Are you clear on your gender and sexual identity, yet suffer from stress, anxiety or depression caused by the reactions of others? Or are you unclear about your gender or sexual identity and what this means for you?
While what’s troubling you might be labelled as anxiety, depression, addiction, self-confidence or other challenges that people face whatever their sexual identity, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, queer or questioning often face challenges unique to the LGBTQ community, with specific sets of circumstances or associated factors.
Although there is much wider cultural acceptance of LGBTQ people in the United Kingdom than there was just a couple of decades ago, discrimination still exists, and the incidence of mental health problems and addiction are on the rise in the LGBTQ community.
People coming out often face the very real fear of rejection by friends and family. Even once out and proud, sometimes LGBTQ people face violence, bullying and hate crimes. All of these factors can lead to stress, depression, anxiety, identity issues, and poor self-esteem.
Therapy for Sexual Identity and Gender & LGBTQ Issues
Therapy and counselling can be enormously beneficial if you’re facing emotional stress related to your gender or sexual identity. In a confidential, safe and non-judgmental setting, a therapist can offer strategies for managing your concerns over coming out, ways to deal with discrimination, and help to address other experiences faced by a member of the LGBTQ community, including relationships, marriage and parenting. You can also learn how to manage yourself, day-to-day, and your find new ways of relating to yourself and others.
If you are questioning your sexual or gender identity or you’re facing a gender- and sexuality- related issue, find a therapist who can support you and help. Therapists who work specifically with people around sexuality, gender identity, and LGBTQ issues are Kathy Gale, Rob Francis.