Are you looking for a Gender Affirming Therapist in North Carolina?
Do you need an LGBTQIA+ therapist in NC?
Are you looking for a safe, LGBTQIA+ knowledgeable therapist to help you in further exploring your gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or romantic orientation?
We offer stigma-free, affirming therapy and assessment services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, nonbinary, gender-diverse, agender, polyamorous, asexual, queer+ individuals, couples, and families.
All ages, genders, sexual, romantic, and relational orientations welcome!
Perhaps who you know you truly are does not align with your physical body, and you are looking for a therapist who can help you figure out what you want your next steps to be, because right now it just feels too overwhelming to figure out on your own?
Or maybe you have felt like something was “just off” for a while but did not know what it was.
You grew up feeling increasingly uncomfortable in your body, or in your relationships, or both, and wondered why you could not just feel at ease with who you are.
You have tried to “shake off” this feeling, but it never quite disappeared.
And then, you heard someone discuss their experience with gender dysphoria, gender euphoria, or being gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, asexual, aromantic, transgender, trans, nonbinary, genderfluid, gender expansive, and/or polyamorous, and it just clicked.
Let our team of Gender Affirming Therapists help!
Maybe you are pursuing medical transition and are interested in a letter for hormone affirming therapy or another gender-affirming medical procedure?
Maybe you are already confident in your identity or identities, but are interested in discussing next steps (coming out to family, friends, or at work; social or medical transition; legal name change), or looking for a safe space to further process your feelings and assess your goals?
Or maybe you are queer and/or transitioning and are seeking relationship counseling from someone who understands where you’re coming from?
Perhaps you have been to other supposed “LGBTQ-friendly” counselors who either did not really know what they were talking about or, worse, when it came time to author a letter for a gender affirming procedure, was unable to provide it?
If you can relate to any of the above, then you’ve come to the right place.
Our practice specializes in providing affirming therapy for transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse clients as well as therapy for the broader queer+ community!
Our queer-identified and LGBTQIA-allied clinicians offer individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, relationship therapy, and group therapy services for LGB+ and transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse folx.
To learn more about our inclusive services, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a request for a free 20-minute consultation here! You can learn more about Be BOLD Psychology and Consulting here!
We offer inclusive, gender-affirming, queer-friendly therapy and assessment services for queer+ and gender-diverse clients.
We know that gender and sexual diversity is a natural, normal part of the human experience and is in no way a pathology to be cured; rather, it is part of who we are as human beings and better understanding our gender and sexual diversity helps us in best understanding ourselves as holistic human beings.
Stigma, in any form, is corrosive to the well-being of those who experience it. This is why I am deeply committed to helping clients of all genders, orientations, and expressions feel not only safe but truly heard and respected.
The goal of our practice is to offer a safe space for LGB+, transgender, and gender-diverse clients to further explore their gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or romantic orientation.
Our LGBTQI-affirming clinicians allow you to lead the way on your journey, and we will offer you the support and guidance as you navigate your own path, on your own terms. As therapists who specialize in LGBTQIA+ related issues, we can provide the necessary resources and guidance along the way.
We will advocate for you, as requested or needed, and support you through any social and/or medical transition that might pursue.
We have worked closely with and authored surgical readiness letters for clients to pursue surgery (e.g., top-surgery, phalloplasty, orchiectomy, vaginoplasty, facial feminization surgery), with many of the best gender-affirming surgeons in North Carolina and are also closely connected to competent, affirming pediatric and adult HRT providers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and other states where we are able to provide services!
If you or someone you know is seeking help from an LGBTQIA+ identified or allied therapist, contact us today.
Our Team at Be BOLD Psychology and Consulting works with folx of all ages (including children and their caregiver[s]) who have expressed or are exploring diversity in their gender and/or sexual orientation and are looking for a space to further explore these topics in a safe, developmentally appropriate way.
Let us provide the space for you to explore all of your intersecting identities as you walk the path to living your boldest, most authentic life!
What does “LGBTQ+” mean?
The LGBTQ part of the acronym is based on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. It’s also common to see the acronym LGBTQQIA+ – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual people. The plus symbol is thought to symbolize acceptance and inclusion of any additional sexual, relational, and/or gender identities not explicitly covered by the previous acronym (e.g., demisexual, pansexual, aromantic, non-binary, genderqueer, gender-expansive, demigirl, demiboi).
LGBTQQIA+ Mental Health
For individuals of diverse sexual, romantic, and/or gender identities, the way their families and social networks accept or deny their sexual orientation, romantic orientation, and/or gender identity plays a huge role in their mental health and personal safety. And, how LGBTQ+ individuals view their own sexual orientation and gender identity plays a role as well. The more stigma there is, the higher rates of mental health problems there are.
Data from the Trevor Project’s 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health discusses just some of the mental health challenges facing LGBTQIA+ youth and further demonstrating the importance of getting youth connected with an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist!
Among some of the key findings of the survey:
- 42% of LGBTQ youthseriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, including more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth.
- 12% of white youthattempted suicide compared to 31% of Native/Indigenous youth, 21% of Black youth, 21% of multiracial youth, 18% of Latinx youth, and 12% of Asian/Pacific Islander youth.
- 94% of LGBTQ youthreported that recent politics negatively impacted their mental health.
- More than 80% of LGBTQ youthstated that COVID-19 made their living situation more stressful — and only 1 in 3 LGBTQ youth found their home to be LGBTQ-affirming.
- 70% of LGBTQ youthstated that their mental health was “poor” most of the time or always during COVID-19.
- 48% of LGBTQ youthreported they wanted counseling from a mental health professional but were unable to receive it in the past year.
- 13% of LGBTQ youthreported being subjected to conversion therapy, with 83% reporting it occurred when they were under age 18.
- Transgender and nonbinary youthwho reported having pronouns respected by all of the people they lived with attempted suicide at half the rate of those who did not have their pronouns respected by anyone with whom they lived.
- LGBTQ youth who had access to spacesthat affirmed their sexual orientation and gender identity reported lower rates of attempting suicide.