LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Burbank, CA

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Gail McCann
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91505
Waitlist for new clients
I work with clients from various walks of life, including those who have faced trauma, grief, and life transitions. I work with individuals and relationships of all constructs. My training includes a specialization in LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy. I proudly identify as a queer lesbian and I am passionate about providing competent, informed therapy and assistance to all of my kin in the Queer community. This includes the unique life challenges LGBTQIA+ folks face like coming out, religious trauma, body dysphoria, social and medical transitioning, relationship challenges, and internalized shame and oppression.
I work with clients from various walks of life, including those who have faced trauma, grief, and life transitions. I work with individuals and relationships of all constructs. My training includes a specialization in LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy. I proudly identify as a queer lesbian and I am passionate about providing competent, informed therapy and assistance to all of my kin in the Queer community. This includes the unique life challenges LGBTQIA+ folks face like coming out, religious trauma, body dysphoria, social and medical transitioning, relationship challenges, and internalized shame and oppression.
(818) 918-9527 View (818) 918-9527
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Traci Time
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91505
I assist persons struggling to manage relationships, LGBTQ-based difficulties, and post-military adjustment.
It has been a privilege for me to have worked across my career with diverse individuals, couples, and families, and I have served clients in a multitude of settings. I treat those struggling with a wide range of problems, such as coping with adverse past and present circumstances, trauma, managing transitions, grief and loss, existential conflicts, medical conditions, aging, women's issues, work-based challenges, and just feeling overwhelmed by day-to-day demands. I have extensive experience working with clients whose careers involve personal creativity.
I assist persons struggling to manage relationships, LGBTQ-based difficulties, and post-military adjustment.
It has been a privilege for me to have worked across my career with diverse individuals, couples, and families, and I have served clients in a multitude of settings. I treat those struggling with a wide range of problems, such as coping with adverse past and present circumstances, trauma, managing transitions, grief and loss, existential conflicts, medical conditions, aging, women's issues, work-based challenges, and just feeling overwhelmed by day-to-day demands. I have extensive experience working with clients whose careers involve personal creativity.
(818) 918-4984 View (818) 918-4984
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Dr. Jacquie Talesnick
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91501  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with adults in the LGBTQ+ community as well as artists/creatives around issues of identity, life transition, relationships, trauma, depression, and anxiety.
I am a trauma-informed licensed psychologist who has trained in cognitive-behavioral, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and relational psychodynamic approaches. As an integrative therapist, I attempt to tailor treatment to each individual's needs using relevant interventions and theories. In working interpersonally and collaboratively, we may explore one's individual history, identities/roles, family and cultural dynamics, strengths, values, and goals. Through individual and couples therapy, I enjoy working with adults who identify feeling stuck, lost, alone, misunderstood, frustrated, anxious, disconnected, indifferent, and depressed.
I specialize in working with adults in the LGBTQ+ community as well as artists/creatives around issues of identity, life transition, relationships, trauma, depression, and anxiety.
I am a trauma-informed licensed psychologist who has trained in cognitive-behavioral, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and relational psychodynamic approaches. As an integrative therapist, I attempt to tailor treatment to each individual's needs using relevant interventions and theories. In working interpersonally and collaboratively, we may explore one's individual history, identities/roles, family and cultural dynamics, strengths, values, and goals. Through individual and couples therapy, I enjoy working with adults who identify feeling stuck, lost, alone, misunderstood, frustrated, anxious, disconnected, indifferent, and depressed.
(818) 960-1342 x1002 View (818) 960-1342 x1002
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Gregory Walston
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT, CPRP
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91505  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in issues important to LGBTQI individuals/couples/families, like substance use recovery, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, coming out process, acceptance/family issues, HIV adjustment issues, men's issues, grief/loss, men and trauma, other gender issues, and psychological recovery from trauma. I enjoy helping LGBT people resolve early child/family issues that continue to block happiness. Also, I am experienced in helping teens. Whether you feel lost, stuck, or empty, let's work together to help you build a happier foundation, resolving any issues that hold you back so you can move forward and reclaim your life!
I specialize in issues important to LGBTQI individuals/couples/families, like substance use recovery, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, coming out process, acceptance/family issues, HIV adjustment issues, men's issues, grief/loss, men and trauma, other gender issues, and psychological recovery from trauma. I enjoy helping LGBT people resolve early child/family issues that continue to block happiness. Also, I am experienced in helping teens. Whether you feel lost, stuck, or empty, let's work together to help you build a happier foundation, resolving any issues that hold you back so you can move forward and reclaim your life!
(818) 351-7109 View (818) 351-7109
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Toby Barron
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91505
I honestly love my work. Working in LGBTQ+ mental health since 2013, I get to support clients with many different needs. A lot of my work focuses on: gender identity, medical and social gender transition, gender-affirming surgery prep & letters, coming out, self-esteem, HIV/AIDS, nonmonogamy, kink, stigma, discrimination, and building healthy relationships. My liberation-focused framework is collaborative, affirming, and intersectional. Beyond queer-specific issues, my focus also includes EMDR, trauma recovery, PTSD, ADHD, autism, neurodiversity, depression, anxiety, & recovery from unhealthy/narcissistic relationships.
