What are some issues that LGBTQIA people face?

Homosexuality is thankfully no longer classified as a mental disorder. Still, it is important for LGBTQ+ people seeking therapy to choose a counselor who is sensitive to the unique concerns they often have.

Gay and lesbian clients, as well as other people with minority gender and sexuality identities, may face estrangement or rejection from friends, coworkers, or family members. They often suffer abuse or discrimination and are at a higher risk for suicide.

People who are transitioning face particular stressors concerning their identity and body image. Talk therapy with a mental health professional is also helpful to people undergoing hormone therapy.

Bisexuals may be dismissed by potential romantic partners or even others in the LGBTQ+ community. Some live in the closet or repress their sexual desires for convenience or safety.

In addition to these particular concerns, LGBTQIA people face all the issues that straight cis men and cis women deal with. Some struggle with addictive behavior, suffer from PTSD, or face problems at work that have nothing to do with their sexual identity or gender expression.

That makes it very important to choose a counselor prepared to treat the whole person. Many techniques used in grief counseling, for example, are effective whether a client is male, female, or non-binary. But a professional counselor can make a client feel comfortable discussing their gender and sexuality in whatever capacity it affects their mental and emotional health.

Therapy for LGBT+ individuals

Sessions with LGBTQIA people are similar to therapy with anyone else. The client has a safe space to discuss frustrations at work, stress at home, or symptoms of mental health disorders.

A therapist can help individuals who are trying to come to terms with their gender and sexual identity if that is a concern.

LGBTQIA individuals may have feelings of resentment that relate to how others have reacted to their sexuality and gender expression and benefit from discussing those emotions with a professional.

Some LGBT+ people were abused as children, and a skilled therapist can help address the shame or sense of helplessness that often accompanies those memories.

Experienced therapists are also able to offer strategies for coping with mental disorders which may be exacerbated when an LGBTQ+ person encounters bullying or violence.

LGBTQ+ youths can especially benefit from therapy, especially if they face homophobia, transphobia, or other instances of hatred focused on their gender or sexuality. A counselor can provide strategies that lay the foundation for sound mental health for the rest of their lives.

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