Even though for most, being gay or lesbian in America today does not come with the same emotional hardships it did 20-30 years ago, we still experience stress, life management issues, and mental health problems just like everyone else. Some are unique to our culture, some are not. Below are a few frequently asked questions by potential clients:
- Growing up gay was rough, but I’m ok with who I am now. How could psychotherapy help me? Being a teenager is hard for almost everyone. Gay kids typically have it even rougher. Gay kids are often robbed of the ability to feel accepted by a peer group, learn the basic models and functions of intimate relationships, and give and get trust from others. This affects our adult social, occupational, and intimate relationships in a variety of ways that we can learn to change for the better.
- I have been living a straight lifestyle for many years, but now would like to come out. Is it too late for me? Now is the perfect time! We can help you come out at a pace that feels comfortable to you and sets you up for a successful future.
- I would like to talk to someone but my lifestyle/relationship isn’t traditional. I don’t want to be judged. We can honestly tell you there is no judgment here. It is one of the benefits of seeing a therapist that deeply understands all the nuances of gay and lesbian culture. No matter what your circumstance is, we get you.
- I just can’t seem to find a relationship that works. How can you help? Even though our community has matured tremendously over the last 20-30 years, and even though we now have marriage equality, we still have very few models of what successful same-sex relationships look and act like. We have studied and explored this topic immensely and can teach you how to have the relationship you want and deserve.
- What more do I need to know about your services? All therapists are required to meet the same standards of training and education for licensure and practice. The difference lies in the professional therapeutic relationship between therapist and client. All our therapists are either part of the LGBT community or allies. We work with a solution-focused, problem-solving, strengths-based model with a touch of warmth and wit and a dedication to customer service. Your calls and emails will be answered promptly by our support staff you can rest assured that your appointment will always begin and end on time, so you can get on with your day.