"DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU"RE LIVING IN THE WRONG BODY?
DO YOU THINK CHANGING YOUR BODY, NO MATTER THE COSTS, WILL MEAN ACCEPTANCE?
SOMETIMES THE IDEALS WITHIN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY CAN BE HARSHER THAN THOSE FOR STRAIGHT FOLK, AND THEN YOU ALSO HAVE TO CONTEND WITH BEING MARGINALIZED BY STRAIGHT SOCIETY. ARE YOU TIRED?
First of all, we are so glad you are here and that you found your way to our services. It can be so hard for people to find a good eating disorder counselor who will be able to handle and treat the behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that can come along. When you are in the LGBTQ community it gets even harder. Now you have to find an eating disorder therapist who knows their stuff and isn"t going to shame you or ignore that, maybe, some of the reasons you are struggling in the first place are directly related to the trauma you have endured growing up, or coming up, queer.
We understand. The counselors and counselor interns you will meet here are all trained in eating disorder work and affirmative therapy. What does that mean? Well, it means we understand your eating disorder and how to treat them, and we are not just okay that you are in this community, we celebrate you! This means that we are not just going to focus on one aspect of your life and pretend the other isn"t important. We"ve got this and we want to help you.
Sometimes people have to go to higher levels of care. Maybe that"s a residential center or just a more intensive outpatient setting. Know that we are doing all we can to collaborate with the treatment centers we refer to in order to make sure your identity and humanity will be treated with respect. We will not refer to treatment centers that we know are not LGBTQ accepting, and trans and nonbinary inclusive. Oh, I didn"t mean we won"t refer you there. I meant we won"t refer ANY of our clients there. We only support those who support us and our community."
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