Coping in a world that makes you feel different is difficult.
Whether you are LGBTQ, non-binary, or in a relationship that is not monogamous, many cultures do a fairly good job of making you feel “othered” when all you want to do is experience one of the most natural emotions – love.
It can be so challenging to be demonized and minimized for who you are, but those actions typically are about those around you – not about who you are. It is usually more about their fears and prejudice than you trying to mind your business and live your own life.
Your relationship may look different from those of your friends and parents, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. It’s another way of expressing love and emotions.
Who’s to say that the way your parents did it is the only “right” way?
Don’t live in the shadows anymore.
There is nothing wrong with you.
Our world at large is indeed friendlier to those who present more cis-heteronormative, but some individuals are always left out.
Not fitting into society’s box of what you should be doesn’t mean you’re wrong or you should feel any shame surrounding your desires, relationships, or who you are.
You are who you are.
Being open is one thing, but dealing with the stares or words from others can be another.
If you’ve been open with your identity, we can discuss how this has affected your relationship with others or any changes you’ve seen.
If you’re now preparing to come out, we can discuss that as well.
Coming out is an incredibly personal process for each person – and not something to be rushed. Ideally, coming out should happen on your own time.
Forge a new path.
How can you stop living to the standards of others and live for yourself? What would that look like to you?
Together, we will help you discover what that would mean for you by confronting some of these problematic sources of pain and sadness to rewrite your present and your future.
You can identify sources of inner conflict and challenge those beliefs to help you have a happier, healthier life on your terms.
Today, let’s get started helping you cope as you live the life you want to live.