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’m here to support you in whatever you’re facing, whether it’s anxiety, depression, or relationship issues with an understanding of what it’s like to identify as a part of the LGBTQIAP2S+ community. You don’t always struggle with these issues because your identify at a part of the LGBTQIAP2S+ community and it doesn’t have to mean it’s the focus of your therapy. You are many parts that make a whole.

— Stephanie Milliron, Counselor in phoenix, AZ

I prioritize maintaining an affirming and non-judgemental atmosphere to help clients explore and express their identities on their terms.

— Manuela Valdivieso, Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern
 

I love working with couples, young adults and LGBTQ+ folks focusing in areas of • Life and vocational direction • Relational difficulties • Fertility struggles (including infertility) • Anxiety and Stress (workplace, relational, etc) • Disordered eating tendencies • Diagnosed eating disorders • Trauma (acute and chronic) • Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual, spiritual) • Depression • Grief and Loss • General longing for a sense of belonging and love

— Tatum Santacasa, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aurora, 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 specialize in LGBTQ issues, ranging from questioning and understanding one's own identity, issues of internalized homophobia and the stress of ongoing oppression, supporting clients through transition (personal, medical and legal), to navigating dating as a neophyte queer.

— Viviana Del Aguila Niebylski, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Throughout her undergraduate and graduate career Courtney focused a portion of her studies on Human Sexuality and Education, including a graduate level study aboard of LGBTQ Health Promotion in the Netherlands.

— Courtney Garner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

I support folks: looking at the intersection of sexual orientation and/or gender identity and coming out; pondering gender identity development; exploring expressions of alternative sexuality, including negotiating polyamorous relationships; building strong LGBTQQ relationships; struggling with queer aging.

— Shelley Samuels, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Oakland, CA

With a queer founder, we are strong in LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy, we offer specialized support tailored to your needs. Whether you are dealing with coming out, relationship issues, gender dysphoria, or other LGBTQ+-related concerns, our therapists are here to provide understanding, validation, and guidance. We provide a safe and inclusive space where you can explore your identity, express your authentic self, and work through the specific mental health issues that may arise.

— AMR Therapy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA
 

Do you live outside of the heteronormative-cisgender box? Are you in the lifestyle or practicing ENM and looking for support for jealousy and insecurity? Or maybe you’re seeking relationship counseling from someone who understands where you’re coming from. As an LGBTQIA+ therapist, I am committed to helping clients of all genders, sexual identities and expressions feel not only safe but truly respected.

— Kristin Williams, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Omaha, NE

Aurora's clinicians participate in a monthly LGBTQ+ supervision designed to increase practical expertise and referrals of LGBTQ+ clients we are able to serve. A number of our clinicians identify as queer/LGBTQ+ and/or queer/LGBTQ+-friendly. We have a robust list of organizations, material and colleagues who offer LGBTQ+ resources that complement outpatient services we offer.

— Aurora Counseling Associates, Psychotherapist in Natick, MA
 

I provide a welcoming environment to explore issues such as gender and sexual identity and expression, pride, coming out, queer joy, acceptance and rejection, family issues, and coping with prejudice and discrimination.

— Carly Friedman, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in San Antonio, TX

As a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community I am not only a provider but advocate. Whether struggling with coming out, gender / transition challenges, or simply seeking an affirming provider, I look forward to our work together. Allies, family, and friends of our community are also welcome as clients. Project Bravery is inclusive while a proud member of the Olalla Center.

— Parker Preston, Mental Health Counselor in Newport, OR
 

Regardless of where you are on your personal journey. You may be fully out and proud or questioning and feeling scared. Perhaps somewhere in between. Feel heard, validated, and understood by a professional from the queer community. Gender and Sexual Identification Oppression, Marginalization Discrimination, Social Rejection Abandonment Contemplating Coming Out or Coming Out Relationships, sex, Commitment Life Transitions and Milestone Changes Gender Transition Self-harm, self-hate Trauma

— Michelle Tribe, Mental Health Counselor

I've worked for over a decade within different agencies and organizations providing support to LGBTQ+ folks. Currently, I'm a staff therapist and supervisor at IHI (Institute for Human Identity), where I run a gay men's therapy group. Additionally, I've worked with and supported trans and nonbinary individuals, including exploring emotional experiences and addressing issues around transition. I also have years of experience helping LGBTQ+ and questioning youth, especially in school settings.

— Joseph Hovey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY
 

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

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
 

I work extensively with the LGBTQIA+ community, with concerns including but not limited to: Closeted/Coming Out; Exploring and Discovering Sexual Identity; Familial Dynamics/Trauma; Religious Trauma; Bullying/Harassment; HIV/AIDS; Bisexuality; Gender Exploration; Transition; Relationship Issues; Sexual Abuse; Internalized Homophobia/Self-Hatred/Shame; Reclamation of Self.

— Sarah Farnsworth, Psychoanalyst in Los Angeles, CA

“You are the most valuable investment you will ever make. Let us, together, create a reality that matches the magnitude & radiance of our souls & not the smallness of minds”. LGBTQI Counseling helps you work through & confront inner conflicts, process emotions, seek answers, & conquer challenges. Individual & Group Therapy will help you build & strengthen your self-esteem, support system, & sense of self. Use your pain to create your greatest victory! Be true to you-I'll help you thru!

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