– Nobody understands me…
– They say they support my decision to be gay/lesbian, but this is not a decision. It is how I was made…
– My parents are trying to be supportive, but they do not want me to tell anyone else in the family…
I venture to state if you are an adolescent, who happens to be gay/lesbian, you have made these or similar statements. Maybe you are feeling depressed or anxious, and you need someone to simply treat you with an unconditional, positive regard and without judgment. Perhaps anxiety is the problem or even trauma is the issue. I boldly make this statement, “Sexuality does not define the problem, and do not let the problem define you.”
I want you to know you are not alone with these feelings. I talk with adolescents experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or trauma. You may be blaming yourself for how you feel right now. Blaming yourself does not work, and together we can the face problems.
Therapy can help stop racing thoughts; like the thoughts that keep you awake at night. Counseling can help you regain focus, relieve depressive symptoms, or manage anxiety more appropriately. We will take a look at negative thought patterns you have about self, and begin to change thoughts and feelings. Counseling does not have to be “something my parents are forcing me to do”. Rather, it can be something you are investing in to feel better.
You do not have to continue feeling trapped by depression or anxiety. You can feel better about yourself and take charge of your life. I have worked with adolescents for several years, and I believe no problem is too big to tackle. I seek solutions and positive outcomes by focusing on each client’s strengths and positive attributes. I know it is scary to make the first call, and I encourage you call and schedule an appointment today.
Tami L. Lang, MA LIMHP
1001 S. 70th St., Suite 225
Lincoln, NE 68506
(402) 325-0117 X8