Life in the LGBTQ community can be paradoxical. On the one hand, life can seem full and vibrant. Closet doors are wide open, and the world awaits! At least that seems to be the impression given by popular culture. We might believe that every LGBT person is young, glamorous, and leading exciting lives. But it’s not always like that.
Being gay is complex, fraught with questions about intimacy, aloneness, identity, and community. Societal prejudice inevitably is internalized in the attitudes of all individuals, even within the LGBTQ community itself. Exploring these subtle attitudes, their origins and their validity in a non-judgmental environment allows clients to make positive changes on many levels.
Who you love and how you love is yours to express and enjoy. When something gets in the way of that expression and enjoyment, I am here to help. My sensitivity to these issues and personal involvement with the community enable my clients to feel an immediate sense of comfort and safety. Whether the issue is coming out (to self, parents, or others), dealing with homophobia,heterosexism, relationships, sex, fitting in, parenthood, or any life altering event or crisis, my gay affirmative and gay positive perspective provides a vehicle for moving forward in life in a way that supports your personal values.
Gay Parenting and Family Challenges
Are you struggling with family or parenting issues? Many gay and lesbian couples have biological or adopted children (or child). Family issues can be very challenging and cause many challenges for gay families and relationships. Regardless if one of you is the birth or biological parent or one or both of you are adoptive parents, there are many issues most families struggle with, such as:
Feelings of jealousy about attention your partner gives to the children
Fighting about discipline or parenting issues and parenting styles
Blended and step-family issues
Single mom or dad households
Inter-racial couple issues
Overwhelmed by responsibilities and finding little time for yourself and/or your relationship
Help with parenting issues, adolescent and teenage issues
Support and help for yourself, partner or child dealing with illness, mental health issues and more
Therapy can help couples learn how to resolve conflict, improve communication and become more aware of the destructive and hurtful patterns. Whether you are fighting about sex, money, children, insecurity, affairs or jealousy, therapy may help. Counseling can also help if you are trying to end or cope with a painful relationship.