LGBTQ Affirming Support

ALTHOUGH THERE IS INCREASING CULTURAL ACCEPTANCE REGARDING SEXUAL DIVERSITY, MANY PEOPLE STILL LIVE IN ISOLATION AND EXPERIENCE INTERNAL CONFLICT ABOUT HOW THEIR LIFE MIGHT CHANGE BY BEING OPEN ABOUT THEIR IDENTITIES.

LGBTQ AFFIRMING
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LGBTQ Affirming Support covers internal conflicts, coming out, social isolation, life stressors, conformity pressures, and fear of judgment.

LGBTQ+/Coming Out issues are common. Many people will question their sexuality over the course of their lifespan, and some find they do not identify with strict “male” or “female” labels. Your sexual orientation and/or gender identity may not be causing you distress, however, there are life challenges that are inherently unique for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, or any other non-traditional sexual or gender identity.

The Reality

Many people come from families where discussions about diverse gender and sexuality are not normalized. The absence of these discussions often results in people hiding their identities, which can become very isolating. Isolation and rejection quite often compound into depression and a host of other mental health symptoms. West Lake Houston Counseling is a safe and supportive space to sort through your experiences with a trusted therapist.

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Our Approach

Our approach to providing support draws on a strengths-based, collaborative perspective. This approach supports your self-focus in a safe, accepting, non-judgmental environment. You can bring all parts of yourself to the work. We are proud to be trans-affirming therapists committed to working within an anti-oppressive and culturally informed context. We are also proud to be affiliated with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

Therapy can teach you new skills, including how to better manage the social stressors of conformity, negotiate boundaries for healthier relationships, and expand an ongoing commitment to self-acceptance and self-care. It gets better.

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How we will work together

Early therapy sessions allow us to build a strong working alliance. You are more than your challenges, and our intent is to understand your struggles and you as a person! We will go over the goals you have for therapy (and your life) to determine how to best use our time together. Setting goals is an important step in the therapy process so that you can track how well therapy is helping over time.

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Concerns you may have

My privacy is very important to me. What safeguards are there to ensure the things I talk about in therapy are kept private?

Foremost, our priority with clients is to ensure that they feel safe to engage in therapy. This involves reviewing confidentiality and its limits fully during the first session.

It is normal to have some hesitations about attending therapy. If you have never tried therapy in the past, you might wonder what the experience will be like. It is also common to worry about feeling vulnerable with someone you don’t know personally.

Your confidentiality is of utmost importance and will be honored in our relationship, even after therapy has concluded.

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But will my therapist get me?

I have a unique set of life circumstances. How can I be sure my therapist will understand me?

We work collaboratively, so you can ask questions. The early sessions are a good time to express your needs and preferences. You can rest assured that we recognize the need to continuously educate ourselves so that you don’t feel burdened to guide or teach your therapist. Our intention is to meet you where you are and offer support to help you reach your goals. Our therapists have a broad range of experience working with non-heterosexual and gender-non-conforming clients. We are trained in cultural humility and mindful that our methods align with your cultural context.

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Other Therapy Services

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy helps clients suffering from challenges such as depression, anxiety, identity, relationship problems, and life transitions.

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Teen Therapy

Teen Therapy can help with behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, bullying, suicidal thoughts, dealing with divorce, and low self-esteem.

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Couple Therapy

Couple Therapy can help with challenges such as intimacy, communication, arguments, toxic patterns, infidelity, conflict, and broken trust.

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A Place to Start

If you are ready to schedule a Therapy appointment, we invite you to visit our booking site. If you would like to speak with a therapist to be sure we are a fit, we invite you to schedule a complimentary phone consultation via our booking site. We look forward to hearing from you!

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