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LGBTQ Counseling

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Are you struggling to understand or come to terms with your sexual orientation or gender identity?

Are you afraid that your family or friends won’t accept you if they discover your sexuality or gender?

Do you want to be able to talk to someone while feeling assured that you aren’t being judged in any way?

Individuals in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community face a lot of challenges in our society. For starters, questioning your sexual orientation or gender identity can be a scary and confusing process. You may not fully understand yourself or feel lost and overwhelmed — that’s completely okay! On the other hand, you may have known your sexuality or gender from a very young age but are just now digging deeper into what that means for you.

You may be facing homophobia and criticism from disapproving loved ones or peers. This places a large amount of anxiety directly onto your shoulders, which can easily lead to conditions like depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Your gender identity or sexual orientation may also be just one of the many things on your plate right now, but you want to know that your counselor will welcome you with open arms in a welcoming atmosphere.

LGBTQ Affirming Counseling

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As an LGBTQ individual, you might be dealing with:

  • The emotional toll of hiding your sexual orientation from people in your life
  • Discrimination against your sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
  • Excessive drug or alcohol use to cope with bad thoughts or feelings that you are having
  • Rejection from peers, friends, and family members
  • Stigma associated with LGBTQ lifestyle and HIV

Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety in LGBTQ Individuals

By going through these challenges alone, you can be subjected to a significant amount of stress that can lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, which come with symptoms such as:

  • Feeling depressed, low, or unmotivated
  • Being overwhelmed when trying to understand or come to terms with your sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Fearing rejection or ridicule by others
  • Avoiding social situations, work, or school
  • Excessively sleeping or not being able to sleep at night
  • Substance abuse
  • Feeling uncomfortable in your own body
  • Out-of-control sexual behaviors
  • Relationship issues

Individuals with a non-heteronormative identity face all of these added stressors on top of those already present in their everyday life. As a result, depression and suicidal thoughts affect LGBTQ youth and adults at higher rates than in heterosexual, cisgender individuals.

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How can counseling help me and my situation?

It’s critically important that members of the LGBTQ community have access to highly trained, compassionate counselors who want to help. Learning positive coping skills to help to navigate the challenges life throws at you — whether they have to do with your sexual orientation or not — can help you feel more assured in all aspects of your life. By choosing a counselor who encourages you to be your true self, you are one step closer to making this a reality.

Your LGBTQ-Friendly Counseling Center in St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg is becoming world-renowned for its LGBTQ-friendly community and we love it! With acceptance and affirmation as two of our counseling center’s core values, we empower our clients in their sexual identity no matter what your identity is.

Our team is here to meet the mental health needs of LGBTQ individuals and we want you to feel safe, open, and proud about who you are. Whether you are finding it difficult to cope with or understand your sexuality or gender, undergoing bullying or criticism from peers or loved ones, or simply want to know you have a counselor who is knowledgeable about LGBTQ issues, we want to be there for you. Call McNulty Counseling today to begin your journey to feeling better. 727-344-9867!

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week depending on where you are in treatment. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Sometimes medication makes it more difficult to realize the underlying problems so if getting off of medication is something you’re interested in, I would be glad to help you in your journey.
A Licensed Mental Health Counselor has the training and qualifications that are equipped to handle a multitude of problems. They can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

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