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 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 extensive experience both personally and professionally with the LGBTQIA+ community. I have experience assisting clients process issues including sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, coming out, transgender concerns, gender dysphoria, family dynamics, and oppressive trauma.

— Felicia Keeton-Howard, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA
 

I am an openly queer counselor & I am grateful to work within my community. I specialize and have experience in gender work. I am also passionate about working with queer folx of all kinds. Sometimes queer folx just want to talk with someone who understands the LGBTQ experience inherently, and they don't want to worry about explaining or justifying their existence. I get it, and I'm here.

— Raven Hoover, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Allentown, PA

I provide support in coming out, gender and sexuality exploration, and gender affirming care. I have significant experience working with the LGBTQ+ community and specific issues that are commonly linked to folx in the community due to historic and ongoing marginalization, oppression, and violence. I provide letters for gender-affirming surgeries and see my role as supported in discovering the way to best live in community and in your body.

— Natalie Chen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sunnyvale, CA
 

While working at the Gender Health Center (since 2011) , I met a number of members of the LGBTQ community and was given training and practice on identity terms, ways to use community resources, and given access to contacts for legal support if needed. I ran a Queer Individuals of Color support group and also offered career counseling services for those in need.

— Journey Tinelle Evans Reno, Counselor

After coming out myself I made it my mission to be LGBTQIA+ affirming and learn all I can to support my community. There are often challenges and obstacles being seen as a LGBTQIA+ person making authenticity difficult. Our rights are constantly challenged and our acceptance by others can hurt. I am here to support you in those struggles by offering a safe and affirming place to be you.

— Tara LaDue, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA
 

I came out queer in 1995 at age 17. I have been an active member of LGBTQ+ communities in several states and many local areas since then. My immediate family currently includes a transman, transwomen, and nonbinary people in addition to gay, lesbian, and bi/pansexual people. I am happy to support LGBTQ+ clients through various challenges, including: navigating family of origin, creating or expanding chosen family, building or rebuilding support systems, work-life balance, isolation, etc.

— Caera Gramore, Mental Health Practitioner in Arlington, WA

LGBTQ issues, despite recent advances in equality, continue to be a hot topic around the world and even here in the states. Regardless of your identity, I am here for you. As a member of the community, I will, with other therapists I work with, continue to advocate for a complete and equal society for all of us.

— Sara Mercier-Kennedy, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate
 

It has been my goal to provide a welcoming, non-judgmental holding space for clients who identify within the LGBTQIA+ community. I think an important aspect of that is the acknowledgment that I will never "know everything or be fully trained" so I always approach each client as in individual and with respectful curiosity.

— Leah Logan, Clinical Social Worker in Boise, ID

I have years of experience working with LGBTQIA+ individuals in a variety of settings. I am also a member of the community.

— Erin Shapiro, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

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

As a member of the LGBTQ community myself, I understand the everyday struggles that we face in simply trying to live our lives. Particularly now, with our rights coming under attack, stress, anxiety and depression can seep into your psyche and throw your life off balance. We will discuss the particular stressors that are unique to the LGBTQ community and how we can combat them.

— Anthony Polanco, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

As a clinician with an LGBTQ+ identity, I have founded my practice around support, affirming, and celebrating the identities of all my clients. I have extensive training and experience treating LGBTQ+ individuals and families. I'm the secretary of PA chapter of SAIGE and I provide trainings across the state on how to provide affirmative counseling and supervision.

— Amber Lynn Connell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hatboro, PA
 

The LGBTQ+ community has represented the majority of my clientele since I first began my clinical career. Drawing from both clinical expertise and my lived experience as a gay man, I have worked with numerous gay, lesbian, and trans* individuals through orientation and gender identity development, coming out, navigating family relations, and religious conflict. I provide continuing education trainings on LGBTQ+ competency and understand the unique needs facing our community.

— Zach Verwey, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

As a member of the LGB+ community myself, I have sought out further training and education in providing culturally-competent, affirming care with LGB/TGNC/+ populations. Additionally, as research indicates substance abuse, trauma, and co-occuring mental health disorders are higher within LGBTQ+ communities, I have also received specialized training in the areas of substance abuse, trauma, and anxiety/depression.

— Brittany Bate, Psychologist in , NC
 

I want to help all people feel comfortable in their own skin and feel safe loving whomever they love .

— Christine Lynch MA,LPC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in New Hope, PA

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
 

My practice's primary focus is supporting the needs of LGBTQ+ clients. I strive to provide a space where clients can feel affirmed and supported.

— Stephen Kendall, Licensed Professional Counselor in Jersey City, NJ

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 Cincinnati, OH