SEXUAL AND GENDER IDENTITY
WHAT IS SEXUAL IDENTITY THERAPY?
Sexual Identity Therapy (SIT) addresses identity conflicts felt as a result of differences between a person’s values and attitudes and sexual feelings that they don’t feel they can reconcile. Frequently, the irreconcilable values and feelings result from a religious background and experiencing same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria. Reserach demonstrates that conversion therapy, attempts to change a person’s sexual feelings, is detrimental, and sexual identity therapy does not attempt to do that. SIT respects your self-determination and operates by exploring who you are and reconciling your identity.
HOW CAN A COUNSELOR HELP?
A counselor who is trained specifically in gender and sexual identity concerns can help you sort through your own values, possible conflicts, and feelings. Rather than living as two separate entities and trying to feel like yourself, your counselor can help you reconcile some of those so that you are able to live a life that you enjoy and can feel good about.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
First, your counselor will do an assessment to learn what specifically brought you in for therapy and what you hope to gain from counseling. Once everyone is clear and comfortable, processing and therapeutic work to resolve the incongruence of values and feelings begins!
While I will never force my own beliefs on any client, I want to be clear that I do offer gender and sexual identity therapy specifically as a Christian service for those who desire that. The church has historically made it very difficult to talk about sexual concerns at all, much less concerns of sexual desire or gender dysphoria.
If you choose to have Christianity woven into your treatment, we can incorporate Bible verses, beliefs about God, and other aspects of your faith as you feel comfortable.
Contact your Atlanta-based therapist for gender and sexual concerns. Located in Tucker near Decatur.