LGTBQ & Sexual Identity

Sexual Identity Related Distress

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals are at higher risk than the rest of the population for developing depression, anxiety, and/or other mental health disorders. Although things have improved for the LGBTQ community in recent years, sexual minority individuals may struggle with “coming out” due to social stigma, and/or fears of discrimination from family members, co-workers, peers, classmates, or institutions. Consequently, this may contribute to the development of negative feelings towards oneself and others, low self-esteem, personal insecurities, social isolation, and anxiety. MPS PLLC clinicians are gay affirming clinicians.  

Symptoms of a Mental Health Problem:

  • Depressed mood
  • Hopelessness
  • Feelings of anger and irritability
  • Social isolation or avoidance of certain people, places or situations
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Worry or fears
  • Self-destructive behaviors including increased use or other risky behaviors
  • Racing thoughts
  • Inability to concentrate/easily distracted
  • Changes in sleep or appetite


MPS PLLC clinicians specialize in the treatment of LGBTQ+ related concerns, including assisting individuals in the coming out process. Effective treatment methodologies include:

  • Individual Psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, solution-focused, acceptance and commitment, and self-compassion therapy modalities
  • Group Psychotherapy, the participation in group therapy with other sexual minority members, can lead to feelings of increased self-esteem and acceptance

Read more at: www.apa.org/lgbt/resources/; www.dccenter.org; www.hrc.org

Psychotherapy is a collaborative process which aims to foster positive change, and in turn leads to an improved quality of life. Beginning psychotherapy is often the first step toward becoming the healthiest version of yourself, regardless of the challenges you are facing. MPS provides Psychotherapy for Couples, Adults and Teens.

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MPS PLLC is conveniently located in the Courthouse/Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. The office is 2 blocks from the Court House metro stop on the Orange Line. Our building is 10 minutes from downtown Washington, DC and the location provides easy access to major roadways including 50, 395, 66, and the GW Parkway. For your convenience metered and garage parking is available.

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2000 N 15th Street Suite 200
Arlington Virginia 22201


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