Shannon BattsLicensed Professional Counselor, LPC (OR), LMFT (CA)
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Just like any other group, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community faces mental health issues and unique challenges. However, LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. Additionally, more than half of individuals who identify as transgender experience depression or anxiety. The LGBTQ community is also at a higher risk for suicide. Young people are even more at risk, as they may experience a lack of support at home and fear, hatred or prejudice in school. If you are a member of the LGBTQ community and are facing mental health challenges, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s LGBTQ experts and get help today.
Whether a part of the LGBTQIA2S+ community or an ally, friend, or family member I offer individual therapy services through in-person or telehealth appointments to help with life adjustments and transitions. We take Oregon Health Plan (OHP) but are only in-network with IHN (Lincoln County) and Open Card at this time.
You work so hard at acting “as if”—as if you’ve got it all together, as if it’s all under control, as if your losses are no big deal. You wonder why you feel exhausted, angry, numb, constantly worried, and too often sad. Painful memories pop up when you least expect them, and you try to ignore them—but sometimes you can’t. You’ve learned to hide how inadequate and hopeless you feel in trying to cope. And you wonder, what am I doing here? What is this all for? Why all this suffering?
Maybe you noticed -- Nobody handed you a how-to manual how to do this thing called life? My approach to supporting others is to help bring your sacred individuality into view so we can both see the ways life sent you prepared to be happy and to make a difference. Then, usually in informal ways, we work to customize your how to live manual to build on these strengths.