LGBTQ Issues

Individuals who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning may face unique challenges in the community. LBGTQ individuals are often faced with a number of problems because of their identity. Although there appears to be more cultural acceptance of diverse sexual and gender identifications, discrimination, oppression and marginalization persists. Coping with discrimination, coming out to family and friends, and trying to fit in with heterosexual social expectations can lead to mental health concerns. Depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidal ideation may often result. Seeing a qualified mental health professional who embraces a positive view of LBGTQ indivduals and relationships can be hugely beneficial for emotional healing and growth.

Local Experts in LGBTQ Issues

Emily Frank

Individual Therapy, Group Therapy

Many queer folks face discrimination in work and the job search. We can work together to find a workplace that fits.

Dr. Kristen Beau Howard

Couples Therapy, Individual Therapy, Family Therapy

Many places around the world are becoming accepting of the LGBTQAI community, but that doesn’t mean that individuals in this community feel safe or connected. Coming out is a rite of passage that LGBTQAI often go alone, into a homophobic and heteronormative society, and without mentors to guide them. I specialize in working with this community. I am here to remind you, that things can get better.

Arianna Smith

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy

Those within the LGBTQ community often face discrimination and prejudice. Many have experienced domestic violence or abuse that goes unrecognized or unacknowledged in a heteronormative society. I have specialized training and experience in working with survivors of domestic violence/intimate partner violence within the LGBTQ community.

Dr. Stacie Freudenberg

Individual Therapy

As a queer identified therapist who works with the LGBTQ+ community, I have both personal and professional experience in providing LGBTQ+ affirming therapy.

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