I make a conscious effort to understand and be educated to the fullest extent possible on the issues and topics relevant to the LGBTQIA+ communities. Each group included in LGBTQIA+ acronym faces their own unique set of challenges, experiences, and joys. Further everyone experiences their gender and sexual orientation in their own way with outside factors and other identities playing a role in how we make sense of who we are. Our identities are complicated and nuanced and I believe that you deserve to be validated and heard.
Even if you are not seeking therapy for something related to your sexual or gender identity, a safe and accepting space is a vital part of accomplishing your therapy goals. Being a part of a marginalized group can be a huge source of stress. With an increased likelihood of having experienced discrimination, bullying, hate speech/crimes, and oppression, it is not surprising that this community suffers higher rates of anxiety, depression, suicidality and other mental health issues. These traumatic experiences can cause lasting effects on how you move through this world and relate to those around you. However, there are ways to heal and your therapist can be an incredible resource as you navigate positive change and self-discovery.