North Star Therapy is proud to serve the LGBTQ+ community.
The LGBTQ+ community faces specific and recurring challenges. While not everyone has the same experience, too many people have faced prejudice, discrimination, harassment, denial of human rights, and family rejection. This community struggles with anxiety, depression, and substance abuse at high rates. It’s important to prioritize your mental health. Therapy can offer support and tools for overcoming challenges and improving quality of life.
Human Rights Advocacy Efforts
The advocacy efforts for a true sense of justice for all has been optimistically relentless in the face of some questionable political agendas. Still, we all feel the unease as justice seemingly takes a few steps back. This is an important time to harness strength and resiliency and keep making progress as we move forward. Having a safe space to talk through these issues and how they impact you is a part of the counseling process.
“It’s not how you look, it’s how you feel” may not ring true to any group of people as it does the transgender community. Of course, looking like the gender you are is a beautiful and validating experience. But the byproduct of that- feeling at peace with oneself- seems to be the ultimate prize. Therapy can help you find contentment and satisfaction with this life in whatever way you choose. Whether you are going through transition, have already gone through transition, or have decided not to transition, therapy can help work through associated distress and toward a greater sense of peace.
Gender Non-binary and Non-conforming
People like to organize the world into nice, neat boxes. The problem with that is, we are far too complex of beings. Labels are limiting, and they disqualify the fluidity of identities and self-expression. Gender is a spectrum. While the world at large is not always quite so validating, it is helpful to have a therapist who is.
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual
LGB adults are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a mental health condition. Those who live with mental health problems find themselves battling double the stigma. It’s important to work with a therapist who understands LGB issues and who can offer the right kind of guidance and support.
Metro Wellness Center offers various health and wellness services. They have a calendar of events, some of which are in Tampa and others are at the LGBTQ Welcome Center in St. Pete. They have youth nights on Fridays and Saturdays, and offer various support groups such as overeaters anonymous and domestic violence survivor support group.
The national LGBTQ help center has numerous resources. Navigate to the Booklist page for some good reads.