LGBTQ Thailand Counselling and Therapy Services
Our LGBTQ Thailand Counselling services are available in both Thai and English language with experienced British and bilingual Native Thai therapists. Most people who identify as LGBTQ seek therapy for the same reasons as straight people, this can include anxiety, depression, relationship problems or general difficulty in adjusting to situations. Their sexual preference may be of primary importance or sometimes, of no importance to their issues and reasons for seeking help. It is important to remember never to feel alone and working with a counsellor or therapist can be a very valuable person willing and able to guide and support you through your confusing or challenging times.
At Counselling Thailand, our experienced bilingual therapists are here to motivate, empower and guide you through whatever your unique circumstances may be. Some of our counselling services include:
Same-Sex Relationship Counselling: Relationship issues such as trust, jealousy not feeling heard are prevalent among couples these days, regardless of their sexual orientation. However, we find that our LGBTQ clients additionally have to deal with an array of issues such as dealing with homophobia, discrimination, bullying, acts of violence, societal oppression and more. Often same-sex couples also struggle to find as many role models or idols for successful partnerships as straight couples. We aim to help our clients feel more comfortable with their identity and accepting their sexual orientation while helping them deal with any adverse issues associated with this.
Anxiety & Depression: Individuals who identify as LGBTQ exhibit more signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety as compared to the average straight individual. This is because gay people often have to face many hardships, whether that be coming out and being comfortable with their own identity, being discriminated against, or being bullied for their sexual preference. Unfortunate experiences like this cause them to live in a vulnerable and fragile state constantly worrying about what is next to come. Our therapists aim to guide clients through this chaotic journey to eventually be comfortable in their own skin and live a more fulfilling life.
Childhood Trauma: Being bullied or harassed as a child is clearly a traumatic experience. Some research often suggests that almost 20% of people who have been bullied experience mental health problems at a later stage in life. While some of these issues may be easier to see, others may be harder. Depression is one of the negative consequences of being bullied, which can also lead to suicidal thoughts and ideation within individuals. Our experienced therapists help you to dive deeper into your past traumas and repressed memories and find a healthier way to work through current issues.
Self-Esteem: While a lot of LGBTQ individuals believe society is more accepting of them today than they were in the past, the bottom line remains that there is still a lingering obstacle to being completely accepted. The lack of feeling like they fit in or are accepted by society often leads to long-lasting self-confidence and self-esteem issues. We help tackle the root cause of the self-esteem issues and empower our clients to know their worth, regardless of how they identify.
Substance & Alcohol Abuse Counselling: Individuals who identify as LGBTQ have also reported higher rates of alcohol and substance abuse because while it may work as a temporary fix, it can lead to lifelong repercussions across all aspects of life. At Counselling Thailand, our therapists have immense experience working with substance and alcohol abuse with a combined 30 years of experience specialising in the field.
Mental Wellbeing Challenges for the LGBTQ Community in Thailand
Mental wellbeing can often be overlooked as a part of health; however, it is one of the most important factors. The LGBTQ community in Thailand faces challenges that may severely impact their long-term wellbeing, which usually relates back to the stigma and prejudice which exists in our society today.
Research suggests individuals who identify as LGBTQ experience mental health problems at higher rates. A recent study which was conducted found that 61% of them suffer from depression, 45% suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and approximately 36% had developed anxiety disorders. Additionally, it was noted that 40% of transgender individuals had attempted suicide in their lives. However, it is important to remember if connected to the right resources and with the correct support and guidance, you will have a good chance of coping successfully.
Although mental health problems such as depression, self-harm, alcohol and suicidal thoughts can affect everyone, they’re prevalent among the LGBTQ community. Being LGBTQ is not the cause of these problems, however, some experiences LGBTQ people go through in their lives can negatively impact their mental health, some examples of these are:
- Social Isolation
- Sexual Abuse
- Eating Disorders
- Sexually Transmitted
- Suicidal Ideation
Listed above are just a few services we offer. Additionally, our individual Chiang Mai and Bangkok counselling and couples therapy services are offered in both English and Thai Language. We also offer both male and female therapists depending solely on our client’s preference and comfort. Our therapists serve as a reminder that our clients need to be able to live as they identify and love themselves exactly as they are.
We always prioritise easy accessibility and affordability and have made online counselling a new part of our norm. With online counselling, our clients are able to have extreme flexibility to fit us into their schedule without having the hassle of commuting long distances for traditional therapy. All our online sessions are conducted with all ethical considerations in mind and the highest form of confidentiality. We understand many people seeking help in this regard may feel very reserved, confused and worried about what others may think of them and hence we make client confidentiality our utmost priority. At Counselling Thailand, we recognize this is a very complex and person subject to openly navigate and are here to offer a helping hand for anyone who may require it. We accept clients of all ages, whether they be adolescents or adults.
Kindly let us guide you and come alongside you on this journey of self-love and self-discovery. You can reach out to us via our online enquiry form, or call us for a free phone consultation in order for us to get acquainted and allow us the chance to answer any questions you may have.
All you need to do is reach out to us.