All of us with stigmatised identities face this question daily: how much to accommodate society by constraining ourselves and how much to break the limits of what constitutes a valid life. Sometimes it can be difficult to address the constant social stigma of being a minority.
Going through certain aspects such as facing social expectations, coming out to one’s family or colleagues, is never easy to go through on your own. Situations like these can often lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, and other mental health conditions in some individuals.
Sexuality is a spectrum. Although our society likes to create labels, sexuality often doesn’t fall neatly into a category.
My perspective is that it is important to balance recognition that the issues faced by the gay community are no different from the issues of anyone else seeking therapy, while simultaneously never failing to appreciate the unique difficulties, conflicts, and struggles of being LGBTQ+ in a heterosexist world. Often, it can be difficult for some to talk about mental health or know about certain conditions that can occur. No matter the challenges or concerns you are facing, it’s always beneficial to seek help in order to face certain problems. Taking into consideration personal experiences and their effect on your mental health is important.
I am extremely passionate about working with those who self-identify as LGBTQ+, with those who are trying to understand their sexuality and gender identity, and with those who are questioning their sexuality entirely. I have specialised training and unique sensitivity to the varied issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and people in need of clarification.