As social acceptance for diverse sexual orientations and gender identifications grows, larger populations of lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgendered people are feeling more comfortable seeking therapy. They are not only addressing their LGBTQ issues and the impact of living in a homophobic and transphobic world, but seek counseling for the same struggles as anyone else – depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, etc.
As a Sexual Minority Specialist I have worked with the LGBTQ population as a therapist for the past 15 years. I know the importance of creating a therapeutic, non-judgmental and affirming atmosphere of safety without discrimination. You will be allowed to explore your concerns, struggles and personal challenges with professional guidance and understanding. Regardless if you seek therapy for issues related to your LGBTQ status or not, it is imperative you feel supported and able to speak freely in order to benefit from the therapeutic experience.