We've come along way as a society, yet identifying as LGBTQ+ in today’s world can still be a source of emotional and psychological distress.
You may face discrimination - whether in the workplace or the world at large - difficult family relationships, a lack of acceptance from others, or even outright bullying and abuse.
This can lead to trauma and identity issues, which can spiral into other mental health conditions. Amongst the most common are:
When facing a lack of acceptance it can be easy to retreat into yourself and close up, but this can often compound matters. It is vital to seek support.
Members of the LGBTQ+ community we've spoken to have done so in various ways:
Therapy is another avenue to overcoming your difficulties.
Regardless of what type of therapy you choose - and the list of modalities can be overwhelming - in the presence of the right therapist you can expect a safe, non-judgemental space to explore whatever issues you are facing.
You'll also be able to:
Research shows that the most important element of therapy is the relationship you have with your therapist. This is never more true than for LGBTQ+ clients.
It is important to know that your therapist will:
Consequently, it can often be important to see a therapist who either has similar lived experiences or who has extensive experience working with LGBTQ+ clients.
While many LGBTQ+ people have had to manage associated issues by themselves for many years - even stretching back to childhood - it is always worth considering reaching out for help. If you are experiencing any of the following, however, we recommend doing so sooner rather than later:
At Timewith, we work with a number of therapists who are equipped, either through specific training or lived experiences, to help you move forward.
Our featured LGBTQ+ therapists in London: