Although I specialize in counseling for LGBTQ+ individuals, I have many years of experience working with diverse groups and welcome all. You may find counseling with True Colors Counseling helpful for you if you are having challenges in any of these areas:
-emotional abuse, current or past
- self-esteem/body image
-relationships with family, friends, significant others
-Challenges related to your mental health that cause problems with the legal system
-Reintegrating into society from prison/prison trauma
-Suicidal thoughts, behaviors, hospitalizations, self-harm
I am trained in Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, and although do not run a full DBT program, do use many of these skills in therapy and will provide a DBT group when needed.
Depression and suicidality are significant concerns with LGBTQ+ youth. According to the HRC, LGBQ youth are more than twice as likely to feel depressed and over four times as likely to attempt suicide as straight youth. A third of transgender youth have considered suicide and one in five have attempted. Having support from family, school, and other caring adults significantly lowers these risks. I will see youth ages 13 to 17. Family must be involved in therapy with these youth. (Link to HRC statistics on resource page.)
According to the HRC, one in three LGBQ adults experience mental illness compared with one in five straight adults. Forty percent of transgender adults have attempted suicide versus five percent of cis gender individuals. One study has found that LGBQ adults who live in communities that stigmatize based on sexual orientation, die on average of twelve years earlier than LGBQ adults who live in non-stigmatizing areas. I see adults of all ages who are primary mental health, but can have co-occurring substance use. An assessment will be completed at the first appointment to determine if my services are appropriate, or if a referral would be appropriate. (Link to HRC statistics on resource page)
Relationships among LGBTQ+ individuals can be very different than those of cis-gender straight individuals and can be challenging for some therapists to understand.
Therapy can be provided for any type of relationship dynamic without concern of judgement.
Serving Pickens, Gilmer, Fannin, and surrounding Counties
By Appointment Only - currently evenings and Saturdays only
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