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 came out queer in 1995 at age 17. I have been an active member of LGBTQ+ communities in several states and many local areas since then. My immediate family currently includes a transman, transwomen, and nonbinary people in addition to gay, lesbian, and bi/pansexual people. I am happy to support LGBTQ+ clients through various challenges, including: navigating family of origin, creating or expanding chosen family, building or rebuilding support systems, work-life balance, isolation, etc.

— Caera Gramore, Mental Health Practitioner in Arlington, WA

I identify as a queer person. As an author, I have written on issues related to the LGBTQ community. I have worked in LGBTQ ran organizations and provided community service to communities throughout the United States.

— D.J. Burr, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , WA
 

I have taken several trainings on working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and it is an area of focus that I am passionate about.

— Jennifer Moynihan Wynn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Raleigh, NC

All across the country,

— Roman Haas, Counselor in , CO
 

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 Tacoma, WA

All across the country,

— Roman Haas, Counselor in , CO
 

As a queer and trans person I have lived experience of these identities and am in deep relationship with community members who carry many of these identities. I also have experience advocating for the needs of transgender people experiencing homelessness in a healthcare setting.

— Kelsey Miller, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

As a queer person in a straight-passing relationship, I recognize the privilege that I bring to the therapy room. In response, I work to continuously develop my knowledge base and "expertise" about both queer issues as well expansive relationships by engaging in continuing education, consultation and my clinical work. I see a large number of LGBTQ individuals and work to expand my personal network of friends and colleagues.

— Olivia Carollo, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL
 

As a member of the LGBT community, and a committee chair with my local PRIDE organization, I am very connected and aware of LGBT 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 supervisees to do the same. I write 1x letters for surgery or hormones and offer ongoing care as well.

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

I opened the first center for LGBTQ youth in Washington Heights while I was in my second year of graduate school at Columbia University. My research involving LGBTQ victims of sexual assault has been published in the Columbia University Social Work Review. I have extensive experience working with LGBTQ folks in a variety of areas including identity, relationships, sexual assault, homelessness, sex work, and sexuality.

— Samuel Gilbert, Psychotherapist in New York, NY
 

Individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+ need a counselor who is understanding and an advocate in the community. I have worked with individuals who are not only looking for a safe place to talk about sexual identity and discrimination but who also want to discuss feelings of depression and anxiety. Let's work together to help you understand how you can feel safe and proud of who you are. Contact me to see if we would be a good fit for counseling.

— Cheryl Perry, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Charlotte, NC

I'm in the LGBT community, worked with gay rights advocacy groups in Los Angeles, and specialized my clinical education in LGBT studies.

— Andrew Amick, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Valley Village, CA
 

As a queer person in a straight-passing relationship, I recognize the privilege I bring to the therapy room. I work to continuously develop my knowledge base about both queer issues as well expansive relationships by engaging in continuing education, consultation, & clinical work. I see a large number of LGBTQ folx and and strive to use my privileges to fight against oppressive sociopolitical dynamics.

— Olivia Carollo, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

You deserve less anxiety and fear about being LGBTQ in a world that views heterosexuality and monogamy as the only ways to be. Shame arises from our fear and appears in our relationships as well as ourselves. Let's work together to help form a healthier, more fulfilling path for you.

— Patrick Tully, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Homophobia-related trauma can leave you feeling shame, isolated and unsafe even in spaces thought to be welcoming for the LGBTQ community. Seeking help can be a series of frustrations trying to establish a connection not knowing if it is safe to open up about experiences with anti-LGBTQ violence or abuse. As a queer therapist, I want to understand your story and walk beside you as you take the bold steps to heal in an affirming space.

— Eric Goodwin, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

As a queer person of color, I combine my lived experience as non-binary individual with training and education around working clinically with the LGBTQIA+ population to best serve and nurture healing and growth within the queer community.

— Augustino-Chloe Tierramar, Counselor in Boulder, CO
 

I want to help all people feel comfortable in their own skin and feel safe loving whomever they love .

— Christine Lynch MA,LPC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in New Hope, PA