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Our Commitment to Affirmation and Respect for the LGBTQIA+ Community

At Looking Glass Psychology, we are committed to providing a welcoming and identity-affirming space for the LGBTQ+ community. Our approach is grounded in sensitivity, respect, and a deep understanding of the mental health needs within the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBTQ+ Therapists In New York City

We pride ourselves on offering specialized and compassionate care to LGBTQ+ individuals. Our team of experienced therapists is not only trained in addressing the concerns of LGBTQ+ individuals, but also includes members of the community. This blend of professional expertise and personal understanding creates a profound and authentic therapy experience. 

Individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and beyond (LGBTQIA+) often pursue counseling for a wide range of clinical and life challenges similar to those faced by heterosexual and cisgender individuals. These can include depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, work-related stress, and more. While some of these issues may not directly relate to one’s sexuality or gender identity, others can be deeply intertwined with their LGBTQIA+ identity. 

What is LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy?

In LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy, practitioners aim to create a safe and inclusive environment where clients can explore their unique challenges and triumphs without fear of judgment or discrimination. This approach emphasizes the importance of understanding the intersectionality of identities, recognizing that individuals within the LGBTQ+ community may face distinct struggles based on factors such as race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and more. Therapists employ culturally competent and informed practices, acknowledging the impact of societal and systemic influences on the mental health of LGBTQ+ individuals. By fostering open communication and trust, LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy encourages clients to embrace and celebrate their authentic selves, ultimately promoting self-discovery, resilience, and overall well-being.

Looking Glass’s Core Principles of LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy

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Affirmation and Acceptance
Affirmation and Acceptance

Our therapy is grounded in the belief that all LGBTQ+ identities and expressions are valid. It actively challenges social stigmas and promotes a positive view of LGBTQ+ experiences. By acknowledging and valuing each person’s unique identity, this approach fosters a sense of acceptance and belonging.

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Empowerment-Focused
Empowerment-Focused

The therapy aims to empower individuals, fostering self-acceptance, resilience, and pride in their identity. It also offers tools to navigate the challenges that may arise from living in a society that often marginalized LGBTQ+ people.

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Inclusive Understanding
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Inclusive Understanding

Our therapists are knowledgeable about the specific issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community, including topics around sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. This understanding is crucial for providing relevant and empathetic support.

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Safe and Non-Judgmental Space
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Safe and Non-Judgmental Space

Creating a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment is key. This allows individuals to explore their identities, discuss their experiences, and express their feelings without fear of bias or discrimination.

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Holistic Approach
Holistic Approach

LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy addresses the full spectrum of an individual’s life, considering factors like family dynamics, social environments, cultural backgrounds, and personal experiences, and how these intersect with their LGBTQ+ identity.

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Advocacy and Education
Advocacy and Education

Part of this therapy involves advocating for the rights and well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals and educating them about resources and support systems available for their mental and emotional health.

The Goal of LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy

The overarching goal of LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy is to support the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals in a way that is respectful and informed. It is about helping individuals to not just cope, but thrive, in their personal and social lives, fully embracing who they are in a supportive environment.

Therapy Services Tailored to You

We offer a range of specialized services designed to meet the unique needs of each individual in the LGBTQ+ community. Here, you will find an environment that fosters personal growth and healing, with each service thoughtfully crafted to support you. While we individualize therapy, below are some of the most common identity-related issues that Looking Glass’ LGBTQ+ affirmative therapists can help address:

 

Navigating Identity Discovery and Acceptance

Assistance in exploring and understanding your sexual orientation or gender identity, and fostering self-acceptance and pride in your identity.

Coping with Discrimination and Stigma

Developing strategies to deal with experiences of homophobia, transphobia, and societal prejudice, and building resilience against these negative impacts.

Relationship Challenges

Guidance in navigating couple and relationship dynamics, communication issues, and challenges specific to LGBTQ+ couple’s relationships.

Gender Transition Support

Providing emotional support and practical advice for individuals undergoing gender transition, including dealing with the social, medical, and legal aspects.

Family Dynamics and Acceptance

Helping in managing family relationships, including support in coming out to family members and facilitating understanding and acceptance in family settings.

Mental Health Concerns

Addressing mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and stress, which may be connected to or exacerbated by LGBTQ+ related experiences.

Self-Esteem and Body Image Issues

Working on building a positive self-image and addressing any body image concerns, particularly for those in the transgender and gender non-conforming community.

Safe Space for Exploration

Offering a secure and confidential environment to discuss and explore sexual orientation and gender identity without judgment.

Career and Workplace Challenges

Assisting in navigating professional environments, addressing workplace discrimination, and achieving work-life balance.

Connecting with the LGBTQ+ Community

Providing resources and support to connect with the broader LGBTQ+ community and foster a sense of belonging and community engagement.

Confidentiality and Safety for Our LGBTQ+ Community

Your privacy and safety are our top priorities. We adhere to strict confidentiality protocols to ensure that your personal information and therapy sessions are protected and secure.

