LGBT+ Trauma Treatment
Leaving distressing past experiences behind
Whether caused by catastrophic, or seemingly subtle life events – anything from violent accidents to sexual abuse to childhood bullying – LGBT+ trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cause a kind of psychological scarring whose destructive effects can include self-harm, isolation, workaholism, compulsive eating and addictions.
Trauma traps people in their pasts, preventing them from engaging with the present moment, forming genuine emotional connections and making the best choices for their lives. LGBT+ PTSD often co-exists with an addiction – in fact more and more research shows that most people who seek treatment for an addiction have also experienced trauma – and responds to treatment whether in a way that integrates addiction recovery or on its own.
Trauma is especially common among LGBT+ people – studies have found that 43% of lesbian women and 34% of gay men have been affected by childhood trauma. And appropriate treatment is by no means a given – 46% of lesbians and gay men seeking treatment have reported having a homophobic therapist.
For many non-LGBT+ people, it is hard to understand the impacts of having grown up ‘other’, even if this does not involve dramatic events like rejection by family or physical violence. Our highly experienced LGBT+ trauma therapists, chosen for their LGBT+-specific expertise, help clients create a customised treatment plan that draws on a broad range of disciplines – because no two trauma experiences are alike. Combining our proven core therapies with specialised activities such as eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR), psychodrama, art therapy and gestalt, we help clients discover and resolve the roots of adverse childhood experiences and PTSD, and leave them behind.