How do anxiety and depression affect the
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.
Our LGBTQ+ therapists are here to help you manage your anxiety symptoms and depression to get you back to feeling better.
What Our LGBTQ+ Therapy For Anxiety & Depression Includes
We cover a wide variety of topics on anxiety and depression for LGBTQ+ folks, including:
Anxiety In LGBTQ+ Relationships
You are not alone in having anxiety about relationships. In fact, studies show that gay men tend to be lonelier than straight men, so it’s not surprising that anxiety over relationships is common. It’s also true that gay people have fewer role models to look up to, and thus fewer examples of same-sex relationships they can aspire to. Therefore, gay dating anxiety is a lot more common than you think.
Our LGBTQ+ therapists will work closely with you to identify why you’re feeling anxiety about your relationships and build a customized plan to help you better manage that anxiety.
Anxiety & Depression & LGBTQ+ Self Worth
Growing up gay is itself an anxiety-ridden experience. No matter how progressive the environment might have been in your youth, you likely still have histories of subtle rejections that cause anxious feelings or depression. You may never have experienced outright rejection, or been the target of an anti-gay slur. The source of your anxiety and depression may be more subtle than that.
LGBTQ+ people tend to experience what psychologists call “minority stress,” which typically results from false cultural messages that LGBTQ+ are “less than” the majority population.
It’s difficult to learn how to love yourself in an environment where your identity has been stigmatized or devalued. Our LGBTQ+ therapists are here to help you validate your experience and help you learn to accept and love yourself for who you are.
For more information on therapy for LGBTQ+ acceptance, visit our Affirmative Therapy practice page.
Generalized Anxiety & Depression
Whether your anxiety or depression stems from your LGBTQ+ identity or not, you may just feel more comfortable seeking out a LGBTQ+ therapist for help.
If you’re currently suffering from anxiety or depression, reach out to one of our LGBTQ+ therapists to heal in a safe, accepting environment. We’ll work closely with you to help you better manage your anxiety and/or depression through different techniques such as:
- Deep breathing exercises and other body-oriented methods
- Examining and questioning your inner critic
- Making note of false beliefs about your self-worth
Adam D. Blum, founder of the Gay Therapy Center, discusses the process of individual psychotherapy.
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Why Choose The Gay Therapy Center?
Our practice is unique in that all of our licensed counselors identify as LGBTQ+. You can have full assurance that the counselor you are matched with won’t just express sympathy for your situation, but will have a unique understanding because they, too, have lived it.
We believe that no one understands the LGBTQ+ community like other members of the LGBTQ+ community. Our judgment and shame-free spaces are the perfect place to start the journey toward healing. We are interactive therapists; we don’t just sit and say “Uh-huh.” We want to connect with you in partnership to lead you through a process of healing.
We don’t use a computerized, impersonal algorithm to match you with a counselor: we pair you based on personality and our sense of you and your unique needs during the free phone consultation. We have over forty LGBTQ+ therapists with various specialized skill sets. Developing a solid connection of trust with your counselor is an absolute necessity for seeing positive results.
“My experience with the Gay Therapy Center was life-changing. I feel very fortunate to have been paired with a kind, understanding, skillful therapist who was able to attend to my needs. He made me feel comfortable enough to tap into a well of deeply rooted pain that I had not thought about in decades and relate it to current struggles in my daily life. I will forever be grateful for our sessions and am happy that I sought the assistance of the GTC so that I could break down some of the barriers that were stopping me from leading the life I’ve envisioned for myself.”
— Recent Client Feedback
Find A LGBTQ+ Therapist For Anxiety Or Depression Near You
We provide both online and in-office LGBTQ+ anxiety and depression therapy services in the following cities:
- New York LGBTQ+ Therapists
- Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Therapists
- San Francisco LGBTQ+ Therapists
- Washington, D.C LGBTQ+ Therapists
Schedule to book your free 15-minute consultation with one of our LGBTQ+ therapists today!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is LGBTQ+ therapy for anxiety or depression expensive?
Believe it or not, studies show that therapy can boost happiness levels more than money can!
After an initial free 15-minute phone call, we hand pick the LGBTQ+ therapist we feel is the best fit for you. Since our therapists have an average of ten years of experience, we feel confident that your money is being well spent.
Our therapy fees begin at $185 per 50-minute session, and you can find more information about our therapy fees and insurance here.
2. What if I don’t want to dig up all these painful emotions or trauma?
It’s our priority to help you leave sessions feeling good. We know from experience that when you look directly inside at your anxiety and/or depression, they become less scary. Talking about something difficult and painful robs it of its ability to control or hurt you.
We encourage you to take the next step to managing your anxiety and/or depression with a team that’s full of compassion and support. Schedule your free 15-minute consultation today.
3. Can I get help for anxiety and depression without having to talk about my feelings?
Our goal is to remain solution-focused without the need to dig into every painful memory or childhood trauma. Ultimately, you are the one in control; there are many ways to address your feelings without diving too deeply into the past, or into every emotion.