Get In Touch With Our LGBTQ+ Therapists

Everyone’s path is different, and we’re here to support you on yours. Contact us to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services. 

If you’re seeking LGBTQ+ services in New York City, take the first step and schedule a free consultation with us today. Let us empower you on your journey toward improved mental health and personal growth.

LGBTQ+ FAQs

What should I expect from my first LGBTQIA+ therapy session?

During your first session, your therapist will ask you questions to get to know you and understand your reasons for coming to therapy. Your therapist will want to learn about your history, what’s going on with you now, and learn about what you want to get out of therapy. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask them questions about how therapy works so you know what to expect.

How long will I need to be in therapy for?

The amount of time therapy takes is different for each person. If you’re dealing with a short-term stressor that you want resolved, that will typically take less time than a problem or trauma you’ve been dealing with for a long time. For some, therapy is short-term, taking just a few months until they are satisfied with their progress. For others, therapy will become a part of their routine, helping them manage ongoing concerns in their life and having a safe outlet for them to explore themselves, and their patterns, and understand themselves on a deeper level.

Virtual therapy: How does it work?

With the rise in virtual therapy, it makes sense to want to know more about how it works. Research shows that virtual therapy has the same benefits as therapy that takes place face-to-face. Virtual therapy is an effective way to fit therapy into your busy schedule, as it allows you to talk to your therapist in the comfort of your own home. With virtual therapy, you avoid the hurdles that can happen with face-to-face appointments, such as scheduling conflicts, traffic, and travel time. In order to make the most of your virtual session, meet with your therapist in a private space in your home and have a good internet connection.

How do I pick the right therapist for me?

You’ve decided to take that next step and start therapy, and it can feel overwhelming to decide on a therapist. That’s why we offer a complimentary consultation call with a Looking Glass Intake Coordinator to help you make an informed choice. Reflect on what you are looking to address in therapy. Are you seeking support for anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+ specific issues, relationship problems, or something else? Knowing your primary concerns will help guide you. Every therapist has different strengths and styles that they bring to sessions. When you are in the process of selecting a therapist, talk to your coordinator about what you want to get out of therapy so you can rest assured that you are matched with the right person for you. After all, therapy is all about creating a space where you feel comfortable to open up, so finding a therapist that you click with is the first step on your journey!

How do I know if therapy is working?

Starting from your first session, you and your therapist will talk about what you want to get out of therapy. You may come in with a very specific goal or you may use therapy as a space to talk about ongoing events in your life. Regardless of your therapy goals, your therapist will create a comfortable space for you to talk about how therapy is going so you are both on the same page about the process. Ultimately, you will get more out of therapy if you are willing to put more into it. Growth takes place when you are willing to reflect on yourself and take what you are learning during sessions out into the world with you. Below are a few signs of progress that clients typically note:

  • You start noticing that your symptoms (anxiety, depression, panic attacks, etc.) are less frequent or intense than before.
  • You’re able to function better at work, school, or in your personal relationships.
  • You start to find that you have a better understanding of yourself, your feelings, and your behaviors. You’ve gained insights and are making connections that you didn’t make before.
  • You might be using new coping skills that you’ve learned in therapy, and they’re helping in your daily life.
  • People close to you may tell you that they have noticed positive changes.

Do you accept my health insurance?

Looking Glass Psychology is Out-of-Network with health insurance. If you have an Out-of-Network or PPO insurance plan, your insurance will refund a large portion of each session, as long as you have met your Out-of-Network deductible. After each appointment, we’ll supply you with a receipt called a superbill or reimbursement form. To submit for a partial refund, simply log into your health insurance portal to enter the information listed on your superbill. If you have an Out-of-Network plan and have met your Out-of-Network deductible, your health plan will mail the partial refund in the form of a check to your home a few weeks after each appointment. Questions? Email info@LookingGlassNYC.com or chat with us live during business hours by clicking the “Message Us” button on this page.

How does LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy differ from general therapy?

LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy is a style of therapy that not only acknowledges and respects the unique experiences and challenges faced by individuals within the LGBTQ+ community, but also actively seeks to provide a supportive, inclusive, and affirming environment. This approach goes beyond general therapy by specifically addressing issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. It involves understanding the impact of societal attitudes, stigma, and discrimination on mental health and provides tools and strategies tailored to the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals. The goal is to promote a positive sense of self, facilitate personal growth, and improve overall well-being in a space that values and celebrates LGBTQ+ identities.

When can I book an appointment with Looking Glass?

Your appointment request is our top priority, so we’ll get you on the schedule as soon as possible – no waitlists, and no hassle. Many of our clinicians offer both in-person and video appointments in the early morning, afternoon, late evening, or even weekends. To request an appointment, click the following link: https://lookingglassnyc.clientsecure.me or chat with us live during business hours by texting (646) 350-2202. Prefer a phone call? Contact us today by calling (646) 760-3399.

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