Are you looking for a safe place to talk about some of the tough issues in your life – such as sexuality, or gender identity? Logan Psychologist Abra Garfield can help …
My name is Abra Garfield and I am a psychologist specialising in sport and performance. I also work in general mental health, providing counselling and therapy for a diverse range of mental health and life issues such as depression, anxiety and stress, as well as academic, career and social issues.
I personally know and work with many gay and bisexual people through family, friends and clients in my clinic space. I understand that some gay people identify with the strength and sense of belonging in the gay community; while some gay people identify in other ways, seeing it as just their sexuality. Each person has a different story and different circumstances, including levels of acceptance, resources and family/social support.
I understand that there can be a unique set of social and personal challenges for gay people, some of whom experience significant stress at points in their lives due to the wider community’s limited acceptance and misunderstanding of homosexuality. Unfortunately homophobia is very real and can oppress and restrict gay people in many life contexts in obvious and less visible subtle ways, leading to feeling marginalized or unwanted.
This in turn can have a significant detrimental effect on the individual’s self-esteem and wellbeing, especially in situations where people feel they have no one to help them talk about their lives openly. This is especially true for young people due to social pressure and significant identity formation during adolescence and young adulthood.
I try my best to provide a safe non-judging space for anyone – regardless of race, gender, sexuality or religion – to come and speak about their life to create meaning around past events, learn skills and make plans for improving quality of life in the present moment, as well as create direction and purpose around future goals.
I take a positive psychology strength-based approach to counselling and therapy, utilising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness-based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment therapy. I have a lot of experience in working with young people, and feel I can connect to a diverse range of personalities with compassion and genuine interest.
If you are gay or bisexual, regardless of your reasons for seeking help, I can assure you I will provide not just a safe place to talk, but a confidential and accepting space for you to heal and grow.
Author: Abra Garfield, BPsych, MPsych (sport & exercise), MAPS; Medicare ATAPS provider.
Abra Garfield is an endorsed Sport and Performance Psychologist, with a passion for the outdoors and the human journey to find meaning and happiness. He has spent time as a sport coach, mentor, activity facilitator, and academic tutor, including travelling overseas with youth sport teams as a chaperone, coach, and counsellor, and finds it extremely rewarding to provide his clients, regardless of their background, with a safe place to talk.
Abra is the Principal Sport Psychologist and founder of Summit Performance Psychology. Visit the Summit Performance Psychology website to learn more or like us on Facebook to receive Summit Performance Psychology Articles and event updates.
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