There’s nothing wrong with you.
There’s a lot wrong with the world you live in.
– Chris Colfer
The past two generations have seen significant change in public awareness, greater inclusivity, and an expansion of human rights towards diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
Nonetheless, oppression, discrimination, marginalization, and homophobia persist and past experiences often leave a mark.
Our therapists can help with common LGBTQ2S+ concerns
People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or other gender or sexual minorities often experience challenges that cis-gendered and heterosexual folks do not. These challenges may impact family, work, and social and intimate relationships. These include:
Coming out: considering, preparing and processing
Self-love and self-acceptance
Processing related traumas: ie. bullying, discrimination, oppression, and homophobia
Navigating complex family dynamics
Exploring gender and sexual identity
Exploring gender identity and sexual identity while in a relationship
Career and workplace challenges
Dating and marriage
Body image concerns related to transitioning and gender identity
Integrating cultural and religious identities
Exploring polyamory, sex and kink
Sexual health concerns/HIV/serodiscordant relationships
At New Moon Psychotherapy we understand the unique difficulties that come with diverse identities and intersections.
Our therapists will create a safe space for you to explore these topics, provide you with resources, and empower you to process, heal, and grow into the person that you want to be.
We acknowledge that everyone is unique and we will work with each client to understand their history, current struggles, and goals before creating a treatment plan.
Not all issues are related to sexuality, gender, or identity
Many LGBTQ2S+ folks come to therapy to work on something seemingly unrelated to their orientation or identity.
At New Moon Psychotherapy we support various mental health and relational problems including: trauma and PTSD, anxiety, depression, sex and intimacy problems, relationship difficulties, self-harm, and emotion regulation difficulties.
Our therapists will not limit your therapy experience to your sexual orientation or LGBTQ2S+ identity. You can use the space to process a full range of difficulties while also considering the unique ways in which your identity and orientation may intersect with the current problem.
Support for parents and families
We also offer support to family members who want to support their loved one and to process and accept their loved one’s gender and sexual identity.
You love your child and want the best for them. Supporting them isn’t always easy.
Like many of their heterosexual peers, LGBTQ2S+ youth often experience challenges that parents aren’t equipped to handle. Other times parents don’t know how to react when their child comes out and there might be difficult and conflicting emotions.
We can help you understand and accept your child’s gender and sexual identity, process your thoughts and emotions, and prepare for difficulties that might arise.
When your partner shares their gender or sexual identity, you will likely experience conflicting emotions, have many questions, and feel uncertain of how to react.
How does this change your relationship? What if you’re no longer sexually compatible? How could they have kept this secret from you? Is the relationship over?
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to these questions. Human sexuality, gender identity, and orientation are complex. Each person and couple create their own answers and decide what to do with their relationship.
We can help you process what this means and create a plan for how to move forward.
What can you expect?
When you first begin meeting with a therapist, they will spend the first few sessions understanding your current problems and past experiences. They will explore your goals and create a treatment plan consisting of evidence-based therapies (the ones that research show work) for the very difficulties that you’re experiencing.
Therapy is a collaborative process. This means that you and your therapist will work as a team to help you see the changes that you want.