Living authentically as yourself is a challenge
You must overcome the stigma of choosing to be different daily
Likewise, you may need more support due to isolation, rejection, or fear of being rejected.
You may be struggling with your identity and need guidance on where to go next
At Introspective Counseling, we know that living as a person of color in the LGBTQIA+ community makes you a double target as a minority. Not only are you dealing with the oppression from being black, but now you are fighting to be accepted as you are and for whom you choose to love. Due to the complexity of LGBTQ issues within the black community, we strive to address the many layers of who you are in treatment. We support families, couples, individuals, and those in the transgender community as well. Our goal is to help you navigate the societal, familial, professional, and relational issues that may arise. In therapy whether in people or via online therapy in Michigan, you will be in a safe and supportive space to grow into your authentic self.
Common LGBTQIA+ Counseling Issues We Address
As a person of color, you need to work with a Black LGBTQIA+ therapist who can understand your unique needs. We also have LGBTQIA-friendly counselors who are here to guide you and hold space. Some issues that may bring you into counseling include:
- Gender identity and expression
- The coming out process
- Sexuality and faith issues
- PTSD and Trauma
- Anxiety and Social Anxiety
- Gender dysphoria
- Dealing with self-worth and self-image
- Family issues
- Substance abuse
- Dealing with religious abuse
- Professional and work issues
- Relationship issues
We work with everyone who is struggling with their identity. Many of our clients are college students and young adults who are struggling with interpersonal skills, social anxiety, relationships, and maintaining boundaries. If this, is you, we are here to help!
LGBTQIA+ Counseling is a Space to Accept Your Truth
Our black LGBTQ therapists know that you may be feeling alone and isolated in this time of transition and discovery. You may be dealing with strained relationships with family and friends. This may lead to you experiencing anxiety and depression. Clients are often challenged with adverse childhoods and traumatic events. You may be searching for a purpose and meaning for the existence you have dealt with. Additionally, you may even be seeking independence from an abusive household or relationship.
Look, we get it you may be tired of talking about your identity, or fearful of being rejected. Unfortunately, many LGBTQ individuals have experienced therapy services that have not helped them find healing or helped them grow into whom they desire to be. We get it. That is why we offer LGBTQIA+ counseling in Detroit, MI from the perspective of an LGBTQ-friendly therapist and a black LGBTQ therapist. You will be seen and heard without judgment in our space. It is time to take back who you are in a space that warrants growth. Regardless of what brings you into therapy, we can help you.
Issues We Help With
LGBTQ counseling for People of Color
The black community already has a lot to deal with as a race. When you are a person of color who also identifies in the LGBTQIA+ community, that adds another level of oppression. You may be developing your racial and sexual identities at the same time which can be a challenge to manage, especially in this politically charged atmosphere. This can increase stigma and rejection on multiple levels that shape how you see yourself. Our team includes LGBTQIA+ friendly therapists and black LGBTQ therapists who can understand your racial perspective.
LGBTQ Counseling for Families, Youth, and Young Adults
Unfortunately, in today’s age, many people assume that they will raise a cisgender child. This leads to years of trauma and confusion on their end about who they are. However, when your child finally comes to you and challenges this notion, it can create a lot of negative feelings and conflicts. Being a teen or young adult is not easy as it is. That is why we provide support for families and individuals dealing with life transitions. Whether you are dealing with rejection from your family, you are struggling to tell your family about your identity, or you are dealing with navigating your identity in your own family, our LGBTQ therapists can help!
LGBTQ Counseling for Relationships
Relationships are a big part of our existence. We need healthy and thriving relationships to grow. However, people often have outside judgments and reservations in relationship to black LGBTQ couples. At Introspective counseling, our marriage counseling and couple therapy services are for everyone. We want to help you grow and deal with normal relationship struggles in a way that promotes acceptance and pushes discrimination out of the picture. Our therapists understand the need for support; therefore, you will never need to explain your relationship to us.
Our Approach to LGBTQIA+ Counseling Detroit, MI
Our approach to counseling those in the LGBTQIA+ community involves an Acceptance and Commitment based perspective. We want to help you accept what you have control over and release what you do not. Furthermore, we want to help you assess what your values are, so you can integrate them into your life in a way that honors your identity. Additionally, we can help with a Psychodynamic approach to get to the root of your struggles, CBT to address cognitions and set goals, or EMDR therapy to help you become unstuck from trauma, anxiety, or depression.
We know that everyone is different, and we want you to know we will listen to your unique needs. We will not stereotype you or assume the reason you are coming into therapy is sole because of your identity or sexual orientation. Therefore, know we are here to go in the direction that suits you. Our therapists provide a safe and judgment-free place for individuals to work through adversities with the freedom to be their authentic selves. We hope you will trust us to take this journey with you!
What is holding you back from beginning therapy?
If you’re ready to do the personal work, we are here to be your guides. We want to help you experience improvement in areas of work or school life, create healthy boundaries to navigate in their family and friendship circles. The ultimate purpose in therapy is to challenge your r inner critic, understand how it triggers affect you, and target negative behaviors that are not maladaptive. Begin LGBTQIA+ counseling in Detroit, MI when you’re ready!
LGBTQIA Black Therapists and Specialists
Begin LGBTQIA+ Counseling in Detroit, MI with our Black LGBTQ Therapists Today!
Our Detroit, MI counseling practice has black LGBTQ therapists who specialize in working with people of color and minorities. We know that asking for help is not easy, but we want to provide a therapy service where you feel heard and seen. Your experiences are valid. No matter where you are in your mental health journey, we will meet you where you are. To start your counseling journey, follow these simple steps:
- Contact Introspective Counseling
- Meet with one of our skilled black therapists!
- Begin living your truth and becoming your authentic self
Additional Services Offered at Introspective Counseling
Working to support people of color and the LGBTQ community is a central goal at Introspective counseling in Detroit, MI. If you need support during a challenging life transition, our therapists are here to help.
Additionally, we work with women to address these issues as well as provide screening and assessment for other mood and mental health issues including postpartum depression, anxiety and perfectionism, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma, marriage counseling and couples therapy, therapy for moms, life transitions, grief counseling, therapy for high achievers, grief counseling, EMDR therapy, and services for entrepreneurs and professionals. Additionally, we do offer services to black men, if you would prefer a black female counselor. If you believe that our approaches and values align with what you’re seeking in a therapist, we would be honored to work with you.