Can you relate to any of the following experiences?

  • I have a strong desire for acceptance, respect, and understanding about who I am
    People often do not understand my sexual orientation
  • My family does not accept me, or recognize me by the pronouns I use to identify myself
  • I have experienced rejection on many levels, from private to public, from individual to collective-and it hurts me deeply
  • My gender dysphoria is a daily struggle
  • I have a deep wish that I could just blend seamlessly into my community
  • I have strong bonds with communities on social media, but my own family does not accept my choices, and my country discriminates against me

If so, we hope you’ll reach out: the struggles you are facing are very real, and our trained professionals at Potomac Psychiatry know just how debilitating they can be in your daily life.

In the decades between the Stonewall riots of 1969 and the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015, the LGBTQ community has experienced tremendous progress—but individuals who fall under this broadly diverse category know better

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than anyone that so much still lies ahead in the fight for equal rights, equal treatment, and equal standing in our society. Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bigender, transgender, or queer often find themselves the target of bullying and harassment at every age and stage of their lives—and the simple act of “coming out” as any of these identities can often put an individual’s very life and wellbeing at risk.

Gender and sexuality are societal constructs that can be specifically difficult to navigate, and without a strong support network and the right resources, the process of discovering oneself can seem almost unbearable. Depression, substance abuse, and thoughts of suicide often hang like a dark cloud over members of the LGBTQ community. If this sounds familiar, we want you to know: at Potomac Psychiatry, we are here to help you see the light of day again. Our trained professionals can help to guide you through the darkest days and be by your side through your greatest triumphs. We see you—and we hope that if this page resonates, you will reach out.

Taylor’s Story:

Below is a story shared by Dr. Novitsky, one of Potomac Psychiatry’s skilled practitioners:

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my job as a therapist is that I can learn from my clients’ experiences. While I identify as heterosexual, cisgender male, over the years I have developed an outsider’s understanding for the unique challenges that the LGBTQ community faces. I have always prided myself as being open-minded and compassionate towards others, but by sharing in the experiences of both close friends and my clients over the years, I have learned to not only accept but to celebrate this incredible community.

The first time I was privileged to have worked with a transgender youth (for purposes of confidentiality details and names have been changed) was during my fellowship training. Taylor had been born anatomically female, but knew early on that he was truly a boy trapped in a girl’s body. He had been teased for liking gender roles traditionally attributed to males. Nevertheless, his parents made an effort to expose him to more activities that the community had available for young ladies—perhaps, they thought, they had not yet found the right fit yet. Taylor overheard teachers, extended family, and her pastor assuring his parents that it was “just a phase she was going through” and that soon enough “she’d come around”. Suddenly, it was not just his body that had him feeling trapped. How could he let the people who loved him down? By 6th grade, he started to question if there was something intrinsically flawed in him. His grades started to drop, he started to isolate from friends, and he started to think it would have been better if he had never been born. He was extremely artistic and found comfort in putting his feelings to paper through poems and drawings in a notebook—but it was too painful to expose the truth that he was a transgender male. Needless to say, it was that very notebook that raised concerns for depression and resulted in an evaluation by yours truly.

In our first session together, Taylor’s parents shared the details of his depression, but I was looking beyond diagnoses. I could see that the pain in Taylor’s eyes had been there for much longer than his parents understood. He wasn’t ready to share in that first session, but he let his guard down as I asked about sexuality and was seemingly surprised when I had offered the possibility that he was attracted to neither sex as an option. I explained that I’ve worked with asexual youth who feel oppressed by society’s expectations of them. As sessions progressed, he started to open up about his struggle to conform to society’s expectations of him. I reiterated my acceptance of him for who he is, until one fateful day, I was privileged to be the first person with whom Taylor confided in. And the rest, as they say, is HIStory.