- Are you seeking more information as a parent on how to support your LGBTQI child or teen?
- As an LGBTQI adult, are you looking for a therapist who can understand your experience?
- Has your child recently come out as LGBTQI and you’d like to create a supportive family environment for them?
- Is your child struggling to be their authentic self with others?
Despite changes that have occurred both legally and socially in support of the LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex) community, LGBTQI individuals continue to experience discrimination and oppression that can put them at an increased risk for anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Additionally, an inability to be one’s authentic self can weigh heavy on youth and adults who may feel they have to live separate lives in order to gain acceptance.
Children and teens are under an enormous amount of pressure as it is today, so getting support as a youth from someone who has expertise with LGBTQI issues can be critical for your child’s health and wellbeing.
We work with children, teens, and adults who are questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation, wanting support for transitioning or dealing with emotional issues secondary to their identity or orientation. We also provide parent support and consultation to help you understand your child and their experiences and deal with your own reactions so that you can continue to provide a secure sense of acceptance for your child.
Our therapists also work with families and couples in therapy who are needing help dealing with LGBTQI issues.
At Wellspring, our approach in working with LGBTQI youth, adults and families is to provide confidential, supportive counseling in a safe environment, where we can explore how these issues are affecting individual and family development, identity development, physical and mental health, school or work issues. We also provide psychoeducation about LGBTQI issues, and focus on identifying and strengthening individual and family support systems, coping strategies, stress management strategies, and community supports. Our goal is to help you not only survive, but to thrive.
If you’re not sure where to start or what would be best for your family, our Intake Coordinators can work with you to decide where to begin.