Affirming therapy for people who identify as queer.
While identifying as being a part of the LGBTQIA2S+ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, two-spirited, and others) community alone is often not reason for someone to come into therapy, people who identify as a sexual or gender minority have higher instances of having mental health diagnosis. A sexual or gender minority is someone who falls under the LGBTQ+ community. According to the Minority Stress Model, to be able to access affirmative care that takes into consideration what a someone's lived experience has been can even eliminate these mental health concerns.
The unique stressors and aggressions that people who identify as queer can impact someone greatly, especially so when these stressors and aggressions come from family or other people we thought we could trust. Our ways of keeping ourselves safe may have been effective for years, or even decades, they've stopped being helpful and now we need a new way to manage our past experiences. Processing impactful or even traumatic events, whether they are related to your identity or not, is difficult to say the least, yet can be one of the most rewarding experiences you have.
Let's work together to unpack what our society and world has given to us. We can take the insensitive, unwilling, and judgmental acts and words said to us and in turn, treat ourselves with even more compassion, kindness, and understanding that we have always deserved from the start.