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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You want to explore Gender Affirming Therapy (GAT). You’re ready for the next step, perhaps to understand more deeply what meaning this has for you, individually, what moving along this path will entail - socially, emotionally, cognitively, financially, spiritually, and societally. How this impacts your journey, on your life and how you can best prepare for the reverberations of these decision. I can help you in this process.

— Dr. Evelyn Comber, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Rockford, IL

As a member of the LGBTQ community Alan brings his lived experience and heartfelt desire to assist those fellow community members coping with the myriad of challenges faced to greater self-esteem, self-love, and motivation to move forward with self-confidence.

— Alan Brailsford de Lopez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wilmington, NC

As a queer therapist, queer joy and liberation is part of the work I do with other LGBTQIA2+ folks.

— Emily Ingraham, Clinical Social Worker in Centennial, CO

I have worked for many years with the LGBTQ+ community, helping people with coming out, family issues, relationship issues, HIV/AIDS, aging, self-esteem, sexual issues, sexual compulsivity and addiction. I am sex positive and BDSM/kink friendly.

— Rick Isenberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Ridgway, CO

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 a member of queer community myself, I know how important it is to find a therapist who'll welcome and recognize all the parts of you. My interests include questioning gender and/or sexual identity, exploring new facets of one's relationship to sex, asexuality, navigating non-traditional relationship structures (e.g. polyamory, Dominant/submissive, etc.), kink/BDSM, sex work, couples grappling with differences in desire, the impact of sexual trauma, and coping with isolation/lack of support.

— Abby Weintraub, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

As a queer woman, my own experiences have been shaped by navigating the challenges of coming out, embracing my identity, and dealing with unique issues that many LGBTQIA+ face. When working with LGBTQIA+ individuals, I am often helping them work through identity issues, family conflict, and navigating their romantic relationships.

— Anasuya Gutierrez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sexuality exploration, sexuality acceptance, gender exploration, gender acceptance. WPATH letter.

— Cub Larkin, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

I have worked for many years with the LGBTQ+ community, helping people with coming out, family issues, relationship issues, HIV/AIDS, aging, self-esteem, sexual issues, sexual compulsivity and addiction. I am sex positive and BDSM/kink friendly.

— Rick Isenberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Ridgway, CO

I am experienced in helping others explore, accept, and thrive with their unique identities. I’ve had the honor of writing many referral letters for clients interested in hormone treatment and other gender-affirming care. I also help clients work to create and maintain healthy boundaries in relationships with others who are not accepting.

— Ash Tobin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI

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

Being a member of the community myself has helped with understanding, compassion, empathy, and relatedness that is needed to help people navigate these issues. Being POC also helps with understanding the intersectionality of it all. I have hosted LGBTQ support groups in the past.

— Javier Moreira, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

In my psychotherapy practice, I provide specialized services to the LGBTQ+ community, offering a safe and affirming space for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities. My approach is focused on addressing the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, relationship issues, coming out, and living with HIV. I offer one-on-one, couples, or family counseling, with an emphasis on privacy and personal time with the therapist.

— Kevin Stachowiak, Clinical Social Worker in Grand Rapids, MI

I have extensive experience working with people who identify as LGBTQ and their allies. During my career I have worked with many clients who are seeking support around some facet of their sexual orientation, as well as clients who are not looking for support with their sexuality specifically, but who want a therapist that "gets them."

— Megan McDavid, Sex Therapist in , OR

Queer advocacy, gender identity, transition, relationships, queer fertility, ethical non-monogamy, sex and kink, couples and family therapy.

— ash luna, Clinical Social Worker in Evanston, IL

I created a gender affirming health program at my last job, was a PrEP prescriber, and have lived experience as a gay woman. I've heard many, many, many stories and know what a diverse community we are! There is no one way to be any kind of person, and that includes LGBTQ.

— Jo Bauer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tacoma, WA

Individuals of the LGBTQ+ community have frequently faced oppression that causes pain, internalized homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, & isolation. It can be terrifying to enter into a space hoping to obtain support, but not knowing if you will experience further oppression and rejection. As marginalized sexual identities and gender identities can be hidden identities, that you choose to allow someone to know, it is an honor to be let into your authentic world and help you heal and explore.

— Steffanie Grossman, Psychologist in Dallas, TX

I have a strong focus on the LGBTQ* community, and offer a safe space to explore and better understand personal identity and expression, and help support individuals in identifying how they can live authentically and wholeheartedly.

— Amy Emery, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA