AJ

Davies

MA Candidate

She/Her

I identify as a lesbian/queer cis-woman and hold a welcoming therapeutic space for all identities. I believe in the premise “towards not away” and that embrace of our emotions can lead to greater awareness and insight. They can serve as guides to our inner and outer world, so long as we’re willing to listen.

My own therapeutic experiences deeply impacted the individual I am today and helped me find my own path towards an inner sense of calm and purpose. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Denver studying International Disaster Psychology: Trauma and Global Mental Health.

My experience includes working with individuals dealing with OCD, disordered eating, and anxiety and depression symptoms. I value diverse perspectives and lead with an open heart and open mind. My hope is to create a safe space where you become your own most powerful resource in healing and wellbeing, that carries with you far beyond the session.

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Derek

Torres Diaz

MA Candidate

He/Him

I am a graduate student at the University of Denver currently working towards obtaining my master’s degree in International Disaster Psychology: Trauma and Global Mental Health.

My bachelor’s degree is from the Universidad de Puerto Rico en Cayey in Psychology and Community Mental Health. As a professional with a formal mental health education from Latinx and American institutions,  I am able to integrate both to create a unique approach to therapeutic spaces.

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Eric

Schaffner

LPCC

He/Him

I welcome all of your identities and strive to create a safe space where you feel empowered to show up fully as you are. I specialize in guiding clients grappling with depression, anxiety, isolation, sexual identity, gender identity, spiritual crisis and integration, religious trauma, personal and spiritual inquiry, career change and other life transitions.

My approach to therapy is to accompany my clients in rediscovering their true self, their source of self-compassion, their innate healing power, their autonomy, and their personal authority.  

I believe in therapy because it has been a key tool in my own healing journey. Growing up as a gay/queer cisgender male in a conservative religious community left me struggling with worthlessness. I felt divorced from my body, my spirit, and the wider world around me. I found self-compassion and healing through my work with caring therapists, mindfulness meditation, and personal inquiry.

I collaborate with clients to address the psychology of the whole person. I work primarily from a person-centered approach and am training in techniques such as Gestalt, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and somatic interventions. When it fits the client, I like to incorporate mindfulness meditation to help clients build resilience and self-resourcing skills. I am passionate about these approaches because I’ve personally witnessed how using these techniques to integrate mind and body can enable profound healing.

Prior to becoming a counselor, I worked first as a molecular biologist, then as a software engineer. Although I found both fields interesting, I found that my real passion was exploring how my own mind worked and healing the false body-mind split. The more I discovered, the more passion I felt to share that experience with others.

I hold a BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology/French Language from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and am completing my master’s degree from Naropa University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the Mindfulness-Based/Transpersonal concentration.

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Everett

Dietzler

LPCC

They/Them

I identify as a queer, neurodivergent, trans person, which deeply informs my work as a clinician. My undergraduate degree is in Cultural Studies with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Columbia College Chicago. I graduated with my master’s degree in Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University. I am in the process of becoming an IPI Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Practitioner. I specialize in working with gender dysphoria and neurodiversity.

Often times folks in marginalized communities are forced to choose between attachment and authenticity. The work I do with my clients aims to bridge that gap by fostering a deeper connection to the self. The more we are in touch with our authenticity, the better we can communicate our needs and desires to others. Developing a sense of self-compassion is the cornerstone to loving and accepting ourselves as we are. 

I work through a client centered approach which assumes my clients are the experts in who they are. Through mindfulness practice and connection to the natural world, clients will begin to understand themselves in a new light. This deeper insight helps to foster the fertile ground needing for healing. I am committed to providing a non-judgmental and empathic space for clients to explore their inner world. Through a collaborative process, I aim to help my clients find the tools to regulate their nervous system and achieve their therapeutic goals.

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Isaac

Archuleta

LPC

He/They

After confronting devastating questions of sexuality and gender with parents who pastored a conservative church, Isaac quickly realized there were very few resources for his family. He also learned that there were very few safe places where he could learn about his true identity without judgment or predetermined agendas. Over 10 years later, Isaac has grown the iAmClinic team to 10+ therapists and launched a sister company, iAmCouncil, to provide life and relationship coaching to individuals nationwide!

