Sexual Identity Related Distress

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals are at higher risk than the rest of the population for developing depression, anxiety, and/or other mental health disorders. Although things have improved for the LGBTQ community in recent years, sexual minority individuals may struggle with “coming out” due to social stigma, and/or fears of discrimination from family members, co-workers, peers, classmates, or institutions. Consequently, this may contribute to the development of negative feelings towards oneself and others, low self-esteem, personal insecurities, social isolation, and anxiety. MPS PLLC clinicians are gay affirming clinicians.  

Symptoms of a Mental Health Problem:

  • Depressed mood
  • Hopelessness
  • Feelings of anger and irritability
  • Social isolation or avoidance of certain people, places or situations
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Worry or fears
  • Self-destructive behaviors including increased use or other risky behaviors
  • Racing thoughts
  • Inability to concentrate/easily distracted
  • Changes in sleep or appetite

Treatment:

MPS PLLC clinicians specialize in the treatment of LGBTQ+ related concerns, including assisting individuals in the coming out process. Effective treatment methodologies include:

  • Individual Psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, solution-focused, acceptance and commitment, and self-compassion therapy modalities
  • Group Psychotherapy, the participation in group therapy with other sexual minority members, can lead to feelings of increased self-esteem and acceptance

Read more at: www.apa.org/lgbt/resources/; www.dccenter.org; www.hrc.org