Presently, identifying as LGBT is becoming increasingly common in urban environments. Still, the psychological toll for some individuals remain high, as society’s norms remain rigid in certain parts of the world. LGBT can still be considered controversial in parts of the world and with elder generations, in particular.
Scandinavian countries, such as Denmark and Norway, have a relatively lax attitude in general. Both in regards to public policy and culture norms in Northern Europe. As an LGBT expat in these countries, the likelihood of finding an LGBTQIA*-neutral therapist is actually very high in major cities such as Copenhagen, Oslo, Aarhus and Bergen.
Honoring the psychological challenges of LGBT
Whether it is a recent insigt or long-acknowledged fact, coming out as LGBT is still a process which transforms and changes the individual. For many, this process requires support from family, peers and sometimes pand therapists rofessionals with expertise within the special intrapsychic dynamics in play.
Embracing the psychology
The transformative identity process of identifying as LGBT can often last years for many individuals. The psychology of realigning normative goals and future goals with a minority identity is for many best described as a never-ending story.
Still, acceptance and praise from peers, friends and hopefully family, as well, is a motivation booster and speaks volumes to the psychological well-being of a LGBT-newcomer. Both short-term and long-term.
Statistically speaking, identifying as LGBT promises worse than average expectancies of happiness, life-span and overall quality of life.
Seeing a therapist during and after coming out and in order to constantly reflect upon negative life experiences, has shown to improve thisstatistic, though.