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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As a member of and ally to this community it is my priority to support LGBTQIA+ voices to be heard and witnessed.

— Melisa Medalle, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

I help LGBTQ+ people who have felt marginalized, rejected, shamed, misguided, and misunderstood achieve a sense of belonging, authenticity, confidence, and resilience by providing affirming psychotherapy that is non-judgmental, client-centered, and deeply empathetic to the myriad struggles within this community. As an LGBTQ+ person myself, I bring an ability to both relate and strive for your success as much as I did my own.

— Darcy Holm, Counselor in ,
 

Although gender diversity is more accepted these days, particularly in more liberal cities, many individuals continue to find themselves on the outside of acceptance within their families and communities. Humans are social creatures and we long to be accepted and loved. Sometimes it can be helpful to work with a therapist who can understand the nuances of being within the LGBTQ community. As a therapist, I hope to repair some of the subtle and not so subtle messages about worth.

— Catherine Bitney, Clinical Psychologist in Littleton, CO

As a queer femme and a gnc babe I LOVE supporting clients as they think about their own gender journey! We all have a gender and sexuality and getting honest and clear about those parts of ourselves is a key to true freedom and joy. Whether you’re coming out to yourself, your family, your work or your community or you’ve been out for 50 years we can all use more support as we learn, explore and integrate new and exciting parts of ourselves!

— Treah Caldwell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Brookhaven, GA
 

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

I work with you to understand and develop a positive identity around gender or sexuality in a world that doesn't always accept you. I’m well versed in the social challenges, complex identity questions, and marginalization that can accompany queer lived experiences. I can help you work through questions around gender and sexuality, find ways to navigate interpersonal relationships with people who struggle to understand your identity, and build self-worth in the face of oppression.

— Augustin Kendall, Counselor in Minneapolis, MN
 

LGBTQ individuals seek counseling for many reasons that may or may not be related to your sexuality or your gender identity. It is important that you have a therapist who you can discuss any area of your life without taking time to explain being LGBTQ. As a member of the LGBTQ community I have both the professional and personal expertise and experience to help you address the concerns you bring to counseling.

— Deborah Robinson-Thompson, Mental Health Counselor in Woburn, MA

My masters specialization was in LGBT-Affirmative Therapy and I trained at the LA LGBT Center. As a member and advocate of this community, I enjoy working as a guide and collaborator in my client's journeys of self-compassion and self-discovery. Many of us feel stuck in roles we’ve been assigned and in stories that we’ve outgrown. Our work in therapy is to shift our perspective, allowing ourselves to see a much more honest and nuanced view of who we are and who we’d like to be.

— Robin Roemer, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

This was my focus throughout my schooling as well as the focus of my continued education training. I am truly passionate about working with this population and affirming not only the person, but their family and community as well. As an active member of the community, I strive to provide support in as many ways as I can, including testifying in front of congress to change laws when necessary.

— Lindsay Callahan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

I've dedicated most of my career to supporting the LGBTQ community. I have experience in supporting clients in the 'coming-out' process at all stages of life as well as assisting clients who've experienced trauma, abuse, and alienation from others in relation to their identity, including from within the LGBTQ community itself. I understand that not LGBTQ clients experience 'issues' in this area and may simply be seeking a therapist who 'gets it' a bit more than someone outside the community.

— Ben Hearn, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Allison Park, PA
 

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

As a member of the queer community, it's deeply important to me that we have providers who understand the immense joy of being LGBTQIA2S+, as well as the unique traumas and discrimination we can face. I became a counselor to serve my community, and work to create a space where you don't have to explain yourself anymore - you can just be held with understanding while you work to become your best, healthiest, most full self.

— Katrina Knizek, Sex Therapist in Spokane, WA
 

I am a part of the queer community and 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 Seattle, WA

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 Allison Park, PA
 

I work with individuals and couples to address issues such as coming out, internalized social stigma, gender identity exploration and transition, family and relationship dynamics, body image, religious trauma, and shame.

— JP Gaylor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

I am an ally and I especially enjoy working with and supporting LGBTQIA+ clients. I have a heart for individuals who are navigating the path of identity and finding their true self. I love when people feel the peace that comes with living authentically in a world that wants us to conform.

— Elizabeth Ledford, Licensed Professional Counselor in Plano, TX
 

I have taken several trainings on working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and it is an area of focus that I am passionate about.

— Jennifer Moynihan Wynn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Raleigh, NC

As a member of the LGBTQ Community, I have explored many of the issues the majority of LGBTQ+ people experience throughout the various points of their life. As a member of the community, I have had a passion to help others within the community who need that support since often those outside the community do not have the lived experience.

— Michael McDonnell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Dublin, OH