I chose counseling because I was once a young closeted kid that felt incredibly lonely, anxious, and lost. In wanting to heal and grow, it was important for me to find the answers for kids like me and families like mine, so that we could all experience the true connection and utter satisfaction I so deeply craved. It was with this motivation that iAmClinic was born. Before iAmClinic and the completion of my graduate studies, I spent time working in Child Protection and served as a project supervisor for a counseling program in the nonprofit world. I also worked in the main operating room at The Children’s Hospital. 

As a professional counselor, I use the techniques and insights given to the field of talk therapy by seminal authors/researchers like Pia Mellody, Terrence Real, Peter Levine, and Bessel van der Kolk. I interweave research-based modalities like Neurofeedback, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Somatic Experiencing, as well as empirically-based theories such as Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Feminist Theory into my practice. As I stepped out of the closet with anxiety, depression, and many unwanted behavioral patterns, I saw my healing journey as not only personally necessary, but as professionally worth it. I not only wanted to talk the talk, but also walk the walk. And as a clinician I believe it is important to be equipped with the knowledge, treatment interventions, and the skills to be effective in all facets of my clients lives so that I can offer the healing that changed my life to others. I believe in therapy, not because I have read a bunch of books, but because I am one major success story. When clients walk out of my office for the last time, I want them to feel the same liberty, connectedness, and internal peace therapy helped me discover. 

Credentials

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • 11+ Years Of Experience
  • Served as Executive Director for one of the longest standing LGBTQIA+ organizations
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified
  • Neurofeedback trained in the Othmer Method
  • He is invited to speak at conferences and forums across the nation, and a contributor to The Huffington Post

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Rae

Stout

LPC, CCC

She/Her

I have over 10 years of experience in identity formation, career counseling and trauma, particularly in the field of career trauma. My clients often come to me looking to better understand themselves and how they wish to ‘show up’ in the world.

I also oversee the clinic’s human resources, hiring and student internship programs and serve as the manager for clinical operations. Interested in working with the clinic? Check out our “Work with Us” page!

I work with clients to explore who they are, where they want to go and how they will get there. Often this looks like walking alongside my clients as they untangle their authentic parts of self from internalized shame and societal pressures in order to step into their own self-authored story.  I incorporate mindfulness and narrative therapy techniques in my work, infused with cognitive information/cognitive behavioral modalities. Additionally, I am EMDR trained and use this in both mental health and career counseling settings.

Outside of work, I am an active volunteer in the National Career Development Association (NCDA), a branch of the American Counseling Association, serving on the Government Relations Committee. I also serve as an adjunct faculty member at two local Denver universities, teaching in their graduate counseling programs. In my spare time, I love spending time with my wife, our two dogs, and getting junior ranger badges from all the national parks. 

Credentials 

  • Master of Arts in Community Counseling
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Certified Career Counselor (CCC)
  • Clinical Supervisor Training
  • 10+ Years of Experience
  • EMDR Trained
  • Adjunct Faculty, CU Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver 
  • Certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Facilitator, Qualified Administrator for Strong Interest Inventory, YouScience and CliftonStrengths, Career Construction Training

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LGBTQIA+ couples counselors, Denver

Introduction

In the journey of love, relationships encounter challenges and triumphs alike. For LGBTQIA+ couples in Denver, finding a couples counselor who understands and respects their unique dynamics is crucial for fostering growth and understanding within their partnerships. Explore Denver’s top LGBTQIA+ couples counselors for expert support, inclusivity, and commitment. 

Strengthen your relationship with the right counselor.


Isaac Archuleta – Meet Isaac, the visionary behind iAmClinic with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, over 14 years of experience, and with certifications in EMDR, Somatic Breathwork, Neurofeedback training, and Ketamine/Cannabis-assisted Therapy, Isaac integrates diverse therapeutic modalities to guide clients towards liberation and internal peace. Learn About Isaac’s Story Here!

Certifications & Credentials

Hanna M Carrell –  Meet Hanna M. Carrell, your compassionate guide to healing and growth, with a focus on supporting the LGBTQ+ community. With a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals, Hanna provides affirming and inclusive therapy tailored to your specific needs. 

