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Gay & Lesbian Issues

Being a gay man or lesbian has its unique challenges. Feelings of shame, anger, and low self-esteem are common to the life-long process of coming out, and we've inevitably had to confront hostility from friends, family, or society.  

We are each at a different stage of this journey and engage it differently. Yet, although shifting, our society's view of homosexuality causes all gay men and lesbians to experience some degree of marginalization.

Given that your sexual identity is an integral part of who you are, I feel it is important (whether what brings you to therapy concerns struggles and conflicts over your sexual identity or not) to have a space to explore these issues. Issues of homosexuality have in the past not had a place at the table. We may have internalized these dynamics of the past and may presently ignore the ways in which who we are sexually integrates into the issues that bring us into treatment. Given the highly personal, intimate, and intense nature of psychotherapy, who you are as a sexual person needs to be kept within the conversation as well. I encourage you to contact me for a free phone consultation to learn more about how we might work together.