Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Queer Health

Counselling for LGBTIQ issues

Williamstown Psychology supports Marriage Equality. We feel relieved that the postal survey returned a resounding YES showing Australia’s support for Marriage Equality. We look forward to prompt legislation to establish Marriage Equality.

Although there has been much elation for YES result, some people may be feeling a range of emotions having gone through the last few months while this debate played out in the media, within our families and with our friends. Some people have been subjected to physical and verbal abuse and have lost friendships and have strained family relationships during the postal survey. Our Psychologists are here to help people talk through some of these issues and concerns. Our practice fully supports Marriage Equality and the LGBTIQ community. We provide a safe place for all people.

The current way of thinking about sexuality is to see sexual orientation as existing along a continuum that ranges from exclusive heterosexuality to exclusive homosexuality and includes various forms of bisexuality (American Psychological Society). It is helpful when accessing psychological support to consult with professionals who have had an understanding and experience working within the LGBTIQ community.

There are some issues experienced by individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer that can cause particular difficulties or concern. Some of these include coming out, belonging to a minority group, and dealing with homophobia in the family, place of study, workplace or the greater community. These issues may contribute to feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation and low self-esteem.

Being in a relationship can be difficult at times. As issues arise, some are more easily navigated then others and may lead to you accessing support through counselling. It helps to address relationship issues early, rather than letting them go on unattended for years.

Parenting 

Over the past decade there has been an increase in same-sex couples embarking on the journey to become parents and create their own families. Research consistently indicates that lesbian and gay parented families make equally good parents as heterosexual parented families and raise healthy and well adjusted children. For most couples, there is a great deal of thought, consideration and discussion regarding how their family will be created this may be a time to access some psychological support, and in some cases legal support.

For all couples starting a family is a time of great transition and often unforeseen troubles may arise. This is also true for lesbians and gay men, however, there are also unique issues for lesbians and gay men who wish to start a family and who are parenting in a same-sex parented family. The issues may add to the struggles of parenting, contribute to relationship difficulties and add additional stresses in family life. Although lesbians and gay men have often placed a great deal of thought into the process of starting a family, it may be a long journey and counselling may be sought to help talk through some of the issues which may arise.

Williamstown Psychology have psychologists who have substantial experience in working within LGBTIQ health.

For more information about our counselling services for gay, lesbian, bisexual & queer health please contact us.