It’s important for us as counselors at Pacific Psychotherapy Associates to acknowledge the unique mental health issues of each individual, while also not assuming that LGBTQ psychotherapy is only about sexuality and gender identity. Lesbian marriage and relationships; gay marriage and relationships; specific issues facing bisexual clients; transsexual and non-conforming gender relationships; LGBTQ workplace issues, LGBTQ adoption career issues; gay career issues, lesbian career issues, transgender workplace concerns and simply general workplace issues and career problems affecting all populations; polyamory and “thruples,” psychotherapy must focus on the whole person, including identity and sexuality. Although many in the LGBTQ community are comfortable with their sexual orientation and gender identity, many people still seek LGBTQ
The LGBTQ population is 3 times more likely than heterosexuals to experience a mental health condition such as debilitating depression or generalized anxiety disorder. The rate of suicides in the LGBT community is higher than those who identify as heterosexual because of poor family support, and substance abuse is at an all-time high of over 25%. We are knowledgeable and helpful with addiction issues utilizing cognitive-behavioral and 12-step perspectives, with specific emphasis on addiction counseling for gay, lesbian, trans (LGBTQ) clients.
At Pacific Psychotherapy we utilize family systems therapy (with specific emphasis on the needs of LGBTQ families), psychodynamic therapy, communication skill-building, and more – always interactive and client-centered. We collaborate with the LGBTQ client to find ways toward a reduction of anxiety, depression, career stress, and improved relationships with partners, wives, husbands, and chosen family.