David A. Heilman, Psy.D.

LGBTQIA+ Therapist: Affirming Therapy/Psychotherapy

LGBTQIA+ Therapist: Affirming Therapy/Psychotherapy

LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy

LGBTQIA+ Therapist: As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I have dedicated my training, research, and clinical work to helping those within the LGBTQIA+ community find pride, belongingness, fulfillment, and a strong sense-of-self. 

Do you need a therapist experienced in helping with LGBTQIA+ issues, relationships, parenting or family issues?

  • Same-sex marriage and divorce
  • Sexuality and gender identity
  • Monogamous, “monogamish,” non-monogamous, and polyamorous relationships
  • LGBTQIA+ relationship counseling
  • Lesbian, gay, and transgender families and parenting
  • Bisexuality and bisexual spouse issues
  • The Coming Out process (to self, parents, or others)
  • LGBTQIA+ bias and discrimination

Maintaining A Strong Sense Of Self

Society has thankfully undergone a fundamental transformation in the way it views the communities named under the LGBTQIA+ acronym. However, in addition to overt aggression towards LGBTQIA+ individuals, more covert negative stereotypes of LGBTQIA+ individuals persist. These stereotypes are harmful to the physical and mental health of LGBTQIA+ people, and result in increased rates of depression, anxiety, long-term relationship challenges, sexual dissatisfaction, substance abuse, loneliness and isolation, and lowered self-esteem for these communities.

Over time, LGBTQIA+ individuals understandably can take in negative societal attitudes about themselves, and direct them towards a hatred of who they are. To develop a healthy sense-of-self, recent research has shown that LGBTQIA+ individuals must battle against conscious and unconscious processes of self-devaluation.

LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy can help work through what societally-placed internalized beliefs might be getting in the way of your leading the fullest life possible.

Help With Your LGBTQIA+ Identity And Relationships With Others

Do you need help with:

  • Coming out to yourself, a spouse, parents, siblings, family members, friends, or colleagues 
  • Dealing with homophobia, internalized homophobia, or heterosexism
  • Questions about intimacy or feeling numb and uncomfortable with others
  • Feelings of isolation and being lonely
  • Feeling as though you don’t identify with any sexual orientation
  • Shame about your sexuality, gender, or identity
  • Feeling a part of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Utilizing self-defeating amounts of alcohol, drugs, hookup websites/apps, and unfulfilling sex
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