LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Toronto, ON

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Steph Cooper
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, BA
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6G  (Online Only)
My lived experience as a queer woman is deeply important to me.
Do you feel like you don’t know how to ask for help, or feel like you have no one to turn to? Do you feel like there’s a part of your identity that you need to explore? Have you tried other therapists before and it felt too stuffy or like you didn’t ‘click’? Hi, I’m Steph and I see you, thank you for being here. I am here to remind you that it is okay to be feeling exactly how you feel, all of your feelings are valid. I bring my whole self to our sessions with a grounded, curious and kind demeanor and really focus on fostering a genuine therapeutic relationship with you. I believe that therapy should feel less clinical and formal.
My lived experience as a queer woman is deeply important to me.
Do you feel like you don’t know how to ask for help, or feel like you have no one to turn to? Do you feel like there’s a part of your identity that you need to explore? Have you tried other therapists before and it felt too stuffy or like you didn’t ‘click’? Hi, I’m Steph and I see you, thank you for being here. I am here to remind you that it is okay to be feeling exactly how you feel, all of your feelings are valid. I bring my whole self to our sessions with a grounded, curious and kind demeanor and really focus on fostering a genuine therapeutic relationship with you. I believe that therapy should feel less clinical and formal.
(437) 371-2419 View (437) 371-2419
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X T Belcastro
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5A  (Online Only)
Are you seeking a queer & neurodivergent affirming therapist? Hi! I'm XT, I centre the 2SLGBTQ+ community & those in close relationships to the community. I have lived experience being queer & AuDHD, I aim to support you in exploring self, your relationships, move from understanding, to processing & unburdening the past and move toward healing. I centre the topics you bring, while affirming fluidity & queering my therapy lens'. I have vast experience supporting individuals & couples move through challenges such as non-monogamy, sexuality, spirituality, gender, attachment, intimacy, infidelity, trauma, communication & trust.
Are you seeking a queer & neurodivergent affirming therapist? Hi! I'm XT, I centre the 2SLGBTQ+ community & those in close relationships to the community. I have lived experience being queer & AuDHD, I aim to support you in exploring self, your relationships, move from understanding, to processing & unburdening the past and move toward healing. I centre the topics you bring, while affirming fluidity & queering my therapy lens'. I have vast experience supporting individuals & couples move through challenges such as non-monogamy, sexuality, spirituality, gender, attachment, intimacy, infidelity, trauma, communication & trust.
(437) 747-5052 View (437) 747-5052
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Keith Adamson
Registered Social Worker, PhD, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5R
My approach focuses on a strengths-based, client-centred, anti-oppressive, and critical queer theory perspective.
I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of effective psychotherapy. To build this relationship, I focus on three essential qualities: trust, caring, and respect. Together, we will assess where you currently stand in relation to your treatment goals and explore how best to move forward toward a more fulfilling life. Ultimately, I aim to empower you to actively participate in your own growth.
My approach focuses on a strengths-based, client-centred, anti-oppressive, and critical queer theory perspective.
I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of effective psychotherapy. To build this relationship, I focus on three essential qualities: trust, caring, and respect. Together, we will assess where you currently stand in relation to your treatment goals and explore how best to move forward toward a more fulfilling life. Ultimately, I aim to empower you to actively participate in your own growth.
(437) 747-7711 View (437) 747-7711
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Jesse Smith
Registered Social Worker, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5B
Have you felt invalidated or disbelieved? Does managing stress, anxiety and repetitive thoughts feel overwhelming? Do you constantly feel like you’re burning out or overcompensating because your needs are rarely accommodated or you fear being your authentic self? As a Social Work Counsellor who is Autistic, queer and transgender, I know what that feels like and I can help! Exploring our experiences and identities without judgement can shift limiting perceptions that perpetuate shame and open us up to having more self-acceptance and self-compassion.
Have you felt invalidated or disbelieved? Does managing stress, anxiety and repetitive thoughts feel overwhelming? Do you constantly feel like you’re burning out or overcompensating because your needs are rarely accommodated or you fear being your authentic self? As a Social Work Counsellor who is Autistic, queer and transgender, I know what that feels like and I can help! Exploring our experiences and identities without judgement can shift limiting perceptions that perpetuate shame and open us up to having more self-acceptance and self-compassion.
