The majority of our gay or lesbian clients seek us about problems having little to do with their sexual choice. They request counseling for the same reasons heterosexual people seek it, including depression, anxiety, other personal problems, a broken relationship, or help with couple or family issues.
There are, however, some issues more likely related to fit life experiences of gay or lesbian individuals, which may become the topic of concern in psychotherapy.
Some of these concerns and topics frequently addressed in therapy are:
- The process of “coming out," including differences experienced by males, females, and bisexuals coming out at different stages of life and acceptance, versus attempts to change sexual orientation
- Gay and lesbian relationships, including acceptance, couple issues, intimacy vs. isolation; coupling vs. multiple encounters; fidelity; preservation and maintenance of couples; violence in gay couples
- Family relationships--issues for parents, children, and spouses
- AIDS and other sexually transmitted disease including education, psychological support for people with AIDS and their lovers and families
- Transsexual issues (which have very little to do with sexual orientation, but rather the embracement of a new gender identity)
- Confusion about sexual orientation.
- Choosing whether and when to start a family is a quandary many couples and singles face. Issues involved in having children can be much more difficult for individuals who are gay or lesbian.
Our therapists can help you manage these issues, and others, in a tolerant, non-judgmental atmosphere. If you want more information, want to discuss your individual needs, or want to schedule an appointment, call our offices today. We can help match you with a therapist that best meets your needs.