Serving Kitchener-Waterloo, Milton and the surrounding areas, Anchoridge Counselling takes pride in working with individuals who are apart 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.
LGBTQ2S+ is a broad category that includes a wide range of challenges and stressors, including 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 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 content with, it is no wonder they suffer from mental health issues at a disproportionately high rate.
How we work with the LGBTQ2S+ community.
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 LGBTQ2S+ 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), and 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. Here at Anchoridge Counselling, 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.