Providing Telehealth services on the Eastside (Bellevue, Issaquah, Redmond, Snoqualmie, Mercer Island, North Bend and Fall City)

LGBTQ+ Counseling

LGBTQ+ Counseling

Do you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or somewhere in between?

Homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and hate crimes contribute to the trauma, stigma and shame that people of the LGBTQ+ community experience and feel.  As a result, the LGBTQ+ community is twice as likely to experience a mental health condition such as trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use and/or suicidal thoughts.  And, specifically transgender individuals are nearly four times as likely as cisgender individuals (people whose gender identity corresponds with their assigned sex at birth) to experience a mental health condition.

Living in a cisgender and heteronormative society can be challenging, invalidating and even the most understanding and well-intentioned friends and family members often fail to understand how to support members of the LGBTQ+ community.

How can LGBTQ+ counseling help?

  • Finding an “authentic” sense of self
  • Processing transition
  • Feelings of confusion, shame, guilt or abandonment
  • Coming out to one’s family and friends
  • Oppression, bullying and discrimination
  • Exploring sexual orientation
  • Exploring gender identity
  • Self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal/Self-Harm thoughts or actions

Whether you are coming out, transitioning or need help managing this period in your life, having a safe space, compassionate listener and life affirming counseling can empower one to flourish and accept their authentic self.