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 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

One of the most common reasons I see LGBTQIA clients is family non-acceptance. This is such a unfortunately common experience this community deals with, even in 2020. I also have seen many LGBTQ couples who are dealing with communication issues. I have also worked with gender non-conforming and trans clients. I will be here to lend a nonjudgmental and compassionate ear, and create space for you that maybe some people in your life simply refuse to.

— Charleen Gonzalez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Miami, FL

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

Finding a therapist who you don't have to educate about your lived experience and who won't misgender you can be tough. My academic and professional career has centered around queer identity formation and queer relational structures/dynamics. Whether you're navigating difficulties in your identity or relationships (dating, hooking up, or creating safer, ethical relationships), you will find safety with me. Our community faces societal oppression that impacts our mental health and self-esteem.

— Colby Bruner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Overland Park, KS

I've spent the last 22 years unpacking what it means to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community as an out gay man. I have had the immense privilege of learning from my community whether supporting other's through their coming out process, grieving privileges like safety in unwelcoming environments, or finding joy in being comfortable in one's own skin. My work with queer men of color and other LGBTQ+ folks is at the heart of my practice and I look forward to learning more about your journey and goals.

— Adam-Jon Aparicio, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Whether you need help with gender identity and expression, coming to terms with sexuality, or need a nonjudgmental space to explore these, Let's Talk Solutions can provide that space. Sex-positivity, kink-positivity, and sex-worker positivity are all acknowledged and respected here.

— KaRon Spriggs-Bethea, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pittsburgh, PA

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, Mental Health Counselor in Allentown, PA

I am a queer therapist myself and I have extensive expertise in all things related to the LGBTQ+ spectrum. I also follow all WPATH requirements for gender evaluations.

— Dolly Ferraiuolo, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , FL

"Life doesn’t exist in the binary, and I’m happily moving around in the middle. But I feel alone. I am missing a community that sees me and experiences life like me. I am tired of being misgendered and constantly having to explain myself. I want to exist, be seen, and be valued." In therapy there is no pressure or expectation for you to be anyone except who you are. The therapy process reflects who you are and where you are in your growth process.

— Open Space Therapy Collective, Licensed Professional Counselor in Los Angeles, CA

As lesbian and parent, I bring my own experiences and sensitivity to the task of providing members of our community the support they need to tackle the challenges of life. I provide couples counseling and ongoing psychotherapy.

— Amy Hecht, Clinical Psychologist in Charlotte, NC

I have long worked with teens with issues relating to self identity and discovery. My work was in assisting teens discover who they are in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. My approach was also to respect the lead of my client when determining if they wished to share their identity with their family. My goal was to establish support in learning more about who they were and creating a supportive community.

— Alena Garcia, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

Every therapist at my practice is affirming and informed in LGBTQ+ issues and culture I identify as a bisexual person but did not come out until I was older, due to going to school in a small, rural, highly conservative town. My personal experience lead me down a path of wanting to help others in our community. We work with same sex couples, gender and/or sexual identity exploration, gender affirming surgery letters, poly couples, sex/ kink positive and informed, asexuality/ aromatic, etc.

— Tayler Clark, Clinical Social Worker in Shorewood, WI

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

There is such a strong need for therapists that are not just LGBQT “friendly” or “affirming.” You all deserve so much more. You deserve someone who continually works to be better for you. Who is always learning and growing in this work. I cannot say how much honor I feel in working with LGBQTIA+ folx; to be able to be a genuinely safe place is a privilege that I don’t take lightly.

— Jennifer Dolphin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Anchorage, AK

I have 20+ years working with, and for, the Queer community. My training began at Fenway Health and I brought this experience to Boston University where I started their first LGBTQ+ Support Group and was part of the Executive Committee in creating their first Trans and NB Healthcare Affirming Program.

— Rachel Oppenheimer, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Boston, MA

I am a part of the LGBTQIA+ population myself and I have a passion for working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and couples.

— Ruth Millican, Psychologist in San diego, CA

Open and affirming practice! I particularly enjoy working with families and youth working through sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) concerns, people of all ages coming for support with their own sexual orientation(s) and gender identity/identities, and queer folx looking for support in other areas of their lives beyond SOGI-specific issues but also looking for a therapist who understands intersectionality and interaction of SOGI on daily life experiences.

— Robin DeBates, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA