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 queer child, homophobia was no stranger to my community. The unique differences which the LGBTQIA+ community faces is something which I am honored to help you navigate.

— Kathleen Young, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I've been working in the HIV and LGBT communities for over 20 years. I have a deep understanding of the challenges and strengths inherent in all of these communities.

— Bill Bracker, Clinical Psychologist in WILTON MANORS, FL

As a therapist, my approach to treating LGBTQ+ issues is rooted in understanding, compassion, and evidence-based practices. I believe in creating a safe and affirming environment where clients can openly discuss their experiences and identities. Recognizing the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals, I utilize culturally competent strategies to offer support and guidance. My aim is to empower clients to embrace their true selves, navigate challenges, and lead fulfilling lives.

— Alina Halonen, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in West Hollywood, CA

The majority of my work has been with fellow Queer folks and most of my continuing education has been on LGBTQIA+ issues.

— Dav Monet, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

LGBTQIA -affirmative. Clients that are conceptualizing their sexuality- queer, questioning, gay, bi-sexual., asexual ... let us welcome you. Empowering clients within their romantic relationships to share their authentic self (Sex positive/Poly/ Kink ) We offer expertise with Gender transitioning , Gender dysphoria, and Gender fluidity. Discrimination, abandonment and rejection create trauma that may be interfering with your potential. Trauma therapy can mitigate symptoms.

— Karri Buchanan Concierge Therapist Trauma, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Blueridge, GA

The LGBTQ+ community has a lot of inter generational trauma and individuals in this community are more vulnerable to mental health issues.

— Frank Floski, Counselor in Chicago, IL

How comfortable are you with yourself? Are you secure with who you are and the path you are traveling in life? Are you struggling with your sexuality and/or gender? LGBTQI Counseling can help you to overcome your fears, discomfort, and concerns you may be experiencing. We, as a society, have become remarkably evolved in the past 10 years. Many of us have personal and professional relationships with people who identify as gay, lesbian, binary, transgender, and so on.

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

At my internship sites I worked with LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, marriages, relationships, and families. With primary focus on trans individuals, couples/relationships and as part of their family systems. I quickly moved from grad school to group private practice settings continuing my work with LGBTQ+ communities, their relationships, and families. I work with monogomous, polyamorous and open relationship structures providing relationship therapy as well as sex therapy.

— Birch Snogles, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ann arbor, MI

I am part of the LGBTQ+ community and I have experience working with trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive individuals and groups.

— Marc Campbell, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ,

There is danger in being yourself if you defy others’ expectations of you, especially if you are queer, LGBT, non-binary, or polyamorous. Together, we will create a vibrant, proud life for you based on love for yourself. Whether you are coming out, exploring gender affirmation, or wanting support for your non-monogamous relationships, I can support you and help you grow into the person you want to be.

— Cindy Blank-Edelman, Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA

All folks on staff are queer identified and have participated in training based on the needs of this community.


As a queer provider, I am here to support you and potentially be one source of connectedness to the queer community at large. My clients often work with me because, as another queer person, I more or less get it when we’re talking about queer things – you’re not going to have to explain to me why your pronouns matter to you, or what the letters mean in LGBTQIA2S+. And we all need spaces where we can be deeply understood without having to educate others about our identities.

— Stuart Brewster, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 Austin, TX

Individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+ need a counselor who is understanding and an advocate in the community. I have worked with individuals who are not only looking for a safe place to talk about sexual identity and discrimination but who also want to discuss feelings of depression and anxiety. Let's work together to help you understand how you can feel safe and proud of who you are. Contact me to see if we would be a good fit for counseling.

— Cheryl Perry, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Charlotte, NC

Not only am I a member of the community, I have served members of LGBT+ community in most every environment I have worked. I have acted as the LGBT Special Emphasis Program Manager at a federal government agency. I have sat on Indiana University's Transgender ECHO program as a hub member where other professionals and community members attend to grow their knowledge about this special population. I started a Mental Health and Substance Use Program at the largest HIV/AIDS organization in IN.

— Leslie Weaver, Clinical Social Worker in Indianapolis, IN

As a progressive children's therapist practicing existential therapy, I affirm and address LGBTQ+ issues with sensitivity and inclusivity. I create a safe space for exploring gender and sexual identities, validating their experiences, and promoting self-acceptance. By addressing existential concerns specific to LGBTQ+ individuals, such as authenticity and belonging, we navigate the challenges they may face. Together, we explore their unique journey, empowering them to embrace their true selves.

— Melanie Bikis, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

The LGBTQIA+ community is vast, yet many of us feel othered in everyday spaces, including at work, with family, and in our own community. I work with individuals through LGBTQIA+ affirmative care who are facing these challenges of being seen by others and themselves. I would love to work with you to invite understanding of your world and what is it you wish for yourself while finding a path to move forward with deep self-compassion and acceptance of your authenticity.

— James Dvorak, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Burbank, CA

It was very difficult being out in the south when I was growing up. As an adult I continued to face discrimination but the worst was at multiple jobs I held as an LCSW (or when I was in training) which resulted in me leaving my last place of employment as a therapist in NC. I did not start practicing again until I moved to NY. I identify as non-binary and queer currently. In practice I work with people on a wide variety of issues anywhere from identity, discrimination, shame, and much more

— Erica Zajac, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

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