A Safe Space to Question, Explore and Begin Living Authentically
Has your child or teenager expressed confusion about their gender identity or sexual orientation?
Have you questioned your own sexual orientation or gender identity and are seeking support on your journey of self discovery?
Are you wondering how to take the next step toward living your life as your authentic self?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have found the right place. Aspire Counseling provides a safe and supportive environment to provide the best care for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) Mid Missouri community. We provide LGBTQ affirming counseling services to adolescents, teenagers, college students & adults.
Our therapists want to help you live authentically. We can help you embrace your true self. Aspire counselors have training and experience working with individuals with a variety of sexual orientations and gender identities. Our office is a safe place to explore who you are as a person. You can find the confidence, peace and happiness you have been looking for.
Are you or your loved one is looking for a LGBTQ affirming & safe mental health therapist who will encourage personal growth and self-acceptance? If so, please contact Aspire Counseling today by calling 573-328-2288.
LGBTQ Affirming Counseling
On the other hand, maybe you are very comfortable with where you are in your journey. You feel comfortable in your body and living in a way that’s true to who you really are. Maybe you’re even in a stable romantic relationship. But you want a therapist who you can be confident will fully accept your sexuality or gender identity while they help you work on general mental health issues.
Are you a member of the LGBTQ Community looking for help with…
- Trauma or post traumatic stress?
- Panic Attacks?
- Overwhelming stress?
- An eating disorder?
- Strong emotions and mood changes?
- Borderline Personality Disorder?
- Adjusting to a major life change?
These are things that anyone would find stressful. Even if you were a straight and cis-gender, you’d still come to counseling for depression, grief, anxiety, etc.
Trauma Counseling Specifically…
We know that beginning trauma counseling can be especially difficult for members of the the LGBTQ community. Our counseling practice prides itself on having really good trauma counselors. Our therapists use evidence based counseling techniques that work. You don’t have to be stuck with invasive trauma memories for years. Trauma counseling can take as little as a couple of months if you’re ready to begin and working with a well trained therapist. But we know there may be an extra layer that’s holding you back from seeking trauma treatment…
You wonder if a therapist will really understand why the stressful memory hurts so badly. It’s likely that you’ve told yourself that what you went through “wasn’t that bad” or you could have even had the thought, “That’s just what happens to minorities.” Maybe the trauma was a sexual assault and you’re ashamed to even discuss what happened. Or perhaps it was bullying that happened when you came out. Sometimes systematic discrimination alone can be so traumatizing that you develop PTSD.
Our therapists are not only trauma experts. We’re also compassionate human beings who have been through specific trainings on issues unique to the LGBTQ community. Several of our trauma therapists experience specifically treating individuals who identify as a sexual or gender minority for PTSD. You don’t have to stay feeling stuck, anxious or with all of the negative self talk that can happen after a traumatic experience. We can help with your anxiety, depression or PTSD. Most importantly, we will treat you with the utmost respect at all times while providing trauma treatment that truly works.
LGBTQ Affirming Counseling in Mid Missouri
Are you looking for a therapist who can help you find internal peace and deep healing while also being affirming of your sexual orientation and/or gender identity? We can help.
Aspire Counseling is a mental health counseling center in Columbia, MO that provides quality treatment for these and many other mental health concerns. We are affirming of those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or anywhere else on the spectrum of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Aspire Counseling can be your safe haven as you find healing and overcome a wide range of mental health concerns. We believe in the power of counseling. To help, we provide a comfortable therapy environment and will work with you to accomplish your mental health goals.
Are you ready to begin your journey toward mental health? If you would like an accepting therapist by your side, please reach out to Aspire Counseling today. Call 573-328-2288 to set up a free consultation. Peace, happiness and joy are all within reach.
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Resources for the LGBTQ Community in Mid Missouri
The Center Project – http://thecenterproject.org/
“The Center Project (TCP), a grassroots nonprofit organization, is Mid-Missouri’s only community center focused on the needs of LGBTQ individuals and communities. Designed as a safe and open space, TCP supports the under-served sexuality and gender-based groups within the region, including youth, families, and those living in rural communities.”
The LGBTQ Resource Center at Mizzou – http://lgbtq.missouri.edu/
“We’re the MU LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Resource Center and it is our goal to meet the needs of Mizzou’s campus.”
Out, Proud and Healthy – http://www.outproudandhealthy.org/
“Out, Proud and Healthy is a statewide effort to raise awareness of LGBTQ health disparities in Missouri and connect people with resources and community…Our goal is to promote better health and quality of life for LGBTQ individuals by striving to eliminate health disparities through access to information, resources, and community.”
Transgender Health Network – http://www.transgenderhealthnetwork.org/
The Transgender Health Network (T-Net) was created “with the intention of forming a network of health care professionals specifically focused on increasing and improving health care services to trans-identified and gender expansive individuals in our community”.
Transgender Parent Newsletter – https://www.veredcounseling.com/parent-support
Vered Counseling offers a free newsletter for parents of individuals who are transgender. In addition, Kimberly offers supportive and informational sessions to parents of transgender children, teens & adults. Because this is a supportive/informative services and not mean to be emotional processing or counseling, she offers this service to parents anywhere in the country.