Sue Boyd, LCSW LCS #24597
3737 Camino del Rio South, Suite 302,
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: 619.318.9818 Fax: 619.516.3594
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer adolescents have a difficult time in today's culture deciding whether to come out to family, friends and other students at school. They have to evaluate their safety, their comfort level in discussing their sexual orientation, and how to set boundaries with people re: what they will and will not discuss. If they're outed by someone else, safety and comfort level can be completely decimated. Then bullying and/or teasing by others at school comes into play, and these teens can quickly become suicidal. Frequently, adults who know about the bullying do nothing to stop it.
If the teen is transgender and outed at school or with friends, the bullying and/or teasing tends to escalate more quickly and more severely.
A recent survey of over 6000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth done by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) found that over 86% reported being harassed with 44% reporting being either shoved, pushed, kicked, or injured with a weapon due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Research shows that such harassment can have a devastating effect on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teen's mental health and their risk of committing suicide. This also means that LGBT adults are prone to depression, anxiety, frequent suicidal thoughts and low self-esteem.
Therapy can help with bullying. Sue Boyd, LCSW can help teens and parents to find ways to decrease bullying in school and to cope with the emotional fall-out of that bullying. Sue also specializes in decreasing suicidal thoughts. Please call Sue @ 619.318.9818 or email Sue @ SBoydlcsw@gmail.com for more information or to schedule a session.