Specialized Therapy: LGBTQIA+

Childhood and Adolescence have their joys and challenges. The shift toward seeking support from peer groups and working to establish an identity that feels authentic and comfortable are common struggles. Considering an identity that differs from the expectations of a heteronormative and cisnormative society may make these struggles more difficult. 

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 youth and their families can address the stressors and challenges of childhood and adolescence in general and those unique to youth identifying as LGBTQIA+ may be lifesaving. Cognitive behavioral therapy is effective in addressing the cognitive, affective, and interpersonal impacts of minority stress that is a strong contributor to the greater mental health risks in LGBTQIA+ youth. ** 

Dr. Pierre has expertise in working with youth and their families as they navigate these unique needs. 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 

** Pachankis J. E. (2014). Uncovering Clinical Principles and Techniques to Address Minority Stress, Mental Health, and Related Health Risks Among Gay and Bisexual Men. Clinical psychology : a publication of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, 21(4), 313–330. https://doi.org/10.1111/cpsp.12078