LGBTQ Counseling in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ), Stanford Couples Counseling is a safe space for therapy where you will receive the help you need. Whether you are having issues with your family, struggling to come out or looking for LGBTQ marriage counseling, our therapists will create a treatment plan specific to your needs and help you speak freely and openly.

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What Makes LGBTQ Counseling Unique?

LGBTQ individuals may attend therapy for similar reasons to non-LGBTQ individuals, such as depression, relationships, anxiety and other challenges. While you may not have to attend therapy for issues with sexuality and gender, some LGBTQ-specific issues include:

  • Gender dysphoria: Individuals with gender dysphoria experience strong feelings of distress or impairment related to their desire to change their gender.
  • Sexual identity: Some may question or need help coming to a healthy resolution with their sexual identity.
  • Discrimination: Members of the LGBTQ community may face abuse, discrimination and additional challenges at work or school, which can have a lasting traumatic impact.
  • Family therapy: Individuals may wish to have a family therapy session to resolve conflicts with less accepting family members.

LGBTQ individuals may also experience traumatic events such as bullying, hate crimes and losing friends and family after they come out. With LGBTQ therapy, individuals can come to terms with these events and overcome any trauma.

Stanford Couples Counseling Is a Safe Space

For many years, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders listed homosexuality as a mental disorder. Due to this listing and stigma from mental health professionals, many LGBTQ patients may have had negative experiences with therapy.

Individuals who have undergone conversion therapy — the attempt to change their sexual orientation — may be hesitant to try therapy again.

At Stanford Couples Counseling, our LGBTQ-friendly therapists may be able to help you overcome past traumas and negative experiences with mental health professionals. Many individuals feel more comfortable with therapists who are members of the LGBTQ community or specialize in LGBTQ care because they can effectively understand any stigmas and provide compassionate care. Our team stands by no judgment expertise and counsel for all genders and orientations.

What Is Affirmative Therapy?

Affirmative therapy is a form of therapy for the unique needs of the LGBTQ community. This approach empowers LGBTQ in all aspects of their lives and honors the struggles that members of the LGBTQ community face. Undergoing affirmative therapy helps individuals find effective ways to overcome daily challenges.

Schedule an Appointment for LGBTQ Therapy at Stanford Couples Counseling

Stanford Couples Counseling provides customized therapy options for individuals, couples and families in the LGBTQ community. Whether you need assistance with general issues such as depression and anxiety or LGBTQ couples therapy, our licensed therapists can help. Schedule an appointment online for our telemental health services or an in-person visit at one of our offices in Dallas, Fort Worth or Plano, Texas.

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