Being a teenager is hard enough…
It becomes even harder when there’s something about you that most of your peers don’t share or don’t do. If you’re a LGBT teen, it’s easy to feel that you’re alone, even though you’re not. There are a significant number of resources that you can take advantage of as you come to understand who you are. It’s important that you do not isolate yourself. This is the time when you need to get involved in LGBT counseling or talk to someone who can help you.
How Do You Find Someone Who You Trust?
After several of the stories published in the news about indiscretions of counselors with young patients, it can be unnerving to think that you might need to trust someone with something so sensitive. However, despite the bad publicity, there are lots of good counselors out there. You need to find someone whom you can confide in and talk to. Signing up for LGBT counseling may feel like a big step. If you want more time to evaluate the situation for yourself and to come to your own decision, that’s fine.
When you are ready, it’s important to research the various counselors in your area. You can search TherapyTribe therapist directory to view profiles and specialties of the various therapists listed. Remember that you don’t have to find the perfect one right away. It’s best to go to the initial session to get a feel for the counselor and his perspective and ability to work with you.
When Is It Most Important to Go?
It’s not uncommon as for teens to feel anxious and uneasy about going to see a counselor. And sometimes you don’t have to. However, if you are going through such stress and anxiety that you are hurting yourself or are considering hurting yourself, then it’s important that you take steps right away and get help. The struggle is not worth scarring yourself or risking death. Talk to someone immediately.
What if You Cannot Get in Right Away?
Sometimes when you most need help, you won’t be able to find someone in your town who can meet with you. Online and hot line services may be your best bet. Teen Line.org offers free text help to adolescents and teenagers in all aspects of their lives. Help for Teens in Crisis also offers assistance. You can call these numbers any time and talk to a counselor or someone who will help you. These will not get you through the entire process, but they will give you someone to talk to, and you will also realize that you are not as alone as you feel.
One of the most difficult parts of this process is the negative self image and the inner struggle that goes on. Feelings of isolation can lead to depression and anxiety. Don’t let them get the better of you. Make sure that you sign up to talk to a counselor or reach out to someone you can trust.