LGBTQ Issues in Psychotherapy

Gay and lesbian people come to psychiatrists for help and treatment for many of the same clinical and life issues that heterosexual people do – anxiety, depression, help with relationships, awareness of patterns that are interfering with their moving forward in their lives, etc. Some of these issues have little to do with the individual’s sexual orientation while others may be intimately connected to their gay identity. Either way, as the treatment gets underway, issues of sexual orientation and identity are likely to play a role in how the treatment evolves and become key in understanding the individual and his or her interpersonal interactions in the world at large. Consequently, a therapist with some specialized knowledge and understanding of these issues will be most helpful to the patient.
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Sexual Dysfunctions

Did you know it’s common to be ANXIOUS, dissatisfied or frustrated with your sex life?

We live in a world where we are bombarded with images of people who appear to be living sexually stimulating and fulfilling lives.  It seems everyone on television, in the movies, in the magazines and in our fantasies has a rich and exciting sex life!  In reality, it is very common for individuals to suffer from all kinds of feelings of inadequacy and real dysfunction with their partners and dissatisfaction with their sex lives.

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Sleep Disorders

Sleep deprivation is a common complaint and presenting problem for many individuals seeking treatment.  The newly created DSM V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) Category of Sleep Wake Disorders includes 10 disorders or disorder groups such as insomnia, hypersomnia, narcolepsy and conditions related to medical causes or substance induced sleep disorders.  Resulting daytime distress and impairment are core features shared by all of the sleep-wake disorders.

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