LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Montréal, QC

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Michael McCarthy
Counsellor, MA, RDT, CCC
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2L
As a registered drama therapist I combine creative interventions and verbal processing to help individuals process their thoughts, feelings, and emotions, develop coping skills and rehearse for life. Using a client-centred approach, I meet the person where they are, discover their strengths, and facilitate their growth and development. I also help clients foster creativity in their daily lives to encourage wellness. I have experience working with queer and trans folks, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, substance users, those experiencing grief or feeling lost and people having trouble regulating mood, behaviour, and anxiety.
As a registered drama therapist I combine creative interventions and verbal processing to help individuals process their thoughts, feelings, and emotions, develop coping skills and rehearse for life. Using a client-centred approach, I meet the person where they are, discover their strengths, and facilitate their growth and development. I also help clients foster creativity in their daily lives to encourage wellness. I have experience working with queer and trans folks, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, substance users, those experiencing grief or feeling lost and people having trouble regulating mood, behaviour, and anxiety.
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Jordan Gruenhage
Counsellor, MA, CCC, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H2K  (Online Only)
I believe gay men have inherent worth, and that we deserve fulfilling lives.
Are you a gay man who is overwhelmed by the intensity of your feelings? Do certain situations feel triggering or remind you of a past trauma? It can feel unbearable when you’re just trying to keep it together, and hoping nobody notices when you start breathing rapidly, sweating, or shaking. Even between intense moments, there can be a low-level anxiety that feels like it’s always lurking, ready to take over at any time. Not to mention the shame about not feeling in control of your responses. The good news is that there are specific skills that can be learned to listen to your emotions and think about your past in a whole new way.
I believe gay men have inherent worth, and that we deserve fulfilling lives.
Are you a gay man who is overwhelmed by the intensity of your feelings? Do certain situations feel triggering or remind you of a past trauma? It can feel unbearable when you’re just trying to keep it together, and hoping nobody notices when you start breathing rapidly, sweating, or shaking. Even between intense moments, there can be a low-level anxiety that feels like it’s always lurking, ready to take over at any time. Not to mention the shame about not feeling in control of your responses. The good news is that there are specific skills that can be learned to listen to your emotions and think about your past in a whole new way.
(877) 542-8727 View (877) 542-8727
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Mariah Blaine-Longo
MTA, MA
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2K
I specialized providing music therapy for youth and children, primarily focusing on working with queer and trans individuals, as well as immigrants.
Sometimes words are not enough. As a music therapist, I bring music-making and listening to the therapy room, facilitating individuals in expressing themselves creatively, developing new coping skills, and reconnecting with their authentic selves. Each session, whether it involves listening to music, improvisation on instruments, or engaging in songwriting, is tailored to the specific needs and strengths presented by my clients. I actively listen and provide support to participants, by playing my own music and through verbal reflections. No musical training is required to participate in music therapy.
I specialized providing music therapy for youth and children, primarily focusing on working with queer and trans individuals, as well as immigrants.
Sometimes words are not enough. As a music therapist, I bring music-making and listening to the therapy room, facilitating individuals in expressing themselves creatively, developing new coping skills, and reconnecting with their authentic selves. Each session, whether it involves listening to music, improvisation on instruments, or engaging in songwriting, is tailored to the specific needs and strengths presented by my clients. I actively listen and provide support to participants, by playing my own music and through verbal reflections. No musical training is required to participate in music therapy.
(438) 701-2835 View (438) 701-2835
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Jackson Hagner
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSW , CFT
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2S
I aim to create an affirmative space for clients of all genders and sexual orientations and myself am rooted in queer and trans communities in Montreal.
I am a social worker, couple and family therapist, and psychotherapist. Using an attachment lens, I draw on an array of psychotherapeutic practices to support clients in enhancing their relational health, emotional wellbeing, and ability to find safety in close adult relationships, including emotionally focused, trauma-informed/focused, and systemic approaches. My work is grounded in a commitment to social justice, and I seek to foster a compassionate environment for all my clients while recognizing how broader systems of power impact our lives and filter into our relationships.
I aim to create an affirmative space for clients of all genders and sexual orientations and myself am rooted in queer and trans communities in Montreal.