(289) 302-5887 View (289) 302-5887
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Kurtiss Trowbridge
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4Y
I've worked the LGBTQ community and those navigating an HIV diagnosis, I am sensitive to my client's unique experiences, and work from an anti-oppressive framework.
Deciding to seek support is not always easy. Typically it's made when a conflict gets to the point where it can no longer be managed alone. Once the decision has been made, there can be fear or unease around talking about vulnerable emotions or life situations. I recognize the courage that it takes to reach out for help, and endeavour to work from a framework of empowerment so clients can uncover their inherent strengths and abilities. Solutions to our troubles often lie within, however the journey to uncovering these is one that many people struggle to walk alone.
I've worked the LGBTQ community and those navigating an HIV diagnosis, I am sensitive to my client's unique experiences, and work from an anti-oppressive framework.
Deciding to seek support is not always easy. Typically it's made when a conflict gets to the point where it can no longer be managed alone. Once the decision has been made, there can be fear or unease around talking about vulnerable emotions or life situations. I recognize the courage that it takes to reach out for help, and endeavour to work from a framework of empowerment so clients can uncover their inherent strengths and abilities. Solutions to our troubles often lie within, however the journey to uncovering these is one that many people struggle to walk alone.
(289) 210-7333 View (289) 210-7333
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Naaila Ali
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5S  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am so happy you're here. As a therapist, I hope to join you wherever you are- navigating paths known and unknown, welcoming tender moments to slow down and rest, and all that is between and beyond. I work primarily with BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ clients, including queer and trans Muslims, newcomers and immigrants, and third culture individuals. I draw from somatic, narrative, and expression-based practices. My therapy is political and slow; embracing of pleasure and joy, and holding space for the impacts of navigating a world designed to marginalize and oppress.
Welcome! I am so happy you're here. As a therapist, I hope to join you wherever you are- navigating paths known and unknown, welcoming tender moments to slow down and rest, and all that is between and beyond. I work primarily with BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ clients, including queer and trans Muslims, newcomers and immigrants, and third culture individuals. I draw from somatic, narrative, and expression-based practices. My therapy is political and slow; embracing of pleasure and joy, and holding space for the impacts of navigating a world designed to marginalize and oppress.
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Nicole Zouki
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4Y  (Online Only)
I support people in exploring what it means to live authentically to themselves. We can explore topics of anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, neurodiversity, family/relationship issues, sexuality, and gender. In the past, I have had the honour of working as a sex, kink and BDSM educator, teaching workshops with a focus on communication, harm-reduction, and pleasure. Other topics of interest have included radical body acceptance, navigating non-monogamy, and online dating. My work is rooted in anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, intersectional feminist values. I am a queer person and second-generation settler with arab ancestry.
I support people in exploring what it means to live authentically to themselves. We can explore topics of anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, neurodiversity, family/relationship issues, sexuality, and gender. In the past, I have had the honour of working as a sex, kink and BDSM educator, teaching workshops with a focus on communication, harm-reduction, and pleasure. Other topics of interest have included radical body acceptance, navigating non-monogamy, and online dating. My work is rooted in anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, intersectional feminist values. I am a queer person and second-generation settler with arab ancestry.
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Asher Faerstein
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MEd
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6R
My work is influenced by my own commitment to and participation in queer/2SLGBTQ+ communities and is grounded in anti-oppressive and transformative justice politics.
Encountering painful moments and periods of hardship is inevitable and can bring us into contact with the most fundamental parts of ourselves. Instead of avoiding these experiences, I am interested in working with you to explore them with curiosity and self-compassion. Healing is a nonlinear process that takes time, and some things may always be unresolved; I see therapy as a safe space to collaboratively explore and articulate different facets of your experience, set therapeutic goals, and work together to create desired changes.
My work is influenced by my own commitment to and participation in queer/2SLGBTQ+ communities and is grounded in anti-oppressive and transformative justice politics.
Encountering painful moments and periods of hardship is inevitable and can bring us into contact with the most fundamental parts of ourselves. Instead of avoiding these experiences, I am interested in working with you to explore them with curiosity and self-compassion. Healing is a nonlinear process that takes time, and some things may always be unresolved; I see therapy as a safe space to collaboratively explore and articulate different facets of your experience, set therapeutic goals, and work together to create desired changes.
