Having some sort of counseling or therapy available for people is an important pillar of modern society. But because of their minority status, people in the LGBTQ community have a particular need for therapists and counselors that have a bit more specific training, or have a mind that further opened to progressive humanity that some clinicians in the past.
Specific topics to bring up when considering the counseling needs for LGBTQ people would be the issue of reparative therapy, additional suicide risk factors, how religion and the sexual spectrum tend to cross, additional issues with parents, and the special training required by psychologists in dealing with these particular issues.
The Issue Of Reparative Therapy
In the finding of self, and perhaps the backlash from what some people or some personalities discover, there is the possibility of reparative therapy, which basically gives a social and physical norm to a psychological state which may not fit within those parameters. A common treatment in the past, it is now known as a type of therapy to be avoided in current cultural terms.
The suicide risk in LGBTQ communities means that counselors and therapists have to be aware of the outlying statistics with regard to this matter as well. Because of social and cultural pressure, the risk can be much higher, and the signs and symptoms of depression may be both more prevalent and harder to see for various reasons. So when dealing with this particular minority, once again, a separate set of statistics need to be used in terms of diagnosis and treatment, as a more casual approach to someone who is suffering could be a fatal mistake.
Religion and the Sexual Spectrum
And because of the cultural development (and perhaps pausing) of various religions, modern views of the LGBTQ community through the dogmatic religious perspective can be extremely damaging to individuals, families, and even business entities that cross over boundaries of behavior and believe. To see some of the ill effects, just look at recent laws in North Carolina that have people on both sides of the fence up in arms.
Issues With Parents
And once again, up against cultural boundaries that have been passed down through the generations, children who become a part of the LGBTQ community have additional problems that they run into with unaccepting parents, and then counseling have to be present both to help the kids and the adults alike.
So in the case of this minority group in particular, because of all of the additional hurdles they have to overcome, and the discrimination they have to deal with, therapists and counselors will have to have special training and special experiences in order to be able to handle the sessions positively for everyone involved.