LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Rogers, AR

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Jason LeCompte
Licensed Professional Counselor, MAMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72756
Waitlist for new clients
I'm a proud founding member of the Bentonville Counseling Collective, a one-of-a-kind counseling practice in NWA. We are individual counselors working together to provide excellent, affordable, and tailored therapy for a vast array of clients. For the past several years we have worked with individuals, couples, and families on many different issues including depression, anxiety, infidelity, trauma, grief, LGBTQ issues, and many others. Whatever the challenge, the Bentonville Counseling Collective can help you overcome it, and help you be happier and more fulfilled in your life.
I'm a proud founding member of the Bentonville Counseling Collective, a one-of-a-kind counseling practice in NWA. We are individual counselors working together to provide excellent, affordable, and tailored therapy for a vast array of clients. For the past several years we have worked with individuals, couples, and families on many different issues including depression, anxiety, infidelity, trauma, grief, LGBTQ issues, and many others. Whatever the challenge, the Bentonville Counseling Collective can help you overcome it, and help you be happier and more fulfilled in your life.
(479) 431-2362 View (479) 431-2362
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Lauren Garrett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rogers, AR 72758
Lauren is passionate about helping clients find patterns and make connections. She is a very engaged therapist who asks unique questions to bring you clarity and a fresh perspective. Her clinical interests include trauma, family conflict, relationship dynamics, attachment, anxiety, and identity exploration. Her therapeutic approach is psychodynamic therapy, which recognizes the profound impact our past experiences have on our present thoughts and behaviors. Lauren studied social work at NYU and NYU Shanghai, and received training at The New School University. She is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and values a diverse clientele.
Lauren is passionate about helping clients find patterns and make connections. She is a very engaged therapist who asks unique questions to bring you clarity and a fresh perspective. Her clinical interests include trauma, family conflict, relationship dynamics, attachment, anxiety, and identity exploration. Her therapeutic approach is psychodynamic therapy, which recognizes the profound impact our past experiences have on our present thoughts and behaviors. Lauren studied social work at NYU and NYU Shanghai, and received training at The New School University. She is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and values a diverse clientele.
(479) 847-1769 View (479) 847-1769
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Lexi Madle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72756
I am committed to building therapeutic relationships where individuals feel seen, heard, accepted and supported. I consider myself to be an affirming therapist with an open and relaxed style that my clients tell me helps to feel at ease right away. I believe therapy is an invaluable space where you can begin to explore all the parts of yourself and begin to heal and flourish. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ Community, I have found a deep passion and empowerment in working with those alike. I specialize in treating teens and adults with anxiety, grief, mood disorders, self harming behaviors and trauma.
I am committed to building therapeutic relationships where individuals feel seen, heard, accepted and supported. I consider myself to be an affirming therapist with an open and relaxed style that my clients tell me helps to feel at ease right away. I believe therapy is an invaluable space where you can begin to explore all the parts of yourself and begin to heal and flourish. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ Community, I have found a deep passion and empowerment in working with those alike. I specialize in treating teens and adults with anxiety, grief, mood disorders, self harming behaviors and trauma.
(479) 348-4461 View (479) 348-4461
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Shelby Freeman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CRC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72756
Waitlist for new clients
As a trained EMDR practitioner and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, one of my specialities is working at the intersection of trauma and LGBTQ+ identities.
I offer a safe and affirming space for individuals navigating trauma, attachment difficulties, anxiety, spirituality, and gender identity. With expertise in trauma recovery, religious and relationship abuse, LGBTQ+ issues, and the complexities surrounding transgender experiences, I provide personalized support to help you heal, grow, and thrive. Whether you’re seeking to process past traumas or embark on a journey of self-discovery, I am here to walk alongside you every step of the way. Lets work together to cultivate resilience, empowerment, and a renewed sense of self!
As a trained EMDR practitioner and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, one of my specialities is working at the intersection of trauma and LGBTQ+ identities.
I offer a safe and affirming space for individuals navigating trauma, attachment difficulties, anxiety, spirituality, and gender identity. With expertise in trauma recovery, religious and relationship abuse, LGBTQ+ issues, and the complexities surrounding transgender experiences, I provide personalized support to help you heal, grow, and thrive. Whether you’re seeking to process past traumas or embark on a journey of self-discovery, I am here to walk alongside you every step of the way. Lets work together to cultivate resilience, empowerment, and a renewed sense of self!
