Making the decision to live your truth, be open and let people know who you are can feel very risky. You worry that if people knew the truth about your sexual or gender identity, then things would change. It might change how people see you, how they feel about you, and you are afraid that they may not accept you for who you are. You may lose or experience radical shifts in important relationships or, in some cases, be ostracized, physically harmed, financially cut off or forced to relocate.
Counseling is a safe place where you will be accepted and valued exactly as you are, and where you can explore how being open with others may affect you and the people you care about. Together we can come up with strategies for how you want to communicate your truth to the people in your life, and to prepare for how you will handle their reactions. We can make sure you have resources in place if needed and identify sources of both internal strength and external support.
It is my sincere hope that you will find love and acceptance from everyone in your life, but I will be here for you if that is not your experience and will help you through the pain and loss of it. If you are already out and having trouble navigating the associated role and relationship changes, or if you are wanting to come out and would like to seek counseling to help you through it, please know that there is help available and you don’t have to do this alone.
CONTACT ME to schedule a free 30-minute consultation to learn more about how counseling can help you navigate your experience of coming out.