Issues & Questions of Identity


Growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ+) in a society where heterosexuality is the norm, can present many significant challenges.

These challenges may result from childhood or adolescent struggles around feeling “different.” Our team of New York-based counselors have expertise in helping people overcome these challenges and become happier in their lives.

How a person expresses their gender or sexual orientation can significantly impact their life. The fact they belong to a minority can be a source of distress or anxiety, leading to the need to seek an LGBT therapist. NYC, (and in particular Citron Hennessey Therapy) thankfully, has specialists who are experts in providing support to the LGBT community.

The skills provided by an LGBT therapist that NYC residents can learn include: 

  • How to handle and cope with coming out to one’s family
  • Building and expressing an “authentic” self-identity
  • How to manage depression, angst, and anxiety related to identity
  • How to treat substance abuse, as well as other mental health concerns  

The need for an LGBT therapist in NYC for young people who identify within the LGBTQ+ community is at an all-time high. Research has proven that young people are significantly more likely to commit self-harm or show signs of suicidal tendencies. These factors prove especially true if they suffer from discrimination due to their identity.

Many LGBTQ+ people have an internalized shame which can affect the sense of self, interactions with the world, and relationships. With significant experience and training in addressing the needs of the LGBTQ+ population, clinicians at Citron Hennessey are qualified to address the challenges they face. Some challenges we can assist with include: the coming-out process, anxiety, depression, substance use, relationship issues, compulsive internet use, workplace issues, and discrimination. We also offer gay couples therapy in NYC that will help with relationship issues specific to the LGBTQ+ community.