(479) 326-7803 View (479) 326-7803
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Sean Millhouse
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Rogers, AR 72758
My areas of focus include helping clients through depression, anxiety, grief, life changes, relationship challenges, and LGBTQ+ issues.
I believe that we are the storytellers of our lives. Along the way, we may get lost due to hardship, trauma, loss, and the disconnection from our core values. In my work as a therapist, I am dedicated to helping you rewrite your story from a place of compassion, empowerment, curiosity, and acceptance. Sometimes we need to reset or rediscover our internal compass, and I would be honored to help you find your way on your path to healing and contentment.
My areas of focus include helping clients through depression, anxiety, grief, life changes, relationship challenges, and LGBTQ+ issues.
I believe that we are the storytellers of our lives. Along the way, we may get lost due to hardship, trauma, loss, and the disconnection from our core values. In my work as a therapist, I am dedicated to helping you rewrite your story from a place of compassion, empowerment, curiosity, and acceptance. Sometimes we need to reset or rediscover our internal compass, and I would be honored to help you find your way on your path to healing and contentment.
(479) 239-9221 View (479) 239-9221
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Kendyl Tinsley
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, TAC
Verified Verified
Rogers, AR 72758
With over a decade experience in a variety of settings, my passion lies in working a hybrid of school based and outpatient - working with teens, adults, and the LGBTQIA+ population. I most enjoy working through life transitions be it changes in circumstances, gender/sexuality, the natural ebbs and flows of life, or taking the next step (adulthood, career, marriage, etc). I am trained in EMDR & TF-CBT, thus I excel at working with trauma. I'm a GALAP pledge signer and take a no gatekeeping approach to serving trans and nonbinary clients. I enjoy helping families find common ground and mutual respect even around difficult subjects.
With over a decade experience in a variety of settings, my passion lies in working a hybrid of school based and outpatient - working with teens, adults, and the LGBTQIA+ population. I most enjoy working through life transitions be it changes in circumstances, gender/sexuality, the natural ebbs and flows of life, or taking the next step (adulthood, career, marriage, etc). I am trained in EMDR & TF-CBT, thus I excel at working with trauma. I'm a GALAP pledge signer and take a no gatekeeping approach to serving trans and nonbinary clients. I enjoy helping families find common ground and mutual respect even around difficult subjects.
(479) 397-3645 View (479) 397-3645
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Daisy Bonilla
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rogers, AR 72756
Waitlist for new clients
While much of my experience has been centered on work with the immigrant and LGBTQIA+ community, I strive to create an open and affirmative space for all and work with adults, young adults, families, and couples.
Life’s journey can be really challenging sometimes. Hardships, relationships, and emotions can be difficult to overcome. While people come to treatment for a variety of reasons, therapy can serve as a critical anchor when you are feeling lost, broken, or stuck. I view therapy as a safe, explorative space to help you work through the problems you're experiencing as well as learn more about the relationships affecting your life.
While much of my experience has been centered on work with the immigrant and LGBTQIA+ community, I strive to create an open and affirmative space for all and work with adults, young adults, families, and couples.
Life’s journey can be really challenging sometimes. Hardships, relationships, and emotions can be difficult to overcome. While people come to treatment for a variety of reasons, therapy can serve as a critical anchor when you are feeling lost, broken, or stuck. I view therapy as a safe, explorative space to help you work through the problems you're experiencing as well as learn more about the relationships affecting your life.
(479) 239-9257 View (479) 239-9257
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Daveeda 'leanne' Collins
Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72758
My passion is helping those struggling with LGBTQIA+, relational, and sexual concerns.
What is your greatest desire? Take a moment to really think about it. What stands in your way? You may be struggling to answer these questions. You may feel lost, confused, helpless, and overwhelmed. Maybe you feel alone or too embarrassed to talk to someone, but you don't have to brave the journey alone. Life is full of twists and turns, obstacles, and roadblocks that create a need to adjust the route to your destination. You may need help navigating the journey, and therapy is not “one size fits all.”
My passion is helping those struggling with LGBTQIA+, relational, and sexual concerns.
