Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Samantha Brustad, Psy.D.
all are safe.
all are welcome.
all are equal.
LGBTQ+ people face discrimination directly and subtly
through microaggressions and non-verbal messages
suggesting LGBTQ+ identity is unacceptable or different.
In the psychology world, we call this
chronic/toxic stress AKA trauma.
It has been linked to increased suicide rates,
substance use and lower quality of life.
Even further, society then stigmatizes these impacts of
discrimination, promoting the false idea that being gay causes
negative health outcomes.
For this reason, LGBTQ+ affirmative counseling is most benifical,
even if the reason for seeking treatment has nothing to do with
sexuality or gender identity.
I proudly provide affirmative therapy while respecting that the LGBTQ+ aspect of
identity is but just one part of a person.
I am here to support and help you feel more affirmed
about who you already know you are.
And if you are not sure how you identify yet, that’s okay,
and pretty darn normal, too!