Jesse Andrew Proia – Meet Jess, your dedicated LGBTQ+ specialist therapist based in Denver, offering in-person and virtual sessions across CO, CA, and VT. With nearly a decade of experience serving the LGBTQ+ community, Jess brings a deep understanding of the unique mental health needs of queer individuals. 

Kara Johnson Martone – Meet Kara, an experienced therapist specializing in LGBTQIA+ affirming care, offering supportive guidance to those seeking clarity and stability within the community. With expertise in trauma-informed care and a social justice mindset, I help LGBTQIA+ individuals harness their strengths and navigate their journey with resilience. 

Matt Meurer-Lynn – Meet Matt, an LGBTQ+ Affirming  therapist specializing in guiding LGBTQ+ individuals through unique journeys. Uncovering patterns and motivations while exploring how relationships shape trust and connection.

How Do You Choose the Right LGBTQIA+ Couples Counselor?

Choosing the correct LGBTQIA+ couples counselor is crucial, as it deeply influences your relationship’s health and longevity. However, navigating this process can be overwhelming due to numerous considerations. This guide explores key criteria for selecting LGBTQIA+ couples counselors, empowering you to make informed decisions for your relationship’s well-being.

Are they credentialed therapists?

When embarking on the journey of finding a couples counselor, one of the first questions to ask is whether they are credentialed. A credential typically signifies that the therapist has undergone specific training, education, and licensing to practice therapy professionally. While it might seem like a minor detail, the distinction between a credentialed therapist and someone without proper credentials can have significant implications for the quality and effectiveness of the counseling provided. Learn more about our team!

Why it matters:

  • Expertise and Training: Credentialed therapists have typically completed rigorous academic programs, internships, and licensure exams. They possess a solid foundation in psychological theories, counseling techniques, and ethical standards. This background equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary to address a wide range of challenges that may arise in couples counseling, including those unique to LGBTQIA+ relationships. Because a highly trained therapist is more efficient and thorough, you will spend less time and money on therapy. 

  • Understanding of LGBTQIA+ Challenges: Credentialed therapists who lead minority-focused practices understand the importance of creating a safe and inclusive space for clients from marginalized communities, including the LGBTQIA+ community. Choosing a therapist who values diversity and inclusion demonstrates a commitment to receiving counseling services in an environment where your identities are not only acknowledged but celebrated. It fosters a sense of trust and rapport between clients and therapists, laying the groundwork for meaningful therapeutic work that addresses the unique needs and challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ couples. Although some therapists are LGBTQIA+-friendly, we suggest finding a therapist who is part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Doing so will protect you from having to teach your therapist about some of the nuances that come with being gay, lesbian, queer or trans. It will also give you the space to talk freely without having to justify your predicament. 

  • Cumulative Experience: Experience matters in therapy, especially when dealing with complex issues such as those encountered in LGBTQIA+ couples counseling. Credentialed therapists with extensive experience bring a depth of knowledge, insight, and skill honed over years of practice. By choosing a therapist with a significant amount of experience and ongoing training, LGBTQIA+ couples can feel confident that they are receiving guidance and support rooted in expertise and competence.

  • Access to Resources and Referrals: Therapists who are active advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community are likely to be well-versed in the social, political, and cultural issues that impact LGBTQIA+ individuals and relationships. They can provide valuable resources, referrals, and support networks to help couples navigate external challenges and access affirming services. Choosing a credentialed therapist who proudly identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community sends a powerful message of solidarity and support. It reinforces the notion that LGBTQIA+ couples deserve competent, affirming care from professionals who share and understand their identities.

Are they actually part of the LGBTQIA+ Community or are they pandering?

When selecting an LGBTQIA+ couples counselor, it’s essential to discern whether the therapist genuinely identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community or if they are merely pandering. Here’s why this distinction matters:

Why it matters:

  • Authentic Understanding and Empathy: Therapists who are authentically part of the LGBTQIA+ community bring a deep understanding and empathy for the challenges, triumphs, and nuances of LGBTQIA+ relationships. Their lived experiences allow them to connect with clients on a profound level, fostering trust and rapport in the therapeutic relationship. In contrast, counselors who are pandering may lack genuine insight into the intricacies of LGBTQIA+ experiences. Their attempts to cater to LGBTQIA+ clients may come across as superficial or tokenistic, ultimately hindering the therapeutic process.

