LGBTQIA+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, plus other groups such as Pansexual, Questioning, Aromantic, Ally, etc.
Gender Diversity is used as an umbrella term to describe individuals who do not conform to the concept of “binary gender” (i.e. having to only express themselves as male or female). It is the preference to have the freedom to express their gender identity in any way that feels right for them.
It is quite common for LGBTQIA+ and gender diverse people to experience psychological, social and/or emotional challenges. Issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, suicidality, substance use, interpersonal conflict and trauma and are just some faced by these individuals. It is not surprising that many are victimised, judged and discriminated against for their sexual or gender identity. Physical, verbal, emotional and sexual violence is unfortunately common, which understandably has major impacts on their mental and physical wellbeing. Other common issues tend to be rejection from and conflict with family, friends and loved ones, which is imaginably difficult to navigate.
At Melbourne Counselling, we can provide you with a therapist who is informed and experienced in working with LGBTQIA+ and Gender Diverse clients. We believe in open-mindedness about the diversity, individual qualities, presentations and choices of our clients, and strive to provide a safe and judgement-free space to work through any challenges or issues you may face.