LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Outremont, QC

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Vanessa Jahnke
Registered Psychotherapist, EdM, MA, Co, OPQ
Verified Verified
Outremont, QC H2V  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients. Accepte de nouveaux clients. I approach my work with the belief that seeking support requires courage. I honor that courage by providing a warm, accepting and compassionate environment where you can feel heard, open yourself up to change and growth, and begin to heal. My practice is rooted in the integration of established theoretical model and I view the process of therapy as a collaborative conversation where you can feel safe and supported as we work on your presenting concerns.
Accepting new clients. Accepte de nouveaux clients. I approach my work with the belief that seeking support requires courage. I honor that courage by providing a warm, accepting and compassionate environment where you can feel heard, open yourself up to change and growth, and begin to heal. My practice is rooted in the integration of established theoretical model and I view the process of therapy as a collaborative conversation where you can feel safe and supported as we work on your presenting concerns.
(450) 233-5627 View (450) 233-5627
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Katherine Milette - Psychologia Clinic
Psychologist, MA, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Outremont, QC H2V
Over the years, I have helped clients with issues of self-esteem, identity, anxiety/depression, emotional self-regulation, trauma, and illness. I also received specialized training in sex and couple therapy over the span of multiple years. I therefore have extensive training in issues related to sexual desire/arousal, sexual pain, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. I am also specialized in couple issues, including communication, emotional and sexual intimacy, commitment (e.g. divorce, infidelity, negotiating open relationship), and navigating major life transitions (e.g. childbirth, illness, changes in employment).
Over the years, I have helped clients with issues of self-esteem, identity, anxiety/depression, emotional self-regulation, trauma, and illness. I also received specialized training in sex and couple therapy over the span of multiple years. I therefore have extensive training in issues related to sexual desire/arousal, sexual pain, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. I am also specialized in couple issues, including communication, emotional and sexual intimacy, commitment (e.g. divorce, infidelity, negotiating open relationship), and navigating major life transitions (e.g. childbirth, illness, changes in employment).
(514) 700-6523 View (514) 700-6523
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Leora Stoller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, CCC, TS
Verified Verified
Outremont, QC H2V
Reaching out for help can be hard. It is understandable to want support when dealing with difficult experiences. Deepening our understanding of ourselves and what we have been through can help identify inner wounds and create opportunities for healing, growth and connection with self and others.
Reaching out for help can be hard. It is understandable to want support when dealing with difficult experiences. Deepening our understanding of ourselves and what we have been through can help identify inner wounds and create opportunities for healing, growth and connection with self and others.
(438) 230-0136 View (438) 230-0136
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Kate Drury
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Outremont, QC H2V
Not accepting new clients
I think it's safe to say that we are all living through a moment of profound uncertainty, with heightened feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation. My hope is that, together, we can help you reclaim a sense of connection with yourself and your community, reconnect with experiences of joy and pleasure, and move through and integrate painful emotions and past experiences.
I think it's safe to say that we are all living through a moment of profound uncertainty, with heightened feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation. My hope is that, together, we can help you reclaim a sense of connection with yourself and your community, reconnect with experiences of joy and pleasure, and move through and integrate painful emotions and past experiences.
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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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Julia Gerbasi
Counsellor, MA
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H4A  (Online Only)
I specialize, but am not limited to, working with adolescents and young adults ages 14-25 experiencing difficulties with: LGBTQ+ support, ADHD, emotion regulation, depression, anxiety, stress, and relationships.
My particular specialty is fostering an authentic, nonjudgmental space for youth to feel seen, heard and understood while navigating a tumultuous chapter of their lives. Each person’s story and healing journey is different. My aim is to create a collaborative and safe space for you that is tailored to your unique needs at this moment, drawing from different approaches.
I specialize, but am not limited to, working with adolescents and young adults ages 14-25 experiencing difficulties with: LGBTQ+ support, ADHD, emotion regulation, depression, anxiety, stress, and relationships.