(437) 291-7547 View (437) 291-7547
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Jesse Schwartz
Registered Social Worker, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6E  (Online Only)
I'm a Queer Social Worker with 6 years of experience in community-based and clinical settings addressing complex mental health concerns. Guided by anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approaches, I harness a sense of curiosity to build an open and transparent relationship with my clients. I draw on Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural, Emotion Focused, and Narrative Therapy techniques to ensure that my clients find a voice that is truly their own. I have extensive experience supporting clients with depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, gender/sexual identities, sexual desire/pleasure, and sexual violence histories.
I'm a Queer Social Worker with 6 years of experience in community-based and clinical settings addressing complex mental health concerns. Guided by anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approaches, I harness a sense of curiosity to build an open and transparent relationship with my clients. I draw on Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural, Emotion Focused, and Narrative Therapy techniques to ensure that my clients find a voice that is truly their own. I have extensive experience supporting clients with depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, gender/sexual identities, sexual desire/pleasure, and sexual violence histories.
(647) 692-1161 View (647) 692-1161
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Grace Richandi
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP(Q), BSc, MSc
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4E
As a queer first-generation immigrant, I felt lost trying to adjust to a new country while grieving the loss of what was left behind. I struggled with feelings of shame, loneliness, and lack of support. In finding a therapist that understood my experience, shifts started to happen. I felt seen and validated and new possibilities started to emerge. It is this transformative experience that motivated me to start my practice centered on inclusivity, anti-oppression, and decolonization.
As a queer first-generation immigrant, I felt lost trying to adjust to a new country while grieving the loss of what was left behind. I struggled with feelings of shame, loneliness, and lack of support. In finding a therapist that understood my experience, shifts started to happen. I felt seen and validated and new possibilities started to emerge. It is this transformative experience that motivated me to start my practice centered on inclusivity, anti-oppression, and decolonization.
(437) 747-7164 View (437) 747-7164
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William Koné
Registered Psychotherapist, MA , RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5R  (Online Only)
Are you someone that identifies as LGBTQ+, seeking an outlet to express one’s worries? Are you a racialized person struggling to find someone you can speak to about life challenges? Have you reached a roadblock in your communication with a romantic partner? LGBTQ+ and racialized folks are often limited in spaces that allow them to feel fully seen. With couples, there are often difficulties figuring out where to start in managing conflict. Through a collaborative therapeutic stance, I am to challenge such difficult realities by supporting clients to fulfill their desired goals.
Are you someone that identifies as LGBTQ+, seeking an outlet to express one’s worries? Are you a racialized person struggling to find someone you can speak to about life challenges? Have you reached a roadblock in your communication with a romantic partner? LGBTQ+ and racialized folks are often limited in spaces that allow them to feel fully seen. With couples, there are often difficulties figuring out where to start in managing conflict. Through a collaborative therapeutic stance, I am to challenge such difficult realities by supporting clients to fulfill their desired goals.
(437) 747-6843 View (437) 747-6843
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Chris Spiess
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4C  (Online Only)
I'm a white-passing Metis-Anishinaabe-German 2Spirit/Trans/Non-Binary person from Penetanguishene, currently living in Kitchener.
Aaniin/Boozhoo/Willkommen/Hello, Is life feeling hard? Overwhelming? Emotions feel too big, or maybe not at all? Are you Looking for support for your family or a young person? My goal is to work with people in authentic ways. I journey with folks through difficult, hard, messy, and scary situations. I work from a trauma informed, decolonial, Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppression framework. My work centres around supporting folks dealing with trauma and systemic oppression, mental illness, gender identity, sexual orientation, and substance use. I often focus on individual and family work with 2S Queer and Trans youth and adults
I'm a white-passing Metis-Anishinaabe-German 2Spirit/Trans/Non-Binary person from Penetanguishene, currently living in Kitchener.
