If you need affirming support
surrounding your experience as
someone who is questioning their
sexuality, gender expression or identity
within the LGBTQIA2S+ community
and are interested in connecting with a therapist,
Health Allies Counseling can help.
We welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex and
asexual (LGBTQIA2S+) folks who want support.
We’re committed to and value diversity for our practitioners, families and communities.
Our team strives to validate and support individuals working through issues including, but not limited to, the following:
The impacts of stigma (prejudice, discrimination and violence)
Previous experiences with therapists who were not LGBTQIA+ affirming and/ or
actively caused harm due to their bias against LGBTQIA+ persons
Differentiating sexual orientation from their gender identity
Challenges experienced within LGBTQIA+ relationships
Family of origin conflicts, concerns and traumas
Incongruent values, norms and beliefs within lesbian, gay and bisexual members of
racial and ethnic minority groups
Those affected by religious trauma
Folks who have been harmed by diet culture
How can therapy help?
Therapy can be a powerful tool for LGBTQIA2S+ people who are facing challenges related to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Some of the ways therapy can help include:
Reducing anxiety and depression: LGBTQ+ people are more likely to experience anxiety and depression due to discrimination, stigma and the stress of navigating life as a marginalized person. Therapy can help them learn coping strategies and develop resilience in the face of these challenges.
Improving relationships: Many LGBTQ+ people struggle with relationship issues, whether they are related to romantic partners, family members or friends. Therapy can help people navigate these relationships more effectively, set boundaries and communicate more clearly.
Exploring gender identity: Gender identity is a complex and personal topic, and many LGBTQ+ people struggle to understand and express their gender in a way that feels authentic. Gender identity therapy can provide a safe space for someone to explore these feelings and work toward greater self-awareness and acceptance.
Coping with discrimination: As we are seeing with the proliferation of anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ+ bills and violence against the community, discrimination and bigotry are still a reality for many LGBTQ+ people. Therapy can help people learn how to cope with these experiences, whether by developing better self-care practices, finding supportive communities or advocating for themselves.
Supporting coming out: Coming out can be a difficult and emotional process for many LGBTQ+ folks. An LGBT therapist can provide a space for someone to process their feelings, explore their options and work through the challenges of coming out to friends, family and colleagues.
Addressing excessive substance use: People in the LGBTQ+ community are at higher risk for substance use issues than the general population. Therapy can help people identify and address the underlying issues, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and create a plan for recovery or harm reduction.
Finding community: Many LGBTQ+ people feel isolated or alone, particularly if they live in areas without a strong LGBTQ+ community. Therapy can help someone connect with others who share their experiences and find a sense of belonging and acceptance.
Types of therapy that can help LGBTQIA2S+ people
LGBT therapy may use a variety of techniques, depending on
an individual’s needs and goals.
Gender identity therapy
This type of therapy can help folks explore and affirm their gender identity. It can be especially helpful for transgender and nonbinary folks who may be questioning their gender identity or considering medical interventions such as hormone therapy or surgery. An LGBTQIA2S+ counselor may use a variety of techniques, such as talk therapy, mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral therapy, to help the person gain clarity about their gender identity and develop coping skills to navigate any challenges that may arise.
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps a person identify and replace negative thought patterns and behaviors. This can be especially helpful for someone struggling with depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns.
Mindfulness- based therapy
Mindfulness-based therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on being present in the moment and cultivating a non-judgmental attitude toward thoughts and feelings. This can be especially helpful for individuals who are struggling with stress and anxiety.
Health Allies believes in providing affirming care, and we have several therapists on staff who identify
as LGBTQIA2S+ who are here to support you on your healing journey.