My particular specialty is fostering an authentic, nonjudgmental space for youth to feel seen, heard and understood while navigating a tumultuous chapter of their lives. Each person’s story and healing journey is different. My aim is to create a collaborative and safe space for you that is tailored to your unique needs at this moment, drawing from different approaches.
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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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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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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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Jodie-Ann Muckler
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, SCC, TS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H2H  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hi! I'm Jodie-Ann (they/them). I'm a Black queer social worker and community organizer based in Tio'tia:ke (aka Montreal, Quebec). Sometimes we have had experiences in life that can feel heavy, and they bring up emotions that can stay with us and overwhelm us. This can feel exhausting as it impacts our daily lives and our current relationships, and sometimes we can't understand why. With support, those experiences can be explored and worked through, creating space for the emotions that can often feel trapped.
Hi! I'm Jodie-Ann (they/them). I'm a Black queer social worker and community organizer based in Tio'tia:ke (aka Montreal, Quebec). Sometimes we have had experiences in life that can feel heavy, and they bring up emotions that can stay with us and overwhelm us. This can feel exhausting as it impacts our daily lives and our current relationships, and sometimes we can't understand why. With support, those experiences can be explored and worked through, creating space for the emotions that can often feel trapped.
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Joseph De Piano
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, MA, GC, RP
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2J  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Your decision to seek therapy is a courageous step towards positive change in your life, and I am here to support and guide you on this journey. With experience in assisting clients who face challenges with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, I am committed to working alongside you to achieve your personal goals. I take pride in offering a safe and welcoming environment for individuals from the LGBTQ+ community. In particular, I have vast clinical and research experience working with gay men. J'offre mes services professionnels en français et en anglais.
Your decision to seek therapy is a courageous step towards positive change in your life, and I am here to support and guide you on this journey. With experience in assisting clients who face challenges with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, I am committed to working alongside you to achieve your personal goals. I take pride in offering a safe and welcoming environment for individuals from the LGBTQ+ community. In particular, I have vast clinical and research experience working with gay men. J'offre mes services professionnels en français et en anglais.
(514) 534-0390 View (514) 534-0390
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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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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
Brianna Frances McGirr
Counsellor, MACP
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3W
Waitlist for new clients
Experienced work with adolescents, LGBTQ+, families, children with special needs, individual therapy, group/family therapy, couples counselling, CBT, DBT.
My goals are to provide a safe, comfortable space to help individuals navigate difficult and vulnerable periods of their lives. Today's world can seem overwhelming, increasing our feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. I help clients better understand their symptoms and psychological wellbeing, to help move forward and manage future difficulties. Presently working as a high school counsellor, supporting students in their socio-emotional needs and helping families work through these processes together.
Experienced work with adolescents, LGBTQ+, families, children with special needs, individual therapy, group/family therapy, couples counselling, CBT, DBT.
My goals are to provide a safe, comfortable space to help individuals navigate difficult and vulnerable periods of their lives. Today's world can seem overwhelming, increasing our feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. I help clients better understand their symptoms and psychological wellbeing, to help move forward and manage future difficulties. Presently working as a high school counsellor, supporting students in their socio-emotional needs and helping families work through these processes together.
(450) 497-0143 View (450) 497-0143
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Ricardo Martins
Registered Psychotherapist, Bsc, MSc, GITDip, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H2S
Additionally, I have great experience addressing mental health concerns of immigrants and folks of the LGBTQ+ community.
I would like to offer you my appreciation on how important the step you are giving right now is. Finding a psychotherapist can be daunting or disconcerting at first but the impulse that brought you here means you want things to be different, right? Maybe with less anxiety, less suffering or less loneliness. Maybe with more space to be who you are and experience more easiness to relate to others. Past traumas, being raised in non-attuned contexts and any form of oppression impose ruptures to the dialog between us and others and the internal parts of ourselves. These cracks generate conflicts, suffering, shame, and a self-alienation.
Additionally, I have great experience addressing mental health concerns of immigrants and folks of the LGBTQ+ community.
