Why choose LGBTQIA+ Counselling?
Choosing a LGBTQIA+ friendly counsellor is critical to improved wellbeing and can offer the following support:
- Understanding and Validation: Provision of safe and affirming spaces where you can explore your identity, experiences, and emotions without feeling overlooked, fear of judgement or misunderstanding. Therapists who specialise in LGBTQIA+ issues have a deep understanding of the unique challenges and societal pressures faced by the community, offering extra validation and support.
- Culturally Competent Care: LGBTQIA+ individuals may encounter specific mental health concerns related to coming out, internalised homophobia/transphobia, implicit/explicit discrimination, and minority stress. Our team will address these issues through culturally competent care, tailored interventions, and evidence-based practices.
- Relationship and Family Dynamics: Assistance in navigating relationship challenges, communication struggles, and family dynamics for both individuals and couples. We can help you develop healthy coping strategies, build strong relationships, and improve your overall relational satisfaction.
- Identity Exploration and Development: Supporting you in your journey of self-discovery, curiosity and understanding things about sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. We provide and hold a compassionate space to walk with you to explore personal values, goals, and aspirations.
- Advocacy and Support: Other than counselling service, we also try to provide holistic care to our clients. We can help connect you with community resources, support groups, and LGBTQIA+-friendly organisations. LGBTQIA+ counselling offers a vital opportunity for you to access competent care, foster self-acceptance, navigate life’s challenges, and build a resilient and fulfilling life in alignment with your authentic selves.
For the Parents of LGBTQIA+
For the parents of LGBTQIA+ children (or other family members), it is normal to also have a journey to take when a child shares their new identity, sexuality or expression. Parents of LGBTQIA+ children or family members often face unique struggles, including but not limited to:
- Limited Knowledge and/or Understanding: Parents may struggle to comprehend their child’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, this can lead to confusion, fear, or uncertainty and have significant impacts on the relationships and family environment.
- Internalised Beliefs and Expectations: Parents may grapple with societal norms, cultural or religious beliefs, and personal expectations that conflict with their child’s identity, causing inner turmoil and feelings of guilt or shame. These feelings can also lead to unhealthy interactions with their LGBTIQ+ children or family member.
- Emotional Adjustment: Parents may experience a range of emotions such as grief, loss, or anxiety as they navigate the adjustment to their child’s coming out or disclosure. It is normal for parents and family members struggling with these emotions to need support in processing and managing the emotions.
- Fear of Judgment or Rejection: Parents may worry about how others, including family, friends, or their community, will react to their child’s LGBTQIA+ identity. The fear of judgment or rejection can create stress and strain on their relationship with their child or other relationships.
- Communication and Relationship Dynamics: Parents may struggle with effective communication and maintaining a strong relationship with their LGBTQIA+ children. They may need guidance on how to foster open dialogue, trust, and acceptance.
- Advocacy and Support: Parents may face challenges advocating for their child’s rights and well-being within various systems, such as schools or healthcare. They may benefit from counselling to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate effectively.
Our team of counsellors provide a supportive and empathetic space for parents to explore and address these struggles. Through counselling, parents can gain knowledge, develop coping strategies, enhance communication skills, and cultivate a deeper understanding and acceptance of their child’s LGBTQIA+ identity. The counsellors offer guidance, validation, and tools to help parents navigate their own journey and provide the best possible support for their LGBTQIA+ child or family member.