LGBT+ “Family" Community

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LGBT+ “Family" Community

Being a person who identifies with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender plus community can have very conflicting emotions. Often, coming out as a member is very personal and feels scary, isolating, depressing, anxiety-provoking, and we may wish we were not who we are. There can be a great sacrifice to us being who we are. Some of us have been kicked out of our homes and disowned by our family. Others have been physically threatened, assaulted, and nearly killed because other people were afraid of accepting who we are. You are not alone, and “It Gets Better.” 

 

The process of coming out is a continuous process throughout our lives, for we may choose to come out only to certain people who we trust and decide not to come out to certain people. We may decide to come out to our friends and not our blood family, or we may choose to come out to our friends and family and find ourselves having to come out to new coworkers and new people we later meet in life. This process is not easy for all of us, and coming out may have severe consequences because some people will not accept us for who we are. 

 

If you choose to come out, then this should be your choice and no one else! Often, members of the LGBT+ community form our own family with the bond of love for each other. When you are ready and want additional support, I will be here with you to help walk aside you during this journey.  

The Process

In order to proceed with booking an appointment, you will need to fill out and sign the online fillable PDF forms listed below. Once you have completed and submitted the forms to our HIPAA approved and encrypted email address, we will process your documents and get in touch with you within 24 business hours.

 

Consent for Telehealth Treatment

HIPAA Agreement

Authorization for Electronic Communication

Credit Card Authorization

Informed Consent Service Agreement

HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices

Consent for Telehealth Treatment

HIPAA Agreement

Authorization for Electronic Communication

Credit Card Authorization

Informed Consent Service Agreement

HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices

Proceed with Booking

If You are In A Crisis, Get Help Immediately!

If you’re in pain, struggling, and needing immediate help then call 911, go to the nearest emergency department, call lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or chat through their Lifeline Chat services. Additional information can be found on their website www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

If, for unseen reasons, you do not hear from me or I am unable to reach you, and you feel you cannot wait for a return call or feel unable to keep yourself safe, please go to your local hospital Emergency Room or call 911. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 and ask to speak to the mental health worker on call. I will make every attempt to inform you in advance of planned absences and provide you with the name and phone number of the mental health professional covering my practice.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal or emotional distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, promoting professional best practices, and building awareness https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

President Signs National Suicide Prevention Designation Act Into Law.

The President recently signed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act into law. 988, the new three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, is to be completed by July 2022. In the meantime, please continue to share 1-800-273-TALK (8255) with anyone wishing to connect to the Lifeline. 988 is NOT CURRENTLY ACTIVE nationally and may not connect callers to the Lifeline. https://www.vibrant.org/president-signs-988-into-law