As a gay therapist, it has been my honor to work with LGBTQ+ clients since grad school. You have taught me so much about what it means to come out as a young person in the age of social media and in a time when there is much greater awareness that sexuality and gender are on spectrums.
And yet our struggles are so similar. One of the most profound moments in my life occurred when I read The Best Little Boy in the World. I remember the protagonist referred to his parents as the Supreme Court. When the Supreme Court makes its decision, there is no more arguing. That is it. So when your parents state they cannot abide you being gay, what are you to do?
This is where my LGBTQ+ clients and I do a lot of our work. It's not just about the relationship with the parents, though, because the rejection by the parents of this fundamental part of their child can have major repercussions on a client's romantic relationships --- and even friendships within the LGBTQ+ community.
I also offer group therapy for members of the LGBTQ+ community so that we can gather strength from one another.
The image on this page features models in editorial photography. The people depicted are not current or former clients.