I am a social worker, couple and family therapist, and psychotherapist. Using an attachment lens, I draw on an array of psychotherapeutic practices to support clients in enhancing their relational health, emotional wellbeing, and ability to find safety in close adult relationships, including emotionally focused, trauma-informed/focused, and systemic approaches. My work is grounded in a commitment to social justice, and I seek to foster a compassionate environment for all my clients while recognizing how broader systems of power impact our lives and filter into our relationships.
(438) 814-5997 View (438) 814-5997
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Anne Celeste Eitzen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H4A
My practice is LGBTQ+ friendly, kink-informed, well versed in ethical non monogamy and non-traditional family configurations.
My three specialization are couples, individuals and families. I work to improve attachment and communication. We tackle those scripted cycles that can feel “stuck in a rut”. I use techniques and activities to deepen understanding and build intimacy. I work with a myriad of issues including trauma, addiction and burnout to name a few. I offer ways to help strengthen parenting skills in order to support children (Please note: I do not work alone with children). I work with adolescents with a focus on respect and strengthening skills for individuation. I hold a deep belief in supporting folks in finding resilience.
My practice is LGBTQ+ friendly, kink-informed, well versed in ethical non monogamy and non-traditional family configurations.
My three specialization are couples, individuals and families. I work to improve attachment and communication. We tackle those scripted cycles that can feel “stuck in a rut”. I use techniques and activities to deepen understanding and build intimacy. I work with a myriad of issues including trauma, addiction and burnout to name a few. I offer ways to help strengthen parenting skills in order to support children (Please note: I do not work alone with children). I work with adolescents with a focus on respect and strengthening skills for individuation. I hold a deep belief in supporting folks in finding resilience.
(438) 700-8698 View (438) 700-8698
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Abigail Skye Free
Counsellor, MA, CCC, CO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H2R  (Online Only)
Specifically, I have much experience working with LGBTQ clients, young adults, and clients with disabilities.
My clients are interested in achieving goals through insight creation. Together we can work through themes of family of origin, interpersonal relationships, attachment, emotion regulation, gender- and sexuality-related stress, and moreover, the underlying roots to current, stressful realities.
Specifically, I have much experience working with LGBTQ clients, young adults, and clients with disabilities.
My clients are interested in achieving goals through insight creation. Together we can work through themes of family of origin, interpersonal relationships, attachment, emotion regulation, gender- and sexuality-related stress, and moreover, the underlying roots to current, stressful realities.
(343) 304-5572 View (343) 304-5572
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Shyam Anandampillai
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc(A), MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H2X  (Online Only)
I believe that psychotherapy in essence is a collaborative process that aims to increase psychological well-being and reduce emotional pain, loneliness and languishing which are ever present in today's world. At the heart of this process, is the positive healing relationship that develops between an individual, a couple or a family, and the therapist. I offer clients a non-judgemental, empathic and queer affirmative space where they learn to identify and tolerate their emotions, articulate appropriately their needs to significant people in their life and work on breaking away from toxic negative cycles.
I believe that psychotherapy in essence is a collaborative process that aims to increase psychological well-being and reduce emotional pain, loneliness and languishing which are ever present in today's world. At the heart of this process, is the positive healing relationship that develops between an individual, a couple or a family, and the therapist. I offer clients a non-judgemental, empathic and queer affirmative space where they learn to identify and tolerate their emotions, articulate appropriately their needs to significant people in their life and work on breaking away from toxic negative cycles.
(438) 255-0905 View (438) 255-0905
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Sol Engmann
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2R
We all struggle sometimes and deserve support. Life can be hard, because of a conflict, transition, separation, loss, or because the world's sick and it's a lot harder for some to survive. It can help to talk, feel supported and heard by someone who can validate and understand our reality. I hope to create an environment full of care, including for queer and trans folks and their loved ones, and everyone living at the intersection of one or several forms of oppression. It's crucial for me to recognize and centre the expertise of each person over their own lived experience.
We all struggle sometimes and deserve support. Life can be hard, because of a conflict, transition, separation, loss, or because the world's sick and it's a lot harder for some to survive. It can help to talk, feel supported and heard by someone who can validate and understand our reality. I hope to create an environment full of care, including for queer and trans folks and their loved ones, and everyone living at the intersection of one or several forms of oppression. It's crucial for me to recognize and centre the expertise of each person over their own lived experience.
