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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Not only am I a member of the community I have training in both TRANS and QUEER Theory. I have over 30 years experience in working with and supporting our community. I grew up in New York and was active in the early days of the political and social movement in NYC. I was a huge fan of Larry Kramer and his unabashed and unapologetic outspokenness. I was shy back then and lived somewhat vicariously through people like him. I will never stand by and watch another’s suffering in silence

— Jeffrey LiCalzi, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Wake Forest, NC

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
 

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

As a proud lesbian member of the Rainbow Family, I know too well the challenges we must face on a daily basis. I listen to my clients talk about the many ways in which they are marginalized multiple times every day, and I understand. Because I listen, I hear my clients angst and growing fears and frustrations. And then, we work together to strengthen our commitment to living free and living proud, and to do so in ways that are self-enhancing, rather than self-destructing. I will stand with you.

— Alicia Williams, Psychologist in Ewing, NJ
 

As a member of the LGBT community, I am fully aware of some of the struggles that we can face as a whole. Sometimes, we have struggled as individuals, too. And, that's okay.

— Léah Ferreira, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Crescent City, CA

I have worked with those experiencing issues related to LGBTQ, but also those who are part of the LGBTQ community who simply want a therapist who is affirming and understanding. BOTH are welcome here.

— Emily Chavez-Nguyen, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR
 

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

Members of the LGBTQ community face many unique challenges. These issues may include, coming out, acceptance, discrimination, fluidity and the intersections of race and gender. Within my approach, I provide a safe and judgement free space to explore these issues, as they are unique to them. I help empower clients to feel confident in who they are and express themselves authentically.

— Mindy Robbins, Clinical Social Worker in Phoenix, AZ
 

I have experience working with clients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, demisexual and omnisexual. I believe that you are the expert of your own identity and I increase my learning about sexual identities by attending training each year. I am affirming of your identity and support my clients in their self expression.

— Katie Leikam, Clinical Social Worker in Decatur, GA

As a member of the LGBTQ community, I have unique insight into the concerns facing LGBTQ clients. I work with folks on addressing issues of homophobia, relationships, and self-acceptance. I do this in a supportive, affirming environment.

— Taryn Hodison, Licensed Professional Counselor in Kansas City, MO
 

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 have primarily worked with all LGBTQIA+ adults, couples, relationships, families, and youth since 2017. I have attended LGBTQIA+ focused trainings, including for gender affirming care, gender identity and "DID", intimate partner violence, eating disorders, and more. While I am queer and nonbinary/trans, and this is my community, I am also clear that my personal experiences do not substitute for honoring each person's unique life and experience.

— Sarah Peace, Licensed Professional Counselor in Culver City, CA
 

I have been teaching other social workers to look at LGBTQIA+ not as a specialty but as factors and dynamics that impact us all. Everyone is on this spectrum and if I could help others see it this way I believe it would reduce stigma and phobic reactions.

— Michelle Wexelblat MSW Counseling, Clinical Social Worker

I am quite knowledgeable of trans-related issues, both mental health as well as environmental based issues. Whether you are at the point of questioning, trying to figure out the best way to come out or need to process work stress after starting a new job during transition, I would be honored to help.

— Katelin Wagoner, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Noblesville, IN
 

I am an LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapist and strive to help my LGBTQIA+ clients fully love their identities. Identifying as LGBTQIA+ can come with a wide range of issues, such as fear of coming out, anxiety, depression, isolation and misunderstanding, family issues, social issues, self esteem issues, substance use, and more. I am happy to work with LGBTQIA+ client individually or within the context of family therapy, but strive to find ways to increase support for the LGBTQIA+ person.

— Angela Shankman, Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA

Using a deeply empathetic, feminist/social justice orientation, we will explore themes of identity wounding, societal/community rejection, safety and survival, and internalized bias. I have a plethora of resources to share and am committed to being a trusted witness.

— Lacey Stewart, Counselor in Manhattan, KS
 

I have advanced training and interest in working with LGBTQIA folx. I'm also sex-positive and am poly and ENM affirming and competent.

— Deb Horton, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Deerfield, NH

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
 

Navigating our identities is challenging for us all, but made even more challenging in a world that does not affirm who we are. I have worked with the queer community throughout my career- running coming-out and trans support groups, and providing individual therapy . I work to support folks as they navigate, explore, and perform who they are in a world that can be damaging. We also work together to celebrate their innate strengths and resilience.

— Alison Gurley, Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY