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Relationship issues in LGBTQI therapy

Relationship issues

Relationships within the LGBTQI community face unique challenges. Relationship issues in LGBTQI therapy encompass various difficulties related to identity, societal pressures, and personal dynamics. Therapy can help in traversing these issues by providing a supportive and non-judgmental environment.

Common challenges

  1. Discrimination and societal stigma
  2. Internalised homophobia or transphobia
  3. Family acceptance and support
  4. Intersectionality and identity conflicts
  5. Relationship dynamics and communication

Relationship issues in LGBTQI therapy

LGBTQI therapy provides a safe space for individuals to explore and address relationship issues specific to their experiences. Key features of this therapy include:

  1. Affirmative approach
  2. Understanding unique stressors
  3. Emphasis on identity and intersectionality
  4. Approaches for improving communication and resolving conflicts

Therapy sessions can be adapted to individual or couple needs, offering both in-person and online options.

Therapeutic approaches

Therapists use an affirmative approach to understand and address the unique challenges faced by LGBTQI individuals and couples.


What is LGBTQI therapy?
LGBTQI therapy is a form of counselling that addresses issues specific to the LGBTQI community, including relationship challenges.
How can therapy help with relationship issues?
Therapy can help by providing a safe space to explore and resolve conflicts, improve communication, and understand the impact of societal pressures on relationships.
Are sessions available online?
Yes, the Leone Centre offers both in-person and online therapy sessions for convenience and accessibility.


  1. “LGBTQI Therapy and Relationship Issues.” The Leone Centre.
  2. “Understanding LGBTQI Relationships.” Psychology Today. 
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision