LGBT, Transgender, & Queer Counseling in Naperville

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Exploring your identity – gender or sexual – can be an experience that leaves a person feeling alone and misunderstood. At Evolution Counseling, Inc. in Naperville, you have the safety of knowing your gender therapist has been trained on all aspects of Gender and Sexual Identity issues and have resources and support to help you chart the path you want for your future. Your session will not be spent with your LGBT therapist asking you about what it’s like to be you… it will be focused on your life, your journey, and what you need to realize the best version of yourself.  Our approach is governed by informed consent and we are proud to be affiliated with the Lurie Gender Non Conforming Clinicians Collaborative and WPATH.

Affirming, and centered on your unique needs

Our environment in Naperville is safe, and we are welcoming.  Our focus is to meet you where you are in life and help navigate self, love, relationships, and growth.  We also provide affirming care for typical mental health issues like anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, mood disorders and addiction while understanding the complexity your gender, sexuality, ethnicity and culture bring to the table.

Ongoing negative and sometimes violent attention directed toward LGBT individuals can lead to chronic minority stress.  The concept of minority stress comes from the idea that it’s just plain hard being a gender or sexual minority in a heterocentric and cissexist culture. Because many LGBT, transgender, and queer people are reminded often about how different they are from heterosexual and cisgender expectations, an individual can become particularly vulnerable to the effects of stress – especially if the individual is forced to discover his or her identity alone. People who experience this particular type of stress face many of the same symptoms that victims of hate crimes experience including:

  • Problems with sleep
  • Irritability and Anger
  • Mild paranoia
  • Feeling emotionally distant from others
  • Depression
  • Nightmares
  • Lack of appetite

How Our Gender & LGBT Therapists in Naperville Work

Our therapists in Naperville aim to take each client, and their family as individuals. The focus is to help identify where you are on your journey and chart the path for your future. We are not gatekeepers or experts on what type of future is best for you. Our connections in the LGBTQ provider community and expertise with gender non-conforming mental health will help us align any additional services you may need to live out your life in the fullest way possible.

Often times, we will have one clinician work with the individual and another work with the family members during transition as the journey requires different areas of focus and support.  We assess each person individually and work together to determine the appropriate services.  We are also trained to provide written documentation for those seeking medical interventions during the course of transition.

Our LGBT and gender therapists in Naperville are rooted in the standards for practice as set by the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC). Our practice owner is a member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health. Evolution Counseling, Inc. is also a member of Lurie Children’s Hospital’s Gender-affirming Clinician’s Collaborative (GCC). All of our counselors have completed the ACA modules for Gender Conforming therapy.

LGBT Support and Gender Psychology in Naperville

Click here to contact Evolution Counseling for LGBT counseling and gender psychology services in Naperville. We also serve Wheaton, Aurora, Downers Grove, Bowling Brooke, Springfield, Oswego, and the rest of the surrounding Naperville area.