  • Cultural Competency and Affirming Practices: Authentic LGBTQIA+ couples counselors typically undergo specialized training and education to develop cultural competency and affirming therapeutic practices. They are familiar with LGBTQIA+ terminology, identities, and community resources, ensuring that their counseling approach is inclusive and respectful. Counselors who are pandering may lack the cultural competency necessary to provide effective support to LGBTQIA+ couples. Their ignorance or insensitivity towards LGBTQIA+ issues may result in microaggressions, misgendering, or other harmful behaviors that can undermine the therapeutic environment.

  • Role Modeling and Representation: LGBTQIA+ couples often seek role models and representation in their therapists, especially when facing societal stigma or discrimination, as well as relational healthy and mature skills that stabilize relationships. Authentic LGBTQIA+ counselors serve as positive role models, demonstrating resilience, self-acceptance, and pride in their identities and relationships. In contrast, counselors who are pandering may contribute to feelings of tokenism or exploitation within the LGBTQIA+ community. Their insincerity undermines the trust and credibility necessary for effective therapeutic work, potentially leading to feelings of disillusionment or mistrust in the counseling process. Start your healing journey now!

Are They Trained in LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy?

LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy acknowledges and validates the diverse identities and experiences within the LGBTQIA+ community. When choosing a couples counselor, prioritize professionals who have received specific training in LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy. Look for counselors who demonstrate a deep understanding of LGBTQIA+ issues and create inclusive and affirming therapy spaces for all clients.

Do You Feel Comfortable and Supportive?

Trust your instincts and prioritize your comfort level when selecting a couples counselor. Schedule initial consultations with potential counselors to gauge your compatibility and assess whether you feel comfortable opening up and sharing your concerns. Choose a counselor with whom you feel a strong rapport and connection, as this will facilitate a more productive and effective therapeutic process.”

Navigating Challenges in LGBTQIA+ Relationships

While love and connection are universal, LGBTQIA+ couples face unique challenges. This post explores these challenges and provides strategies for building resilience and navigating them as a unified team.

Addressing Internalized Stigma and Shame:

Many LGBTQIA+ individuals may internalize societal stigma and shame related to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. These feelings can affect self-esteem, communication, and relationship dynamics. Couples can tackle internalized stigma by promoting self-acceptance, practicing self-compassion, and engaging in open, empathetic, and honest conversations about their experiences and how they affect the relationship.

Navigating Family Dynamics and Acceptance:

Family dynamics and acceptance can be significant sources of stress and conflict for LGBTQIA+ couples. Some individuals may face rejection or a lack of understanding from family members, while others may navigate complex dynamics related to coming out or family expectations. Couples can support each other by establishing boundaries, advocating for each other’s needs, and seeking support from chosen family and LGBTQIA+ communities.

Communication and Conflict Resolution:

Effective communication and conflict resolution are crucial skills for any relationship, but they can be especially challenging for LGBTQIA+ couples dealing with issues related to anger and/or resentment, discrimination, or societal pressures- all of which add up over time. Couples can enhance their communication by practicing active listening, openly expressing emotions and needs, and seeking support from couples counselors or therapists trained in LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy.

Dealing with Discrimination and Microaggressions:

LGBTQIA+ individuals may encounter discrimination, microaggressions, and systemic inequalities in areas such as employment, healthcare, and public spaces. These experiences can negatively impact mental health and strain relationships. Couples can support each other by validating each other’s experiences, advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights and visibility, and seeking out affirming and inclusive spaces where they feel safe and respected.

Navigating Legal and Relationship Recognition:

Legal recognition of LGBTQIA+ relationships varies across countries and regions, presenting challenges related to marriage rights, adoption, healthcare decision-making, and parental rights. Couples can address these challenges by educating themselves about their legal rights and options, seeking advice and support from LGBTQIA+-friendly attorneys, and advocating for policy changes and LGBTQIA+ rights.

The Importance of Inclusivity and Cultural Competency

In the world of counseling, inclusivity, respect, and cultural competency are not just desirable qualities but essential pillars of effective therapy, especially for LGBTQIA+ couples. Here’s why counselors who embody these traits are crucial:

1. Validation and Trust:

Inclusive counselors validate and understand the identities of LGBTQIA+ couples, fostering trust and creating safe spaces where they can explore their relationships authentically.

