Finding a therapist can be an intimidating task. It can be challenging to find someone who you can feel comfortable opening up to. Knowing that your therapist is supportive of who you are and what you believe is vital. This is why it is important for individuals to be able to seek out LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy in Orlando.
It is important to acknowledge that identifying within the LGBTQ+ community is in no way a cause for concern or a reason for someone to seek out therapy. With that being said, it is important for an LGBTQ+ individual to be able to work with a therapist who understands and affirms all elements of their life. For example, if an individual who identifies as gay was seeking therapy, it would be imperative for their therapist to understand how heteronormativity has the potential to impact their life experience. In the same way, if a non-binary individual was seeking therapy, it would be essential that their therapist understood the gender spectrum and the importance of asking for someone’s pronouns, rather than assuming them.
Although society is progressing, we unfortunately live in a world that has the potential to be unkind to those who do not fit neatly into false, preconceived notions of what it means to be human. With that in mind, it is important for those who fall outside of these limiting norms to be able to seek out therapists who will support them in their identity.
Many clinicians will advertise themselves as LGBTQ+ therapists and will openly discuss LGBTQ+ issues that are important for therapists to be mindful of. When searching for a therapist, research their approach to therapy, as well as what populations they specialize in. You might be surprised to find that are many LGBTQ+ affirmative therapists in Orlando who are aware of the unique challenges that many LGBTQ+ individuals face.
Don’t be scared to call or email a therapist and ask them about their approach to therapy, as well as what their experience level is working with a specific issue that you may be facing. Therapy is an important investment and you deserve to feel confident in the person that you choose to confide in.
High Expectations Counseling is proud to provide LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy. Call us today to schedule a free 15-minute phone with one of our therapists who specialize in providing LGBTQ+ therapy in Orlando. We are available to answer any and all questions you may have, as you make this important decision.