Beyond Gay-Friendly: Therapy for LGBTQ+ Individuals and Couples in Fort Lauderdale
"Equality means more than passing laws. The struggle is really won in the hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts." Barbara Gittings, American Activist
What is LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy?
At The Psychology Group Fort Lauderdale, we recognize every individual and provide inclusive services to the LGBTTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual) community. LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy is an approach to counseling in which therapists demonstrate a supportive and collaborative stance with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ clients.
LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy takes place with a therapist who truly understands the issues within the gay community. The Psychology Group is LGBTQ+ friendly and provides a safe and confidential environment for clients. Although any of our therapists are happy to serve you, we have therapists who are uniquely qualified to help.
Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community or a family member, seeing an LGBTQ+ Affirmative therapist for treatment is an important step toward reaching your goals. Click here to see where our practice is located.
Why is Affirmative Therapy Different?
LGBTQ+ individuals are almost three times as likely to experience mental health issues as compared to non-LGBTQ+ persons. Because of this, access to mental health care is especially important. However, a common obstacle in seeking help is the anticipation of discrimination. Also, clients can find that even a gay-friendly therapist can lack sufficient knowledge about diverse sexual and gender identities, placing the burden of education on the client. At The Psychology Group, our therapists are supportive, knowledgeable and connected to the LGBTQ+ community.
Areas of Focus in LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy
At The Psychology Group we pledge to treating LGBTQ+ individuals from a Liberation perspective.
By definition, liberation is “the act of liberating,” or “a movement seeking equal rights and status for a group.”
Using Liberation Psychology, we are prompted to think about the roots of how gender and sexual orientation norms were formed. We think about how this impacts Transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals and how to transform healthcare and our communities.
"Liberation is the practice of love...” "Liberation is commitment to the effort of critical transformation, to the people in our community, to the goal of equity and justice, and to love.”Bobbie Harro, The Cycle of Liberation
Kimberlé Crenshaw, who coined the term intersectionality, reported in an interview with TIME that this is “basically a lens, a prism, for seeing the way in which various forms of inequality often operate together and exacerbate each other.” She goes on to say, “We tend to talk about race inequality as separate from inequality based on gender, class, sexuality or immigrant status. What’s often missing is how some people are subject to all of these, and the experience is not just the sum of its parts.”
Intersectionality is a theory that explains that people have different identities and/or social categorizations (e.g. race, class, gender, sexual orientation) that grant them different privileges and/or disadvantages.
This is important to think about because those privileges or disadvantages can impact an individual’s physical and mental health in many ways (e.g. access to medical or mental health treatment, education, job opportunities, etc.).
For example, a white, heterosexual, cisgender (identifying with gender assigned at birth), middle class, college-educated man will have more advantages and potentially better health outcomes than a black, queer (term used to express fluid identities and orientations), poor, high-school educated, trans woman.
With the rising concerns related to racial injustices, it spotlights the imperative to address the intersectionality between race, class, gender and LGBTQ+ issues.
Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual & Queer+ Couples Therapy
The therapists of The Psychology Group offer couples counseling and marital therapy for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer+ couples. We're here to help you create a relationship that works for you. If you're on the verge of a break-up and your goal is to improve your relationship, we can help you rediscover love and friendship with your partner. If sexual intimacy is a continual issue in your relationship, we can help you explore the areas of disconnect.
Areas of Focus in LGBTQ+ Couples Therapy
- Learn how to empathize and validate one another
- Revolutionize your experience of intimacy
- Recover from lies and betrayal
- Heal from infidelity and affairs
- Manage conflict
- Identify & maintain healthy boundaries
- Navigate open & polyamorous relationships
- Improve communication
- Enhance friendship
- Cope with your partner's family
Becoming a Family: Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual & Queer+ Parents
At The Psychology Group Fort Lauderdale, we help LGBTQ+ couples or individuals who are in the process of creating families. We offer psychological assessments and evaluations that are often a required part of the process. Furthermore, our therapists also provide LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy to those couples facing challenges in the process of becoming a family. Therapy can help if you're facing infertility, challenges with adoption or third-party reproduction.
Third-Party Reproduction & Adoption
Couples who decide to use third-party reproduction such as an egg donor and/or a gestational surrogate may be surprised to learn that all parties are often required to undergo psychological evaluation with a licensed psychologist.
At The Psychology Group, we offer infertility testing and third-party psychological evaluation to help you with egg donor, gestational surrogates and adoption. Learn more about the assessments that might be required for adoption, egg donor recipients, gestational surrogates.