LGBTQ+ counseling is a type of queer affirmative counseling dedicated to assisting individuals and couples in navigating the intricate intersections of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and mental health, with a primary goal of fostering well-being, self-acceptance, and affirming a client's life experiences as a queer individual. Although not all LGBTQ+ individuals seek specialized counseling, a substantial number discover vital support and empathy within these inclusive and affirming therapeutic settings.
Thriveworks LGBTQ+ counseling in Colorado Springs, CO typically begins with an initial assessment to understand your specific needs. LGBTQ+ counselors aim to create a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment for anyone within the LGBTQ+ community by encouraging self-acceptance and offering an understanding of your identity and experiences. The therapy addresses issues like coming out, discrimination, mental health challenges, and gender transition, and provides support for LGBTQ+ relationships.
LGBTQ+ counseling is incredibly important because it can help queer individuals accept their identity, learn self-love, and give them important tools for facing the challenges of being a queer person in today's society, among many other benefits. LGBTQ+-affirming therapists can understand the unique perspective and experiences of queer individuals as they help them process past trauma, address family conflicts, treat issues with anxiety, and more.
It’s safe to say that most people would highly disagree with being told there are only two colors in the world- blue and pink- and that they must choose their favorite from those two. We all know from sight there are innumerable colors with different hues, shades, and strengths. However, if this same idea is applied to gender and sexuality, society would respond differently. Although the world has come a long way in accepting members of the LGBTQ community, there is still a lot of injustice, often times resulting in pain, directed towards those who simply see a wider array of colors than the majority. If you are part of this community, Thriveworks Colorado Springs would like to welcome you to our community of support, self-growth and healing.
What does LGBTQ counseling look like?
Our Thriveworks Colorado Spring’s counselors’ first goal to achieve with you, will be to heal any wounds that are already there. Identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning can wear down the human soul and mind, resulting in difficulties such as:
- Social anxiety
- Past abuse
- Eating disorders
- Family concerns
- Self esteem
- Issues in School or work
Thriveworks Colorado Springs will work with you in overcoming these challenges and more. We understand, however, that just because nothing is holding you back doesn’t mean you will effortlessly begin to grow. How you identify with your gender and sexuality is a big part of who you are, but not all of it. What gets you up in the morning? What are your strengths? Your weakness? Someone (sources disagree who exactly) once said:
“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”
Together, we will define the parts of you that make you one-of-a-kind and amazing. How do you want to present yourself to the world? What parts do you wish to strengthen? Colorado Springs’ counselors can help you with your transition to a different gender or a different mindset.
Finally, what are your goals? Are you trying to ‘come out’ to your friends and family? Perhaps you want to start your own business but are apprehensive for how customers will react? Is your aim college, but are unsure how to present yourself? Thriveworks Colorado Springs is here to guide you towards your goals and away from your fears.
It is an unhappy truth that much of the LGBTQ community faces depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide. Youth are especially at risk, with 42% of LGBTQ youth having seriously contemplated suicide. It doesn’t have to be that way. Colorado Springs counselors are here to care for you and your loved ones through confidential, individual counseling that can help you become the best version of you!