Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and those that identify as something other than heterosexual cisgender may find that they face both the same mental health challenges as everyone else, as well as additional struggles that may relate to their sexual or gender identity. Yet it can be difficult to even begin looking for a mental health professional that they can connect with, as not all have the experience, competency, or understanding necessary to assist these vulnerable populations. This is true in big cities like Portland and Seattle, and yet it is even more common in smaller towns and areas that have fewer mental health care professionals to work with.
Balance Psychiatric Services strives to provide care understanding of diverse backgrounds and identities with providers you can trust to be knowledgeable about the cultural challenges that LGBTQ+ youth and adults face.
We want to help our patients with any challenges they struggle with, whether or not they are related to their LGBTQ+ identity, because we believe that there is always hope for those that seek it.
We work with patients that struggle with their mental health and wellness, including issues such as:
Yet we are also here to help with specific issues as they relate to the LGBTQ+ community, such as:
Coming out, or informing people in your life of your LGBTQ+ identity/orientation, can be stressful even if you think those people will be supportive. It’s a moment of great vulnerability, and the emotions and circumstances before, during, and after coming out can be complex. Coming out can be both a rewarding and overwhelming experience. Talking to a mental health professional can help you process and prepare for it.
LGBTQ+ individuals are particularly prone to being harassed, facing violence, or being otherwise discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We seek to help our LGBTQ+ patients process the emotions caused by being harassed and experiencing other negative circumstances because of their LGBTQ+ identity, and develop actionable ideas and healthy coping strategies in response.
We also work with those that are simply struggling to integrate their identity into their lives – for example, those of a religious background or those that are transgendered and are not sure how to move forward. Together, we create an actionable plan to help you adjust to your truth, no matter what that may be.
We also help those considering or in the process of transition, as well as those that struggle with mental health challenges unrelated to their LGBTQ+ identity, but would feel more comfortable working with a provider that has experience with the population.