Serving Kitchener-Waterloo, Milton, Mississauga, and the surrounding areas, Anchoridge Counselling takes great pride in working with individuals who are a part of the LGBTQ2S+ community.
The world has come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. Despite rapidly growing cultural acceptance of diverse sexual and romantic orientations and gender identifications, oppression, discrimination, and marginalization of LGBTQ2S+ people persist. Many individuals who identify themselves as part of the LGBTQ2S+ community seek counselling for similar reasons to non-LGBTQ2S+ individuals (ie. depression, anxiety, grief, couples therapy, work stress etc). And while some issues have little to do with sexuality, gender or identity, the LGBTQ2S+ community does have its own set of unique challenges as well.
While this is a broad category that includes a wide range of challenges and stressors. This can include coming out to one's family and friends, sorting out an "authentic" sense of self (including gender dysmorphia and sexual identity issues), monogamy and polyamory or open relationships, discrimination and oppression, self-esteem and self-acceptance. All of which are in the face of social expectations and pressures, which can lead to higher levels of depression, anxiety, substance use, engaging in self-harm behaviours, and/or experience suicidal thoughts. Given these stressors that individuals in the LGBTQ2S+ community contend with, it is no wonder they suffer from mental health issues at a disproportionately high rate.
So what do I do with these feelings?
At Anchoridge Counselling, we draw a strong focus on working with individuals who are a part of the LGBTQ2S+ community. We understand the unique hardship that comes with the diverse intersectionality of the community, and we want you to be heard, understood, and seen for who you truly are.
Our team of therapists will evaluate each person individually to determine what type of treatment is best. Treatment is customized to fit the specific needs of each person. We use psychotherapy methods such as:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Affirmative and Supportive Talk Therapy
...to help individuals change negative coping mechanisms, created through stress and trauma, and cultivate new, healthier means for personal growth.
In the province, you are required to have a referral letter from a Qualified Therapist (or Doctor) to begin Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and/or gender-confirming surgery. We want to be there for you and support you when you make that life-changing decision - Natasha Lavji has the ability to write such a letter, provided you have been in her care for at least one year.
Our goal is to connect you with the right mental health professional who will strive to empower you to reach a breakthrough within six to eight sessions. At Anchoridge, we know the value of giving compassionate, qualified counsellors the chance to work with the population they know best.