Therapy for the LGBTQI Population
What is Therapy for the LGBTQI Population?
LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder. This fear of coming out and being discriminated against for sexual orientation and gender identities, can lead to depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, thoughts of suicide and substance abuse.
LGBTQ people must confront stigma and prejudice based on their sexual orientation or gender identity while also dealing with the societal bias against mental health conditions. Some people report having to hide their sexual orientation from those in the mental health system for fear of being ridiculed or rejected. Some hide their mental health conditions from their LGBTQ friends.
As a community, LGBTQ individuals do not often talk about mental health and may lack awareness about mental health conditions. This sometimes prevents people from seeking the treatment and support that they need to get better.
You may feel hesitant to access care because you fear being discriminated. While these concerns are completely understandable, it is important to seek help. Ann Russo, specializes in working with members of the LGBTQI community and their family members within a therapeutic setting. Ann Russo is knowledgeable and provides a judgement free zone for all people. Please contact for more information.