In today's society, there is a label for essentially everything. With all the different types of sexual orientations and gender identifications, it can be confusing figuring out exactly who you are, and even more confusing to figure out who you like.
Maybe you had a crush on a girl when you were 12 years old, but you can't distinguish if those feelings were admiration or lust; maybe you've dated both guys and girls and you can't really determine a preference, or maybe you just have absolutely no desire for intimacy at all.
The subject of sexual orientation is tricky and complex, and unfortunately, there are still people who are unaccepting of it all. As such, it's normal to experience feelings of guilt, shame, and denial as you come to terms with your identity.
These negative feelings can hinder individuals from 'coming out' and can often cause depression or suicidal thoughts, or even worse, can result in the infliction of violent hate crimes.
Counseling can help you come to terms with your sexuality, while also preparing you to handle the struggles you might face because of it. However, if you don't quite feel ready to go and speak with someone face-to-face, online therapy can deliver the same results without requiring you to ever leave home.
Coming out is always unique for every individual, everybody has a different experience. Some will tell you they've known about their sexuality since childhood and had no problem coming out at all, with their family members and friends offering huge support. Others have repressed their sexuality for most of their life, not coming out until their later years.
Despite the different experiences, most people go through the same stages when coming out.
These stages include:
Since face-to-face counseling isn't always an option due to time, distance, and cost, online therapy is available to help anyone through this confusing time. It's convenient, affordable, and very comfortable since it's all done from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
There are a variety of professionals available to choose from, and you can try out a few specialists before committing to one.
The Virtual Therapist Network has a wide range of professional online therapists who are trained and experienced in gay and lesbian issues and can provide you online counseling from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
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