LGBTQ Counseling – Counselors and Therapists in Buffalo, NY
One would think the vast majority of society would balk at being told there were only two colors- blue and pink-and that you must choose one color to be your favorite. That’s not going to sit right for most people, partly because we know- through sight- that there are innumerable colors, not just blue and pink. A simple idea, and yet the same principle applied to gender and sexuality does not yield the same result. Society has come a long way in accepting members of the LGBTQ community, but a lot of pain is still placed on those who simply see a wider array of colors than the majority does. If this is you, Thriveworks Buffalo would like to welcome you to our community of support, self-growth and healing.
What does LGBTQ Counseling look like?
One of the first tasks a Buffalo counselor will undertake with you, will be to undo any harm that has already been done. Identifying with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning can take a toll on the human soul and mind, and your Thriveworks Buffalo counselor will address these difficulties, including but not limited to:
- Social anxiety
- Past abuse
- Eating disorders
- Family concerns
- Self esteem
- Issues in School
Thriveworks Buffalo realizes, however, that just because there is nothing dragging you down doesn’t mean you will begin to climb. How you identify with your gender and sexuality is a big part of who you are, but not all of it. What makes you tick? What are your strengths? Your weaknesses? It was once said (sources disagree who exactly said it):
“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”
We will explore the parts of you that make you one-of-a-kind and amazing. What do you want to show the world? What parts do you wish to strengthen? Thriveworks Buffalo’s counselors can help you with your transition to a different gender or a different mindset.
Finally, what are your goals? Is it your wish to ‘come out’ to your friends and family? Or maybe you want to start your own business but are nervous for how customers will react? Is it your goal to go to college but are unsure how to present yourself to the world? Thriveworks Buffalo is here to guide you towards your goals and away from your fears.
It is an unfortunate truth that much of the LGBTQ community faces depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide. Forty-two percent (42%) of LGBTQ youth have seriously contemplated suicide, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The counselors at Buffalo are here to support you and your loved ones through confidential, individual counseling that can help you become the best version of you!