Aaniin/Boozhoo/Willkommen/Hello, Is life feeling hard? Overwhelming? Emotions feel too big, or maybe not at all? Are you Looking for support for your family or a young person? My goal is to work with people in authentic ways. I journey with folks through difficult, hard, messy, and scary situations. I work from a trauma informed, decolonial, Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppression framework. My work centres around supporting folks dealing with trauma and systemic oppression, mental illness, gender identity, sexual orientation, and substance use. I often focus on individual and family work with 2S Queer and Trans youth and adults
(437) 747-8311 View (437) 747-8311
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Zac Schraeder
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6J
As a queer person, I am familiar with this experience and understand.
You might be here because you are searching for someone to help you with how you're feeling. You may feel anxious, depressed, stressed, like you don't measure up, or stuck and are hoping to find a compassionate listener. Perhaps you're dealing with big life transitions, issues between you and your partner(s), marginalization, interpersonal conflict, finding your purpose, or competing priorities. Bringing any of this to therapy can be scary. There is profound healing power in being courageous, listened to, validated, and encouraged.
As a queer person, I am familiar with this experience and understand.
You might be here because you are searching for someone to help you with how you're feeling. You may feel anxious, depressed, stressed, like you don't measure up, or stuck and are hoping to find a compassionate listener. Perhaps you're dealing with big life transitions, issues between you and your partner(s), marginalization, interpersonal conflict, finding your purpose, or competing priorities. Bringing any of this to therapy can be scary. There is profound healing power in being courageous, listened to, validated, and encouraged.
(647) 576-2458 View (647) 576-2458
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Daniel Lee: Kaleidoscope Counselling Collective 🌈
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M2R  (Online Only)
, a queer POC & a career counsellor, I'm passionate about supporting teens & adults with their mental health, life transitions, and healing from religious/cultural trauma.
Hi, I’m Daniel! Are you struggling with your mood, stress, or figuring out your future goals (i.e. career, school, etc.)? Do you feel curious or confused about your gender or sexuality, or are you trying to make sense of your religious or cultural beliefs as a queer person? In this impersonal & tumultuous world, we’re all feeling the weight of our emotions, daily responsibilities and uncertainty about our futures. Now more than ever, we’re feeling overwhelmed with expectations, and uncertain about how we're supposed to manage it all. It shouldn’t be so hard to live a life that feels good, and I truly believe that therapy can help!
, a queer POC & a career counsellor, I'm passionate about supporting teens & adults with their mental health, life transitions, and healing from religious/cultural trauma.
Hi, I’m Daniel! Are you struggling with your mood, stress, or figuring out your future goals (i.e. career, school, etc.)? Do you feel curious or confused about your gender or sexuality, or are you trying to make sense of your religious or cultural beliefs as a queer person? In this impersonal & tumultuous world, we’re all feeling the weight of our emotions, daily responsibilities and uncertainty about our futures. Now more than ever, we’re feeling overwhelmed with expectations, and uncertain about how we're supposed to manage it all. It shouldn’t be so hard to live a life that feels good, and I truly believe that therapy can help!
(855) 817-2705 View (855) 817-2705
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Mahboubeh Katirai
Registered Psychotherapist, PhD-ABT, MA Soc, Psychot
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4K  (Online Only)
As a Queer therapist and a member of 2SLGBTQI community, I have worked extensively with Queer and Trans individuals around sexual, cultural identities and the impact of various forms of oppression on their mental health. They have had experience of trauma, depression, anxiety, isolation from family and alienation from the mainstream culture. In a collaborative and compassionate way, we had worked together, to explore how to form more dignified relationships, to become more receptive to change and to grow in ways that nourishes them in their personal lives and in their chosen communities.
As a Queer therapist and a member of 2SLGBTQI community, I have worked extensively with Queer and Trans individuals around sexual, cultural identities and the impact of various forms of oppression on their mental health. They have had experience of trauma, depression, anxiety, isolation from family and alienation from the mainstream culture. In a collaborative and compassionate way, we had worked together, to explore how to form more dignified relationships, to become more receptive to change and to grow in ways that nourishes them in their personal lives and in their chosen communities.
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Melina Bondy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6R
I bring two decades of meditation practice including nine years as a Buddhist monastic and an expressive arts practice into the work of psychotherapy along my own experiences of surviving cancer and being a queer, gender-fluid person.
