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Therapy for the LGBTQ+ community

Therapy is for everyone. All people benefit from speaking with an empathetic professional who can help them process the traumas they’ve experienced. That said, one group of individuals I care deeply about comes to mind when I think about who can benefit from therapy – members of the LGBTQ+ community.

People who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, non-binary (and more) have something fundamental in common. In a world that has been historically heteronormative, members of the LGBTQ+ community have had to fight for their right to exist.

If you’re interested in learning more about therapy for the LGBTQ+ community, check out our podcast:

If you’re reading this, and you’re straight or cis, it’s very unlikely that you have had to come out and announce your sexuality or gender identity. You likely fit pretty seamlessly into a world that only accepts heteronormative “woman and man” gender stereotypes, where those women and men are sexually attracted to their “opposite” gender.

In pursuit of this worldview, a lot of members of the LGBTQ+ community have been forced to undergo horrific treatments and ‘therapy’ to make gay people squeeze into this binary perspective. (Which is of course, absurd.)

Here are some of the topics we find ourselves discussing with our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer clients:

  • Religious trauma
  • Family trauma
  • Social anxiety
  • Internalized homophobia / transphobia
  • Navigating an unsafe world
  • Unlearning traditional gender roles
  • Learning to love yourself for who you are
  • Relationships (romantic and platonic)
  • Self-identity

There is a lot of damage that needs to be undone in the therapeutic space for LGBTQ+ individuals. Both of us at AshTree Counseling Center are members of the community ourselves and have experienced the devastating effects of a heteronormative culture that demands we hide who we are.

We delight in working with members of the LGBTQ+ community.

If you identify as LGBTQ+ and are interested in speaking with a compassionate, affirming, queer therapist, please contact us at this link.

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