Sexuality Issues & LGBTQ
Many lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (or questioning) individuals seek counseling for reasons similar to non-LGBTQ individuals (i.e. depression, anxiety, grief, couples therapy, work stress, etc). And while some issues have little to do with sexuality, gender, or identity, the LGBTQ community does have their own set of unique challenges as well.
In spite of the many advances in achieving equality and cultural acceptance, LGBTQ people still regularly experience discrimination, marginalization, bullying, and rejection. The cumulative as well as the acute effects of these experiences lead to higher levels of mental health issues in LGBTQ populations. The mental and physical damage caused by these social pressures are often an important part of presenting and/or underlying therapeutic issues.
Over the past several years, the general public seems to have become more aware of the issues faced by the LGBTQ community. With this heightened awareness, mental health services have become more tailored to this population’s specific needs. One way this is being carried out is through LGBTQ affirmative therapy. This approach to psychotherapy is focused on the empowerment of LGBTQ individuals in all areas of life and relationships. Therapists working from an affirmative approach seek to honor the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ individuals and help them navigate the challenges in an effective way. At Roots Wellness Center we work from an affirmative approach when working with the LGBTQ community.