Williamstown Psychology supported Marriage Equality and felt relieved that the postal survey returned a resounding YES showing Australia’s support for Marriage Equality back in 2017. However, for many the experience was devastating as they had to navigate through the public debate and scrutiny of their lives during that time.
Many people continue to feel a range of emotions following the public debate which played out in the media and within family and friendship circles. The experience may have brought up many feelings of their own personal journeys of coming out and feeling comfortable being and showing themselves for who they truly are. Some people were subjected to physical and verbal abuse and others have lost friendships and have strained family relationships as a result of the public scrutiny and postal survey.
In 2020, we have been faced with a global pandemic, Covid-19. As we now navigate several changes in the way we live, including social distancing, working from home and job losses, many may find themselves living in strained situations or having to hide their sexuality and gender (among other issues) as a result of these changes. Many people have struggled with increased anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.
Our Psychologists are here to help people talk through some of these issues and concerns. Our practice fully supports the LGBTIQ+ community. We provide a safe environment for all people, regardless of sexuality and gender. Some people may see gender as fixed or in binary terms, while others see it as being on a continuum or more fluid.
Those who struggle with gender issues may find they have a mixture of feelings, including grief, confusion, uncertainty and loneliness. This may be as a part of their exploration of self or issues may arise as a result of experiences within the workplace, family, relationships or within friendship groups. Another source of stress may result from feeling attacked by constant negative and damaging media reports.
Some people may seek psychological counselling to help work through some of the issues which may arise through both their physical and emotional journey. Family members, partners and children may also need a place to explore their own feelings and responses to having a family member who identifies within gender diverse terms.
Williamstown Psychology have psychologists who have experience in working within the area of Trans health and gender diversity.
For more information about our counselling services for gender diverse issues please contact us.