I would like to offer you my appreciation on how important the step you are giving right now is. Finding a psychotherapist can be daunting or disconcerting at first but the impulse that brought you here means you want things to be different, right? Maybe with less anxiety, less suffering or less loneliness. Maybe with more space to be who you are and experience more easiness to relate to others. Past traumas, being raised in non-attuned contexts and any form of oppression impose ruptures to the dialog between us and others and the internal parts of ourselves. These cracks generate conflicts, suffering, shame, and a self-alienation.
(437) 747-0835 View (437) 747-0835
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Natasha Williot - Dramathérapeute /Drama Therapist
Counsellor, CCC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H3J
Welcome neurospicy and queer Millenials and Gen Zers who are battling anxiety and/or depression. Drama therapy and counselling sessions can help you build confidence, self-esteem, and healthy communication in your relationships as well as understand yourself better. In individual, couple, or group sessions, we will use creativity and the arts in a holistic approach focused on reconnecting all the rejected parts of you, and to help you express your emotions when words just don't come.
Welcome neurospicy and queer Millenials and Gen Zers who are battling anxiety and/or depression. Drama therapy and counselling sessions can help you build confidence, self-esteem, and healthy communication in your relationships as well as understand yourself better. In individual, couple, or group sessions, we will use creativity and the arts in a holistic approach focused on reconnecting all the rejected parts of you, and to help you express your emotions when words just don't come.
(873) 730-3531 View (873) 730-3531
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Sherel Griffiths Therapy & Mediation Services
Registered Psychotherapist, MSW, LCSW, CFT, AFM, MSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H4A  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Through CFT training, an internship at MUSIC, and being a member of the transgender research group, I have developed a growing competency and keen interest in working with 2SLGBTQIA+ racialized, immigrant clients and couples.
Maneuvering through the different stages of "Life Journey" can be fulfilling as well as filled with periods of high stress, and emotional imbalance. Through the guiding principles of dignity, diversity, and self-determination, individual therapy brings growth by focusing on your strengths and resilience. Couple therapy can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection in all stages of their relationship. Through the process of couple therapy, I vow to help you understand and become unstuck from the repetitive cycle of miscommunication, stepping on each other's toes, and triggering unhealed wounds.
Through CFT training, an internship at MUSIC, and being a member of the transgender research group, I have developed a growing competency and keen interest in working with 2SLGBTQIA+ racialized, immigrant clients and couples.
Maneuvering through the different stages of "Life Journey" can be fulfilling as well as filled with periods of high stress, and emotional imbalance. Through the guiding principles of dignity, diversity, and self-determination, individual therapy brings growth by focusing on your strengths and resilience. Couple therapy can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection in all stages of their relationship. Through the process of couple therapy, I vow to help you understand and become unstuck from the repetitive cycle of miscommunication, stepping on each other's toes, and triggering unhealed wounds.
(438) 255-4340 View (438) 255-4340
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Michael Benibgui
Psychologist, PhD, OPQ
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H4A  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in working with people who seek a culturally affirming therapist, and those from diverse ethnic, religious, & racial backgrounds, LGBTQIA+, and other cultural / social groups.
My approach to therapy is evidence-based, interactive, relational, & motivational. As I believe that the relationship between the therapist and client is what is most healing & helpful in therapy, I strive to create a comfortable & supportive atmosphere where difficult issues can be addressed. When people feel supported & understood; they are often more able to face challenges. I also help clients become more aware of the obstacles which prevent them from leading more satisfying lives & improving their relationships. Sometimes that may involve exploring past experiences and/or it may involve learning new concrete coping skills
I specialize in working with people who seek a culturally affirming therapist, and those from diverse ethnic, religious, & racial backgrounds, LGBTQIA+, and other cultural / social groups.
