LGBTQ+ Therapy

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LGBTQ+ Therapy at Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy in NYC

We provide LGBTQ+ therapy, which is trauma-informed psychotherapy and holistic in nature. We are acutely aware, that the path to feeling prideful, fully accepting, and authentic can be a topsy turvy road. In addition, we acknowledge the profound impact systems of oppression have had and continue to have on the LGBTQ+ community. And, we know there is value in finding a safe, affirming space where you feel understood. This is critical, as we work with you to process any trauma, pain, and grief, and work toward greater healing.

Ultimately, our goal as professional, licensed therapists in New York City, is to help you understand and accept your past experiences and traumas, cope with present day struggles and concerns, and work together to create the future you envision.

You are unique and individual. But you are not alone. It is helpful to know that the feelings and emotions you feel and carry with you are, unfortunately, experienced by a great number of people. Knowing you’re not alone and that others have felt the same or similar to how you feel right now can be comforting as you work through therapy.

There is value in seeking help from someone who genuinely cares about your mental health and wellbeing. Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy in New York City has a clinical team of highly trained therapists with extensive experience in the LGBTQ+ community.

In addition to our training, many of our therapists also identify as LGBTQ+.

We bring compassion, empathy, and in many cases, first hand experience to the many issues faced by this often marginalized community. We are here to listen, to understand, and to support you.

Depression, anxiety, stress, addiction, grief, and relationship issues are all common issues and struggles among people; however for people who identify within the LGBTQ+ community, these issues can become exacerbated and compounded simply because of their gender or sexual identity. It isn’t right. It isn’t fair. But unfortunately it is a reality for so many. We are here to help.

In our work, we consider how the current system continues to oppress LGBTQ+ individuals. We know that while there has been progress made on many fronts — socially, culturally, and even legislatively — there are many things that still exist which seek to denigrate and invalidate the lived experience of so many people. This can cause profound feelings of depression, frustration, anxiety, work stress, relationship issues, anger, and other troubling emotions which can be difficult to process.

Our holistic therapy practice and focused not just on addressing one issue or concern, but rather looking at all of the “parts” of a person — including past and present trauma and grief, as well as the social, mental, and emotional parts that comprise you.

We provide therapy in a supportive and welcoming environment — an environment which respects and affirms every individual, always. Ultimately, we aim to meet you where you are and offer our professional guidance to help you achieve emotional and mental clarity and wellbeing as well as the peace of mind you desire and deserve.

We would not be serving you well if we didn’t first acknowledge the exploitive nature of the current system and how it continues to oppress the LGBTQ+ community. There are myriad examples of this oppression — the workplace is one such example.

In our therapy sessions, we see many clients who are struggling with acceptance and discrimination (subtle or blatant) in the workplace. Does your employer misgender you? Do they refuse to call you by your preferred name or pronoun even when you’ve made such requests known? Things like this can be difficult to cope with in a workplace situation, or even in a family situation. In therapy with one of our expert therapists, we can help you work through these scenarios and consider ways you can advocate for yourself. Advocacy is an important part of feeling safe in the workplace.

Building affirming spaces — places and spaces where you feel free to be your full and complete self with no pretenses, no embarrassment or shame, and no inhibitions — is helpful and vital to good mental health and well-being.

It is important to note that if you do not feel safe with family members or with work peers, there are ways to create affirming spaces and places outside of home or work life where you can find the acceptance you desire. Together with one of our therapists, we can help you discover places and people that will nurture your spirit and your soul when those you rely on, such as family or friends, fail to do so. We can help you identify these places and figure out ways you can spend more time in those spaces to help when you are hurting.

Since our therapy practice is holistic in nature, we don’t just focus on one singular issue. We know that just like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, there are many individual parts which connect together to make up the whole picture. This is why therapy with the LGBGQ+ population often overlaps into and relies upon other therapies such as Parts Therapy and Trauma Therapy. By exploring all of the different parts of a person, as well as the person’s history of trauma, we can better understand how their past experiences have shaped present day thoughts and behaviors as well as how and what they think of themselves today.

We know that in addition to the daily micro aggressions the LGBTQ+ community may experience, there are also deeper scars from past and recent traumas which affect the whole person. Sometimes the internal narrative becomes “I am wrong” or “I don’t deserve love.” These are very often associated with societal, cultural, or religious narratives which have become ingrained in your mind, perhaps from an early age. Parts therapy and trauma therapy can be used to help identify and resolve these issues.

Depending on the type of trauma a person is experiencing, therapy such as EMDR can assist with reprocessing and refraining harmful, painful memories of trauma and replacing them with more pleasant memories.

Through parts work therapy, we examine how you see yourself now and how you wish to see yourself. If there is a disconnect we dive in and explore who helped you build the disconnect or the belief that perhaps you are wrong/undeserving of love/unworthy, etc. By acknowledging the origins we can work to dismantle what isn’t working or what is harmful and begin to build a new ideal. We ask questions such as “Who are you authentically…at your core?” And, “What are the differences you see between what you learned as a child and what you know to be true about yourself today?” Having those parts of yourself in dialogue with one another is allowing your true self to be heard and seen. Now, you can move through the process of choosing to embrace what feels right for you, what feels most authentic and real, and what is true for you.

We are a dedicated team of professionally trained, experienced therapists. But we also know that our past training is not enough. We strive to be consistently informed and we are committed to continuing our education around things such as gender expression, sexuality, proper terminology, and legislative efforts which are particularly relevant to the LGBTQ+ community. We want to be an affirming, sex-positive space for all.

It is our responsibility to remain open to learning more from you and from all of the communities we serve. We know that by continuous learning and growing is the very best way we can be the most helpful, safe, and affirming person for you.

Simply put, our goal is to help every client feel less stuck so they can live a happy and fulfilling life.

COVID-19 UPDATE

During this unprecedented time, you may be experiencing increasing feelings of uncertainty, loss, anxiety, fear, grief or rage. We are all experiencing a different reality and it can and will affect everyone very differently.

Whether you’re performing an essential job that requires long hours and potential risk to your health, or you’re navigating school re-opening, returning to work or continuing to work from home and practicing social distancing, please know that you are not alone.

We are pleased to offer the same level of compassionate care through the convenience and confidentiality of TeleTherapy services, accessible on your computer, tablet, or phone. We are welcoming fully vaccinated clients to return to the office for in-person sessions on a case by case basis.

Please stay safe and know that we are with you.

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Payment can be cash, check or credit card. (Please note: there is a surcharge of $2.50 per invoice.) Payment is expected at the time of each session. We are an out-of-network provider with all insurance companies. On a monthly basis we will be happy to provide receipts and/or completed insurance forms for you to submit for out of network reimbursement.
We request that you provide no less than 3 days (72 hours) notification to cancel appointments. We will make every effort to reschedule cancelled sessions within the same week, at no additional fee. If you cancel within the 72 hour period, and we are not able to reschedule within that time frame, you will be responsible for paying the full amount of our session. Note: this cannot be submitted to insurance for reimbursement.
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