Are you feeling disconnected, uncomfortable, or misunderstood?
Do you struggle with self-acceptance, belonging, and concerns related to your relationships, sexuality, and gender?
Our counselors can support you in exploring your identity, building confidence, and empowering yourself to lead your most authentic life.
Members for the LGBTQIA+ community come from diverse communities and have a wide array of life experiences. Many people seek support after growing up a world where it was hard to find accurate representations of themselves in their schools, communities, and the media. Some people in this community find it difficult to express themselves authentically, feel uncomfortable in their bodies and their lives, and are afraid of vulnerability.
If you are someone who identifies outside of the heteronormative (male-female) relationship, and are bisexual, gay, lesbian, pansexual, or any other sexual orientation*, you may struggle with finding therapy or counseling that is affirming of your romantic and sexual attraction. You may also struggle with social or relational stress, and depression.
If you identify as trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary, agender, or are exploring your gender identity in some way*, you may benefit from working with a counselor who understands your complexity and is able to provide affirmative care.
Many LGBTQIA+ folks seek a counselor or therapist, and if any of these issues resonate with you, counseling can help:
- You are looking to explore who you are and how you want to show up in your relationships
- Fear of letting people in – vulnerability – gets in the way of relationships
- You have questions about your gender identity and the way you express yourself
- You feel sad, frustrated, angry, and stuck
- You experience shame as a result of your identities and this may lead to isolation
- Your body doesn’t feel like home or you’re uncomfortable with how you look and feel
- Confusion about your sexual and romantic attraction affects your confidence
- You struggle with internalized homophobia or transphobia
- You would like to process traumatic experiences of discrimination, stereotyping, harassment, bullying, or physical/verbal/sexual abuse
- You struggle to accept yourself
- Your family and friends don’t accept you for who you are
Many queer people don’t feel safe and affirmed in healthcare settings.
Our Center prioritizes inclusivity for everyone, and our therapists can support you in reclaiming your sense of self.
Through therapy you can:
- Find a space where you feel safe to process and explore
- Build meaningful relationships and set healthy boundaries
- Overcome doubt, self-hatred, and self-sabotage
- Tap into your pride and resiliency
- Gain insight into your triggers, your patterns
- Feel confident and connected to yourself and your people
- Better understand yourself, what you want, and what you do that gets in the way
We understand the barriers to recovery that many LGBTQIA+ people face. We know that to heal and grow, we must transform our discomfort and struggle into pride, resilience, and a whole-hearted life.
Our LGBTQIA+ specialist, Dani Sullivan, MSW has been working with queer folks for over 8 years. Dani is motivated to building inclusive spaces and knows how important it is to find a therapist who affirms you and challenges you to engage in your life with pride and joy. Dani can work with you in exploring your gender and sexuality, and more information can be found in her bio.
* This is not an exhaustive list of identities included in the LGBTQIA+ community. RCOSF supports all people regardless of acknowledged identity to reach out for compassionate care.