If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself.” ~ Zanele Muholi

Queer Identity Integration Therapy in Chicago

Unlike many of your straight and queer friends, your own sexuality has been a source of confusion or avoidance for as long as you can remember. Sometimes you feel so alone and different because it seems like everyone has figured it out except you. You rationalize by telling yourself, “Why even explore it when it’s only a small part of who I am anyway?” Maybe you can benefit from queer identity integration therapy in Chicago.

Because deep down, you long for a meaningful connection and are afraid it may never be possible for you.

You see your friends dating and having relationships and wonder if you will ever feel comfortable and authentically happy in a romantic partnership of your own. It all seems too scary to acknowledge your attraction toward people of the same gender—like too much work to even think about it.

Looking for queer identity and integration therapy in Chicago?

You have a good idea about the origins of all this apprehension. Maybe you’ve received messages from your family that have caused you to think negatively about your sexual identity. Maybe you internalized messages you received from society or in your faith community. Maybe you worry about how family will respond and that has contributed to your not examining this part of yourself. Or maybe you’re concerned about the impact of your sexuality on your professional life and friendships, which has prevented you from acknowledging this part of your identity.

Whatever the reason, you’ve reached a point where you think it might be time to fully accept and embrace your whole self.

We can help. We provide queer identiy therapy in Chicago. You’re ready and open to exploring your sexual identity in hopes of having the relationships you desire most, and you recognize that you could use some professional support to do so most effectively.

Queer Identity Integration Therapy in Chicago

Unlike many of your straight and queer friends, your own sexuality has been a source of confusion or avoidance for as long as you can remember. Sometimes you feel so alone and different because it seems like everyone has figured it out except you. You rationalize by telling yourself, “Why even explore it when it’s only a small part of who I am anyway?” Maybe you can benefit from queer identity integration therapy in Chicago.

Because deep down, you long for a meaningful connection and are afraid it may never be possible for you.

You see your friends dating and having relationships and wonder if you will ever feel comfortable and authentically happy in a romantic partnership of your own. It all seems too scary to acknowledge your attraction toward people of the same gender—like too much work to even think about it.

Looking for queer identity and integration therapy in Chicago?

You have a good idea about the origins of all this apprehension. Maybe you’ve received messages from your family that have caused you to think negatively about your sexual identity. Maybe you internalized messages you received from society or in your faith community. Maybe you worry about how family will respond and that has contributed to your not examining this part of yourself. Or maybe you’re concerned about the impact of your sexuality on your professional life and friendships, which has prevented you from acknowledging this part of your identity.

Whatever the reason, you’ve reached a point where you think it might be time to fully accept and embrace your whole self.

We can help. We provide queer identity integration therapy in Chicago. You’re ready and open to exploring your sexual identity in hopes of having the relationships you desire most, and you recognize that you could use some professional support to do so most effectively.

If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself.” ~ Zanele Muholi

Smiling African American Professional Woman - Tiffany Green - Therapy for Women in Chicago, Illinois

Hi, I’m Tiffany Green & I’m a Queer Affirming Therapist in Chicago

I provide counseling for clients in Chicago interested in exploring their queer identity. I believe sexual orientation is an important part of your overall identity, which plays a critical role in your understanding of yourself and your relationships. I specialize in helping clients explore their queer identities within the frameworks of gender, race and ethnicity. Most importantly, I recognize the need for our clients to have safe and affirming spaces to explore their sexual identity according to their own timelines. I will work with you to create clarity and acceptance, while affirming the life you may have only dreamed was possible for you. Contact us today to get started.

Queer Identity Integration Therapy in Chicago FAQs

What is LGBTQ affirming therapy?

LGBTQ affirmative therapy is provided by a competent mental health provider, who respects and honors all queer identities. This form of therapy explores how heterosexism, homophobia and transphobia affect our personal development and sense of identity. LGBTQ affirmative therapy offers a safe space for clients to speak openly and honestly about their individual sexuality and gender identities within the context of their everyday lives and experiences. Sources: Included Health; Pacific Oaks College

Do individuals who identify as queer disproportionately experience anxiety and depression?

Although research is still evolving in the study of the LGBTQ community, evidence from recent studies indicate that members of the queer community may be at higher risk for experiencing anxiety and depressive disorders. Like with other demographic groups, race and socioeconomic status can negatively affect the quality of care queer individuals receive or their ability to access care. Research indicates LGBTQ adults are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a mental health condition. Transgender individuals are nearly four times as likely as cisgender individuals to experience a mental health condition. Members of the LGBTQ community may also face harassment or a lack of cultural competency from mental health care providers, which may exacerbate mental health conditions. Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness

What LGBTQ mental health resources are available in Chicago?

Affinity is a social justice organization serving the needs of the Black LGBTQ+ community with a particular focus on Black women. They offer assistance in accessing mental health services, peer group gatherings and community events.

Center on Halsted is one of the Midwest’s most comprehensive community centers dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the LGBTQ people of Chicagoland. They provide individual behavioral health therapy, group therapy and sexual health services.

Howard Brown provides LGBTQ+ affirming mental and physical healthcare at clinics across Chicago. The organization is now one of the country’s largest LGBTQ+ organizations in the country.