Gay and Lesbian Relationship and Couples Counseling:
Are you coming out later in life and wondering how to proceed?
Are you dealing with a Gay relationship of disparate age, race, religion, or culture?
Are you suffering through a breakup, relationship loss, or infidelity?
Are you in a mixed-orientation marriage or going through a divorce?
Are you seeking emotional and sexual intimacy in your Gay relationship?
Gay and Lesbian couples have the same vision of a mutually supportive, romantic, and emotionally intimate relationship as straight couples. However, because of external or internalized homophobia, GLBT persons may struggle with additional hurdles in forming healthy relationships:
Sense of self or relationship as worthless or destined to fail.
Lack of social connectedness or family support.
Vulnerability to addiction and depression.
Dealing with legal, religious, or employment discrimination.
Lack of alternative ways to view gender roles.
Lack of relationship role models or relational templates.
Lack of opportunities to socialize with other gays/lesbians couples.
Sexuality and HIV-related issues.
Disparities in age, race, power, and cultural background.
Unequal marriage and civil rights
Example of Gay Couples Counseling in My Denver, Colorado, Mental Health Practice:
In my psychotherapy practice I see Gay and lesbian couples in various stages of relationship development.
There are many valid models for Gay relationships and families that must be affirmed. For example, I'm currently working with a gay male couple consisting of a recently out, divorced, older, professional white man, with a daughter still living at home, and a younger African American student, who has been out for many years and who has never been a parent. This is not an uncommon phenomenon in gay relationship formation, with men or women of very different economic, ethnic, age, and cultural perspectives establishing and maintaining long term relationships.
Although some degree of difference between partners may be important for solidifying intimate relationships, homosexual relationships with disparate life and cultural experiences may be vulnerable to misunderstandings, conflicts, and miscommunication. With this couple it was very important to address the issue of power and position in the relationship, to uncover the different needs and insecurities, and to affirm and bring understanding to the different styles and perspectives that energize the relationship.
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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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