Coming out can be filled with many questions, concerns, and fears. We often feel forced into making choices to gain acceptance or simply to avoid conflict with others, while sacrificing our truest self. Questions may also arise at the coming out of a friend or loved one. You may want to understand how to make decisions that are both authentic and protect the health and longevity of your relationships.
We support your choice on how, if and when you come out and will guide you in preparation when you are ready. We are also here to help those who are seeking to understand and support friends or loved ones with the coming out process.
TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUAL & COUPLES COUNSELING
We are committed to helping provide resources for Trans individuals and their loved ones, and to provide guidance and understanding about the process and experience. Whether you are in the beginning stages of questioning your gender, trying to decide if you want to undertake any type of transition, or already in the process of medical or social transition, our experienced gender therapists can help offer guidance and insight through your process and help find answers that feel most authentic to you. We have specialized training and experience in navigating relationship issues with transgender couples.
PARENTS OF LGBT-IDENTIFYING CHILDREN
For many parents and loved ones, learning of a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender identity can be rather confusing. It’s a process for which you will need a lot of support. Whether you’re trying to establish an authentic identity, needing to make some changes, or trying to help a loved one create their healthiest and happiest self, we are here to help. As a practice that specializes in relationships, we are fully prepared to assist you make decisions that are accepting, safe, enriching and lead to a rewarding life.
LGBT COUPLE’S COUNSELING
LGBT couples are not all the same. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples need therapists who understand the distinct quality of their relationships. While all couples are similar in many ways, including a shared desire for love, connection and understanding, LGBTQ couples often have unique challenges, such as:
- Social prejudice, discrimination and homophobia in the workplace, healthcare and financial institutions
- Rejection or misunderstanding from family members or close friends of the sanctity of the relationship
- Added pressure and questions around the type of commitment, marriage and children
- Managing social identities (church, work, family) and differing levels of comfort with openly identifying
Often these issues are ignored or given superficial treatment by inexperienced psychotherapists who are not familiar with the needs of LGBT couples. We have worked with hundreds of LGBT couples since our doors opened. Whether you’re looking for the comfort of periodic professional help or are facing incredible challenges, we will attune to your needs efficiently, to experience the power of both empathy and attachment repair.
Your relationship between faith and gender identity or orientation can be complicated. Still, holding the tenants of faith close by, while navigating this journey is incredibly important for many.
We understand that sexuality and gender have significant meaning and implication within one’s faith and we respect the importance of your moral decision making. This means while you examine your orientation or identity, or that of a loved one, through the lens of spirituality we are listening and will help you to uphold these values and make decisions with a sense of a responsible, moral and peaceful self.
Our therapists are open minded, non-judgmental and affirming in all aspects of individual identity, orientation and decision making. You can expect that we will offer the respect, collaboration and understanding that you need in any stage of the coming out, transitioning, marital, parenting or supportive process.