If you are identifying as being part of the LGBTQ+ community, you know that life can have its unique challenges. You may be facing struggles that other people don’t have to deal with. Your sexual orientation and gender identity can impact every facet of your life: Your work, family relationships, romantic relationships, and spiritual beliefs. You may have to deal with discrimination or harassment on a daily basis.
Feeling like you don’t fit in with the rest of society, you may resort to hiding part of yourself from the world hoping that you can blend in just enough to not draw the attention of people that just don’t understand you. Sometimes, the very thing you do try to help you feel safe can become the thing that further isolates you and leave you with a sense of despair. You might start to believe that you are the only one going through this, and feelings of depression or anxiety may start to set in.
At Therapie, we believe that we get better in connection. And you don’t have to face the struggle you are facing alone.
At Therapie in Nashville, Tennessee we specialize in providing counseling to people that identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, or queer. Not only do we specialize in it, but it’s also our passion. Our therapists have experience working with the LGBTQ+ community and we absolutely light up when we get to walk alongside a person as they embark on their life’s journey.
At Therapie in Nashville, our clients use our LGBTQ affirming therapy space, to explore and move through a variety of topics and issues. Here are some examples of some of the concerns clients may seek support with:
Getting clarity around your sexuality, sexual identity, and gender identity
Talking with a therapist through struggles you might be facing in a supportive environment
Struggle with your spiritual beliefs
Processing working through the impact of religious trauma
Counseling if you’re struggling to overcome past trauma and traumatic experiences
Developing coping skills and gaining a sense of mastery of your life
Assist you with gaining a better understanding of LGBTQ issues and the community
Exploring your relationships (including with yourself, your partner(s), and families)
Engaging in LGBT couples therapy with a couples therapist (including open relationships and navigating a poly relationship – we are sex-positive!)
Support with feelings of anxiety, depression, or fear
Seeking therapy can be a scary thing. And your life is deserving of a non-judgmental environment that is a safe place. You matter and deserve a space where you can focus on the things you are struggling with, as well as the things you are passionate about.
At Therapie in Nashville, TN, our therapists are absolute masters and know what it takes to create a safe space to talk things through. We have clinicians that identify as LGBTQ+, as well as LGBTQ+-allied practitioners.
Therapie’s approach to LGBTQ+ affirming therapy is to provide a safe and welcoming space for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. We understand that every person’s experience with their sexuality is different, and we believe that everyone has a right to live an authentic life. Our therapists are trained to provide support and guidance to LGBTQ+ individuals.
An affirmative therapist deeply believes there is absolutely nothing wrong with identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or non-binary and people are not in need of “curing.” We understand and are mindful of the trauma that can come from living in a society where queer individuals are subjected to the impact of homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism.
For us, part of providing affirmative therapy means that it is our task to practice self-reflection and acknowledge areas of privilege, as well as the bias that stems from living in a heteronormative society.
However, we will never pressure you to take any intervention. As mentioned, we believe that you are the expert on your life and are the one who is best suited to determine your treatment needs. If you require medication, we will support you. If not, we are confident that therapy can help you make significant progress in finding relief from depression.
Psychology, as well as other major disciplines, are clear: Conversion therapy (or reparative therapy as it is sometimes called) is absolute garbage. A pseudoscience whose treatment goals include “changing” one’s sexuality or gender identity from transgender to cisgender should have no place in our society.
Not only is this a major moral issue, but the hard science is also clear that the practice is complete and utterly bogus. In fact, many countries have outlawed this harmful practice that has caused great damage to gay, lesbian, bi, trans, and non-binary people. At Therapie in Nashville, we do not condone conversion therapy and consider the practice highly unethical and dangerous.
We have been described as being warm and real, and you will experience a whole therapist in the room, including their most honest and authentic self.We are not in the business of parent-bashing, either. While we certainly believe that early experiences shape us, we also know that no problem can be boiled down to: “Thanks, Mom, this is all your fault.” Parents also came from their own family systems who came from other family systems, and by reflecting on our family’s legacies, we can better understand our needs as individuals.
If you are someone that identifies as queer, you might be wondering if Nashville is accepting of gay and gender non-conforming people. While the State of Tennessee still has some work left and ways to go, Nashville has gotten high ratings from the Human Rights Campaign when it comes to the city being LGBTQ+-friendly!
Nashville is home to many LGBTQ+ groups and businesses and has a variety of offerings and events throughout the year. If you just need queer-friendly resources. We are connected in the community. Hit us up, and we will get you taken care of!
We offer individual and couples therapy both in-person and online. Every journey starts with a first step: Schedule your free consultation or shoot us a form, and we can talk about your concerns and goals, and if counseling at Therapie in Nashville would be a good fit for you.
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