Specialized Therapy: LGBTQIA+

Considering an identity that differs from the expectations of a heteronormative and cisnormative society involves considerations that can be liberating as well as challenging. We are here to help support you, or your family member if you are reaching out on behalf of your child, along the way to establish an identity that feels authentic and comfortable.

We recognize that childhood and adolescence has it’s own set of joys and challenges and that youth who are questioning and exploring their identity navigate additional stressors. According to the 2019 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health by the Trevor Project, 39% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide. This number increases to more that 50% for transgender and non-binary youth. Almost three quarters of LGBTQ youth met criteria for a depressive episode and reported discrimination due to either their sexual orientation or gender identity. Yet only 47% of the LGBTQ youth surveyed received psychological counseling from a mental health professional.* 

A supportive and affirming environment in which individuals can address the stressors and challenges of day-to-day life in general and those unique to individuals identifying as LGBTQIA+ may be lifesaving.  

Dr. Pierre has expertise in working with individuals addressing the cognitive, affective, and interpersonal impacts of minority stress that is a strong contributor to the greater mental health risks in LGBTQIA+ community. We invite you to reach out to our practice to learn more about how we can provide therapeutic support. 

* Trevor Project. (2019). National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health. The Trevor Project. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Trevor-Project-National-Survey-Results-2019.pdf