LGBTQIA Individuals, Couples & Families

LifeWorks welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) individuals who want help addressing inner conflicts, relationships issues and problems in their community. Our practice is rooted in a deep belief in the value of diversity for ourselves, our families, our communities and our world.

If you are in crisis, or if you or someone you know needs immediate support following an assault or rape, please contact a crisis hotline for immediate assistance.

Understanding and Support

Clinicians at LifeWorks strive to understand and support individuals facing various issues and beliefs including, but not limited to, the following:

  • the effects of stigma (i.e., prejudice, discrimination, and violence)
  • the perception that persons identifying as LGBTQIA are mentally ill
  • the belief that sexual orientation can be changed
  • previous experiences with therapists who lacked knowledge of or who held biases against LGBTQIA persons
  • distinguishing issues of sexual orientation from gender identity
  • difficulties experienced within LGBTQIA relationships
  • conditions in the world (extended family, school, work, religious organizations, community) that are hostile to, devalue or do not recognize LGBTQIA relationships or families
  • family of origin conflicts, concerns and problems
  • conflicting norms, values, and beliefs faced by lesbian, gay & bisexual members of racial and ethnic minority groups and QTPOC (Queer & Trans People of Color)
  • specific issues and risks faced by LGBTQIA youth

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As much as social attitudes change, continued  stigma, harassment, discrimination and violence towards individuals related to gender identity and expression, choice of partners and sexual orientation is a fact of life for many. If you are someone needing to work through these or other issues, please give us a call at (847) 568-1100 today to talk someone about your experience. Or, use the button below to reach out:

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