I have learned there is wisdom and resilience hidden in even the most painful of patterns, even when these patterns leave us trapped in destructive habits, despair or bad relationships. Once we find the wise intentions behind the old strategies, healing can happen. If you’re used to numbing out or criticizing yourself to get through the hard times – we’ll do it differently. Therapy with me is a judgment-free space to bring your sorrow, anxiety, anger and confusion without having to hide it or push through on your own.
I bring two decades of meditation practice including nine years as a Buddhist monastic and an expressive arts practice into the work of psychotherapy along my own experiences of surviving cancer and being a queer, gender-fluid person.
I have learned there is wisdom and resilience hidden in even the most painful of patterns, even when these patterns leave us trapped in destructive habits, despair or bad relationships. Once we find the wise intentions behind the old strategies, healing can happen. If you’re used to numbing out or criticizing yourself to get through the hard times – we’ll do it differently. Therapy with me is a judgment-free space to bring your sorrow, anxiety, anger and confusion without having to hide it or push through on your own.
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Adrian Comeau
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6J  (Online Only)
As a queer, non-binary, neurodivergant social worker, I can appreciate how isolating things can feel at times and that lack of belonging is a system issue.
What do you think when you think of therapy? Are you looking for a therapist who is warm, open, and wants to support you exactly where you are at? When you think of connecting with a therapist, what are some of your hopes? My name is Adrian and I want to provide an open and collaborative space where we can connect about issues you are facing. Things such as grief, depression, anxiety, systemic oppression, not feeling accepted, transitions, and maybe an overall feeling that things are harder than they could be.
As a queer, non-binary, neurodivergant social worker, I can appreciate how isolating things can feel at times and that lack of belonging is a system issue.
What do you think when you think of therapy? Are you looking for a therapist who is warm, open, and wants to support you exactly where you are at? When you think of connecting with a therapist, what are some of your hopes? My name is Adrian and I want to provide an open and collaborative space where we can connect about issues you are facing. Things such as grief, depression, anxiety, systemic oppression, not feeling accepted, transitions, and maybe an overall feeling that things are harder than they could be.
(226) 602-4640 View (226) 602-4640
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David Moulton
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5T
I work with adults who are feeling stressed: they may worry, panic or feel shy in social situations, may try to be perfect, may feel badly about themselves, or wish to express themselves more effectively, or to set clearer boundaries with others, or to be more assertive. I also work with people from the straight and LGBTQ communities who are experiencing challenges in their relationships, with sexuality, sexual orientation, alternative relationships, alternative sexualities, and gender. Many experience these challenges, but some may lose a sense of balance in their lives or the ability to enjoy life and relationships while trying to sort out their concerns.
I work with adults who are feeling stressed: they may worry, panic or feel shy in social situations, may try to be perfect, may feel badly about themselves, or wish to express themselves more effectively, or to set clearer boundaries with others, or to be more assertive. I also work with people from the straight and LGBTQ communities who are experiencing challenges in their relationships, with sexuality, sexual orientation, alternative relationships, alternative sexualities, and gender. Many experience these challenges, but some may lose a sense of balance in their lives or the ability to enjoy life and relationships while trying to sort out their concerns.
(647) 525-8268 View (647) 525-8268
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Sarah McDougall
Registered Psychotherapist, MS, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4E
My work is informed by an intersectional, queer positive and anti-oppressive perspective.
Do you struggle with feeling disconnected from yourself and others? Do you put everyone else’s needs ahead of your own? Do you wonder if life could somehow feel better? Now more than ever, so many of us are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain about how we are supposed to manage our relationships, our lives, and the world around us. I am passionate about helping people to live more meaningful and connected lives. This might mean learning to set better boundaries, working through a loss or a life transition, or helping you change a pattern of behaviour that is keeping you stuck.
My work is informed by an intersectional, queer positive and anti-oppressive perspective.
Do you struggle with feeling disconnected from yourself and others? Do you put everyone else’s needs ahead of your own? Do you wonder if life could somehow feel better? Now more than ever, so many of us are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain about how we are supposed to manage our relationships, our lives, and the world around us. I am passionate about helping people to live more meaningful and connected lives. This might mean learning to set better boundaries, working through a loss or a life transition, or helping you change a pattern of behaviour that is keeping you stuck.
