Gender identity issues, and gender dysphoria can cause individuals to struggle, feel anxious, and confused. Members of the LGBTQIA+ often experience high rates of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and substance addiction. Research conducted by Stonewall (British charity) figures show 35% felt they had to hide they are LGBT due to fears of unfair treatment.
Transgender people can experience discrimination in different environments, for example this could be where they live, family, friends, and work. As you can imagine, this has profound impact on your life prospects and whether you reach your goals in life and ultimately become successful in achieving your dreams.
It can feel scary because you don’t know how to reconcile your identity with the expectations of those around you especially if the “norm” has been male and female genders and your sex assigned at birth. This can lead you to worry about the wider impact on your social connections, family, friends, and career.
It is helpful to explore the complex and often conflicted feelings with a professional. Working with a counsellor can help individuals explore and understand their difficulties so they can live proudly in a way that feels more congruent with their sense of self.
Indeed, LGBTQIA+ individuals can and do live positive, productive lives, the same as anyone else.
Phinity therapists do not pathologise gender or sexual variation and have experience of working with individuals who identify as LGBTQ. We provide high quality and inclusive therapy to individuals who may often feel marginalised and judged due to their diversity. We do this via various forms of talk therapy, aiming to help individuals explore feelings of distress and confusion in a non-judgemental and safe space.
We can also work with you to develop strategies to reveal gender and/or sexual identity concerns with close others, and we are able to involve your family more directly, via family therapy. This means you can discuss your decisions and feelings in a space that feels supportive and safe. Counselling will also provide the kind of space that encourages making sense of your options for the future, for example, you may be considering gender transitioning, or the use of pronouns.
Sometimes you may notice that unrelated situations are negatively impacted by your general mood and mental health, counselling can offer the space for you to work through and detangle concerns. You can be anywhere on the spectrum, that is, you may be cisgender, you may be considering transitioning, or have transitioned, in all instances, we can help you to make sense of the issues that are troubling you. We recommended starting with weekly (50 minute) sessions that take place at the same time and day each week.
LGBTQ counselling can help individuals who are struggling with their mental health due to issues that concern their gender or sexual identity. It can help them improve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and reduce self-harm, and suicidal ideation by providing a safe space for exploration and understanding.
We offer LGBTQ Counselling in Birmingham. Phinity Therapy also serve other cities and countries through our network of qualified therapists. Online therapy is also available, catering for those who cannot reach our clinic or have busy schedules.
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Life is challenging, so it’s normal to feel low at times. If however, you’re feeling sad, apathetic, and hopeless for a prolonged period, you may be depressed, and this impacts functioning. And although depression is a natural response to difficulties, it can be treated.
The family unit is like a society, with its own ecosystem and culture. If we’re fortunate, we may experience a family life that is secure and sustaining, but there are still times of difficulty, because this is normal. There are ways, however, to work through problems together, and come out stronger.
LGBTIQ+ is an acronym denoting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer or questioning community. The sense of support and belonging that many experience within this community can provide relief and affirmation, which are much needed due to the difficulties often faced.
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