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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How comfortable are you with yourself? Are you secure with who you are and the path you are traveling in life? Are you struggling with your sexuality and/or gender? LGBTQI Counseling can help you to overcome your fears, discomfort, and concerns you may be experiencing. We, as a society, have become remarkably evolved in the past 10 years. Many of us have personal and professional relationships with people who identify as gay, lesbian, binary, transgender, and so on.

— Cassie Konnoly, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Lacey, WA

I have sought outside consultation, as well as CEU trainings through Affirmative Couch.

— Crystal Britt, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Redlands, CA

Sometimes what you need is to work on your relationships, your career, your self-image, or traumatic experiences to which your sexual orientation or gender minority is background, not our primary focus. Sometimes gender or sexuality is your primary focus. I provide an accepting, welcoming space for either.

— Kaye-Ailsa Rowan, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

Maybe you're in the process of wanting to come out, maybe you've been out for as long as you can remember, or maybe you're somewhere in between. I can support you in unpacking and healing the internalized homo/bi/pan/trans/queerphobia that we all experience in this heteronormative society of ours. Learn to love your damn self.

— Dina Bdaiwi, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Irvine, CA

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 Scottsdale, AZ

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

I specialize in supporting and celebrating LGBTQ+ identities. Your gender or sexuality may not be the reason you are coming to therapy, but having a therapist who understands what it means to be LGBTQ+ can be comforting and supportive. I also specialize in supporting the coming out process and navigating LGBTQ+ relationships.

— Antoinette Mastronardi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

My master's thesis focused on bisexuality and social stigma, and my doctoral dissertation was the first study of gay affirmative psychotherapy. I also have substantial experience helping lesbian and trans clients and clients who identify as queer.

— Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, Psychotherapist in Bethesda, MD

As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I'm passionate about providing a welcoming space where you don't have to explain yourself. We face social biases that often become ingrained in how we view and treat ourselves. While I can't fix homo- and transphobia (if only!), I can help you challenge and rewrite the negative beliefs you've internalized.

— Sandy Rayman, Mental Health Counselor in Longmont, CO

As a member of the LGBTQ community myself, I not only feel a professional but also a personal responsibility to support this often under-served community, to provide a space of safety and security to explore issues connected to sexual identity, and of course issues NOT related to sexual identity that can be made that much more challenging for people who are in sexual minority communities. Providing an empowered space for clients to explore content is a cornerstone in my work.

— Joey Salvatore, Counselor in Bethesda, MD

LGBTQ+ issues are ones which are close to my heart as I am a gay-identified man. LGBTQ+ people share many unique experiences (e.g., stigma, rejection, alienation) due to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The symptoms that result from those experience are often more accurately understood by a psychologist who has shared in those experiences. Together, we will also share the goal of helping you develop into the LGBTQ+ person you want to be.

— Joe Groninga, Psychologist in St. Paul, MN

Our therapists all have experience and training in work with LGBTQ communities. Our goal is to make you feel safe and supported. Several therapists in our practice identify as members of the LGBTQ community.

— Karen Rothstein Pineda, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Oak Park, IL

Whether you're coming to therapy to process an identity in the 2SLGBTQ+ communities or just want a therapist who identifies as LGBTQIA+, I'm here and excited to meet you!

— Gianna Rico, Clinical Social Worker in Baltimore, MD

LGBTQIA+ issues are one of my core specialties, both in my training as a psychologist and in my practice. I offer a safe space to explore your identity and what it means to you, learn skills to better manage minority stress and microaggressions, manage complex interpersonal relationships, explore the impact of internalized heteronormativity/homonegativity/transnegativity, and build self esteem. Therapy is offered in a positive, affirmative, and strengths-based way.

— Wade McDonald, Clinical Psychologist in Frisco, TX

Just as I explained my experiences with gender identity, the larger umbrella of identities within the LGBTQ population have been apart of my lived experience and interest in counseling others. I have a grasp of how this umbrella is comprised of both sexual and gender minority individuals and how systems of oppression have influenced their mental and emotional health. I understand that trauma and rejection have been examples of many concerns that this population endures.

— Shawn Lasker, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA

As a member of this community (as with the other communities I serve) I have lived experience of the microaggressions and struggles faced by the LGBTQIA+ or SAGA community when attempting to access mental health care. I provide a sex positive and affirming space to explore all aspects of sexuality, gender, and relationship, but also understand the ways in which simply belonging to this community impacts other aspects of a person's life.

— Farrah Bonnot, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denton, TX

No matter how long we have been out or accepting of our sexual orientation, coming out can seem like a process that never ends, and that can even hold potential danger. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community I understand and support every individual’s unique path to feeling accepted, loved, and comfortable in their own skin. There is no one way to make this journey but being supported by a compassionate therapist can provide a safe, satisfying and supportive experience. You are not alone.

— Doug Aucoin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA