Recently, the lives of the LGBTQIA+ community have been brought into the spotlight; it seems as though new bills attacking the rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals emerge nearly every day. In light of such dehumanization, it is important to express our continued and unwavering support of the LGBTQIA+ community. We believe this community's mental and physical health, in addition to safety, is paramount.
Many individuals and families in the LGBTQIA+ community continuously face unjustified discrimination, stigmatization, and a lack of acceptance in their interpersonal relationships and within society, in general. When it comes to practicing cultural awareness, it is imperative to recognize the severe lack of legal representation, resources, and overall disregard for basic human rights this community faces.
We recognize that the obstacles in the day-to-day life of LGBTQIA+ individuals can gravely affect mental health. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, LGB individuals are twice as likely to experience mental health issues as opposed to heterosexual peers; transgender individuals are four times as likely to experience mental health issues as opposed to their cisgender peers (those who identify with their gender assigned at birth). We recognize that each member of the LGBTQIA+ community has their own unique relationship with gender and/or sexuality that can result in different mental health experiences.
Individual differences are something to be celebrated. Therapy can be an indispensable tool for the self-actualization of LGBTQIA+ individuals who are suffering due to interpersonal difficulties and the current political climate. Here at Nemeth Counseling, we are committed to not only providing a safe space for those in this community but also working to provide educational resources and training for our clinicians and staff to practice; we support and stand in solidarity with our LGBTQIA+ staff, clients, and community partners.
Nemeth Counseling is committed to creating and preserving a safe and inclusive environment for our clients and staff regardless of race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, socioeconomic class, disability, veteran status, and all other identities and protected classes.
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