I honestly love my work. Working in LGBTQ+ mental health since 2013, I get to support clients with many different needs. A lot of my work focuses on: gender identity, medical and social gender transition, gender-affirming surgery prep & letters, coming out, self-esteem, HIV/AIDS, nonmonogamy, kink, stigma, discrimination, and building healthy relationships. My liberation-focused framework is collaborative, affirming, and intersectional. Beyond queer-specific issues, my focus also includes EMDR, trauma recovery, PTSD, ADHD, autism, neurodiversity, depression, anxiety, & recovery from unhealthy/narcissistic relationships.
(213) 861-4796 View (213) 861-4796
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Dr. Daniel Garrett
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91501
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, relationship issues, LGBTQIA, kink/poly, anger management, life transitions/adjustment, grief/loss, trauma, addiction, and mood disorders.
My focus is on providing multi-culturally affirming therapy to help people achieve their therapeutic goals and cope with struggles they face. I use an integrative and collaborative approach to deeply understand my client’s concerns, meet people where they are, and support their specific needs from therapy.
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, relationship issues, LGBTQIA, kink/poly, anger management, life transitions/adjustment, grief/loss, trauma, addiction, and mood disorders.
My focus is on providing multi-culturally affirming therapy to help people achieve their therapeutic goals and cope with struggles they face. I use an integrative and collaborative approach to deeply understand my client’s concerns, meet people where they are, and support their specific needs from therapy.
(747) 200-8760 x1002 View (747) 200-8760 x1002
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Devan Haddad
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, APCC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91504  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am a queer psychotherapist working from a social justice and anti-oppression framework. This means that we will work together to understand how the systems of the world and your environment contribute to your life. I strongly believe in the ability we each have to better understand ourselves and heal with the support we need - I am here to guide you in that process.
Welcome! I am a queer psychotherapist working from a social justice and anti-oppression framework. This means that we will work together to understand how the systems of the world and your environment contribute to your life. I strongly believe in the ability we each have to better understand ourselves and heal with the support we need - I am here to guide you in that process.
(818) 797-7271 View (818) 797-7271
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Jacey Milliner
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91505  (Online Only)
She specializes in clients seeking help with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship issues, and the BIPOC/LGBTQ+ community.
Jacey Milliner (AMFT 140322) is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in facilitating profound self-transformation. When working with individuals, couples, and families, her approach is firmly rooted in the belief that each person possesses inherent value and untapped potential. She is deeply committed to nurturing the therapeutic relationship, recognizing it as the cornerstone of the transformative journey with her clients. Within this dedicated space, her goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental, and empathetic environment, empowering clients to explore the depths of their emotions.
She specializes in clients seeking help with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship issues, and the BIPOC/LGBTQ+ community.
Jacey Milliner (AMFT 140322) is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in facilitating profound self-transformation. When working with individuals, couples, and families, her approach is firmly rooted in the belief that each person possesses inherent value and untapped potential. She is deeply committed to nurturing the therapeutic relationship, recognizing it as the cornerstone of the transformative journey with her clients. Within this dedicated space, her goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental, and empathetic environment, empowering clients to explore the depths of their emotions.
(747) 239-4789 View (747) 239-4789
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Edwin Albert Huerta
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91501
Hi there, my name is Edwin! My experience in Social Work has allowed me to work alongside students of all ages (elementary through college) where we worked on topics such as depressive moods, anxiety, stress, and questions surrounding queer identity. Working with these students allowed us to start conversations about communication skills and triggers that they faced in their day to day life. Working alongside them, we were able to identify what steps they were comfortable doing to implement into their lives to see results.
Hi there, my name is Edwin! My experience in Social Work has allowed me to work alongside students of all ages (elementary through college) where we worked on topics such as depressive moods, anxiety, stress, and questions surrounding queer identity. Working with these students allowed us to start conversations about communication skills and triggers that they faced in their day to day life. Working alongside them, we were able to identify what steps they were comfortable doing to implement into their lives to see results.
(747) 347-3590 View (747) 347-3590
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James Dvorak
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91505
My practice provides LGBTQIA+ -affirmative therapy and is sex-, kink-, ethical and consensual nonmonogamy-allied.
My goal is to walk with you through transitions, helping you navigate the challenges, stressors, and fears related to moving forward from a relationship, a job/career, or the loss or shift in identity. I aim to support you in the process of (re)discovering yourself in these transitions, especially when faced with questions about sexuality, expression, and roles in your daily life. Together, we will explore new perspectives and unknowns in transitions, helping to equip you with the confidence to progress, uncovering patterns, parts, and habits that may no longer serve you in their current state.
