Sexual orientation and gender are important aspects of a young person’s identity.

Adolescence is a time of physical, mental, and social exploration. Additionally, due to numerous biological and social reasons, it is also the time when many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth begin to self-identify. While exploring these concepts, an LGBTQ teenager may be concerned about feeling accepted by their friends and family, being bullied, or even feeling safe at home or school if they identify as LGBTQ. Parents may also worry about how to support their children and how to help them to navigate difficult situations. Counseling can help. Our clinicians can help teens and their families gain a deeper understanding of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation, as well as create a welcoming environment that facilitates open discussion and further awareness.