Copyright © 2012-16 | Shelley L. Heusser

Shelley Heusser

Clinical Psychologist

BSocSc Psych. (UCT), BA. Hons Psych. (UCT), MA. Clin. Psych. (NMMU)

Practice No: 0445800  Reg No: 0112860

Gay and Lesbian Mental Health

Studies    have    shown    that    lesbian,    gay,    bisexual,    and    transgender    people    show    higher    levels    of    anxiety, depression, and suicidality than heterosexual people. Many LGBT people have experienced hostility or rejection from family, friends, and parents bullying rejection by religions threats and experiences of violence and harassment homophobia discrimination Experiencing these difficulties can contribute to serious mental health problems, including: difficulty    accepting    one’s    sexual    orientation,    leading    to    internalised    homophobia,    denial,    substance           and alcohol abuse, and isolation trying to keep one’s sexuality secret through pretending or leading a double life low self-esteem and worthlessness increased risk of self-harm and suicide attempts damaged relationships with partners and families post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic depression If   you   think   you   need   help   to   cope   with   some   of   the   issues   related   to   your   sexual   orientation   or   identity,   contact   me to start your journey of healing in a caring, supportive, LGBT-affirmative environment.
Copyright © 2012-15 | Shelley L. Heusser

Shelley Heusser

Clinical Psychologist

BSocSc Psych. (UCT), BA. Hons Psych. (UCT), MA. Clin. Psych. (NMMU)

Practice No: 0445800  Reg No: 0112860