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Dynamic Change Counselling & Consulting Services
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2K
Tony Black is a Registered Social Worker who has worked in the field of Addictions and Mental Health for 25 years. Tony has developed expertise in working with individuals around issues of housing, life redevelopment and overcoming barriers in the justice system. He has worked with youth and adults living with substance use issues, mental health diagnoses, PTSD and other emotional issues. Tony is a gay, black, cis-gendered man who provides services to individuals seeking to explore how issue related to their identities impact their mental and emotional health and also to all those seeking to address their histories of trauma.
Tony Black is a Registered Social Worker who has worked in the field of Addictions and Mental Health for 25 years. Tony has developed expertise in working with individuals around issues of housing, life redevelopment and overcoming barriers in the justice system. He has worked with youth and adults living with substance use issues, mental health diagnoses, PTSD and other emotional issues. Tony is a gay, black, cis-gendered man who provides services to individuals seeking to explore how issue related to their identities impact their mental and emotional health and also to all those seeking to address their histories of trauma.
(647) 699-0663 View (647) 699-0663
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Sukanya Mukherjee
Counsellor, MSc, CCC, RCT-C
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3B  (Online Only)
My area of focus includes trauma (complex, PTSD, relational, attachment, childhood trauma), anxiety disorder (GAD, OCD, social anxiety), Mood disorders (Depression and Bipolar Disorder), Couples/ Relationship counselling, Personality disorders, LGBTQ+, Anger management, Grief, Stress management and Burnout, Body image, eating disorder & self-esteem.
Starting therapy and counselling takes courage and can be a significant moment in one’s life. I provide therapeutic environment that is safe, supportive, and non-judgmental, grounded in compassion and empathy, which allows you to uncover new insights and move at your own pace towards the changes you hope to create. My approach is collaborative and relational, where clients develop a long-lasting and secure connection in a safe space.
My area of focus includes trauma (complex, PTSD, relational, attachment, childhood trauma), anxiety disorder (GAD, OCD, social anxiety), Mood disorders (Depression and Bipolar Disorder), Couples/ Relationship counselling, Personality disorders, LGBTQ+, Anger management, Grief, Stress management and Burnout, Body image, eating disorder & self-esteem.
Starting therapy and counselling takes courage and can be a significant moment in one’s life. I provide therapeutic environment that is safe, supportive, and non-judgmental, grounded in compassion and empathy, which allows you to uncover new insights and move at your own pace towards the changes you hope to create. My approach is collaborative and relational, where clients develop a long-lasting and secure connection in a safe space.
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Marbella Carlos
Art Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2L  (Online Only)
My values are anti-oppressive, pro-queer, pro-trans, pro-sex worker, pro-Black, pro-Indigenous, and anti-colonial.
You want a safe, supportive place to work through life’s challenges with someone who genuinely cares about your progress and well-being. Maybe you are struggling with anxiety, stress, body image, relationships, family pressure, and/or overwhelming life changes that can’t be avoided.
My values are anti-oppressive, pro-queer, pro-trans, pro-sex worker, pro-Black, pro-Indigenous, and anti-colonial.
You want a safe, supportive place to work through life’s challenges with someone who genuinely cares about your progress and well-being. Maybe you are struggling with anxiety, stress, body image, relationships, family pressure, and/or overwhelming life changes that can’t be avoided.
(438) 601-5204 View (438) 601-5204
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Paige Geisinger
Counsellor, CCC, MS, PMH-C, CTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H3N
My lived experience includes being a queer, fat, white cis woman with chronic illness and a neurodivergent mind.
Maybe you need support in navigating pregnancy or the newborn stage, or maybe your relationship has been struggling in the midst of reproductive challenges. Certified in Perinatal Mental Health, I guide couples and individuals through the transformative journey of welcoming new life. Specifically, I love supporting queer couples navigating their reproductive, pregnancy, and postpartum journey. Beyond the perinatal period, I help clients enhance communication and navigate neurodivergency. I use modalities such as Gottman Theory, Attachment Theory/EFT, and solution-oriented therapy to help clients achieve their goals.
My lived experience includes being a queer, fat, white cis woman with chronic illness and a neurodivergent mind.
Maybe you need support in navigating pregnancy or the newborn stage, or maybe your relationship has been struggling in the midst of reproductive challenges. Certified in Perinatal Mental Health, I guide couples and individuals through the transformative journey of welcoming new life. Specifically, I love supporting queer couples navigating their reproductive, pregnancy, and postpartum journey. Beyond the perinatal period, I help clients enhance communication and navigate neurodivergency. I use modalities such as Gottman Theory, Attachment Theory/EFT, and solution-oriented therapy to help clients achieve their goals.
