LGBTQ2S+ Issues

We know the challenges that a person who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, 2-spirit, Asexual (or Allies), Pan-sexual, and more, may face. While society has come a long way in accepting people who have varied sexual orientations, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community too often experience a 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. You may face being outcast, discriminated against, or even violence. There can be trauma from these experiences.

Or you may find that you are still discovering your sexuality and sexual orientation and you may be having anxiety about coming out to your family, friends, and colleagues.

Perhaps you and your partner are experiencing some challenges sexually or want to achieve greater intimacy – we provide counselling for people and couples of all sexual orientations.

If you are part of the LGBTQ2S+ 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 an openly non-accepting community
  • Family acceptance issues
  • Depression
  • Social anxiety
  • Denial
  • Feeling a lack of clarity with your gender identity (feeling like you were born in the wrong body)

When is it time to get help?

If you are struggling with your sexual orientation/identity, (or gender identity) and are having difficulty coming out, or if you have come out, and are feeling isolated or ashamed – 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 for dealing with issues facing the LGBTQ2S+ community

Treatment will depend on what issues you are facing. For example, if you’re feeling depressed, then treatment for depression will be the best course of action. If you’re experiencing trauma, then those treatments make the most sense. Your therapist will discuss with you the best options for your individual circumstance. In general, some treatments that have been shown to be effective include:

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy encourages clients to accept the difficulties and misfortunes of life. Clients learn coping techniques to not dwell on negative emotions by staying in the present.
  • Client centered therapy (Rogerian therapy) was developed by Carl Rogers, who generally had a focus of therapy which tended to view that the therapeutic process and progress is ultimately based on the accomplishments of the client and only psychologically aided by the therapist.
  • Sex therapy is the treatment of sexual dysfunction and also includes working with concerns about sexual feelings and intimacy, less common alternative sexual practices, kink, gender issues, sexual offending issues, or work on optimizing or exploring new experiences. Sex therapy can also include distressing sexual behaviour, sexual abuse, and trauma.
  • Solution focused therapy views people as inherently strong and resilient, and capable of creating change and discovering solutions to their everyday problem.
  • Transformation Program, 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.

What will I get out of treatment with Insight Psychological?

All of these items can be worked on, addressed, or supported through proper therapeutic 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.

Insight has therapists that can support you on this journey. You can book online or call us to set up an appointment for counselling  – in-person, online (video), or telephone.

 

 

 

Brooke Hendricks

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults

Deb Johansson

Online Counselling, Edmonton West

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples

Erin Wilkinson

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Seniors, Couples, Assessments

Loriann Quinlan

Edmonton South, Edmonton West, Online Counselling

Adults, Seniors

Ricardo Sarango

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Adolescents (13-17)

Smita Gupta

Edmonton South, Edmonton West, Edmonton North, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Assessments

Damien Daly

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Assessments

Dotun Ogunfowora

Calgary, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Navpreet Johal

Calgary

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), LGBTQ community, Assessments

Dr. Robert Roughley

Calgary, Online Counselling

Adults, Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Sabrina Brady

Edmonton Central, Edmonton North, Online Counselling

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Bryan Halabi

Edmonton North, Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Couples

Terri Philips

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), LGBTQ community, Assessments

Brianna Kamphorst

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples

Karen Gaudin

Corporate, Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Nikesha Deenoo

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, Sexuality

Doris Kieser

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality

Kelly Jenny

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality

Raelene Tulick

Online Counselling, Calgary

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Karla Buchholz

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality

Coralee Thomas

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Natalie McMurray

Calgary, Online Counselling

Adults, Couples

Tracy Pham

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Families, Couples, Assessments

Bob Stenhouse

Corporate

Roy Langer

Corporate

Shaheel Hooda

Corporate

At this time, Insight Psychological does not have therapists who specialize in this specific area, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help you! Please contact us to talk with our Intake Personnel to find a therapist that is a good fit for you and your unique circumstances.