The counselors at Radzom Counseling understand that LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) individuals need to feel safe with their therapist and that they need to be able to trust that their counselor is going to accept them without judgment and provide counseling without imposing values that run counter to the client. Our approach to counseling is to accept everyone that walks through our door as a human being that deserves dignity and respect. We affirm an individual's right to be who they are and we accept everyone for who they are. This basic philosophy does not stop with the LGBT clients we see.
While we are sensitive to GLBT issues, we don't assume we know you--or your issue--just because you fit into a certain category. Individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning often have some unique concerns or issues that might separate them from some other individuals in some ways. With that being the case, we realize that every person is unique and is not simply a label. While we pride ourselves on our sensitivity to our clients' concerns, we don't presume to know our clients better than they know themselves.
The bottom line that we want you to know about us is that this is a safe environment.
Concerns We Often Address with LGBTQ Individuals:
- Overt or subtle harassment
- Low self-esteem or feeling insecure
- Difficulty with trust
- Problems finding like-minded social supports
- Feelings of isolation or loneliness
- A past history or current experience with being bullied
- Suicidal thoughts or past suicide attempts
- Pressure to fit a certain mold
- Relationship problems or the need for couples counseling
- Fear of coming out or dealing with bad experiences related to coming out
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Social fear
- Domestic violence
- Self hatred
- Learning to accept one's self
- Repairing damaged relationships with family