Identity & Therapy at CARE Counseling

At CARE Counseling, we pride ourselves on being an LGBTQ+ ally, where all are welcome.

We recognize that taking the first step to seek mental health care can be a difficult decision; therefore, we seek to create an environment that is inclusive and affirming of sexual orientations, gender identity, and gender expressions.

CARE is “outside the box” to eliminate boxes as gender does not fit neatly into an either-or checkbox. Think more in terms of a spectrum along a continuum or sphere for sex, sexual orientation, gender, and gender expression. The language that is used to define these areas is constantly evolving and expanding. Not only are there biological considerations, but there are psychological and social factors.

Relationships, sexuality, and attraction are more complex than a label. There is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to both identity and mental health counseling.

It is important to find a place that feels safe and free of judgment to explore topics such as identity as an LGBTQIA+ person, relationships, and sex. Therapy is a place where you can discuss experiences, process feelings, and address mental health. Your identity and your experiences are valid. Experiences of rejection fears related to coming out, and trauma related to homo-bi or trans-phobia are real. Therapy is a place where one should be able to feel comfortable exploring topics related to sexual health between consenting adults with an affirming, sex-positive therapist, such as one who is kink-allied and poly-aware.

Whether you are seeking counseling for yourself, your relationship, or a family member, our awesome admin team will help you find a therapist to meet your presenting concerns. CARE therapists take time to get to know who you are and tailor a treatment plan to meet your unique needs. Acceptance, authenticity, and celebration of oneself can be powerful, especially with the support of an affirmative therapist.

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Written By: Charlotte Johnson, MA, LPCC

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