What is your greatest desire? Take a moment to really think about it. What stands in your way? You may be struggling to answer these questions. You may feel lost, confused, helpless, and overwhelmed. Maybe you feel alone or too embarrassed to talk to someone, but you don't have to brave the journey alone. Life is full of twists and turns, obstacles, and roadblocks that create a need to adjust the route to your destination. You may need help navigating the journey, and therapy is not “one size fits all.”
(479) 342-4595 View (479) 342-4595
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Tori Francis
Counselor, MS, LPC, EMDR, TA, NCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72756
479 Counseling is trauma-informed, LGBTQIA+ affirming, and welcoming to people of all spiritualities.
Identity exploration is the heart of transformative therapy. You absolutely deserve to feel grounded in who you are, and it is my privilege to help clients explore the patterns or hardships causing inner turmoil. People often come to me with histories of emotional abuse, difficult upbringings, or toxic romantic relationships. Some feel stuck or alone in their current circumstances, and they want help navigating a tender transition. The introspective nature of therapy can be vulnerable, but the healing is often profound. Wherever you are on your journey, I will strive to help you build a more authentic and meaningful life.
479 Counseling is trauma-informed, LGBTQIA+ affirming, and welcoming to people of all spiritualities.
Identity exploration is the heart of transformative therapy. You absolutely deserve to feel grounded in who you are, and it is my privilege to help clients explore the patterns or hardships causing inner turmoil. People often come to me with histories of emotional abuse, difficult upbringings, or toxic romantic relationships. Some feel stuck or alone in their current circumstances, and they want help navigating a tender transition. The introspective nature of therapy can be vulnerable, but the healing is often profound. Wherever you are on your journey, I will strive to help you build a more authentic and meaningful life.
(479) 349-4614 View (479) 349-4614
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Cathy Campbell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Rogers, AR 72756
One aspect of my practice is that I work with transgender individuals, both children and adults, and their families.
My approach to counseling is holistic because of the relationships between our minds, emotions, physical bodies, and spirits. Stress and stress management involve all aspects of our being. New research shows the connection between chronic stress in childhood and chronic physical and emotional illness in adults, and mind-body approaches that can help with healing. I also specialize in working with LGBTQ clients and their families. I am challenged and inspired by the difficulties that LGBTQ people face as they embrace their identities. Always, I want to support my clients in becoming their best, most authentic selves.
One aspect of my practice is that I work with transgender individuals, both children and adults, and their families.
My approach to counseling is holistic because of the relationships between our minds, emotions, physical bodies, and spirits. Stress and stress management involve all aspects of our being. New research shows the connection between chronic stress in childhood and chronic physical and emotional illness in adults, and mind-body approaches that can help with healing. I also specialize in working with LGBTQ clients and their families. I am challenged and inspired by the difficulties that LGBTQ people face as they embrace their identities. Always, I want to support my clients in becoming their best, most authentic selves.
(479) 226-8942 View (479) 226-8942
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Allie Wakefield
MS, LPE-I
Verified Verified
Rogers, AR 72758
When times get tough, we all need compassionate support and lots of coping skills! Allow me to help you through the hard times while teaching effective strategies to calm the inner chaos. By learning to care for yourself and understand your struggles you will find true stability and control that can be sustained, no matter the circumstances. Teens, especially need to learn these skills in order to successfully launch into adulthood. I strive to equip each of my clients with a coping skills set early on in treatment. I am trained in EMDR for treating trauma. I am an ally and member of the LGBTQ+ community.
When times get tough, we all need compassionate support and lots of coping skills! Allow me to help you through the hard times while teaching effective strategies to calm the inner chaos. By learning to care for yourself and understand your struggles you will find true stability and control that can be sustained, no matter the circumstances. Teens, especially need to learn these skills in order to successfully launch into adulthood. I strive to equip each of my clients with a coping skills set early on in treatment. I am trained in EMDR for treating trauma. I am an ally and member of the LGBTQ+ community.
(417) 815-0738 View (417) 815-0738
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Corinna Dranow
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72758
I’m LGBTQ+ affirming, trained and experienced.
Welcome to my webpage! I’m a family systems oriented therapist and my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
I’m LGBTQ+ affirming, trained and experienced.
