LGBTQ+ Counseling & Therapy Services in Omaha
People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) may face complicated life experiences that range from challenging to traumatic.
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LGBTQ+ Issues & Counseling
Historically, the LGBTQ population has been one of the most marginalized populations — prone to a unique set of mental health challenges, based on sexual and gender identities.
The term "coming out" implies a before and after; in reality, coming out is a process that happens over and over again in different contexts and can be fraught with anxiety each time. The decision of how and when, or even if, to reveal your sexuality to friends, family, coworkers, and community members can be both terrifying and incredibly freeing.
Healthy familial support is important to our well-being. However, many families struggle with a child or a loved one coming out, and research shows that young adults who are in the coming out process are in danger of bullying and abuse not only among their peers, but at home as well.
Families may have to come to terms with what it means to have a family member or loved one come out as LGBTQ and may need to challenge previously held negative stereotypes and beliefs about the LGBTQ community. Parents in particular may struggle to cope with what they perceive as a loss of dreams they had for their child's future, such as marriage and family.
While marriage and children are still very possible, it may occur differently than they had imagined. It may take time for family members to understand and view the possibilities of your life with a new lens.
While there is an enormous amount of scholarship on heterosexual relationships, the research for same sex relationships is still growing. Of course, men and women in same sex relationships often encounter the same hurdles that straight couples do, including issues with communication and conflict, finances, trust, fidelity, and intimacy.
However, same sex couples may also face additional hurdles, including dealing with prejudice and discrimination, as well as navigating the legal hurdles surrounding marriage, partnership, and parenthood.
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Same sex couples often must go to great lengths to secure medical and health benefits for their loved ones, may face discrimination in trying to adopt, and in some cases, have had previously held legal rights and benefits rescinded.
All of these have the potential to cause great amount of distress and anxiety in same sex couples and families.
Individuals in the process of coming out often feel isolated and alone. Building a social network of supportive friends and organizations can greatly improve one's health and happiness as they navigate life openly.
Furthermore, connecting family members and friends to organizations such as PFLAG can greatly improve their understanding and ability to provide support.
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How We Help
At Counseling Connections & Associates, we provide individualized LGBTQ counseling to members of Omaha’s LQBTQ community and their loved ones.
Whether you are looking for individual, couple or family counseling and psychotherapy, we help clients deal with issues such as:
- Understanding sexual orientation and gender identity
- "Coming out" and disclosure to family, friends and co-workers
- Relationship satisfaction
- Coping with social stigma, bias and homophobia
- Parenting an LGBTQ child
- Depression and anxiety
- Relationships with family and friends
While all of our practice is made up of LBGTQ affirming clinicians, CCA’s Dumayi Gutierrez has a special focus, experience, and expertise in working with the LBGTQ community.