LGBT Therapy - Sacramento, CA
In today’s world, finding a therapist who understands you can be a daunting task—especially someone who not only affirms and accepts who you are, but truly cares for, and advocates for you and the Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer and Questioning community that you are a part of. Maybe you landed here because you've had therapy before, but felt like you and your therapist were on two different pages—or worse, you felt judged or looked down on. On the other hand, maybe you've never been to therapy before and are nervous you won't be able to find someone you can open up to, someone who understands you, and someone you can trust.
What's at stake.
The data is pretty clear, people in the LGBTQ community are at greater risk for experiencing violence, suicide, depression, self-harm, and anxiety. While it's true we have made strides as a society, we still have a long way to go, as discrimination, oppression and social stigma continue to persist.
This leaves many people feeling isolated and alone, and can make it hard to live authentically. This is only made worse when a person feels like they are not accepted and can't even be themselves with the people who are closest to them.
Perhaps, you’re reading this and it hits a little too close to home.
Like many people I have worked with, you might be feeling any one or more of the following:
You feel like no one “gets” you
You feel misunderstood or misidentified
You feel like you have to hide who you are from your family or friends
On the other hand, maybe you’re still figuring out who you are and feel lost
You feel “displaced” in the community you were once a part of, or are trying to reconcile other parts of you, like your faith or culture, with who you are on the inside
You feel abandoned and alone
LGBT counseling can help.
The truth is, it's easier to connect with an LGBT-friendly therapist, even if the support you're seeking is unrelated to your sexual or gender identity. I take great pride in helping people of all backgrounds, including people with LGBTQ or gender non-conforming identities.
I have years of experience working with teens, adults and families of all sexual orientations and non-traditional relationships—some who were in the process of coming out, some transitioning, and some who were still figuring out who they are. If my experience has taught me anything, it is that the LGBTQ community is full of bravery, resilience, creativity and courage. My goal as an LGBT counselor is to make you feel safe, supported and heard.
"Isaac is a colleague of mine, with whom I have great respect for. Isaac has a way about him that makes people (of all ages, cultures, genders and sexual orientations) feel immediately comfortable; his knowledge is always impressing me. The biggest compliment I can give a therapist is to answer this question, 'Would I feel comfortable seeing them as my therapist?' and in regards to Isaac the answer is a definite 'yes.'"
- Julie Weckstein, LCSW
Former Co-chair LGBTIQ Medical & Mental Health Conference
The first step can be scary.
It’s hard enough to reach out for help when you need it, and more, to open up to someone you don’t know. Whoever you choose, look for an LGBT therapist who accepts and affirms you for who you are—someone who is not only caring and sensitive, but understands the unique challenges and issues affecting the LGBTQ community.
If you want to work with a therapist who is not only affirming of your LGBTQ identity, but wants to help you uncover all of the aspects of what makes you a truly unique person, reach out to me today.
Isaac Smith, MAT, LCSW, NTP is a holistic psychotherapist located in Sacramento and Fair Oaks, CA. He specializes in addiction, anxiety, depression and grief and loss. Isaac is trained in several modalities, including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Problem Solving Therapy. He is passionate about the interplay between mental health and nutrition, and is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. To find out more about Isaac click here: therapy and counseling in Sacramento and Fair Oaks.