LGBTQ+ and Gender Issues

Those who identify as LGBTQIP2SAA (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Pan sexual, 2 Spirited, Asexual or Allies) too often experience lack of acceptance, shame, unfair scrutiny, and discrimination in their daily lives. Knowing your sexual orientation and being proud of your sexual orientation are two different things. Sometimes people have trouble accepting their sexuality, and sometimes even people who accept their sexuality must work through a number of issues, including lack of acceptance amongst friends or family members, as one example.

If you are part of the LGBTQ+ community, you may experience:

  • Feelings of fear (being caught or found out, or a very real fear for your safety)
  • Feelings of shame, particularly in openly non-accepting community
  • Family acceptance issues
  • Denial
  • Feeling a lack of clarity with your gender identity (feeling like you were born in the wrong-gendered body
  • Substance use/abuse or other addictions

When is it time to get help?

If you are struggling with your sexual or gender identity and are having difficulty coming out, or if you have come out, and are feeling isolated or shame – you might want to consider therapy. It’s possible that there is literally no one else you can talk to about some of these issues and a trained therapist can help. If you are experiencing discrimination, social isolation and confusion – you may want to seek help. If you are dealing with gender identity issues, and perhaps you’re considering transitioning – we can help!

Treatment methods effective for the LGBTQ+ community

  • Transformation™, Insight’s Gender Transition Program, offers initial assessment and consultation, medical referrals, and ongoing support to individuals who may be experiencing issues related to gender identity – including any degree of transgender expression, and/or considering SRS (sex reassignment surgery).The program also includes counselling and therapy for individuals and family members who may also experience other concerns such as trauma, sexual abuse, substance use/abuse, relational issues, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or actions, etc.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach to treatment that focuses on how your thoughts, emotions and beliefs influence your behaviour and how you perceive yourself, others and the world. CBT has been shown to be effective in dealing with anxiety because it helps you to change those negative thoughts, feelings, emotions and projections on a subject matter or circumstance and help you to learn more effective ways of dealing with your anxiety. This approach uses sound techniques to slow down, halt and eliminate your own learned reactions. Ultimately, CBT deals with those circumstances and events that you’re aware of, rather than dealing with circumstances and events relating to your unconscious. Through a sound therapeutic process, you’ll learn to respond differently to issues and circumstances, and you’ll learn healthy coping mechanisms.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that was originally developed to alleviate suffering of veterans who were experiencing PTSD. To date, this remarkable therapy has relieved complex symptoms in more than one million sufferers worldwide! EMDR therapy works by having the therapist moves their hand back and forth (like a windshield wiper), while you watch the therapist’s finger (like watching ping pong) while recalling the event. Through the eye movements, the painful incident and feelings are replaced with calmness, feelings of peacefulness and empowerment. It works quickly and may significantly lessen many symptoms of anxiety.
  • Person Centered Therapy approaches tend to create a level of a permissive and noninterventionist climate suggesting that the client knows best, rather than the counselor. Typically nondirective, counselors avoid sharing a lot of personal information about themselves with clients and tend to focus more on reflecting and clarifying the verbal and nonverbal communications that clients express to them. Generally, this humanistic approach tends to believe that people are essentially trustworthy and have a vast potential for understanding themselves while also being able to ultimately resolve their own problems when guided properly.

What will I get out of treatment with Insight Psychological?

All of these items can be worked on, addressed or supported through proper therapeutic and support channels which can include education, referrals, family and couple therapy or integration work. Our specially trained AASECT and WPATH member psychologists/ sex therapists will evaluate and work with you to determine which of these issues are most prominent in order to come up with a proper plan for therapy or support, that will enable you to live an authentic life with confidence.