People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ), face very different challenges than heterosexual cisgender men and women.
Some people find their struggles are with their immediate family. Others experience personal challenges coming to terms with their identity. Even if your friends and family are supportive of your gender identity or sexual or romantic orientation, those you work with or meet in other environments may not be, which can lead to difficult life stresses.
Evidence shows that LGBTQ individuals tend to feel the need for therapy more than those that identify as straight. Yet few seek treatment, because it can feel as though there are many barriers that stand in the way of accessing good mental health care. That’s why our team at Long Island Psychology would like to welcome those on Long Island that want to work through any challenges related to their sexual or gender identity.
LGBTQ Couples Therapy
It can also be difficult to find couples counselors that understand the issues facing LGTBQ couples. If you’re seeking therapy as part of an LGBTQ couple, we can help you with that too. LGBTQ couples face all the same problems that non-LGBTQ couples do, but can benefit from working with a therapist who understands the unique challenges that face them. Problems like the following can be significant sources of stress or unhappiness in the lives of LGBTQ couples:
- Finding Community
- Differing Levels of Support and Acceptance In Each Individual’s Families
- Giving Birth To or Adopting Children
- Dealing With Prejudice and Discrimination
- Differing Expectations Of What the Relationship Should Look Like
Whatever goal you want to work towards in your relationship, we want to help you reach it. A strong, healthy relationship can be a great source of support for you and your partner.
Long Island Psychology?
Our goal is to create a safe, comfortable space that you can turn to in order to discuss any stress or mental health issues that may be affecting you. Our Long Island psychologists have been working with individuals in the LGBTQ community on Long Island and in the surrounding areas, helping them learn how to manage their emotions, face their challenges with healthy and effective strategies, and grow more secure in who they are.
Why Seek Out LGBTQ Therapy?
Overall, some argue that the culture is becoming more accepting of LGBTQ identities. But while some progress has been made, there are still many difficulties and stressors that LGBTQ individuals face that may be best addressed with therapy. Some of the experiences you might want to discuss in therapy in order to better understand and overcome any difficulties associated with them might include:
- Verbal or Physical Bullying
- Social Rejection
- “Coming Out”
- Previous Self-Denial (Difficulty You’ve Had Accepting Your Sexual, Romantic, or Gender Identity)
- Understanding Complex Attractions and Emotions
- Relationship Trouble
Dealing with these kinds of serious issues is not something you have to do alone. Trying to establish and stay true to who you are in the face of societal expectations and social or professional pressures can lead to LGBTQ people having a higher risk of mental health concerns like:
- Substance Abuse
- Chronic Stress
- Suicidal Ideation
These issues can be of even greater concern for individuals who face increased pressure because of intersecting religious, racial, or cultural identities that may be at odds with their gender or sexual identities. Therapy can be a safe, positive space to work out any of these difficulties.
LGBTQ Therapy and Counseling
at Long Island Psychology
Long Island Psychology wants to help you improve your mental health by helping you work through your problems in an open, judgment free space. We’ll help you develop strategies to address any issues you may face, and learn how to implement those strategies in your everyday life.
Whether or not those problems have to do with your LGBTQ identity or not, you can be confident that we are familiar with LGBTQ issues and the challenges that can sometimes come with them.
Contact Long Island Psychology today to get started. We are available via remote therapy (phone/video conferencing) anywhere in NY state, opening the door no matter where you are located in New York, or you are welcome to come to our offices in Garden City and Rockville Centre.