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Minorities face problems and experiences that people outside of their identities may not. This is true for people who belong to minorities based on their gender and sexuality as well. A therapist who is knowledgeable about LGBTQ identities can help patients navigate many of life's challenges, those that pertain to their identities and those that do not.
If you're interested in participating in this type of therapy, you may wonder if you're a good candidate. Some people may wonder if they're queer enough to qualify, which is why learning more about LGBTQ therapy can help. People who claim the following gender and sexual identities can benefit from LGBTQ therapy:
People who identify as gay usually experience a sole preference for people of the same gender. Coming out as gay can be challenging, especially for people who figure out their sexual orientation later in life, potentially after they have already married heterosexual partners. Depending on their community and social circles, some gay people may feel ostracized due to their sexual orientation. They may even feel like they've failed to live up to their families' expectations. LGBTQ therapy can help gay people work through all of these feelings and challenging situations.
People who are bisexual typically experience attraction to two or more genders. Bisexual people may experience similar issues as gay people. However, people who are bisexual may also suffer from biphobia both in and out of the LGBTQ community. Bisexual people may feel like their identities are invalidated by the people around them. A therapist can help bisexual people claim their identities in ways that feel positive and productive to them.
People who are transgender experience feelings of dysphoria regarding the gender they were assigned at birth. Some transgender people, such as trans men and trans women, identify with binary genders. Other transgender people may identify as nonbinary, genderfluid, or even agender. LGBTQ therapists can help transgender people come to terms with their gender identities. They can work with clients to help them reduce feelings of dysphoria by learning to live a life that is authentic to their inner self.
This list is not exhaustive. Rather, it's a way to get people started thinking about the ways that LGBTQ-focused therapy can help them. LGBTQ therapy can help any member of the LGBTQ community as well as people who are still questioning their genders or sexual orientations.
To learn more, contact a company like Encircle.