(647) 492-3045 View (647) 492-3045
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Reenie Perkovic
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MTA, MMT
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
I’m Reenie (she/they) and I’m a queer therapist who values the importance of lived experiences and aims to help empower you as the author of your own story. Whether you're seeking to build connection with yourself and others, or navigating life challenges, I’m here to provide a warm, safe, and non-judgemental space to explore your feelings, thoughts, needs, and goals. As an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed therapist, I am passionate about creating safer spaces through human-to-human collaboration and will move at your pace on your journey of self-discovery and healing.
I’m Reenie (she/they) and I’m a queer therapist who values the importance of lived experiences and aims to help empower you as the author of your own story. Whether you're seeking to build connection with yourself and others, or navigating life challenges, I’m here to provide a warm, safe, and non-judgemental space to explore your feelings, thoughts, needs, and goals. As an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed therapist, I am passionate about creating safer spaces through human-to-human collaboration and will move at your pace on your journey of self-discovery and healing.
(416) 966-5123 View (416) 966-5123
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Rylie Moore
Psychologist, PhD, CPysch
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5A
Assessment and Psychotherapy Services: During our appointments, we will work together to understand what is happening for you in its larger context, including your past experiences and your social world. Using this holistic, collaborative and relational approach will ensure the work we do is helpful and meaningful for you. My therapeutic approach is neurodiverse-, queer-, trauma-informed, using a combination of CBT, IPT, IFS, IPT, DBT, psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based therapies. These approaches provide an effective perspective from which to understand factors that may contribute to and maintain mental health difficulties.
Assessment and Psychotherapy Services: During our appointments, we will work together to understand what is happening for you in its larger context, including your past experiences and your social world. Using this holistic, collaborative and relational approach will ensure the work we do is helpful and meaningful for you. My therapeutic approach is neurodiverse-, queer-, trauma-informed, using a combination of CBT, IPT, IFS, IPT, DBT, psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based therapies. These approaches provide an effective perspective from which to understand factors that may contribute to and maintain mental health difficulties.
(289) 816-6545 View (289) 816-6545
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Naomi Reesor
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, MEd
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5S
As a queer woman, I'm passionate about offering supports for the LGBTQ+ community in a comfortable space.
I understand the feeling of struggling to exist as your genuine self in a world that feels against you, in an environment that feels suffocating, and in a relationship that feels unendurable. Our lives do not exist in a bubble, and our experiences are impacted by the intersecting identities each of us hold. When we reach out for help, we are hoping that someone can understand us and hold space for our stories. I work with people every day who are looking for support in understanding how they can live congruently with their own values and core beliefs.
As a queer woman, I'm passionate about offering supports for the LGBTQ+ community in a comfortable space.
I understand the feeling of struggling to exist as your genuine self in a world that feels against you, in an environment that feels suffocating, and in a relationship that feels unendurable. Our lives do not exist in a bubble, and our experiences are impacted by the intersecting identities each of us hold. When we reach out for help, we are hoping that someone can understand us and hold space for our stories. I work with people every day who are looking for support in understanding how they can live congruently with their own values and core beliefs.
(437) 291-8501 View (437) 291-8501
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Allegra Netten C Psych (Supervised Practice)
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6G
I am especially passionate about working with people experiencing issues related to the climate emergency and sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ mental health.
My therapeutic approach is person-centered and rooted in values of diversity, anti-oppression, social justice, and personal growth, and is inclusive of all identities and expressions. I work with individuals and couples with the goal of helping them meet their goals for wellbeing and self-understanding. I work with a variety of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, situational stress or distress, emotional exploration, and difficulties in relationships.
I am especially passionate about working with people experiencing issues related to the climate emergency and sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ mental health.
My therapeutic approach is person-centered and rooted in values of diversity, anti-oppression, social justice, and personal growth, and is inclusive of all identities and expressions. I work with individuals and couples with the goal of helping them meet their goals for wellbeing and self-understanding. I work with a variety of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, situational stress or distress, emotional exploration, and difficulties in relationships.
