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LGBTQIA+ Couples Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ

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Your relationship is like many others. You might face different complexities than other couples you know.
Most couples argue or have issues with money, family, sex, or even household chore. Many of the reasons for disagreement have nothing to do with sexual orientation. There are some unique issues for the LGBTQIA+ couples.
You might find yourself dealing with some of these issues:

  • Coming out and being open in your life
  • Dating, type of relationship and jealousy
  • Differing viewpoints on various related subject
  • Sexual attitude, likes and satisfaction
  • Family acceptance
  • Discrimination and prejudice
  • Marriage – is this what we want to do?
  • Having a family and parenting

Issues addressed in LGBTQIA+ couples counseling include:

Communication: Effective communication is essential for any relationship to succeed. LGBTQIA+ couples may face unique communication challenges due to societal expectations, past trauma, or fear of judgement. Couples counseling can help partners develop healthy communication skills to express their feelings and needs openly.

Trust: Trust is the foundation of any relationship. Past experiences of discrimination or rejection can make it difficult for some LGBTQIA+ individuals to trust their partners fully. Couples counseling can build and restore trust by addressing the underlying issues and fostering a safe and supportive environment.

Family and Social Acceptance: LGBTQIA+ coupes may experience rejection or discrimination from family members and society. This can put additional stress on the relationship. Couples counseling can provide support and guidance on how to navigate these challenges while maintaining a strong and healthy bond.

Internalized Homophobia or Transphobia: Some individuals may struggle with internalized negative beliefs about their sexual orientation or gender identity, which can impact their self-esteem and relationship quality. Couples counseling can help individuals recognize and challenge these beliefs, promoting self-acceptance and a healthier relationship dynamic.

Parenting: LGBTQIA+ couples who are raising children may face unique parenting challenges, such as discrimination in school settings or questions about family structure. Couples counseling can help parents develop strategies to support their children and maintain a healthy family dynamic.

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Benefits of LGBTQIA+ Couples Counseling

Improved Communication: As couples learn to communicate more effectively, they can better understand each other’s needs, desires and emotions. This increased understanding can strengthen the relationship and help resolve conflicts more constructively.

Emotional Support: LBTGQIA+ couples counseling offers a safe and non-judgmental space for partners to explore their feelings, feats and concerns. This emotional support can help partners feel more connected and supporting in their relationship.

Strengthened Bond: By addressing the unique challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ couples, counseling can help partners develop a deeper understanding of each other’s experiences. This fosters empathy and a stronger emotional bond.

Enhanced Relationship Satisfaction: As couples work through their issues and develop healthier relationship dynamics, they often experience increased satisfaction and happiness in their partnership.

Personal Growth: Participating in couples counseling can help individuals develop a better understanding of themselves and their relationship patterns. This self-awareness can promote personal growth and healthier relationships in the future.

We’re here to help you find clarity and connection with specialized couples counseling.  Pathways Counseling Services, and our trained counselors can offer you insights and perspectives for the LGBTQIA+ identity and lifestyle. There is no stigma and give you a safe and supportive place. Here you are able to explore, gain insights, identify possibilities and thrive.  

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I make an appointment?

You may do this in three ways.
You can book online anytime
Call us at 480-613-8530
Complete this contact form.

Do you offer a free consultation?

Yes, we offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation. Please call us at 480-613-8530 to schedule a consultation or complete this contact form.

Do you accept any insurance?

Our practice is a fee-for-service practice which means we do not accept insurance. If you have an insurance provider with behavioral health coverage, they may offer out-of-network coverage. If you would like to use your out-of-network benefits, we will provide you with a superbill (receipt) that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

What should I expect when I come for my sessions?

Prior to your first session, you will fill out some general information. We will you a link to complete the form(s) prior to your first session.
During the initial appointment, we will review some of your histories and we will have an opportunity to discuss the reasons you are interested in counseling and the goals you are looking to achieve from counseling.
Together during the first few sessions we will put together a treatment plan with you.

How soon should I see results from the counseling sessions?

Most patients come in for weekly appointments. As you are feeling better, you can cut back on the frequency of the sessions so you have more time to practice what you are learning.

Initial sessions are 75 minutes ongoing sessions may be 45-75 minutes or longer depending on need.

Patients who work with us report improvements in a few sessions. More difficult issues may take longer. People come to therapy for different reasons but universally people don’t initiate counseling unless they are in some type of emotional pain. Our attitude is to try to make every session count.

What kind of patients do you see?

We welcome couples, children, adolescents, teens, and individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures, religious traditions, and lifestyles.

We will be able to work with you using a variety of tools and techniques and specialize in a variety of issues and concerns.

Is what I say confidential?

All client-therapist conversations are private and confidential. In those rare exceptions when the safety of a client or other is at risk disclosure of confidential client-therapist information takes place.

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