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Holistic Mental Health Counseling: Benefits for the LGBTQIA+ Community

Individuals who are questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation or who are thinking about coming out, frequently experience stress and worry. Concerns about discrimination or stigma from society, as well as uncertainty about how to proceed, can all be the source of these emotions, as can the dread of rejection or unpleasant reactions from loved ones. At Awakened Path, we use holistic mental health counseling to help you find your own strengths, develop ways to cope, and feel an increased sense of belonging.

What is Holistic Mental Health Counseling?

Holistic mental health counseling is an approach to mental health treatment that takes into account a person’s overall well-being, including their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health. This approach acknowledges that mental health is linked to all other elements of a person’s life and that mental health difficulties can develop for a range of reasons, including stress, trauma, relationships, lifestyle, and physical health.

Figuring out what to do when you feel lost and are dealing with stress, trauma, life struggles, or mental health issues isn’t easy. At Awakened Path, we strive to promote holistic living using a variety of therapeutic interventions, including individual therapy, mindfulness practices, stress management, meditation, nutrition counseling, and exercise.

The Importance of a Holistic Approach for LGBTQIA+ Mental Health

LGBTQ+ individuals face unique mental health challenges due to the ongoing discrimination and stigma they experience. According to a study by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), LGBTQ+ individuals are more than twice as likely as heterosexual individuals to experience a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety. Additionally, they are more likely to experience suicidal thoughts or attempts.

Because of the many biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors that can affect a person’s state of mind, Awakened Path supports a holistic approach to LGBTQIA+ mental health. A holistic approach recognizes that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution for the mental health needs of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

We at Awakened Path work diligently towards fostering an accepting and comfortable space for clients, allowing them to open up and get the care they need without fear of judgment. We are proud to employ holistic living practices to treat the individual as a whole, taking into account the mind, body, and spirit. Our team helps clients cultivate holistic stress management, self-love, and self-care.

How does Holistic Mental Health Counseling benefit the LGBTQIA+ community?

Addresses the complexity of mental health

Through the use of a holistic approach, the therapists at Awakened Path recognize the interconnectivity of these factors and how they can impact a person’s well-being. We acknowledge that mental health is not just about treating symptoms but also involves addressing the underlying causes.

Considers the whole person

The principles taught through holistic mental health counseling at Awakened Path recognize that mental health is not just about the mind but also involves the body and spirit. We consider the person as a whole and how their experiences, beliefs, and values impact their mental health.

Respects diversity and individual differences

A holistic approach recognizes that each person is unique and has their own experiences and challenges. Our therapists respect diversity and individual differences and target treatment to your specific needs and circumstances.

Promotes self-care and well-being

A holistic approach emphasizes the importance of self-care and well-being. Our therapists recognize that mental health is not just about treating illness but also about promoting wellness and preventing future problems.

Reduces stigma and discrimination

Awakened Path believes a holistic approach can help reduce stigma and discrimination by promoting understanding and acceptance of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Holistic mental health counseling recognizes that mental health is a universal issue that affects people of all backgrounds and identities.

Stress management

Holistic stress management in the LGBTQ+ therapy involves creating a supportive environment, validating experiences, identifying stressors, practicing self-care, exploring coping mechanisms, and connecting with the community.

Finding a therapist in New Jersey that is fully affirming of your identities and LGBTQIA+ friendly isn’t always easy. Our team at Awakened Path would be honored to be a resource for you if you relate to any of the topics covered in this blog. Awakened Path’s team of therapists in New Jersey is experienced in supporting adults, teens, and families as they begin their journey to living authentically. 

Awakened Path Counseling proudly provides quality transpersonal and traditional psychotherapy, at their offices in Middlesex County, New Jersey, and online. The experienced clinicians at Awakened Path Counseling are passionate about their holistic approach to mental health, addressing your emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual needs.

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