LGBTQ+ Couples Therapy
in Houston, TX and Online
Do You Identify As LGBTQIA+ And Need Help Navigating Your Relationship?
All Couples—Regardless Of Orientation—Encounter Hurdles In Their Relationships When the connection between partners is compromised by conflict, poor communication, or unhealed attachment wounds, any relationship can develop ongoing, persistent conflict. When unresolved pain from prior relationships are added to the mix, it can create further tension and disconnection. As a queer, nonbinary, trans, or polyamorous couple, you may have observed certain stressors in your relationship. Such as: Such obstacles can create daily feelings of loneliness, anger, and bitterness. And when you feel rejected and unloved by your partner, it can be hard for the two of you to calmly discuss the relationship. All you want is to maintain a sense of trust and belonging with one another. However, communication issues keep you stuck in counterproductive cycles.
All Couples—Regardless Of Orientation—Encounter Hurdles In Their Relationships When the connection between partners is compromised by conflict, poor communication, or unhealed attachment wounds, any relationship can develop ongoing, persistent conflict. When unresolved pain from prior relationships are added to the mix, it can create further tension and disconnection. As a queer, nonbinary, trans, or polyamorous couple, you may have observed certain stressors in your relationship. Such as:
Such obstacles can create daily feelings of loneliness, anger, and bitterness. And when you feel rejected and unloved by your partner, it can be hard for the two of you to calmly discuss the relationship. All you want is to maintain a sense of trust and belonging with one another. However, communication issues keep you stuck in counterproductive cycles.
LGBTQ+ Couples Therapy Can Help You Communicate Effectively
Most Of Us Aren’t Taught How To Have Healthy Conflict
Physical and emotional intimacy are cornerstones of every healthy relationship. We all need to experience a sense of belonging in order to feel whole. Unfortunately, many of us weren’t raised with effective models for communication. Our society doesn’t place a high value on emotional exploration and vulnerability. Especially for men raised in a culture of toxic masculinity. Asking for help is viewed as weak, and there is not a lot of vocabulary for expressing emotions. This can translate to guardedness, fear of intimacy, and emotional distance in the relationship. For many partners, the desire to love and be loved is often very powerful. But communication and emotional intimacy skills are lacking. That’s why millions of couples across the globe—gay, lesbian, trans, nonbinary, or polyamorous—seek help through LGBT+ relationship counseling.
As An LGBTQ Couple, There May Be Additional Emotional Injuries Impacting Your Partnership
Internalized shame can impact your ability to be intimate.
Do you feel guarded or untrusting? We all long for a feeling of safety, belonging, and love. But for those of us who have struggled with abandonment or rejection in past relationships, we can carry emotional pain, protective barriers, and unhealthy behaviors into our other connections. If you experienced rejection in your family of origin, friendships, or previous romantic relationships, you might struggle to feel accepted and embraced. Whether you’re aware of it or not, internalized shame may affect your self-esteem. In addition to creating obstacles in your ability to develop intimacy. Afraid to be judged or abandoned, it might be difficult to become vulnerable with those around you. Working with an LGBTQ+ friendly therapist in couples counseling, you and your partner can learn to navigate hurdles together. So that you can find a deeper connection in your relationship.
LGBTQ+ Couples Therapy At Eddins Counseling Affirms Your Experience And Enhances Your Connection
If you’ve suffered relationship trauma or rejection as an LGBTQ+ individual, you may not feel like you have very many safe spaces. Which keeps you from being able to practice being vulnerable and asserting your needs. LGBTQ couples counseling gives you an opportunity to come together with your partner in a secure and neutral environment. Where you can connect and learn new skills. Our LGBTQ+ friendly therapists are likely to draw from elements of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and The Gottman Method to help you overcome gridlock. These therapeutic approaches are uniquely designed for marriage/relationship therapy. The Gottmans themselves are leading researchers on the effectiveness of couples counseling for gay and lesbian couples. In fact, their research verifies that LGBTQ couples resolve their issues in counseling at twice the rate of their straight counterparts.
Shame and fear are common feelings at the root of many disagreements.
Learning to love and heal yourself first will help you connect with your partner on a deeper level. As you both foster greater awareness and compassion within yourselves and the relationship, you will be able to navigate your challenges as a couple with more collaboration and empathy. We understand that unhealthy conflict with your partner leads to a continuous cycle of isolation and self-doubt. Rather than continue in this pattern, you can learn how to recognize the emotions beneath your response. Allowing for your needs to finally be met. As you reignite your intimate connection, you can develop a more stable and satisfying foundation. At Eddins Counseling Group, our LGBTQ-friendly relationship therapists can help you build deeper intimacy and connection.
Gay Couples Counseling FAQ's
Gay-friendly couples’ therapists are sensitive to the unique issues LGBTQ+ couples face, such as:
- working through infidelity,
- intimacy concerns,
- stress from lack of supports
- sexuality issues,
- family planning,
- and more.
