There are particular LGBTQ issues and challenges which people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning, which is known as the LGBTQ community, can encounter. While the LGBTQ community is far more widely accepted within society than a couple of decades ago, there still commonly exists areas of inequality. Individuals considering coming out for the first time may experience very real fear of rejection family and by friends. On top of this LGBTQ individuals may encounter physical attacks, verbal abuse and other crimes of hate. For individuals coming out there may also be very real issues relating to their personal relationships. Marriage and parenting may be something the individual wants to explore further but feels confused or anxious about.
Mental health issues can occur frequently among lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals as these people are often exposed to experiences of homophobic and transphobic discrimination as well as bullying. On top of this there are other major factors such as age, religion, community and ethnicity which can also add stress to an already complicated situation.
Facing these various issues can cause the individual anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem as well as identity issues. Enormous relief and benefit can be gained by individuals encountering a variety of LGBTQ related issues through help from a qualified therapists with experience of the communities issues. As part of therapy the individual develop coping mechanisms to handle the process of coming out, for dealing with discrimination as well as to confront the many other commonly faced issues of the LGBTQ community.
Speaking with a therapist trained to work with LGBTQ individuals may assist you coping with issues related to difficulties identifying and accepting your sexual orientation, learning to handle the reactions of other people, gender dysphoria, when you feel body does not reflect your true gender, transitioning, low self-esteem, thoughts or acts of self-harm and suicidal thoughts as well as depression sustained from bullying and discrimination. As part of therapy the individual develop coping mechanisms to handle the process of coming out, for dealing with potential hostility or rejection from family or friends as well as fear of discrimination, or potential violence, within your community.