I believe our unique identities are something to be celebrated and that the exploration of one's gender identity and sexuality is an achievement worthy of recognition. But, to be something other than straight and cisgender in this world also brings its own set of challenges. My clients within the LGBTQIA+ community often experience depression, self-doubt, and relationship stressors stemming from their experiences of discrimination and stigma. Even for those who have (thankfully) not had such negative responses to their identities, they may find that they want extra support as they navigate the complex process of understanding their own identity. For some, their reasons for coming to therapy have little to do with being queer; they simply want to work with a therapist who can hold space for their identity and the way that impacts their lived experience.