LGBTQ+ Anxiety & Depression

Though our world has become more accepting of LGBTQ+ folks, there is still a lot of discrimination and bullying targeted towards our community. These negative behaviors, often experienced when we were young, can continue to trigger anxiety and depression. Rates of anxiety and depression are higher among LGBTQ+ people.

If you’re experiencing anxiety or depression based on your identity, therapy can make a difference in how you relate to yourself and the world. Maybe you’re questioning your self-acceptance and relationships, or you may be coping with anxiety in ways that aren’t healthy.

At Gay Counseling we are here to help you manage your anxiety symptoms and depression to get you back to feeling better.

LGBTQ+ Low Self Esteem

Every LGBTQ+ person needs to put work into loving themselves. Feelings of shame may be unconscious. All of us have been raised in a culture that wrongly assumes that being straight is better than being LGBTQ+. The impact of growing up and living in a family and a world that marginalizes LGBTQ+ people is profound. Many of us were flooded with shame at a young age when we were not equipped to deal with it.

If you’re finding it difficult to love yourself or accept who you are as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, or any other sexual or gender identity, we encourage you to embrace an affirmative point of view with the help of a member of the Gay Counseling team.

LGBTQ+ Couples Counseling

Have you been feeling disconnected from your partner or spouse? Do you miss having safe, genuine, intimate communication? Are you worried that you’re growing apart from each other, having less sex or no sex at all, and don’t know how to bridge the physical and emotional gap?

Good relationships are central to our enjoyment of life. Good communication skills are the foundation of good relationships. Without the ability to talk honestly and compassionately about the more vulnerable aspects of our relationships, our relationships become more limited and unsatisfactory.

In gay couples therapy you’ll learn new skills about how to communicate on difficult topics with your partner in a way that brings you closer together rather than further apart.

LGBTQ+ Sex Counseling

Do you have a great partner, but not-so-great sex? Has sexual incompatibility with your partner been causing you both distress? Have you been wondering if it’s possible to have a loving relationship and good sex without having to choose between the two? Would you like to learn how to have a satisfying sex life and a loving relationship – not just one or the other? Do you want to be happier on an emotional and sexual level?

We can help you learn how to talk about sex and feel closer to your partner at the end of the conversation. For example, when someone you love says no to sex, it has an emotional impact. We can help you both process the feelings that come up when this happens: how it feels when a partner doesn’t meet sexual needs, as well as how it feels when you can’t give your partner what they desire. In our sessions, you will learn how to talk about sex in a productive way and let go of the shame surrounding your sexuality. Our approach is based on the belief that sexually healthy people accept their uniqueness rather than fight it.

LGBTQ+ Family Counseling

 We partner with families by listening and working together with them as they navigate both specific challenges and everyday life. We provide families across the lifespan tools to navigate their intertwined relationships and the challenges they face.

Family dynamics are complicated. They are constantly changing, and evolve over time as the family’s circumstances naturally change. Families may face a challenge due to a new addition to the family, the loss of a loved one, a relocation, illness or something else entirely. Whether your family includes yourself and your aging parents, or you, your spouse and your children, we are here to help you to understand one another better and to learn to move forward with love and respect for each other.

To do so takes time, effort and an openness to both resetting the way you see yourself and your loved ones, as well as ceasing unhelpful patterns of behavior. Our team at Gay Counseling is ready to guide you there.

Reiki Energy Healing

Reiki is a Japanese technique based on the idea that an unseen “Life Force Energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. There are seven main chakras in the body and Reiki helps to bring these into balance.
Emotional or health problems occur when the flow of your “Life Force Energy” is disrupted, weakened or blocked.
Reiki supports your healing from any physical, mental, emotional or spiritual issues by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy.
Reiki clears, straightens and heals your energy pathways, raising the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. Your life force begins to flow in a health and natural way as negative energy breaks apart and falls away.

Gay Counseling Offices: Virtually anywhere & In-Person: Cleveland / North Ridgeville, OH & West Hartford, CT