(647) 370-3241 x238 View (647) 370-3241 x238
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Imogen Tam
Registered Social Worker, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4Y  (Online Only)
It can be a challenge to find a compatible therapist who understands the intersections of mental health, LGBTQ+ and/or racialized experiences.
Having a non-judgemental space to talk to someone can be a helpful step toward further understanding the cause of your stress. Together we will collaborate on ways to navigate various tensions and heavy feelings such as those that arise in your relationships with people and in everyday life. Common challenges may include anxiety, depression, burnout, low self-confidence, coping skills, coming out and boundary setting. I work with clients residing in Ontario and offer a holistic approach informed by elements of CBT, ACT, and IFS to strengthen your capacity to cope and grow.
It can be a challenge to find a compatible therapist who understands the intersections of mental health, LGBTQ+ and/or racialized experiences.
Having a non-judgemental space to talk to someone can be a helpful step toward further understanding the cause of your stress. Together we will collaborate on ways to navigate various tensions and heavy feelings such as those that arise in your relationships with people and in everyday life. Common challenges may include anxiety, depression, burnout, low self-confidence, coping skills, coming out and boundary setting. I work with clients residing in Ontario and offer a holistic approach informed by elements of CBT, ACT, and IFS to strengthen your capacity to cope and grow.
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Noor Bawa
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP (Q)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M3C  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Noor and I’m a queer, BIPOC, and neurodivergent psychotherapist. I specialize in working with marginalized folks who are navigating concerns such as intergenerational trauma, relational concerns, neurodivergence, & more. With a deep understanding of the intersectionality of identity and mental health, I strive to help empower you through a person-centered, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive approach. I aim to provide you with a safe and comfortable space where we can collaborate towards your goals for healing and growth. It’s crucial to me that I meet you where you are at and support you in nurturing your growth.
Hello! My name is Noor and I’m a queer, BIPOC, and neurodivergent psychotherapist. I specialize in working with marginalized folks who are navigating concerns such as intergenerational trauma, relational concerns, neurodivergence, & more. With a deep understanding of the intersectionality of identity and mental health, I strive to help empower you through a person-centered, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive approach. I aim to provide you with a safe and comfortable space where we can collaborate towards your goals for healing and growth. It’s crucial to me that I meet you where you are at and support you in nurturing your growth.
(437) 500-6321 View (437) 500-6321
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LGBTQ+ Counsellors

Do LGBTQ-affirmative therapists receive special training?

Yes. Many therapists who practice LGBTQ-affirmative therapy have completed specialised training, either during their degree programme or as continuing education, to learn the core principles of affirmative therapy and how to best support their LGBTQ clients; some have received certifications in LGBTQ-affirmative therapy. Prospective clients should inquire as to a clinician’s background and training to ensure a good fit.

Why might I want to see an LGBTQ-affirming or LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

Queer and gender-non-conforming individuals frequently experience bias and marginalisation in day-to-day life. Working with a therapist who understands these unique challenges, as well as accepts and affirms their identity, can help LGBTQ clients feel safe and supported during therapy—allowing them to better navigate their relationships, mental health, and anything else that they wish to explore during therapy. It is important to note that many therapists can be effective in their work with LGBTQ+ individuals, even in the absence of specific training or background knowledge. The most important component in therapy is the alliance between therapist and client, and this alliance can exist between individuals with very different backgrounds.

How can I find an LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

You may wish to inquire about a therapist’s expertise with your specific challenges or concerns—depression, for example, or relationship strife—as well as their past experiences treating LGBTQ+ clients. Prospective clients may also ask whether a therapist has obtained additional training and/or certification in LGBTQ-affirmative techniques.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience with LGBTQ issues?

Prospective clients should feel empowered to directly ask therapists whether they have received training or been certified in LGBTQ-affirming therapy; competent therapists will be happy to explain their educational background and preferred approach(es) to help a client find the best match for them. Clients may also wish to ask how a therapist has treated clients with their particular challenges in the past and what they expect treatment to look like.

Are all the therapists listed in the LGBTQ directory themselves members of the LGBTQ community?

While therapists may choose to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity in their profiles, the LGBTQ directory features not only those who have shared this information but also those who assert specialised training or experience in providing support to queer individuals, couples or families.