LGBTQ+ Counseling 

in Ft Lauderdale, FL

Affirmative Counseling for LGBTQ+ Individuals and Couples

Find your voice and speak loudly.  Don’t let society define who you “should” be.  It is possible to be the person you were always meant to be.  You are here for a reason.  You deserve to find your purpose, freedom, love, peace and happiness!  

 

It’s the twenty-first century!  

 

The LGBTQ community has made great strides to gain its own voice, rights and freedom, but that has not come without significant effort and pushback.  Unfortunately, homophobia and transphobia continue to exist in today’s world.  


But as we attempt to take that “higher road” and accommodate our lives to society’s constructions, those messages remain with us subconsciously.  They stay stuck in our minds and souls.  We often internalize them as truths, which hurts our self-esteem leaving us feeling down or anxious without understanding why.  

 

Many of us change our words and behaviors to make it easier for others to accept us or say what they’d like to hear, falling into expected “patterns” so that others love us.  And by doing that…  

 

…we often fail to love ourselves.  

 

If you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and/or questioning/queer and are looking for support, you’ve come to the right place!

 

LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy provides a safe, supportive, and empowering place for you to be able to explore your identity, face the results from the effects of any discrimination (whether intentional or not) you may have been exposed to and find your authentic self, free of internalized self-judgment. 

You Are Not Alone

Whether you’re struggling with mental health issues, questioning your identity, or needing someone to talk to about life or your relationships, you’re not alone. 

 

Individuals in the LGBTQ+ community suffer from mental health issues at a higher rate.  Our community faces more interpersonal challenges from family, friends and the wider social community as compared to the general population. 

 

  • When do we come out? 

  • Who do we come out to and how will they respond? 

  • When do we disclose? 

  • Do I “pass”? 

  • Should I have confirmation surgery? 

  • And the list goes on…

Imagine Living Life Freely & Authentically

LGBTQ+ Services Include: 

We provide counseling for individuals who need help with any of the following areas. 

 

  • Anxiety

  • Addiction

  • Coming Out

  • Cultural Issues around LGBTQI issues

  • Couples Counseling

  • Depression

  • Eating Disorders

  • Family of Origin Conflict

  • Gender Dysphoria

  • Gender Identity 

  • Internalized Homophobia

  • Relationships

  • Self-Esteem

  • Sexual and Emotional Intimacy

  • Sexuality

  • Shame

  • Trauma

 

LGBTQ+ Couples Counseling Includes: 

We provide couples counseling for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ couples who need help with any of the following areas, taking into account their cultural differences. 

 

  • Communication

  • Conflict Management

  • Extended Family Dynamics

  • Friendship

  • Infidelity or Affair Recovery

  • Healthy Boundaries

  • Open Relationships

  • Sexual and Emotional Intimacy

Proudly Serving the LGBTQ+ Community in Fort Lauderdale

While being part of the LGBTQ community can create similar struggles, these challenges can be interpreted differently from person to person.  At Bayview, we know this and create an individualized strategy that fits each person’s unique needs and goals.  Just like each color and shade of the rainbow is wonderfully unique, people are just as unique. We all come from different backgrounds, belief systems, cultures and families.  

 

By providing counseling to the LGBTQ community and their family members (both online and in our offices), we make help accessible and accepting of everyone.  We take into account that each one of us is unique and deserves a specialized therapeutic approach addressing our specific needs, goals and dreams.

Have Questions About

LGBTQ+ Therapy?

How long does LGBTQIA+ counseling last? I don’t want to be in therapy forever.

 

Therapy will last as long as you need it.  At Bayview Therapy, our caring and affirmative therapists use different forms of therapy depending on your needs.  For those of you who would like to target deep-rooted issues, our approach may be psychodynamic.  For those others who wish to just change certain behaviors or solve specific problems, we offer brief and effective strategies helping you leverage your strengths and resources to reach your goals.

 

We will provide effective skills and techniques to help you alleviate distress as soon as possible, while working toward any longer term goals.  Of course, the length of time in therapy depends on many factors, such as how long the problem has been going on, how open you are to change and how willing you are to implement the tools you learn in therapy to create the change you desire. 

 

Is LGBTQIA+ counseling covered by my insurance?

 

There are several reasons why we do not accept insurance as an in-network provider. One of the reasons is that it reduces your privacy and confidentiality. Insurance requires that your therapist provide you with a psychiatric diagnosis that goes on your medical health record and can negatively impact you in many ways.  

 

We want you to be an informed consumer and to remain in control of your care without the restrictions of insurance. However, if you aren’t concerned about having a mental health diagnosis and you have a PPO plan with your insurance, we could discuss going through your out of network benefits. Let us know during your initial call if you want to use insurance and we discuss how this works.

 

I’ve heard that therapy can be expensive.

We utilize an efficient team approach and work with people on a sliding scale. We also use a brief therapy approach, meaning therapy with us is not necessarily a long-term commitment. Engaging with just a few sessions can actually save you money down the road. 

 

What’s more important than your wellbeing?  Wouldn’t you like to learn useful skills that result in a newfound ability to achieve all that you want in life?  Imagine how amazing it would be to feel like your best self—to be in control, happy, and confident with who you are and what you stand for.  You deserve to receive the help you need.  Invest in your freedom and happiness.

You Are Worth It! 

If you would like to learn more about LGBTQ+ individual or couples counseling in our Fort Lauderdale office, please call 954-391-5305 for your free 15-minute consultation and connect with your therapist today. 

 

We offer face-to-face sessions at our east Fort Lauderdale location as well as online therapy via phone or video sessions on a secure platform.  Our team of expert counselors in Fort Lauderdale 33308 are here to help! 

 

Let us Help You Connect With the Best Therapist Today! 

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