(438) 230-0459 View (438) 230-0459
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Wendy J Wood
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H3A
I also specialize in issues specific to the LGBT and polyamory communities.
Therapy can help people better understand themselves and find greater meaning in their lives. People enter therapy for a wide range of reasons, often involving difficulty solving a problem in their lives on their own. Some people, for example, are having difficulty in a romantic relationship and wonder how to improve the relationship, or end it. Other people experience conflict or anxiety in a wide range of interpersonal relationships and enter therapy as a means of improving their communication skills and the quality of their relationships. I help people in both monogamous and polyamorous relationships.
I also specialize in issues specific to the LGBT and polyamory communities.
Therapy can help people better understand themselves and find greater meaning in their lives. People enter therapy for a wide range of reasons, often involving difficulty solving a problem in their lives on their own. Some people, for example, are having difficulty in a romantic relationship and wonder how to improve the relationship, or end it. Other people experience conflict or anxiety in a wide range of interpersonal relationships and enter therapy as a means of improving their communication skills and the quality of their relationships. I help people in both monogamous and polyamorous relationships.
(438) 817-3968 View (438) 817-3968
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Zikman and Associates CBT - Psychology Clinic
Psychologist, MEd, MA, OPQ, QUEBEC, ONTARIO
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3G
SAME-WEEK Appointments available. With 15+ years of experience and expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), we're dedicated to helping clients lead healthier lives. Within a non-judgmental setting, we'll work with you to alleviate distress caused by personal, social, or workplace issues. We're skilled in treating Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Procrastination, Relationship, and Self-Esteem issues, as well as Academic and Workplace Adjustments. We're also sensitive to the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. We have carefully selected our team of therapists for their knowledge, professionalism, and relatability.
SAME-WEEK Appointments available. With 15+ years of experience and expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), we're dedicated to helping clients lead healthier lives. Within a non-judgmental setting, we'll work with you to alleviate distress caused by personal, social, or workplace issues. We're skilled in treating Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Procrastination, Relationship, and Self-Esteem issues, as well as Academic and Workplace Adjustments. We're also sensitive to the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. We have carefully selected our team of therapists for their knowledge, professionalism, and relatability.
(438) 230-1040 View (438) 230-1040
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Amanda Marlandis
Counsellor, MA, co
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H4A  (Online Only)
I am LGBTQ+-friendly and poly-friendly.
Hello there, welcome to my page! I am a licensed counsellor offering counselling services to individuals and couples aged 18 and older. My practice is attachment-based and trauma informed. It integrates different therapeutic approaches, such as Systemic Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness- and Compassion-based Therapies. In the context of a warm and supportive environment, my aim is to help clients foster self-compassion as they work through personal challenges.
I am LGBTQ+-friendly and poly-friendly.
Hello there, welcome to my page! I am a licensed counsellor offering counselling services to individuals and couples aged 18 and older. My practice is attachment-based and trauma informed. It integrates different therapeutic approaches, such as Systemic Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness- and Compassion-based Therapies. In the context of a warm and supportive environment, my aim is to help clients foster self-compassion as they work through personal challenges.
(438) 255-0875 View (438) 255-0875
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Alyssa Herzig
MA, PhD
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2H  (Online Only)
As an emotional coach, one of my major missions is to show clients, through embodied experience, how to process emotions and relate to inner experience in ways that better identify and meet their emotional needs individually and with others. The outcome of this is relief, peace, grounding, and inner trust. My approach is practical, directive, and structured, with offered tools, strategies, and instructions. I support LGBTQA+, ENM, sex positivity, and spiritual, religious, as well as secular frameworks.
As an emotional coach, one of my major missions is to show clients, through embodied experience, how to process emotions and relate to inner experience in ways that better identify and meet their emotional needs individually and with others. The outcome of this is relief, peace, grounding, and inner trust. My approach is practical, directive, and structured, with offered tools, strategies, and instructions. I support LGBTQA+, ENM, sex positivity, and spiritual, religious, as well as secular frameworks.
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Susie Showers
Counsellor, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H2J
With my clinical experience supporting LGBTQ+ folks, as well as my art and theatre background, I have developed an approach combining theatre arts, DBT & somatic techniques help you settle your nervous system so you can prioritize vitality and pleasure.
