People who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community are at risk for mental and chemical health concerns. Due to oppression, the stress of coming out and fear of violence this community is vulnerable to psychological distress. Reaching out and seeking treatment can help negate this stress, and the clinicians at River City Clinic can help.
LGBTQIA+ Related Concerns
We all struggle with our mental health at times, but the LGBTQIA+ population is at higher risk for mental health issues due to the oppression that they may endure throughout their lives. The stigma associated with being in the sexual or gender minority can be overwhelming. Many who experience this stigma experience anger and often turn this anger inward which can lead to depression, anxiety, substance use and suicidal ideation.
While our culture is slowing becoming more accepting of diverse gender and sexual expressions, we have a long way to go. People within this community still struggle with coming out to loved ones and learning to authentically live their lives in a world that oppresses them. Dealing with these issues can lead to negative health outcomes and it can get better when you reach out for help.
Clinical Expertise of River City Clinic Staff
At River City Clinic, our staff engage in LGBTQIA+ affirming therapy. Our trained Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, Clinical Counselors, Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists can provide you with a sense of safety and inclusion and sex-positive interventions. Whether you are looking for same-sex couples counseling, individual therapy, pre-transitioning therapy, supportive therapy while you explore your own sexuality, all are welcome here. RCC is an open and affirming place for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and two-spirit.
“Believing you are unworthy of love and belonging — that who you are authentically is a sin or is wrong — is deadly. Who you are is beautiful and amazing.”
– Laverne Cox