LGBTQI Mental Health Specialist

Moses M. Kushaba, PsyD., LCSW-C

Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Silver Spring, MD

LGBTQI adults are more than twice as likely to experience mental health issues than heterosexual adults. Moses M. Kushaba, PsyD, LCSW, provides expert, compassionate services and support to the LGBTQI community in and around Silver Spring, Maryland. If you’re looking for a safe and nonjudgmental mental health provider, call Dr. Kushaba or schedule a consultation online today.

LGBTQI Mental Health Q & A

What are the common mental health issues in the LGBTQI community?

Your sexual and gender identity are not mental health conditions. However, being a part of the LGBTQI community or having an HIV/AIDS diagnosis increases your risk of mental health conditions. 

The voyage of self-discovery and learning how to live authentically can be challenging. You may face rejection and discrimination from your family or other support groups as well as strangers. 

For example, members of the LGBTQI community are more likely to experience:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Addiction
  • Codependency 

Members of the LGBTQI community also have an increased risk of suicide. For example, 48% of transgender adults report that they’ve thought about suicide within the last year, compared to 4% of the general American population. LGBTQI teenagers are approximately five times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.

If you are thinking about suicide, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for immediate help. 

When should I talk to a psychologist about my mental health?

As with most illnesses, the earlier you seek diagnosis and treatment for mental health conditions, the better. If you have symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns, call Dr. Kushaba to make an appointment right away. When you ignore your mental health, your symptoms worsen and become more disruptive. 

How can a psychologist help me?

Dr. Kushaba offers specialist psychological services for the LGBTQI community. His office is a safe environment for you to explore your mental health and express yourself without fear of judgment or discrimination. 

Dr. Kushaba can help you with gender dysphoria, sexual identity concerns, and figuring out how to live authentically. Additionally, he offers expert treatment for a wide range of mental health issues.

Therapy helps you explore your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. The opportunity to engage in self-reflection allows you to identify patterns of thinking or behavior that get in the way of leading a fulfilling and satisfying life. You learn techniques for coping with your emotions and thoughts in healthy and productive ways and stop harmful or self-destructive behaviors. 

Call Dr. Kushaba or schedule an appointment online today for compassionate psychological treatment.