We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We’re Going to Therapy

Mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to our day to day wellbeing. 

We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We’re Going to Therapy

While we’re encouraged to go to the doctor for checkups and the dentist for cleanings, we’re not often encouraged to see a therapist for our mental wellness. However, mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to our day-to-day wellbeing. 

If we’re depressed, it can be hard to get things done, and if we’re anxious, we may lay awake at night worrying. For folx in the queer community, there are additional factors that affect our mental wellbeing, including understanding our identities, stress from of our families of origin, and the trauma of discrimination. Therefore, it can be beneficial for queer people to look at mental wellness as an important part of our self-care routine.

Coming Out

A common theme in many queer folx’ experience is the concept of “coming out.” This term can refer to ourselves, as we come out as a particular gender identity or sexual orientation, or it can mean coming out to those around us. 

Working with a queer-competent therapist provides a safe, non-judgemental environment where we can explore our identities and how we want to express them in the world. Therapists can also help us manage difficult emotions and thoughts around coming out, as well as navigate what level of openness we’d like to choose for different parts of our lives. 

Discrimination and Microaggression

Whether it involves being addressed by the wrong pronouns or being rejected by family members, many folx in the queer community have had experiences of discrimination and prejudice from other people in their lives. Homophobia, transphobia and microaggression can cause a strain on our mental health, especially if we experience them persistently over a long period of time. In addition, racism and xenophobia can increase the amount of discrimination and harassment that some of us experience. 

A therapist can help us work through traumatic experiences, both past and present. In therapy we can also get support, learn new coping skills, and focus on how to best take care of ourselves during difficult times.

Celebrating the Queer Experience

The queer community has a rich history that we expand upon every day. We continue to be creative, resilient and innovative, and we contribute much to our own community as well as the world at large. Therapy can be a place to honor our various identities and commemorate our culture with someone who accepts us unconditionally. In therapy, we don’t just heal from our hurts, we celebrate our wins!