All couples have difficulties, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples need therapists who understand their relationships. While research has shown that same sex couples fight, argue and come together in much the same way as their heterosexual counterparts, LGBT couples encounter unique challenges that are often missed by inexperienced clinicians. The clinicians at the Bay Area Center for Couples Therapy understand these challenges. Issues related to prejudice and homophobia, difficult family of origin relations, social support, fluid sexuality, monogamous vs. polyamorous relationships, issues of gender, and legal complications are a few of difficulties LGBT clients may face.
At the Bay Area Center for Couples Therapy, we work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender clients using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), a highly effective form of couples therapy. When a relationship is going well, you feel you can turn to your partner and they will be there for you as well as feel loved and accepted by your partner. When relationships aren't going well, we may feel like our partner isn't there for us when we turn to them to discuss our needs or when we need them for support. We may not even feel like they really love or accept us. With EFT, we can help change this as well as help you develop tools for communication.