Transformative Growth Counseling Presents:
Community Belonging & Counseling
Support for LGBTQIA+ persons
This counselor-led group is for LGBTQIA persons who are looking for community belonging and support. Topics change weekly, with education and support offered around issues of oppression, workplace stress, managing relationships and family, personal identity, and coping skills. Group will meet for 10 weeks. Cost: 0-$30, depending on insurance and financial need. Ages 18 (not in high school) & up. No one is refused for inability to pay.
Starting in our Naperville office on January 16th, 2019 (Wednesdays), from 7:00- 8:30 pm
For more information or to sign up, please contact TGC at:
Do You Have Counselors Who Specialize in LGBT Issues?
Yes! We have several LGBT, Poly and kink- idenitfied counselors and LGBT-ally counselors who specialize in LGBT-specific issues and relationships. From first identiftying one’s sexuality or gender, to living an open, and fullfilling life as your true self, we understand the process you’re going through, and how to help you move through the stages that come along with major shifts in the development of one’s identity. We offer a open and affirming safe space with counselors who’ve walked the same, or a simular journey to the one you’re on.
LGBTQIA individiuals, relationships and families often face unique challenges that hetro-normative persons and relationships, don’t. We understand the struggle that often comes with navigating complex romantic and platonic relationships. Coming out to non-accepting family members; navigating smaller dating pools; pressures of marriage; trying to build a family as a gay or lesiban couple; finding local queer-identified people to build community with; and the stress of discrmination and oppression in day to day life – these nuinaces become part of our day to day life. But when the nuiances become struggles and battles; let us help. Our counselors can help you where ever you are in in your journey as an individual, couple or family.
LGBTQIA Have Experienced Discrimination
LGBTQIA Who Are Victims of Verbal Abuse
of Trans* people report being denied mental health services due to descrimination
Are You Part of the LGBTQIA Community?
If You're Questioning Your Sexuality or Gender...
The Process of Self Discovery Can Be Scarey.
Transformative Growth Counseling values making therapy inclusive, accessible and affirming for everyone. We openly welcome and respect all sexual and gender identities, as well as all relationship styles, and invite all clients to experience a setting where they can feel comfortable being themselves.
People who identify as a sexual minority and/or transgender are 3 times more likely to experience mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse issues, and suicidal ideation. The experience of social discrimination against one or more of your identities, can have profound stress effects on your mental well-being. Discrimination can be experienced in many forms, including stigma, abuse, violence, harassment, denial of human rights, or social/family rejection. Despite these facts, there continues to be less accessibility to mental health treatment for this community. Many therapists do not have the experience or knowledge about the LGBTQIA community to provide accurate and necessary care that takes into account the unique experiences. Transformative Growth clinicians have personal and professional experience that will allow you to feel well cared for and affirmed in both individual and couples counseling.
No matter what your experience has been, our therapists will approach you with compassion, understanding, and necessary education regarding the identities and struggles that face our LGBTQIA clients. We recognize, that despite the general understanding required to work with sexual and gender minorities, that not everyone will have the same reasons for seeking counseling. For some, struggles with identity may be weighing heavy; whether it be stress about how to find your own identity and self-acceptance, anxiety about the coming out process, or dealing with new and changed relationships after discovering your identity, our therapists can listen and support you in your journey. For others, you might be at a place in your life where your identity is not the primary issue but you have other life stressors that you need support around, and our therapists will create a safe space where we can focus on the important aspects of your life, as it is important that you feel recognized as more than just your sexual or gender identity.
We acknowledge the importance of our LGBTQIA clients having someone who can listen and learn the nuances of your experiences without judgement or assumptions, and to tailor therapy to be realistic for your life and your relationship(s). It is important to us that we understand and respect how all identities may intersect with problems you face, and to be sensitive to your personal experiences.
Everyone is Welcome.
Contact us at: 630-423-6010