Depression in the LGBT Community
Depression & Mental Health Counseling for the Gay and Lesbian Community in Denver, Colorado:
By definition, depression is anger directed at one's self. I see individuals and couples struggling with internal anger and stuckness. Research has shown that Gay men and Lesbians may have higher rates of depression when compared with the general population. Homophobia may be part of the reason.
GLBT folk struggle with both internalized homophobia (directed against oneself) as well as the homophobia many gay people encounter at school, work, home, and in society at large. Gay teenagers and young adults are also more vulnerable to becoming depressed, possibly due to the stresses associated with "coming out". Other variables that may increase the sense of sadness or hopelessness may include:
Sense of self as worthless or destined to loneliness.
Lack of social connectedness or family support.
Dealing with legal, religious, or employment discrimination.
Lack of role models or relational templates.
Lack of opportunities to socialize with other gays/lesbians.
Sexuality and HIV-related issues.
Example of Work with Depression in My Denver, Colorado, Gay Counseling and Psychotherapy Practice:
I am working now with a young gay man who has a kind of depression that comes from internalized oppression. Living in a world where one feels ostracized and unaccepted translates into self non-acceptance and unworthiness.
Helping a client in this situation requires showing him how he has internalized social and cultural messages, causing him to turn against himself.
Demonstrating how to separate that message from his self-concept allows him to become more accepting of himself. Recovery can only come when one is able to differentiate the self-concept from how others define him or her.
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Trained in marriage and family counseling, I see pre-marital, married, co-habitating, and gay and lesbian (LGBT) partners for couples counseling, in my Denver, Colorado mental health practice. As a certified sex therapist, I help couples deal with sexual and mental health issues such as low sexual desire, painful sex, sexual dysfunction, or sex/porn addiction. Click here to see more on couples therapy.
GLOW (Gays and Lesbians Out and Well) is psychotherapy and counseling with a gay-affirming focus for the Denver, Colorado, LGBT community. GLOW specializes in helping Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) persons come out and grow emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. GLOW’s gay counseling is based on the premise that sexuality, creativity, and spirituality are intertwined and dependent on the affirmation of an authentic self-identity. Our work is informed by a philosophy that seeks equality and mental health and wholeness for all people. Click here to learn more about my approach to LGBT issues.
Silence about sexual issues is the great killer of relationships. It is common for people to encounter sexual problems, at any age. Women may experience arousal and orgasm difficulties, low sex drive, or pain during intercourse, while men may struggle with erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and low libido. What is uncommon is for people to speak and do something about those problems before they irreparably damage their self-esteem and relationships. To learn more about Sex Therapy options, click here.
We can talk about options for a healthier, more satisfying, and productive life. Sexual addictions or compulsive behaviors can take over your life, whether it be internet pornography and cybersex, phone sex lines,strip clubs, bath houses, bookstores, cruising spots, or any other form of anonymous sex. It leaves you feeling empty and alone. Click here to learn more.
The causes of your distress may be immediate or rooted in your history. It may be difficult to tell the difference between the source of your stress, anxiety, grief, or discomfort, and your current struggles. You may even try to correct the wrong problems. You may suppress, avoid, or even self-medicate trauma with compulsive behaviors or addiction. There is HELP and HOPE for current or past trauma, PTSD, and abuse! Call GLOW Now or click here to learn more!
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