We understand that coming out and living openly as an LGBTQ+ person can be difficult. You might feel like you’re all alone in the world – but know that there are counselors and therapists who are here to support you every step of the way. At Sunflower Counseling, we want you to know that you are seen, heard, and valued. We have a team of counselors and therapists who identify as LGBTQ+, and who are here to provide affirming and culturally competent care.
Whether you’re struggling with your identity, facing discrimination, or dealing with other mental health issues, we are here to help.
The Importance of an Inclusive Therapist or Counselor
It is essential that members of the LGBTQ+ community feel comfortable and safe discussing their experiences with their therapist or counselor. For many LGBTQ+ people, therapy may be the first time they have ever had the opportunity to speak openly about their sexual orientation or gender identity with another person. Our counselors and therapists will create a safe and affirming environment where you can openly express yourself without fear of judgment.
Counseling and therapy can be very beneficial for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Our counselors and therapists can help you navigate coming out, address issues related to discrimination and homophobia/transphobia, work through any internalized homophobia or transphobia you may be experiencing, explore your gender identity or expression, improve your self-esteem, manage anxiety and depression, deal with relationship problems, and much more.
Coming Out Processes
One issue you might want to address in therapy is your coming out process. This can be a difficult and confusing time, full of mixed emotions. You might be feeling scared, alone, or like you’re not sure who to turn to. Talking with a counselor or therapist can help you make sense of your feelings and figure out a plan for coming out on your own terms.
We understand that coming out can be scary. Maybe you’ve been hiding your identity for years and don’t know how to tell your loved ones. Or maybe you’ve already come out but are dealing with the aftermath of their reaction. Whatever your situation, we can help. We’ll provide a safe space for you to explore your identity and figure out what’s best for you.
If you’re facing discrimination, we can help you deal with the pain and anger that comes with it. We’ll also work with you to develop strategies for coping and standing up for yourself.
If you’re dealing with other mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, we can help with those too. We’ll work together to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs and gets you on the path to recovery.
No one should have to go through life feeling alone, scared, or to even feel ashamed on some level of who they are. If you’re LGBTQ+ and struggling, please reach out for help today. Our counselors and therapists at Sunflower Counseling are here for YOU.
A Safe Space
If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community looking for counseling or therapy services, know that you will be welcomed at Sunflower Counseling. Our counselors and therapists are specially trained to provide culturally competent care that is affirming and inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions. We believe that therapy should be a safe space for everyone—a space where you can openly express yourself without fear of judgment.
If you identify as LGBTQ+, know that there are counselors and therapists who understand what you’re going through. At Sunflower Counseling, we provide affirming and culturally competent care for all members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Navigating relationships can be tricky for anyone, but if you’re in the LGBTQ+ community, there might be additional stressors. For example, coming out to family and friends, dealing with homophobia or transphobia, or feeling like you have to hide parts of yourself. If you’re in a relationship with another person who identifies as LGBTQ+, there might be different types of prejudice or discrimination that you’re both facing. Counseling can provide a space for you to talk about these things openly, without judgment.
Living Openly As An LGBTQ+ Person
Living openly as an LGBTQ+ person can be both a rewarding and challenging experience. On one hand, you finally get to live authentically and be your true self. On the other hand, you may face discrimination, judgment, or even violence from those who don’t understand or accept your identity. If you’re struggling to navigate life as an openly LGBTQ+ person, our counselors can help.
If you are thinking about transitioning or experiencing gender dysphoria, counseling can be extremely beneficial. You might want to talk about your feelings surrounding gender identity before making any big decisions. Therapy can also provide support during the transition process itself. Whether you’re considering hormone therapy, surgery, or any other steps involved in transitioning, your counselor will be there to provide support and guidance every step of the way.
Services Offered at Sunflower Counseling
We offer a variety of services at Sunflower Counseling to meet the needs of our LGBTQ clients.
These services include:
- Individual counseling
- Couples therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Psychological testing
- Substance abuse treatment
- Gender transition counseling
Get Started Today
If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community looking for counseling or therapy services, know that you will be welcomed at Sunflower Counseling. Our counselors and therapists provide culturally competent care that is affirming and inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions. We believe that therapy should be a safe space for everyone—a space where you can openly express yourself without fear of judgment.
If you would like to learn more about our counseling and therapy services or schedule an appointment, please call us today at (406)214-4525.