Gay and Lesbian Issues

Gay and Lesbian Issues

Gay and lesbian clients report many of the same intimacy and sexual issues as those who are straight. However, the process of coming out, and the sometimes challenging societal and familial pressures can potentially add more stress to the relationship. In addition, many gay men and lesbian women report a lot of shame since many have had to hide a huge part of themselves since childhood, and many still struggle as adults with feeling like they have to hide with whom they are in a relationship. Sadness regarding the grief of the life that “could have been if I were straight” is also a factor that can arise. Beth is committed to working with you or you and your partner to help you meet your individual and relationship goals. Beth will help you to embrace and affirm your gay identity at a pace with which you are comfortable. She uses the model of Gay Affirmative Therapy.