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 approach my work with LGBTQ+ folx with the understanding that these identities may have wide-ranging influences on one's presenting symptoms from being the focal point of what is going on to having very little impact. I work to explore LGBTQ+ issues and identites with folx from an ecological perspective, where we consider how these identities are impacted by and manifest at varying levels within ourselves, relationships, community, and wider culture.

— Ben Hearn, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

Being a part of the community has given me my own personal experience. Yet ,this community is so vast! We do not all have the same experience or fully understand the other. I am learning every day. My specialty here is my work with LGBTQIA teens and young adults, many of whom experienced houselessness due to their sexual and/or gender identity. I also conducted Sensitivity Training for multiple staffs educating them on working with LGBTQIA clientele and/or how to create an inclusive workplace.

— Adalyn Wilson, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor
 

As a queer identified therapist, I have both lived experience and sought extra education on how living in this toxic cis-hetero-sexist patriarchy affects us, and I am so passionate about sharing healing and supporting your journey. I know how powerful it can be to connect with a fellow LGTBQ+ individual, and I would love to be that for you. Also, if you are not part of the community yourself but seeking to understand or support someone you care about, I can help you learn and grow as an ally.

— Hannah Bliss, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Issaquah, WA

I have worked with people across the LGBTQI spectrum for over ten years and am a Sexual Minority Mental Health Specialist. I love working in this community and can offer insights into coming out, queer identity, the complicated dynamics of small communities, and finding your place in community

— Maria Turner-Carney, Clinical Social Worker in TACOMA, WA
 

I have years of counseling experience supporting clients of all gender, sexuality, and relationship expressions. I carry a lifetime of experience living as a sexual minority in both homophobic and more supportive contexts. I'm experienced supporting clients through the process of Queer identity development, connection with Queer community and community resources, and the navigation of the social intersections with non-Queer family, friends, coworkers, and society.

— Jack Dickey, Counselor

Culture/Race/Ethnicity and Queerness Trans and non-binary affirmative Gender and Sexuality spectrum Bisexuality Intersectionality

— Alejandro Romero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

As a queer immigrant of color, I am personally familiar with the challenges we experience and navigate as individuals and a community. I am keenly aware of the healing and collaboration we need to work towards within our community, and the activism for rights and freedoms still left to do outside of it.

— Neil Panchmatia, Counselor in Portland, OR

Family building, transgender support, parenting, interpersonal conflicts, infertility, and ambiguous loss.

— Erin Mooney-Simkus, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Hinsdale, IL
 

Since 2013, I have practiced psychotherapy supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Mostly, guiding Gay Men through life transitions, healing trauma, and accepting themself. I help Gay Men who want to feel liberated to be authentic but feel an inner battle to live their truth with themself, in relationships, and in society. I help Gay Men who are struggling with their sexual orientation, living in/out of the closet, living with HIV, relationship conflict, and much more. Let’s Talk, to learn more.

— Raymond Castilleja Jr., Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am an LGBTQ+ friendly and competent counselor with training and experience working extensively with the LGBTQ+ community. You are more than your "letter" in the acronym, and I am here to support you on your journey in life, whether you want to work on issues specifically related to your sexual and/or gender identity or you are just looking for compassionate care from someone who understands the unique challenges you face.

— Emilie Cleaver, Counselor in Cincinnati, OH
 

I have some knowledge of queer experiences based on my own personal experiences as well as research and reports I have read in the field. Additionally, I have worked with clients who struggle with gender and sexual identity issues, queer relationships, and trans individuals.

— Nick Ulrich, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Fullerton, CA

Being a part of the LGBT+ community I understand what it means to be burdened with feeling unaccepted in certain parts of society. These messages we get from the world can seep into our souls and make us feel unloveable, unwanted, and that we just don't belong. As a gay man, I want to provide a safe place for my community to be able to have candid conversations about LGBT+ issues with someone who also deals with them and can understand easier what it means to be a part of our marginalized group.

— Joshua Bogart, Professional Counselor Associate in Beaverton, OR
 

I work extensively with lesbian and bisexual women, and often with gay men. For many years, I provided supervision for pre-licensed clinicians at Pacific Center in Berkeley and at Queer Life Space in San Francisco. I have a deep understanding of the challenges that can come with seeing the world through an LGBTQQ++ lens.

— Marla Cass, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Based in San Mateo, CA

As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and someone who has worked in various roles over my adult life including: running a youth group, Board of Directors for an LGBTQ Community Center, HIV education with queer youth and adults, and providing individual therapy to those who identify as LGBTQIA+, their families and loved ones. I love work with partners/spouses/family members of those beginning to explore their gender identity as well as those seeking their own gender affirmation.

— Melanie Cohn-Hopwood, Clinical Social Worker in Cambridge, MA
 

I have worked with diverse identities and backgrounds in the LGBTQ community. Many of my clients work on identity exploration and the complexity of expressing one's true self. Some issues that stand out in particular are dating in the LGBTQ community, dealing with conflicting family values and expectations, the intersection of LGBTQ identities and mental health, and the stigma and nuance of polyamory. I work frequently with trans clients processing transition as well as the HRT process.

— Dakota Fidram, Associate Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

I am queer and was raised in a conservative religious environment. I understand the complex ways our environments influence family dynamics, identity development, and stress responses. I have ran support and processing groups for queer populations and have extensive experience working with queer couples/relationships, including parent-child relationships.

— Kaleb Burningham, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

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 , MA