Welcome to my webpage! I’m a family systems oriented therapist and my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
(479) 282-0629 View (479) 282-0629
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Leah Richter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rogers, AR 72756  (Online Only)
I am passionate about supporting people in their mental health journeys. I have a special interest in working alongside women, and also have experience and a passion for working with military personnel and veterans. My practice is inclusive of the LGBTQA+ community. I respect your experience & identity. Trauma is life changing, but healing is possible. I want to help you develop and maintain peace in your life through the use of trauma focused therapy interventions including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused-Cognititve Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR).
I am passionate about supporting people in their mental health journeys. I have a special interest in working alongside women, and also have experience and a passion for working with military personnel and veterans. My practice is inclusive of the LGBTQA+ community. I respect your experience & identity. Trauma is life changing, but healing is possible. I want to help you develop and maintain peace in your life through the use of trauma focused therapy interventions including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused-Cognititve Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR).
(479) 349-4423 View (479) 349-4423
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Kara Willis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rogers, AR 72756
I want to offer an inclusive space for the unique concerns of people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQA+ community.
People consider therapy for a variety of reasons & I'm here to help through NWA Therapy's team. My experience working in a hospice setting has helped me learn so much to support and counsel someone as they journey through grief and loss. My work in dialysis has informed me on strategies to help patients manage the emotional stress of chronic illness & medical concerns. Work in a psychiatric hospital exposed me to patients struggling with significant mental health problems. I want to partner with you as we work together through the struggles of life including depression, grief, loss, anxiety, stress, trauma, and life transitions.
I want to offer an inclusive space for the unique concerns of people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQA+ community.
People consider therapy for a variety of reasons & I'm here to help through NWA Therapy's team. My experience working in a hospice setting has helped me learn so much to support and counsel someone as they journey through grief and loss. My work in dialysis has informed me on strategies to help patients manage the emotional stress of chronic illness & medical concerns. Work in a psychiatric hospital exposed me to patients struggling with significant mental health problems. I want to partner with you as we work together through the struggles of life including depression, grief, loss, anxiety, stress, trauma, and life transitions.
(479) 239-9024 View (479) 239-9024
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Breanne J Gilchrist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LIMHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72758
I work with LGBTQ+ and use many different approaches to treatment as I understand one treatment approach does not work for everyone.
I believe everyone has the capacity for change. Often times we need guidance, or a gentle push, to get there. I offer a safe and welcoming environment for you to process and create realistic goals for where you are today. I believe all can benefit from therapy throughout their lives, to help support, encourage and cheer you on in your journey.
I work with LGBTQ+ and use many different approaches to treatment as I understand one treatment approach does not work for everyone.
I believe everyone has the capacity for change. Often times we need guidance, or a gentle push, to get there. I offer a safe and welcoming environment for you to process and create realistic goals for where you are today. I believe all can benefit from therapy throughout their lives, to help support, encourage and cheer you on in your journey.
(479) 269-4021 View (479) 269-4021
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Danell Will
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72758
Waitlist for new clients
Danell is passionate about guiding individuals to recognize their worth, strengths, and resiliency, so they may step into their full potential. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for change and works hard at creating a safe and authentic space for people to explore their life experiences while working towards achieving their personal goals. Danell strives to make all clients feel seen, heard, and genuinely known. She adamantly believes that all people are deserving of affirming and inclusive care and is a proud LGBTQ+ ally and advocate.
Danell is passionate about guiding individuals to recognize their worth, strengths, and resiliency, so they may step into their full potential. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for change and works hard at creating a safe and authentic space for people to explore their life experiences while working towards achieving their personal goals. Danell strives to make all clients feel seen, heard, and genuinely known. She adamantly believes that all people are deserving of affirming and inclusive care and is a proud LGBTQ+ ally and advocate.
(479) 689-4997 View (479) 689-4997
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Lauren McCoy
Marriage & Family Therapist, BS, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Rogers, AR 72757  (Online Only)
I have experience with clients seeking therapy for: couple/family counseling, infidelity, co-parenting, miscommunication, teens/children, grief, adjustment issues, stress/anxiety, depression, self esteem, LGBTQIA issues, sexuality, and more.
I focus on relationship/couples work. I am passionate about helping individuals, couples, & families overcome obstacles and hardships that are throwing life off course. I believe that the most successful therapy occurs when you are truly ready for change and I applaud you for being brave enough to take the first steps towards that change. Therapy can seem scary , but the right connection with the right therapist will make it a rewarding experience. I offer nonjudgemental and safe therapy. I believe that trust between therapist and client is the foundation of a good therapeutic experience. Follow me on IG @therapylauren.
