John* feared telling his parents.
John knew he had to tell his parents that he was gay, and the time finally came. He had been out for years now, and it was about time to face his fear of telling them. It was so much easier for John to live in a world where he never told his family members about being gay.
John’s stomach did flips when he heard his mom walk into the room. There weren’t many things that could scare John, but this one (probably) did.
“Mom,” John started, “I need to talk to you about something.” His mother turned around with a smile on her face. She asked kindly, “What is it?”
“Well,” he hesitated and looked down at the ground and took a deep breath before looking back up into his mother’s eyes. “I’m gay,” John told her.
The rest of this story is critical to how you experience your life identifying as LGBTQ+.
What is LGBTQ+ affirming therapy?
LGBTQ+ affirming therapy is a form of therapy that recognizes and validates the experiences of those who identify as LGBTQ+. It considers issues specific to this community, such as coming out, acceptance within family or faith communities, and navigating relationships with people from different backgrounds.
This therapeutic process is beneficial to anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ because it helps them feel more accepted in society.
LGBTQ+ affirming therapy is not just about accepting your sexuality; it’s also about how you express yourself through clothing, gender expression, and sexual preferences.
People might need LGBTQ+ affirming therapy for many reasons.
The most common reasons involve a lack of understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ+ identities. This lack of understanding and acceptance can lead to depression, anxiety, or even suicidal ideation in some cases.
Gay conversion therapy does not change someone’s sexuality – so it is essential for those who identify as LGBTQ+ to have access to quality mental health care that will help them feel safe and accepted.
Our therapists provide affirming therapy for those in the LGBTQ+ community, and one of our therapists specializes in couples therapy for gay and lesbian relationships.
Intimate relationships are equally stressful for gay and lesbian couples.
Relationships are difficult. Whether you’re in a committed relationship or just dating casually, there’s always something that can be stressful about maintaining intimacy and connection with your partner.
However, for LGBTQ+ couples, the stakes of how others perceive their relationships is much higher than most other types of relationships. The most common sources of stress for LGBTQ+ relationships are finances and family acceptance.
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*Name changed to protect client confidentiality.