LGBTQ Issues

Just like any other group, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community faces mental health issues and unique challenges. However, LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. Additionally, more than half of individuals who identify as transgender experience depression or anxiety. The LGBTQ community is also at a higher risk for suicide. Young people are even more at risk, as they may experience a lack of support at home and fear, hatred or prejudice in school. If you are a member of the LGBTQ community and are facing mental health challenges, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s LGBTQ experts and get help today.

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I have been queer & trans* all my life, and I have encountered a plethora of LGBTQ individuals & their similar yet unique experiences. I majored in Women's and Gender studies in college to gain more foundational understanding of sexuality & gender. I have clinically worked with LGBTQ folks in several settlings & different environments from a private practice office to a park bench. I enjoy connecting to LGBTQ individuals in professional & personal spaces - my lived experience is key.

— Cleo Oubre, Clinical Social Worker

I am a queer-identified person and member of the LGBTQIA+ community. I have worked with adults and youth in both inpatient and outpatient settings around their sexual orientations and gender identities to build knowledge, understanding, self-compassion, and appreciation for how wonderful they are, find community, and better cope with a society that is often oppressive.

— Nick Vaske, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
 

Being LGBTQ in this culture is a complex and challenging experience. I've been working with LGBTQ issues since the late 1980's. As a therapist, and as a gay man, I am always moved by the stories of strength, courage, and ability to survive beyond the margins of heteronormativity. Whether you are 'coming out' or exploring the contours of your own sexuality, you will not never have to hide who you are, or minimize yourself, while working with me.

— Joseph Winn, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Concord, MA

I incorporate an intersectional understanding in my work with LGBTQ+ clients, as I understand that our community holds many different identities and life experiences. Within this diversity there are common themes that we as queer people deal with, including the prejudices of an at-times hostile society. My therapeutic approach is to understand my clients' experience and feelings, centering them in a grounded and safe space.

— James Clementi, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in new york, NY
 

I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself and hope to hold and create space in which clients can engage safely with concerns and experiences they have around their sexuality. I try not to make any assumptions about what being LGBTQ+ might mean to a client and work with them from their own understandings of their identities and experiences.

— Quinn Wilson, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

As a member of the LGBTQIA2+ community, and a board member with my local PRIDE organization, I am very connected and aware of LGBTQIA2+ marginalization and problems that stem from this. I work to provide affirming and safe care in all my groups and sessions and work to train my providers to do the same. We provide write 1x letters for surgery or hormones and offer ongoing care as well.

— Kim Lycan, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Richland, WA
 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer Trans / Non-binary Gender Identity Gender Dysphoria Sexual Issues Navigating Queer relationships

— Hannah Pollok, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Franklin, TN

I hold a certificate in Sexuality, Women, and Gender from Columbia University. I have treated many clients with diverse diagnoses who identify as LGBTQ+ throughout my career. I also identify as LGBTQ+, and am proud to be an LGBTQ+ clinician.

— Kristjana McCarthy, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY
 

I am here to support all individuals and couples through their unique expressions. I aim to help with personal and relationship issues related to depression, shame, grief, gender identity, sexuality, and self-expression.

— Finley Anderson, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

Our sexuality and gender are essential aspects of our identity, and exploring these areas of our lives can be both exciting and challenging. I enjoy working with folks questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, dealing with societal pressures or discrimination, or just wanting to explore their sexuality and gender in a safe, supportive space. I offer therapy that honors all identities and experiences, so you can feel seen, heard, and validated.

— Julia Markovitz, Marriage & Family Therapist in Philadelphia, PA
 

As queer person, I understand the unique factors that impact our community. I am especially passionate about providing both affirming and informed care for LGBTQIA+ folx as they address concerns such as marginalization, oppression, discrimination, relational issues, dysphoria, and more.

— Noelle Benach, Counselor in Baltimore, MD

I've been working with LGBTQ+ folks since the start of my career. I have significant training and experience. I value the opportunity to work with my community.

— Meg Higgins, Clinical Social Worker in ,
 

As lesbian and parent, I bring my own experiences and sensitivity to the task of providing members of our community the support they need to tackle the challenges of life. I provide couples counseling and ongoing psychotherapy.

— Amy Hecht, Clinical Psychologist in Charlotte, NC

I'm here for the queers! As a member of the queer community, being able to provide high-quality mental healthcare to other members of the community is a dream come true for me. Contributing to the health and well-being of LGBTQIA+ individuals, partners, and families is my way of giving back to the community I call home.

— Katherine Wikrent, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in New Orleans, LA
 

I help LGBTQIASA+ clients struggling with loneliness, rejection, unhealthy relationships, poor self-esteem, and experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Through our work together, my clients learn to accept their authentic selves, develop a sense of positive self-worth, and communicate effectively with their partners and loved ones so they can be happier, find acceptance and belonging, and experience the fulfillment of living openly and being themselves.

— David Namir, Therapist in Little Rock, AR

I am part of the LGBTQ+ community and I have experience working with trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive individuals and groups.

— Marc Campbell, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ,
 

I am a part of the queer community and many of my clients are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, giving me a specialty in working with them. I'd love to help support you with any issues that arise in your life regarding being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

— Misty Gibson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

I hold affirming space for queer identities and identify as a queer person myself. I feel strongly that your gender and sexuality are yours to define and experience! I can hold space to explore your gender and sexuality or simply be validated and affirmed in your gender and sexuality as you navigate your therapeutic goals. I also enjoy working with the intersection of being queer and Black/Biracial/Multi-Racial and navigating the complexities of existing at these intersections.

— Shanice Applewhaite, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in San Diego, CA
 

I provide LGBTQ affirming therapy, am a member of the LGBTQ community, and can help you navigate any challenges related to this in your life.

— Erica Christmas, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gilbert, AZ