choice, to help you navigate through the territory of queer phobia, trans phobia or homo-negativity/phobia that exists in the world.