LGBTQIA+ Issues

LGBTQIA+ Issues

Counseling and Therapy for the LGBTQIA+

We understand that there can be daily challenges of overcoming stigma, living as your authentic self, and ongoing family strain, among other internal and external pressures. We understand how identity can be deeply steeped into each problem you face. We provide specialized support for LGBTQIA individuals, families and couples. We apply the complexity of the layers of your life into your treatment.  We work with you to develop healthy coping skills to better deal with societal, family, relational and work issues. It is important to us that you feel appreciated and understood. We surround you with the support you need to feel safe, secure, and confident in your own skin.

Common Challenges:

  • Discrimination
  • Homophobia
  • Gender identity and expression
  • The coming out process
  • Transitioning
  • Sexuality and faith issues
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse

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LGBTQ Youth and Families

A lot of parents assume they’ll raise heterosexual youth. When they learn their child’s identity or orientation does not match their expectations, it can create a crisis within the family unit that affects everyone.

Childhood is not always an easy journey. The daily pressures of school, friends, learning yourself and family can be overwhelming in itself. Youth identifying as LGBTQ+ face additional issues that can benefit from the support of a counselor who is affirming and understanding of their experience.

At Whole Journey, we work to support you and families in becoming healthy individuals and families. Acceptance or rejection can be the difference in seeing your child live a life that supports them. We aim to move families from chaos to connection.

Common Challenges:

  • Family rejection/strain
  • Bullying
  • Depression (withdrawal, isolation, and sad mood, irritability)
  • Suicide and suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • The coming out process
  • Transitioning
  • Relationship issues/Loss of support

LBGTQ Youth of Color

In addition to the common challenges listed above, youth of color who identify as LGBTQ+ face unique challenges. They have to develop their racial and sexual identities at the same time they are developing their overall identity. This can increase stigma and rejection on multiple levels that shape how they see themselves.

Common Challenges:

  • Prejudice towards minority youth that “adultifies” youth of color, seeing them as threats versus children who need nurture and protection
  • Differential school-based discipline targeting LGBTQ+ youth of color and discrimination, particularly in K-12 settings
  • Disproportionate targeting by police as LGBTQ+ youth of color

Relationship Counseling for LGBTQ+

No matter your sexual orientation or gender, a healthy relationship is a healthy relationship. However, the strain your relationship can be compounded by the ongoing struggles with acceptance and discrimination that may be already present in your family, at work, or in society. You will not need to explain your relationship to our counselors. They will understand the unique challenges of your dynamics.

Common Challenges:

  • Psychological abuse- name calling, insults, and threats
  • Domestic violence, intimate partner violence
  • Communication
  • Anger
  • Threats to out you
  • Denying your sexuality, telling you you are not a real lesbian, gay person, etc
  • Lack of respect for your chosen pronouns
  • Boundary issues, control issues