Reaching out to a counselor is intimidating and scary for everyone, but it can be especially so for members of the LGBTQ community. Most have experienced rejection and condemnation from family members, their faith community, friends and/or co-workers. It can be difficult to know who is “safe”, who to trust, and when it is okay to relax and be yourself. LGBTQ individuals struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship issues and job/career decisions just like everyone else. They may also have questions about God and their religious beliefs that are specific to being LGBTQ. Parents and allies of LGBTQ loved ones can also struggle with the personal and societal realities of loving someone who is lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer or questioning. Counseling is a confidential, safe place to be who you are and find solutions that work best for your particular situation. Debbie is welcoming and accepting of LGBTQ individuals and couples, and she feels particularly humbled that they trust her to share their journey and help them with life’s challenges.