We pride ourselves on providing safe, supportive, and identity-affirming services to members of the LGBTQ+ community in Brooklyn and beyond.
Our group’s diverse expertise in LGBTQ+ issues, combined with available queer-identified psychologists and psychiatrists, work together to find the right therapeutic fit for you.
What is LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy?
LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy is any therapy service where the therapist supports the client’s sexual and gender identity, is knowledgeable of the diversity of issues LGBTQ+ people face, and is equipped to help LGBTQ+ clients with their relationships and mental health.
LGBTQ+ affirmative therapists work to create a space for their clients to feel safe, validated, and best supported to address their personal therapy goals. Below are some of the identity-related issues that LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy can help address:
Gender-affirming medical interventions
Intimacy, dating, and sex
Past or current discrimination
Shame and guilt
Stress from within LGBTQ+ communities
While some people find these and other issues related to their identity as one reason for attending therapy, many others do not. LGBTQ+ affirming therapists do not push clients in any particular direction or identity, but instead, listen and strive to help clients set realistic goals and work towards their most authentic selves.
Why is LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy Beneficial?
People who identify as LGBTQ+ face additional unique challenges and types of stress from living in a stigmatizing society. Research shows that this additional stress is the very reason why LGBTQ+ individuals are 2-3 times more likely to struggle with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and other mental health issues over the course of their lives. Sadly, many LGBTQ+ people never seek help out of fear of a therapist’s judgment or ignorance.
LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy strives to create a safe environment where clients can focus on the reasons bringing them to therapy without fear of rejection or judgment. This is particularly important because the quality of a person’s relationship with their therapist is closely tied to therapeutic success. Williamsburg Therapy Group is comprised of numerous queer-identified, field-leading psychologists and psychiatrists with specialties spanning the full spectrum of LGBTQ+ identities.
If you’d like help connecting with an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist that is right for you, please contact our main offices to learn more about our team’s suite of services and expertise.