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You can live authentically, without having all the answers.
If you identify within the LGBTQIA+ community already, or have questions and want to explore your sexuality or gender identity in a safe place, you can trust our team of caring counselors.
Living with authenticity is all about self-discovery and self-exploration. An LGBTQIA+ Affirming Therapist can walk with you through this journey and help you uncover your truest self in a safe space. We all want to feel loved, accepted, and experience joy, but sometimes certain things hold us back. Whether it be guilt, shame, regret, or even fear, therapy can help.
We know that YOU want a counselor who sees your entire self.
LGBTQIA+ Affirming Counselors understand that your sexuality and your gender identity matter to your mental health.
Regardless if you’re looking for a counselor to help you explore questions about yourself, your identity, and your sexuality, or if you just want a therapist who fully understands what you experience as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer/questioning, or transgender individual — our caring counselors have you covered! All of our therapists and case managers are passionate about making sure every client feels cared for and fully respected as an individual.
Do identify as a queer individual looking for help with any of the following…
If so, please know that these struggles are very common. You would receive counseling or therapy for any of these concerns, regardless of your sexual or gender identity.
Our counselors understand that all of these concerns can be amplified when gender dysphoria, gender identity, or sexual identity and all the added stress that can come with those enter the mix. This means that counseling or therapy can be even more vital to help you sort through your questions and experiences.
Cailin McKinney, LPCA
Cailin has experience working with individuals in the LGBTQ+ community, providing affirmative therapy and a safe space to explore their identities. Mental health within the LGBTQIA community is very important to Cailin. She says:
"While being a part of this community is a great source of strength, it also brings unique challenges. We cannot deny the research that indicates that members of the LGBTQ+ community are at a higher risk for experiencing mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety. Everyone has a right to exist how they are, and as someone who didn't often feel that growing up, I hope to provide that space for others who feel similarly in my community."
Laura Woo, LPCA
Laura loves working with folks from the LGBTQ+ community. Often, our society takes an invalidating stance when it comes to gender and sexuality, which is why she strives to create a space that is, above all else, validating and safe. Laura says:
"As a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself, I have firsthand experience on what it feels like to be invalidated. This invalidation creates feelings of worthlessness and confusion about oneself, among other well documented adverse effects. As a mental health counselor, my goal is to provide the opportunity for my clients to feel heard, seen, and safe. I personally refuse to be another member of society creating stigma around the basic right to exist on one's own terms."
Carmellia Jackson, MFTA, CSW
As a therapist, Carmellia uses strengths-based approaches and humanistic theory (looking at the whole person and accepting your uniqueness)! She specializes in working with teens and adults that experience trauma (generational, social, religious), anxiety, depression, and gender identity/LGBTQIA+ struggles. She says:
"As a LGBTQIA+ and gender affirming provider, my goal is to allow for a space that you are comfortable in; one where you feel accepted, safe, secure, and empowered. You deserve to heal in a space that allows you to examine the many parts of yourself, receive love, and acknowledge what is no longer serving you."
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Studies show the LGBTQIA+ community often needs more mental health support.
Being LGBTQIA+ is absolutely not a mental illness, however many LGBTQIA+-identifying people experience mental health struggles, with the bisexual and transgender communities having the highest rates of mental health concerns.
According to Mental Health America, “there are many negative stereotypes about being LGBTQ+ which makes many uncomfortable letting people know this important part of their identity. When people do openly express this part of themselves, they face the potential of rejection from peers, colleagues, and friends which can exacerbate feelings of loneliness…They are also at particular risk for experiencing shame, fear, discrimination, and adverse and traumatic events.”
Access to counseling and other mental health services can make all the difference for these individuals, which is why Mindsight practices LGBTQIA+ Affirming care. This means that our counselors affirm the sexuality and gender identities of our clients and help them explore what that might mean for them and how they can move forward in light of those realities.
We believe that everyone deserves to have a counselor who supports them and works with them to pursue health and happiness.
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