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Therapy is available for young adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or questioning their sexual orientation. The process of identity development is a complex task, and can become even more complicated when one is coming to terms with a sexual orientation that differs from that of the majority of one’s peers.

The fact that parents, peers and the culture at large may not be accepting of a minority sexual orientation can be extremely painful, and can make the process of “coming out” very difficult. These adults may require psychological support and guidance as they navigate these often treacherous waters. Adults may struggle with the question of how “out” they may want to be in the workplace, and even within their own extended families.

In many cases, sexual orientation may have nothing at all to do with the emotional issues confronted by lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals. It is nevertheless important for people to know that their therapist understands the unique issues that they face, and neither imposes judgment nor harbors prejudice with regard to sexual orientation. Our therapists are “straight allies” with considerable experience addressing the above concerns.

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More About ...... Dr. Banafsheh Pezeshk, Psy.D. , QME

Dr. Banafsheh Pezeshk is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Med-Legal Psychology Evaluator specializing in disability evaluations, medical evaluations, Fit For Duty evaluations, treating traumas, addiction, mood disorders, and other mental health conditions and concerns.

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