2. Understanding Intersectionality:

By recognizing the diverse backgrounds and experiences within LGBTQIA+ couples, inclusive counselors navigate complexities and appreciate each partner’s unique background and perspective.

3. Effective Communication:

Cultural competency enables counselors to break down communication barriers, ensuring that LGBTQIA+ couples can express themselves openly and engage in constructive dialogue about their relationships.

4. Addressing Systemic Challenges:

Inclusive counselors understand and advocate for LGBTQIA+ couples facing societal stigma, legal hurdles, and discrimination, providing support and guidance through external stressors.

5. Creating Affirming Environments:

Through inclusive language and LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy techniques, counselors cultivate environments where LGBTQIA+ couples feel validated, empowered, and supported in their journey together. We always say that it is our job to work ourselves out of a job. 

Counselors who prioritize inclusivity, respect, and cultural competency are crucial in supporting the well-being and success of diverse LGBTQIA+ couples. Their dedication to understanding, acceptance, and advocacy significantly enhances the strength and resilience of LGBTQIA+ relationships everywhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing the correct LGBTQIA+ couples counselor is crucial for your relationship’s well-being. Consider factors such as their credentials, training in LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy, cultural competency, experience, access to community,  and your comfort level during initial consultations.

LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy acknowledges and validates the diverse identities and experiences within the LGBTQIA+ community. Counselors who specialize in this approach create inclusive and affirming therapy spaces, understanding the unique challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals and couples.

Yes, LGBTQIA+ couples may encounter unique challenges related to internalized stigma and shame, navigating family dynamics and acceptance, communication and conflict resolution, dealing with discrimination and microaggressions, legal and relationship recognition, among others. And because these challenges add up over time, counseling can help address these challenges and foster resilience within the relationship.

Inclusivity and cultural competency are essential in LGBTQIA+ couples counseling, particularly when practices are led by minorities and focused on inclusion. These principles create safe, affirming environments where LGBTQIA+ couples feel understood, respected, and empowered to navigate their relationships authentically. By prioritizing representation, cultural understanding, and effective communication, counselors can ensure that LGBTQIA+ clients receive support that is tailored to their unique needs and experiences.

LGBTQIA+ couples can navigate challenges by promoting self-acceptance, practicing effective communication and conflict resolution, seeking support from affirming communities, educating themselves about legal rights, and advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights and visibility. Counseling provides a supportive space to address these challenges and strengthen the relationship.

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Take the first step towards fostering growth and understanding within your LGBTQIA+ partnership. Choose one of Denver’s top LGBTQIA+ couples counselors for expert support, inclusivity, and commitment. Strengthen your bond and navigate challenges with confidence. Book your session today and embark on a journey towards a brighter, more fulfilling relationship. Your love deserves the best care.

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Top 5 Mental Health Support Groups for the LGBTQIA+ Community

Introduction

For LGBTQIA+ individuals, finding mental health support that understands and affirms their identity can be difficult. From dealing with discrimination to coming out, those in the LGBTQIA+ community face unique challenges that impact their mental health. Fortunately, several organizations provide tailored counseling, crisis support, discussion groups, and other resources to help.

Understanding the Need

Studies show LGBTQIA+ individuals experience mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts at higher rates than the general population. For example, research suggests up to 60% of transgender people deal with depression. Discrimination, social isolation, family rejection, and struggling to accept one’s identity all contribute to these mental health disparities.

That’s why it’s so important the LGBTQIA+ community has access to mental health resources from counselors and peers who understand their experiences. Whether it’s finding a safe space to open up or getting expert support, quality care can make all the difference.

Local Denver Organizations

Denver has a growing number of organizations providing mental health services, resources, and support groups tailored for the LGBTQIA+ community.

The Center on Colfax

The Center has been supporting the LGBTQIA+ community in Denver for over 40 years. They offer LGBTQIA+-focused counseling and psychotherapy groups under their “Community Activities” which include Transgender Programs, Youth Programs, Substance Abuse/Recovery Programs, Mental Health Programs, and HIV/AIDS Programs.