I have experience with clients seeking therapy for: couple/family counseling, infidelity, co-parenting, miscommunication, teens/children, grief, adjustment issues, stress/anxiety, depression, self esteem, LGBTQIA issues, sexuality, and more.
I focus on relationship/couples work. I am passionate about helping individuals, couples, & families overcome obstacles and hardships that are throwing life off course. I believe that the most successful therapy occurs when you are truly ready for change and I applaud you for being brave enough to take the first steps towards that change. Therapy can seem scary , but the right connection with the right therapist will make it a rewarding experience. I offer nonjudgemental and safe therapy. I believe that trust between therapist and client is the foundation of a good therapeutic experience. Follow me on IG @therapylauren.
(479) 239-8940 View (479) 239-8940
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Jeff Williams
Counselor, MS, LAC
Verified Verified
Rogers, AR 72758
You’re conflicted and at a crossroads. The feelings you have for other men are powerful, but everything you believe, everything expected from your family, friends, and faith, and everything you expect of yourself condemns you with shame and fear. You’ve played out in your mind several options trying to find peace within yourself. But every option seems to end with fear that you lose something precious. On the one hand you fear losing relationships. You wonder if you will lose your faith. On the other hand, you lose authenticity. In fact, in many ways, the internal conflicts have caused you to lose yourself and your identity.
You’re conflicted and at a crossroads. The feelings you have for other men are powerful, but everything you believe, everything expected from your family, friends, and faith, and everything you expect of yourself condemns you with shame and fear. You’ve played out in your mind several options trying to find peace within yourself. But every option seems to end with fear that you lose something precious. On the one hand you fear losing relationships. You wonder if you will lose your faith. On the other hand, you lose authenticity. In fact, in many ways, the internal conflicts have caused you to lose yourself and your identity.
(479) 662-0207 View (479) 662-0207
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Freeman-Burchfield Institute for Cognitive Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, BICBTCC, A-CBT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72758
Are you suffering from anxiety, panic, OCD or depression? If so, we want you to know that at FBCBT hope starts at hello! We are here to listen sincerely so we can work with you to create a plan to get you right where you want to be. We can help you find a therapist that fits your individual needs. At FBCBT we teach and utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) because CBT is the most researched and scientifically tested therapy model. However, we value all evidence-based therapy models and use what is needed to best help you. Please feel free to reach out today to learn more about us.
Are you suffering from anxiety, panic, OCD or depression? If so, we want you to know that at FBCBT hope starts at hello! We are here to listen sincerely so we can work with you to create a plan to get you right where you want to be. We can help you find a therapist that fits your individual needs. At FBCBT we teach and utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) because CBT is the most researched and scientifically tested therapy model. However, we value all evidence-based therapy models and use what is needed to best help you. Please feel free to reach out today to learn more about us.
(479) 226-8910 View (479) 226-8910
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Sean McDonald
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC, CSAT, CMAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72758
Sean McDonald, Owner and Clinical Director of Waterstone Counseling Center, believes each person has a unique story. His desire is to help guide you in living out a balanced and healthy lifestyle - emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Sean helps people from all backgrounds, including religious and non-religious belief systems. He strives to create a safe and confidential atmosphere to work with individuals who struggle with sexual addiction, porn addiction, shame, marital infidelity, and other intimacy related disorders. He also work with spouses/partners and families of sex addicts as well as individuals who struggle with anxiety, anger, trauma, and depression.
Sean McDonald, Owner and Clinical Director of Waterstone Counseling Center, believes each person has a unique story. His desire is to help guide you in living out a balanced and healthy lifestyle - emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Sean helps people from all backgrounds, including religious and non-religious belief systems. He strives to create a safe and confidential atmosphere to work with individuals who struggle with sexual addiction, porn addiction, shame, marital infidelity, and other intimacy related disorders. He also work with spouses/partners and families of sex addicts as well as individuals who struggle with anxiety, anger, trauma, and depression.
(479) 239-5011 View (479) 239-5011
LGBTQ+ Therapists

Do LGBTQ-affirmative therapists receive special training?

Yes. Many therapists who practice LGBTQ-affirmative therapy have completed specialized training, either during their degree program 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 marginalization 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 specialized training or experience in providing support to queer individuals, couples or families.