You Are Safe Here.
If only everyone understood that being a member of the LGBTQ community is not easy.
Dating is a minefield. Heterosexism rules in the traditional workplace. Your family assumes you're straight, or expresses their wish that you'd be straight. Perhaps they ignore or minimize your experience.
If you've come out, you may be struggling to find peers, genuine friendships.
Others say they support you, but you still don't feel completely safe talking about yourself and the struggles you face. The social stigma of living as a minority is real, and it can be a source of great stress and anxiety.
You are not alone.
The stress of living an inauthentic life in a heteronormative world is exhausting.
You know you need an ally, but aren't sure who to trust. What's at stake is important, a life free of anxiety and tension...living happily, on your terms.
At Englewood Therapy Associates, our providers want you to know that you are respected. Your experience is valid. You matter.
When you are with us, you will have unwavering support. You will be treated with the dignity, respect, and affirmation you deserve. You are not broken.
Even though society has made great strides, members of the LGBTQ community continue to experience trauma throughout the lifespan. Discrimination and oppression are an everyday thing. You suffer micro-aggressions, and well-meaning gestures from friends fall short.
Coping with so many obstacles to authentic living can be stressful and isolating. Figuring out how to love yourself in the face of social expectations and pressures on your own can feel lonely, scary.
When we live in fear, our body enters a state of survival, of "fight or flight." It's a survival mechanism that, once turned on, can be difficult to turn off. The result is constant tension, defensiveness, stress, and sadness.
We do not see you as just lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. It's a huge part of who you are, but it's not the whole story.
At Englewood Therapy, we recognize that many of the concerns and life challenges you expect to process in therapy are common among all people. Mood swings, low self-esteem, relationship issues - they're all relevant in therapy. Of course, we will acknowledge and validate your experience as a member of the LGBTQ community, but we won't let that take center stage (unless you want us to).
Take time to engage in therapy and learn to love yourself. Accept your weaknesses, embrace your strengths. Wake up feeling optimistic and supported in your journey.
Let us help you learn new skills to cope and grow. When you're empowered, the change is incredible.
If you’re ready to work on yourself in an inclusive, affirmative space with a licensed mental health provider, if you're ready to experience life in its fullest without fear and anxiety, then we're ready to walk alongside you.
Reaching out is hard, but you're ready for change. Take that first step today.
Click below to schedule a consultation or call us directly at (551) 209-2069.