When working with LGBTQ couples, we incorporate therapies like The Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
A science-backed therapy called The Gottman Method offers these benefits:
- It has been proven to be especially effective for improving same-sex relationships.
- It allows therapists to thoroughly analyze your relationship and provide research-backed recommendations on how you and your partner can better your relationship.
- It focuses on improving verbal communication by:
- changing the way partners speak to one another,
- increasing trust and intimacy, and
- breaking down barriers between the members of the couple.
Emotionally Focused Therapy also provides couples a chance to build healthy relationships and communication patterns.
Yes! We offer online LGBTQ+ couples counseling in the states of:
- New Jersey, and
Online therapy is an excellent resource for LGBTQIA+ couples who prefer to meet with a therapist in the comfort of their own home, who prefer to minimize contact/exposure, and/or who lack access to transportation.
Online therapy is also a great way to start couples therapy with your partner if you’re in a long-distance relationship or otherwise spending time apart from them.
All you'll need to get started with online LGBTQIA+ couples counseling is a computer, laptop, tablet, or other mobile device, a stable internet connection, and access to a quiet and private location.
Yes, most LGBTQ+ relationship counseling sessions will include both you and your partner.
This allows the therapist to see the dynamics of your relationship, observe how you and your partner interact with one another, and step in and/or redirect conversations, if/when necessary.
Your therapist may infrequently meet with you and your partner individually on an as-needed basis, but most sessions will involve both of you.
In gay couples therapy, you can expect to increase intimacy and trust in your relationship and improve your communication skills.
During each session, you and your partner will talk openly about how you feel and the issues in your relationship.
Both partners will be present during most sessions.
The therapist will observe your dynamics and listen to both of you, providing you insight and research-backed interventions to help your relationship improve.
No! Starting couples therapy does not mean your relationship is on its last legs, and is instead a great step to improving it.
Couples therapy is an excellent opportunity to break harmful patterns in your relationship, and allow both partners to show that they are dedicated to improving the relationship.
Rather than marking the end of your relationship, LGBTQ+ couples therapy can mean a new beginning for you and your partner.
Talking about your problems can be extremely intimidating, especially if you and your partner don't talk openly about the issues in your relationship often.
But even if talking about your feelings and problems is new to you and your partner, it’s worth it.
LGBTQ+ couples therapy won’t make your relationship worse; instead, it will improve your communication and increase your levels of intimacy and trust.
Every relationship is different, so we understand how important it is for your therapist to understand how you and your partner’s relationship works.
We match you up with an LGBTQ+ friendly therapist who is a great fit for your relationship and is equipped to understand the unique dynamics of your relationship.
According to data from The 12 Year Study by Drs. John Gottman and Robert Levenson, there are a few factors that determine whether most same-sex relationships succeed or fail.
Gay and lesbian partners who are in successful relationships tend to not take one another’s negative comments personally, and feel extremely happy when their partner compliments them or says something uplifting.
These strong positive emotional responses are a good thing!
On the other hand, strong levels of negativity can show that a relationship isn’t doing well.
Whether your relationship shows a lot of green lights or you’re concerned that you and your partner’s relationship might fail, don’t lose hope.
Starting LGBTQ+ couples therapy can help you rejuvenate your partnership and reestablish trust and intimacy.
LGBTQ+ Couples Therapy Is A Chance To Practice Listening To And Supporting One Another
When you call you will talk with our client coordinator. They will then match you with an LGBTQ+ friendly therapist that is best suited to your needs. Your clinician will then perform an intake and spend a few sessions learning more about your background. As well as your challenges as a couple. Sessions are not used to point fingers or air dirty laundry. Instead, it is a time to develop new communication and emotional awareness skills. By practicing healthy communication with your partner in the safe space of gay counseling, you both will learn how to implement these in your everyday life outside of sessions.
Deepen Intimacy, Connection, and Love in LGBTQ+ Couples Therapy in Sugar Land & Houston, TX
If you are an LGBTQ couple and experiencing setbacks in your relationship, therapy at Eddins Counseling Group can help you navigate your unique challenges. Together, with the support of an LGBTQ-friendly therapist, you can strengthen your relationship. If you are ready to find a safe, secure, and non-judgmental place to practice vulnerability in your relationship follow these steps.
- To learn more about how Eddins Counseling Group can help contact us.
- Schedule your first gay couples counseling appointment with an LGBTQ+ friendly therapist
- Get support for you and your relationship.
Other Services At Eddins Counseling Group in Texas
Our LGBTQ+ friendly therapists offer more than just LGBT+ relationship counseling. At Eddins Counseling Group we also offer anxiety treatment, depression treatment, PTSD treatment, and trauma therapy. As well as, self-esteem counseling, disordered eating therapy, and many other mental health services. We provide care for adults, teenagers, and children. We look forward to hearing from you.
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