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LGBTQIA+ Counseling

The LGBTQIA+ community includes people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual. Despite outmoded perceptions and unjustified discrimination from others, cultural norms are altering and society is becoming more accepting of the community, thanks in part to people who have chosen to speak their truth. However, LGBTQIA+ people continue to encounter specific problems that jeopardise their mental health and emotional well-being on a daily basis.

• Having their identities ridiculed or harshly questioned by others outside their community or social circle is a common difficulty for those in the LGBTQIA+ community.
• Homophobic remarks, physical assault, and other hate-based acts endangering their physical and emotional well-being.
• Gender roles that may feel (or are) imposed on them, resulting in an internal and external conflict that feels unresolvable, particularly if they are not ready or interested in coming out.
• Dealing with people's continuous uncertainty about their sexual orientation or gender identity. This might lead to unresolved feelings of rage and irritation, which can impair their capacity to trust people. 
• Family issues that may occur as a result of relatives' failure to comprehend or embrace their identity, lifestyle, or self-image.
• Low self-esteem, which may be compounded by all of the aforementioned difficulties. 

How Can We as Counselors Assist LGBTQIA+ People?

It's crucial to understand that counseling frequently focuses on more than simply the topic at hand. The ultimate goal of a counselor is to assist their client in living a happier, healthier, and/or more successful life.

This frequently means that one's counseling sessions will involve discussing and working towards one's objectives, as well as making positive changes to best benefit one's mental health and welfare.

However, no two counseling experiences are alike: Your counselor will develop treatment based on all of the information gathered during your initial sessions. The overall goal, however, is always the same: to help you live a better life.

We can assist you in dealing with the consequences of: 

• Trauma: Whether you've had a turbulent or negative experience in the past or present, an LGBTQIA+ counselor can assist you in resolving and beginning to heal the harm and impact of trauma on your everyday life. 
• Family conflict: If coming out, your lifestyle choices or disagreements over your identity have caused rifts in your relationships with relatives, your counselor may help you learn how to better negotiate these connections, minimizing the negative impact on you. 
• connection issues: Regardless of the form of your romantic connection, an LGBTQIA+ counselor may assist you and your partner in being connected, grounded, and aware of one another's needs and aspirations. 
•anxiety/ fear: Whether you've come out or aren't interested or ready, talking with a counselor can help you manage your fear about how people will react to your truth.

The proper provider can assist their LGBTQIA+ client in maintaining their resilience and freedom of expression while navigating potential discrimination and unjustified hostility.

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