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What Issues Some LGBTQ2S+ People Face?

Despite rapidly growing cultural acceptance of diverse sexual and romantic orientations and gender identifications, oppression, discrimination, and marginalization of LGBTQ people persists. Coping with discrimination and oppression, coming out to one’s family, and sorting out an “authentic” sense of self in the face of social expectations and pressures can lead to higher levels of depression, anxiety, substance use, and other mental health concerns for LGBTQ people.


Research shows that LGBTTIQ youth are at an increased risk of suicidal ideation and self-harm, particularly when they also experience discrimination based on their sexual or gender identity. According to a 2007 survey, students who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender were almost ten times as likely to have experienced bullying and victimization at school and more than twice as likely to have considered suicide as their heterosexual, non-transgender classmates within the previous year.


Discrimination may take several forms, including social rejection, verbal and physical bullying, and sexual assault, and repeated episodes will likely lead to chronic stress and diminished mental health. Perceived discrimination—the expectation of discrimination—may also lead to diminished mental health. LGBTQ adults, too, may be subject to similar forms of harassment, as well as discrimination with regards to housing, employment, education, and basic human rights.


Many of the concerns and life challenges LGBTQ people bring to therapy are those common among all people. All couples argue over many of the same things—money, sex, the in-laws, quality time—and all people are subject to the same kinds of daily stressors, such as mood swings, workplace concerns, or low self-esteem.

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Family Services Windsor-Essex

1770 Langlois Avenue
Windsor, Ontario, N8X 4M5
Phone: 519-966-5010


Our professional counselling program offers individual, marital/couple, family and group counselling. Our counselling program advocates an emphasis on growth, development and the achievement of overall well-being and resilience. Our therapeutic counselling team has a broad range of clinical expertise covering a diverse span of issues including:
- Anxiety
- Depression
- Marital / Couple Counselling
- Elder Care / Caregiver Stress
- Grief / Loss
- Physical or Sexual Abuse Recovery
- Re-settlement Adjustment
- Self-Esteem Revitalization
- Stress Management
- Addictions Referral
- Coping with Illness or Injury
- Family Issues / Family of Origin Issues
- Parenting Concerns
- Personal Concerns
- Retirement Issues
- Separation / Divorce Issues
- Trauma Recover
- LGBT related issues

Gisele Harrison


I am a straight therapist who has and continues to work hard to understand how homophobia and heterosexism affects the lives of LGBTQ people. I am committed to providing specialized counselling services with a growing understanding of the issues and life difficulties faced by LGBTQ youth (15+), adults, and couples to live healthier, happier more empowered lives. 

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Mike Cardinal Councelling Services

3140 Peter Street, Suite 105
Windsor, Ontario, N9C 1H3


Mike has years of experience helping Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgendered people grow in self acceptance, integrate a positive sense of self, and develop better with relationships. Individual, couple and family counselling is available.

Services he includes at his practice:

- LGBT issues
- Couples Counselling
- Anxiety
- Depression
- Addiction Recovery
- Career Counselling

Sandwich Community Health

3320 College Avenue
Windsor, Ontario, N9C 0E1


Sandwich Community Health offers free, confidential general counselling to individuals aged five and up. Counselling is limited to 12 sessions and is a collaborated process that is focused on increasing the wellbeing of our clients. Family and couples counselling is also available at our site.
To find out if you are eligible for our counselling services, please contact (519) 258-6002 ext 222 to speak with the intake counsellor. 
WE CHC Sandwich Community Health counsellors can assist you in the following areas:
- Stress
- Anxiety
- Depression
- Work Related Stress
- Grief
- Family Conflict
- Self-Harm
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Coping with chronic illness or diagnosis of chronic illness
- Caregiver Stress
- Traumatic Life Events

Schnayer, McGrory & Associates

2095 Wyandotte Street East

Windsor, ONT

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Teen Health Centre

1361 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario, N8X 1J6


Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, Teen Health Site provides Primary Care and Mental Health/Counselling (individual and group) for youth between the ages of 12-24 years. These services include support and treatment for youth and their family afflicted with an Eating Disorder or Substance Abuse as well as programs to support parents and guardians of youth. Pre and post natal groups are also available to young moms.

Transformations Counselling Services

224 Branton Crescent
Tecumseh, ONT

Transformations Counselling Services over the last 10 years has been dedicated to providing counselling and consulting services primarily to professionals, women, teens, couples, and families within Windsor and Essex County, and Detroit, Michigan.

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University of Windsor Student Councelling Centre

519-253-3000  ext.4616


The Student Counselling Centre at the University of Windsor provides free, confidential counselling to registered students as well as consultation and referral services for University of Windsor faculty and staff.
Services are provided by Psychologists, a Clinical Therapist, a Registered Nurse, and Master's-level graduate students.
University of Windsor's role in supporting students with serious ongoing mental health issues:
The University of Windsor is  an  institution  of  higher  learning  committed  to  the  academic  success  of its students. We offer support  programs  to  help  students  who  may  experience academic challenges caused by personal , physical or emotional difficulties . The University is able to offer short-term counselling and therapy services to students. Students in crisis will also be provided support and counselling as needed.
If a student has a need for long-term counselling support or specialized mental health services, the University may provide referrals to assist the student in accessing resources in the community.  Students who require access to those services should contact The Student Counselling Centre to discuss referrals.

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