Whether you're having issues with coming out, problems in your romantic relationship or just general concerns about managing stress in your life; finding a therapist that is familiar and knowledgeable about the challenges of the the LGBT community can be crucial to a successful outcome of the therapeutic process.
Through the years the LGBT community has experienced cultural acceptance that has lead to the right to get married and adopt children just like their heterosexual counterparts. Despite these advances for the LGBT community, there is still a level of social stigma that makes living as a minority a source of stress. Some of the issues affecting the LGBT community:
- Higher levels of depression
- Increased risk of suicide and self-harm
- Substance use
- Social rejection
- Discrimination, oppression & marginalization
Research suggests that lesbian and gay couples have unique differences that set them apart from heterosexual couples. In addition, lesbian and gay couples are more likely than straight couples to form relationships that break free from traditional norms. Maybe your relationship is suffering from a lack of communication. Perhaps you have been contemplating the idea of having an open relationship and need help with setting boundaries and rules. Maybe you're having second thoughts about engaging in an intergenerational relationship (May-December) or are having difficulties in your current one. Whatever issue brings you to counseling, it is important to have a therapist who is knowledgeable and supportive on LGBT issues.