My approach to therapy is evidence-based, interactive, relational, & motivational. As I believe that the relationship between the therapist and client is what is most healing & helpful in therapy, I strive to create a comfortable & supportive atmosphere where difficult issues can be addressed. When people feel supported & understood; they are often more able to face challenges. I also help clients become more aware of the obstacles which prevent them from leading more satisfying lives & improving their relationships. Sometimes that may involve exploring past experiences and/or it may involve learning new concrete coping skills
(438) 299-8530 View (438) 299-8530
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RISE Anxiety & Depression Clinic
MA, CCC, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Côte Saint-Luc, QC H3X
We offer same-day or next-day appointments. Our services cater to adults, parents, teenagers, children, couples, and families, emphasizing empowerment, emotional support, collaboration, and a non-judgmental approach. We specialize in assisting individuals who have experienced acute trauma, such as sexual violence and victims of crime, as well as those dealing with complex PTSD. Our practice is LGBTQ+-inclusive and friendly to individuals with diverse sexual orientations, kinks, non-monogamous, and polyamorous lifestyles. We offer flexible appointment scheduling, allowing you to choose between male and female clinicians.
We offer same-day or next-day appointments. Our services cater to adults, parents, teenagers, children, couples, and families, emphasizing empowerment, emotional support, collaboration, and a non-judgmental approach. We specialize in assisting individuals who have experienced acute trauma, such as sexual violence and victims of crime, as well as those dealing with complex PTSD. Our practice is LGBTQ+-inclusive and friendly to individuals with diverse sexual orientations, kinks, non-monogamous, and polyamorous lifestyles. We offer flexible appointment scheduling, allowing you to choose between male and female clinicians.
(438) 230-0252 View (438) 230-0252
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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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Room of One's Own (ROO)
Counsellor, RCC, MC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H2L  (Online Only)
Hiu is experienced in working from an Intersectionality-focused lens with predominantly people of the Global Majority with different neurotypes who identify as queer and have ongoing relationships with grief. Trained in Somatic Attachment and Feminist Narrative Therapy, Hiu privileges a person’s survival story and relationships to their agency, emotions, boundaries, and people. Hiu takes on a co-researcher role in therapy sessions with deconstructive conversations, insightful and possibly challenging questions, curiosity, and a commitment to naming the oppressive systems and dominant narratives at work.
Hiu is experienced in working from an Intersectionality-focused lens with predominantly people of the Global Majority with different neurotypes who identify as queer and have ongoing relationships with grief. Trained in Somatic Attachment and Feminist Narrative Therapy, Hiu privileges a person’s survival story and relationships to their agency, emotions, boundaries, and people. Hiu takes on a co-researcher role in therapy sessions with deconstructive conversations, insightful and possibly challenging questions, curiosity, and a commitment to naming the oppressive systems and dominant narratives at work.
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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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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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Kiraz Johannsen Psychotherapist
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, CPsych, CCC
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3W  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Kiraz is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice and a psychology professor at Vanier College. In her private practice, Kiraz works with adult and LGBTQ clients seeking treatment for mood disorders, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. She practices psychodynamic psychotherapies and CBT for the past 15 years in English and German.
Kiraz is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice and a psychology professor at Vanier College. In her private practice, Kiraz works with adult and LGBTQ clients seeking treatment for mood disorders, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. She practices psychodynamic psychotherapies and CBT for the past 15 years in English and German.
(855) 492-3667 View (855) 492-3667
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Bailey B Carter
Counsellor, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H3Z
People-pleasers, perfectionists, worriers, and warriors ages 6 to 66: this is your call to action. You want to be more in touch with yourself but you have been held back by anxiety, trauma, and people taking advantage of you. As part of the LGBTQ2IA+ and geeky communities, you sometimes feel like you're cast aside and rarely understood. It is so tempting to give up, but you continue to persevere! You've been fighting on your own for so long that now you're ready for some more support from someone who won't ask you to educate them about being queer/the MCU/BDSM/pop culture references.
People-pleasers, perfectionists, worriers, and warriors ages 6 to 66: this is your call to action. You want to be more in touch with yourself but you have been held back by anxiety, trauma, and people taking advantage of you. As part of the LGBTQ2IA+ and geeky communities, you sometimes feel like you're cast aside and rarely understood. It is so tempting to give up, but you continue to persevere! You've been fighting on your own for so long that now you're ready for some more support from someone who won't ask you to educate them about being queer/the MCU/BDSM/pop culture references.
(438) 795-1354 View (438) 795-1354
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.