If you are LGBTQ+ and need help with emotional distress, getting therapy can be a supportive first step. LGBTQ+ individuals often face unique stressors and mental health issues that need to be addressed by a therapist who is trained to understand the unique problems of LGBTQ+ community.
For example, LGBTQ+ people may have experienced discrimination, harassment or violence in their daily lives, which can lead to anxiety or depression.
If you are LGBTQ, it is important to find a therapist who is able and willing to work with you in a nonjudgmental and respectful manner. There is no one way that a therapist helps clients who identify as LGBTQ. Therapists use various methods to address the issues that may be arising for their clients. The key to a successful therapeutic relationship is finding a therapist who will work collaboratively with you in order to address your concerns and meet your treatment goals. Everyone’s experience of therapy is unique; there is no “one size fits all” approach. Just as every client is unique, so is every therapeutic relationship. You should feel comfortable with your therapist and trust that he or she will be respectful of you and the diversity you bring to the therapeutic relationship.