Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Counseling (LGBT)
Why is LGBT Counseling Important In the United States?
Luckily, our American society is more accepting of gay people than ever. National polls suggest that 54% of Americans support marriage equality and even more support civil unions. However, we still have a long way to go to ensure that all LGBT people are protected under the law and treated equally by family members, peers and coworkers. Many people still face stigma and discrimination in their communities, work environment, and families. Hate crimes take place daily and many people feel forced to stay closeted.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender individuals might seek a professional counselor for many of the same reasons as heterosexuals. They may be dealing with depression, stress, addiction, etc. These issues may have nothing to do with sexual orientation or gender identity. However a counselor who is specializes in LGBT identity issues can offer unique insight and perspectives on life situations that are connected to the LGBT identity and lifestyle. Due to the stigma that many LGBT individuals face on a daily basis, they are at a higher risk of anxiety, depression, and addiction or substance abuse. However, these individuals are less likely to get counseling due to fear of discrimination by the healthcare worker or counselor.
LGBT Counseling in Asheville, North Carolina
I am an LGBT counselor in Asheville, North Carolina, and offer face to face counseling here. It is estimated that up to 12% of Asheville’s population is LGBT. LGBT individuals and couples living in Asheville, NC typically experience a loving and supportive community and there are many gay friendly counselors in Asheville, NC. Unfortunately, the rest of Western North Carolina is not as gay friendly and has few LGBT counselors. In May 2012, North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Many counties in WNC approved the amendment by an 80% majority. LGBT individuals living in WNC towns like Hendersonville, Bryson City, Sylva, Brevard, Fletcher, and Barnesville report discrimination in their communities. Individuals living in rural WNC report trouble finding an LGBT counselor who affirms their sexual orientation.
If you live in the Asheville, NC area, counseling is available in person at my office near the downtown Asheville area.
Some issues that LGBT counselors can offer valuable perspectives on include coming out, societal discrimination, workplace discrimination, family relationships, transitioning, homophobia, transprejudice, and raising kids in an LGBT family. Finding an openly LGBT counselor in Asheville (or your home town) who specializes in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender counseling can offer some much needed support and healing.
Having an LGBT affirmative counselor will ensure that you will never experience shame due to your sexual orientation.
LGBT Online Counseling
Free video conferencing technologies such as Skype and Google Hangout have revolutionized communications in our era. LGBT people who live all over our nation may prefer live online counseling to face to face counseling for many reasons.
Many live in rural areas where it might be difficult to find a gay-friendly counselor. Another reason to choose LGBT online counseling is if you are concerned about anonymity in your home town. Online counseling is an eco-friendly alternative to fuel-based transportation.
Another benefit is that online counseling with a counselor in North Carolina can be much more affordable than on-location LGBT counselors in New York City, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago or other densely populated areas.
I offer online LGBT counseling in addition to on-location counseling in Asheville, North Carolina.