LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning/Queer. Sometimes the abbreviation is expanded to include an “I” for Intersexed, which refers to an individual whose “biological” sex neither fits the reproductive criteria for male nor female; or an “A” for Asexual. Although society has become more accepting of the LGBTQ+ community as a whole, most individuals in the LGBTQ community still struggle with a variety of unique issues at one time or another.
Working with a counselor who is qualified to respond to LGBTQ issues with understanding and care can help you address your therapeutic concerns—even if your issue does not overtly relate to your status as a member of the LGBTQ community. A competent counselor who is trained in LGBTQ issues can help you appreciate the multi-layered cultural and societal concerns that may factor into your situation or wire your thought processes (even outside of your awareness).
Acknowledges where relevant, the extraordinary stressors that are placed upon LGBTQ persons, individually and collectively, and help you process these challenges as they arise in the context of your relationship. Couples counseling can benefit all relationship dynamics, including ethically non-monogamous, polyamorous, open, or monogamous partnerships.
Recognizes the spectrum of issues faced by LGBTQ families, from pursuing adoption rights to planning birth to raising children with two mommies or two daddies, etc.
Whether you seek individual counseling to address a mental health concern,
couples counseling to enhance the quality of your relationship, or family counseling to bond more deeply as a unit, your therapist should view your situation free from the lens of bias and make you feel at ease. At Lifeologie Counseling Raleigh, we pride ourselves on addressing the many facets that create the whole person: LGBTQ+–and beyond.