The Center’s licensed therapists and counselors have experience working with LGBTQIA+ clients on issues like coming out, gender identity, discrimination, and family dynamics. Visit their website or contact them directly to learn more details about their specific support groups and counseling services.

Denver Pride

While best known for coordinating the annual Denver PrideFest and Parade, their website does not list any specific mental health programming, counseling sessions, or resource directories.

iAmClinic 

For those serious about their mental health, iAmClinic provides the opportunity to have consistent 1-on-1 therapy with certified, experienced therapists local to the Denver area. Their therapists are experts in the unique needs and challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community in and around Denver. By making an appointment, you can receive personalized counseling tailored specifically to your goals.

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Why Individual Therapy Matters

While group therapy can be beneficial, there’s something uniquely powerful about individual therapy. At iAmClinic, our credentialed therapists offer personalized sessions tailored to your specific needs, allowing for deeper exploration and targeted support. Individual therapy provides a safe space for you to delve into your thoughts, emotions, and experiences without distraction, fostering greater self-awareness and facilitating meaningful growth. Our therapists are dedicated to walking alongside you on your journey towards healing and self-discovery, offering expertise, compassion, and guidance every step of the way. Start your journey towards healing today!

Finding an LGBTQIA+ Friendly Therapist 

In addition to specialized organizations, many licensed therapists and counselors in the Denver area have experience supporting LGBTQIA+ clients.

Key things to look for include a strong understanding of unique challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ community, advertised specialties in LGBTQ/transgender counseling, membership in LGBTQIA+ psychology associations, and prominently featured equal opportunity/diversity statements.

Don’t be afraid to ask potential therapists about their specific experience in supporting LGBTQIA+ clients. A good counselor will be happy to discuss their background, training, and approach.

Explore iAmClinic: Your Safe Space for LGBTQIA+ Counseling

At iAmClinic, we specialize in providing supportive counseling services for LGBTQIA+ individuals and couples, along with their loved ones. Our mission is simple: to empower the LGBTQIA+ community and their families to foster internal solidarity, embrace authentic identities, and cultivate lasting relational well-being. With us, there’s no judgment—just unwavering support and hope.

Take the first step towards a brighter, more affirming future. Contact iAmClinic today to embark on your journey towards healing and acceptance.

Supporting a Friend or Family Member

If you have an LGBTQIA+ friend or family member struggling with mental health, here are some ways you can support them:

  • Educate yourself on terminology and LGBTQIA+ experiences
  • Listen with empathy and don’t make assumptions
  • Encourage them to seek professional help from LGBTQIA+-friendly providers
  • Remind them you are there if they need to talk and want to help find resources
  • Don’t “out” them to others without their consent

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  • Let them know you care about their wellbeing.
  • Get Involved to Support the Community
  • Volunteer or donate to local LGBTQIA+ organizations
  • Attend Denver PrideFest and other events
  • Speak up against discrimination when you see it
  • Advocate for inclusive policies at school and work

By supporting the broader Denver LGBTQIA+ community, you can help reduce isolation and stigma around mental health issues.

From specialized crisis lines to LGBTQIA-affirming counseling, support groups and more, resources do exist tailored to the needs of the community. Don’t be afraid to try different options to find the best fit. You deserve to get care from those who understand your experiences and will provide an open, judgment-free space. The LGBTQIA+ community deserves mental health equity, and quality support is available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Discrimination, social isolation, struggles with identity acceptance, and lack of family/community support all contribute to mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. LGBTQIA+ individuals are more likely to experience these challenges.

Finding care from counselors, therapists, and peers who deeply understand LGBTQIA+ experiences can make a big difference. iAmClinic provides a judgment-free space catered specifically to this community’s needs. We are not only trained providers, we are also part of the LGBTQIA+ community, too.

Support groups provide a chance to connect with peers for everything from general discussion to focused topics like coming out, relationships, sobriety, LGBTQIA+ youth/teens, transgender experiences, and more. Many local and national organizations facilitate groups.

Yes, family counseling can help navigate challenges that arise when a family member comes out as LGBTQIA+. Specialized family therapists and counselors provide a space to process emotions, strengthen relationships, and build acceptance.

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