Your relationships can be an incredible source of pleasure and connection, AND they can be the biggest source of tension and exhaustion. You might feel rigid and uncreative, or be falling into people-pleasing habits. You may feel overwhelming physical sensations of constriction, pain or numbness. You play a vast range of roles in your friendships, romantic & intimate dynamics, and at work. This can be a lot to handle, and you may be masking your authentic self. Creative arts therapy can offer new ways to find playfulness so you can relax into intimacy in your relationships, your body, and fully own the stories that shape you.
With my clinical experience supporting LGBTQ+ folks, as well as my art and theatre background, I have developed an approach combining theatre arts, DBT & somatic techniques help you settle your nervous system so you can prioritize vitality and pleasure.
Your relationships can be an incredible source of pleasure and connection, AND they can be the biggest source of tension and exhaustion. You might feel rigid and uncreative, or be falling into people-pleasing habits. You may feel overwhelming physical sensations of constriction, pain or numbness. You play a vast range of roles in your friendships, romantic & intimate dynamics, and at work. This can be a lot to handle, and you may be masking your authentic self. Creative arts therapy can offer new ways to find playfulness so you can relax into intimacy in your relationships, your body, and fully own the stories that shape you.
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Dani Minuskin
Art Therapist, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2J
Occurring at any point in the lifespan, difficult and traumatic life experiences can leave their traces on us and impact the way that we experience the world around us. Have you found that the wounded parts of you are directing too much of your life? Are you looking for better coping skills? It might be time for you to begin the work of healing and start to experience the world more peacefully. I support women, non-binary, and trans adults who are looking to heal wounds related to traumatic experiences.
Occurring at any point in the lifespan, difficult and traumatic life experiences can leave their traces on us and impact the way that we experience the world around us. Have you found that the wounded parts of you are directing too much of your life? Are you looking for better coping skills? It might be time for you to begin the work of healing and start to experience the world more peacefully. I support women, non-binary, and trans adults who are looking to heal wounds related to traumatic experiences.
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Deniz Naji
Art Therapist, ATPQ
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2J  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with teens and kids, on issues such as family and peer relationships, low self-esteem, self-harm, LGBTQ+ issues and emotional dysregulation.
Whether you are dealing with past trauma or current triggers that keep you from moving forward, there are always ways to process what has happened and how we can work together towards a more fulfilling future. As an art therapist with a trauma-informed lens, I incorporate counselling, somatic awareness, movement, and play into my work, to enhance resiliency and promote healing. Issues I have worked on include intimate partner violence, self-harm, sexual abuse, and refugee, immigration and acculturation issues, as well as intergenerational trauma.
I specialize in working with teens and kids, on issues such as family and peer relationships, low self-esteem, self-harm, LGBTQ+ issues and emotional dysregulation.
Whether you are dealing with past trauma or current triggers that keep you from moving forward, there are always ways to process what has happened and how we can work together towards a more fulfilling future. As an art therapist with a trauma-informed lens, I incorporate counselling, somatic awareness, movement, and play into my work, to enhance resiliency and promote healing. Issues I have worked on include intimate partner violence, self-harm, sexual abuse, and refugee, immigration and acculturation issues, as well as intergenerational trauma.
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Amanda L. Hankins
Registered Social Worker, MSW, TS
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2G
I am LGBTQ+, sex, kink, non-monogamy and polyamorous friendly.
I am a registered Psychotherapist and Social Worker in QC. I subscribe to the idea that suffering is a natural part of the human experience; we suffer and experience discomfort so we can cope and grow. It is possible however that we can exceed our threshold of suffering and our normal coping mechanisms are no longer sufficient. This is when our discomfort begins to feel like pain, anxiety, and depressive thoughts and is no longer beneficial to our growth. I like to think of my role as the collaborator and support system for times like these.
I am LGBTQ+, sex, kink, non-monogamy and polyamorous friendly.
I am a registered Psychotherapist and Social Worker in QC. I subscribe to the idea that suffering is a natural part of the human experience; we suffer and experience discomfort so we can cope and grow. It is possible however that we can exceed our threshold of suffering and our normal coping mechanisms are no longer sufficient. This is when our discomfort begins to feel like pain, anxiety, and depressive thoughts and is no longer beneficial to our growth. I like to think of my role as the collaborator and support system for times like these.
(438) 700-9148 View (438) 700-9148

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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.