Listening Ear Counselling & Consultancy Pte Ltd

LGBTQIA Support

Although a person’s sexual or romantic orientation or gender identity may not be a source of distress, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, or any other orientation or gender identity may find that the social stigma of living as a minority is a source of stress or anxiety.

WHAT ISSUES MIGHT LGBTQIA PEOPLE FACE? Despite rapidly growing cultural acceptance of diverse sexual and romantic orientations and gender identifications, oppression, discrimination, rejection, isolation and marginalisation of LGBTQ people persists.

Coping with discrimination and oppression, coming out to one’s family, and sorting out an “authentic” sense of self in the face of social expectations and pressures can lead to higher levels of depression, anxiety, substance use, and other mental health concerns for LGBTQ people.

Research shows that youth who identify as LGBTQ are at an increased risk of suicidal ideation and self-harm, particularly when they also experience discrimination based on their sexual or gender identity.

According to a 2007 survey in the USA, students who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender were almost ten times as likely to have experienced bullying and victimisation at school and more than twice as likely to have considered suicide as their heterosexual, non-transgender classmates within the previous year.

Discrimination may take several forms, including social rejection, verbal and physical bullying, and sexual assault, and repeated episodes will likely lead to chronic stress and diminished mental health.

Perceived discrimination—the expectation of discrimination—may also lead to diminished mental health. LGBTQ adults, too, may be subject to similar forms of harassment, as well as discrimination with regards to housing, employment, education, and basic human rights.

Many of the concerns and life challenges LGBTQ people bring to therapy are those common among all people. All couples argue over many of the same things—money, sex, the in-laws, quality time—and all people are subject to the same kinds of daily stressors, such as mood swings, workplace concerns, or low self-esteem. But the challenges they face are unique as a stigmatised marginalised minority leading to feelings of rejection ,shame and isolation.

At Listening Ear  we understand the importance of an LGBTQIA+ friendly counselor or Therapist who is experienced, well trained, professional ,and compassionate, and non judgmental who can offer Queer affirming counseling & therapy services to meet the  mental health needs and treatment for the LGBTQ population, so our Queer/LGBTQ clients feel more safe and comfortable. We practice affirmative counselling  by validating their  identity and helping them transition and journey to fully embrace and celebrate themselves without discounting but honouring the struggles that they have faced.

To find out more about why Listening Ear Counselling and Consultancy is considered a  LGBT FRIENDLY COUNSELING & THERAPY CENTRE and the counselling & Sexual Identity issued we commonly encounter click on the button below.

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