LGBTQIA AFFIRMATIVE THERAPY FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, AND ADULTS
Oscar Wilde — “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken….”
All are welcome… Being LGBTQIA is completely normal and healthy and comes with a unique set of challenges and rewards. I am an out therapist and am out of the box in gender and sexual identity. It is rewarding to specialize in LGBTQIA affirmative therapy and support children, teens and adults, as they grow into a place of pride in themselves and belonging in their community. In my experience, as LGBTQIA people gain acceptance for who they are, they begin to thrive and lead happy productive lives.
Over half of the clients in my practice suffer from anxiety and depression due to unresolved LGBTQIA issues. Many question whether they may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or asexual. Others have come out and are seeking a supportive community. Numerous research studies indicate that due to experience with homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, people in the LGBTQIA community have disproportionately higher rates of trauma and suicide. There is a great need for healing to repair the sense of alienation and splitting that has occurred individually and in our culture.
In addition to individual LGBTQIA therapy, I also offer group therapy. During these sessions, members receive unconditional acceptance from the group and have the opportunity to share their stories and listen supportively to others. One therapy group is a support group for people who identify as non-binary in gender (ex. transgender, genderqueer, gender fluid, androgynous, or intersex.) The other is an all-inclusive LGBTQIA support group for clients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, queer, asexual, intersex, genderqueer or questioning. Clients who are non-binary in gender are invited to be in one or both groups.
FAMILIES AND ALLIES
It is a privilege to work with families and allies of clients in helping them better understand the needs of their loved one. Often this happens through providing emotional support and psychoeducation in therapy sessions. I also advocate for clients in schools by educating teachers and counselors about the needs of LGBTQIA students.
Some of the questions I address with families and allies include:
How do I know if my child is gay or transgender?
Could this be a phase?
What can I do to best support my child/teen?
What is the best way to come out?
What does healthy gender expression look like?
How do I use gender friendly pronouns?
How should gender pronouns be addressed in the classroom?
How do we prepare for potential adversity?
Where can we find supportive community?
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