LGBT+ “Family” Community
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, and 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 families. Others have been physically threatened, assaulted, and nearly killed because others feared accepting who we are. You are not alone, and “It Gets Better.”
Coming out is a continuous process throughout our lives, for we may choose to come out only to certain people 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 coming out to new coworkers and new people we later meet. 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 their own families with a 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 through this journey.
The Counseling Process
The counseling process is a collaborative effort between the counselor and the client. It involves the following stages: establishing a trusting relationship, exploring the client’s issues and goals, developing a treatment plan, implementing interventions, and evaluating progress. Ethical principles and professional standards guide the counseling process.
To proceed with scheduling an intake appointment, you will need to email Mr. Jackson at Cjackson@thehelpingcounselor.com. He will respond using Microsoft Outlook’s HIPAA-approved and encrypted email to ensure your confidentiality. If you request to use unencrypted email, please understand that someone can intercept our emails and break your privacy. When you send your email, please indicate what problems you would like to work on and/or goals you would like to achieve. Once The Helping Counselor receives your email, we will usually contact you within 24 business hours; however, rarely, it may take up to 48 business hours based on client care.
The following documents are for informational purposes only. If we decide that this will be a good clinical match, then Mr. Jackson will securely send these to you using The Therapy Notes link.
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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 you feel you cannot keep yourself safe, please go to your local hospital, urgent care or emergency room or call 911. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988 and ask to speak to the mental health worker on call. I will make every attempt to inform you in advance of planned absences.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers providing 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.
Active duty & veterans– Veteran Crisis Line: Veterans Crisis Line
LGBT Community: LGBT Help Center
National Violence Support Line: National Domestic Violence Hotline