4 Tips When Choosing A Same-Sex Couples’ Therapist

Things to keep in mind before trying same-sex couples’ therapy.

What is Therapy? 11th Aug, 2021

Couples’ therapy is suitable for all types of relationships, heterosexual or homosexual couples. Like heterosexual couples, same-sex relationships can experience difficult times. As long as their relationship requires, they can use same-sex couples’ counseling. 

Heterosexual and same-sex couples have a lot in common, but they are not entirely similar. Heterosexual and homosexual couples may both experience problems such as infidelity, incompatibility, lack of communication, and loss of intimacy. Likewise, both types of relationships have money, sexual, and abuse problems, however, same-sex relationships also face their own challenges that not many heterosexual couples face frequently. 

Same-sex relationships are not as popular as opposite-sex relationships. In this day and age, gay couples may have gained more acceptance and tolerance from the public, but the reality is that many people still disapprove of same-sex relationships. Gays and lesbians are still subjected to the rules of the dominant heterosexual culture. Although homosexual relationships are natural, in some cases it is difficult for homosexuals to talk about their issues in public. These issues have been around for ages, yet could never be fully understood by heterosexual couples. That’s where gay couples’ therapy can help. It is an excellent way to cope with the pressures. 

Generally speaking, same-sex couples who prefer LGBTQ+ couple’s treatment can contact any therapist they want, but couples planning to choose gay partners for counseling should choose their therapist carefully. Make sure the relationship professionals you consult understand the specific issues related to same-sex couples. Here are some things to bear in mind.

1. Visit a Therapist Who Accepts Same-Sex Partners: 

First, choose a therapist who is willing to accept same-sex partners as clients. The important thing is to attend therapy that can make you both feel safe and comfortable. In treating same-sex couples, empathy is an essential part of the treatment process. If the therapist finds it strange to talk about your problem, especially if it is about the sexual aspects of your relationship, then it is best to find someone else who understands and sympathises beyond a clinical capacity. 

2. It Is Better To Get Referrals From Other Gay Couples: 

Seek referrals from other gay couples who have received couples’ counseling. Once you have a couple of choices, do research to find a professional you trust. Make sure they have a lot of experience working with gay couples. Also, it is essential to bear in mind cultural background and price per session, and never forget to check if the therapist is certified.  

3. Make Sure That Your Therapist Has Plenty Of Experience With Gay Couples:

It is vital that they have updated experience with gay couples. Some therapists are a bit outdated in their ideas and methods. Those who had received training before the 2000s may still think that homosexuality is a mental illness due to their college education. This is not always the case, but we can still find therapists that believe in this, so therefore, not all same-sex marriage counsellors are suitable. You can look around. 

4. Find a Therapist Who Has Experience Treating Problems Similar To Yours: 

Same-sex couples often have complex relationship dynamics. Some identify as Gay or Lesbian, some are bisexual, transgender or non-binary. Regardless of what sexual or gender you and your partner identify as, it is important to find and choose a therapist who fully understands the specific dynamics of your relationship. Take your time, and do all the research you need, to make an educated and fully considered decision. The results will depend on  it.

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