Psychologists recognise the social stigma and chronic difficulties faced by those of alternative sexualities and can offer counselling tailored to this unique experience. Stigma is one of the fundamental causes of population health inequalities and has consistently demonstrated detrimental effects on mental and physical health and consequently a negative effect on one’s personal and romantic relationships.
This social stigma has many forms, both social and personal, and can affect many facets of our lives. Sexual minority status can affect the level of social support an individual has access to. Experience of harassment and discrimination can lead to numerous long term mental health difficulties such as post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression and development of phobias. Feelings of isolation or inadequacy are a common result of living in a hetero-normative society, and same-sex specific counselling can prepare and guide you through a number of issues, fears and life hurdles.
Vision has psychologists who specialize in a number of sexuality topics from coming out to same-sex couple counselling and gender identity issues. We apply a tailored approach that acknowledges the influence of social stigma on your well-being for individuals off all ages and identities. Phone the clinic for a free emotional health check-up to see how we can help.