My practice provides LGBTQIA+ -affirmative therapy and is sex-, kink-, ethical and consensual nonmonogamy-allied.
My goal is to walk with you through transitions, helping you navigate the challenges, stressors, and fears related to moving forward from a relationship, a job/career, or the loss or shift in identity. I aim to support you in the process of (re)discovering yourself in these transitions, especially when faced with questions about sexuality, expression, and roles in your daily life. Together, we will explore new perspectives and unknowns in transitions, helping to equip you with the confidence to progress, uncovering patterns, parts, and habits that may no longer serve you in their current state.
(424) 401-3903 View (424) 401-3903
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Robbert Jan Schalekamp
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91502
The majority of my clients are people over 40, many of them gay men, who want to make sense of their life and its transitions: where they come from, where they are and where they are going. They might have specific issues: work, relationships, health challenges (sometimes HIV), aging parents, substance abuse and other addictive behaviors. Sometimes there is no specific issue, just a desire to sort out things. Their history might include trauma in childhood or later in life, and multiple losses, including loss to suicide. Depression and anxiety often show up as part of the work.
The majority of my clients are people over 40, many of them gay men, who want to make sense of their life and its transitions: where they come from, where they are and where they are going. They might have specific issues: work, relationships, health challenges (sometimes HIV), aging parents, substance abuse and other addictive behaviors. Sometimes there is no specific issue, just a desire to sort out things. Their history might include trauma in childhood or later in life, and multiple losses, including loss to suicide. Depression and anxiety often show up as part of the work.
(310) 697-8524 View (310) 697-8524
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Dr. Maggie Guevara-Fayad
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT, LCADC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91502
Not accepting new clients
D couples therapy approach, and LGBTQIA+ informed.
I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in the States of California, Nevada & Idaho. I hold a Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counseling credential in NV & Psy.D in Clinical Psychology. I service diverse clinical populations in both the English/Spanish languages. Clients include: adults age 18 and over. Services include: Initial assessment interview, collaborative treatment planning, behavioral health treatment, substance use disorders, and repetitive behavior treatment. Immigration evaluations for VAMA, U Visa, and T Visa. Services are by appointment only.
D couples therapy approach, and LGBTQIA+ informed.
I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in the States of California, Nevada & Idaho. I hold a Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counseling credential in NV & Psy.D in Clinical Psychology. I service diverse clinical populations in both the English/Spanish languages. Clients include: adults age 18 and over. Services include: Initial assessment interview, collaborative treatment planning, behavioral health treatment, substance use disorders, and repetitive behavior treatment. Immigration evaluations for VAMA, U Visa, and T Visa. Services are by appointment only.
(702) 728-4869 View (702) 728-4869
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Cristina Vigil
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91501  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice! Over the past decade, I've dedicated myself to supporting gender expansive and LGBTQ+ children, adolescents, and their parents/families/caregivers. I provide a safe haven where individuals of all ages are not just acknowledged, but embraced and assisted in their journey of self-discovery.
Welcome to my practice! Over the past decade, I've dedicated myself to supporting gender expansive and LGBTQ+ children, adolescents, and their parents/families/caregivers. I provide a safe haven where individuals of all ages are not just acknowledged, but embraced and assisted in their journey of self-discovery.
(747) 326-5075 View (747) 326-5075
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Catherine Rossi
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91506  (Online Only)
I offer an anti-racist, LGBTQ affirmative space to grow, and use behavioral techniques to empower you with new skills.
Every human struggles, and every human deserves to feel seen, heard, and supported while finding their way to a healthy flow. Are you feeling disconnected? Your mental health may seem hard for others to understand, or even for you to understand. Maybe it feels overwhelming to question why you feel this way, or what's actually in your control to change. Maybe the things that get you through aren’t the healthiest for you, and you’re ready to try something different. I'm here to accompany and guide you, whether navigating life transitions, addiction, relationship issues, or managing depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Bipolar, or ADHD.
I offer an anti-racist, LGBTQ affirmative space to grow, and use behavioral techniques to empower you with new skills.
Every human struggles, and every human deserves to feel seen, heard, and supported while finding their way to a healthy flow. Are you feeling disconnected? Your mental health may seem hard for others to understand, or even for you to understand. Maybe it feels overwhelming to question why you feel this way, or what's actually in your control to change. Maybe the things that get you through aren’t the healthiest for you, and you’re ready to try something different. I'm here to accompany and guide you, whether navigating life transitions, addiction, relationship issues, or managing depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Bipolar, or ADHD.
(818) 962-2816 View (818) 962-2816
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Kat O'Malley
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91501
I see clients of all ages as well as couples, and my specialties are LGBT+ affirmative therapy, grief work, and working with neurodivergent populations (Autistic & ADHD).
You are already taking the first step on a transformative journey by advocating for yourself and looking into therapy! Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, relationship stress, PTSD, or want to gain a better insight to your patterns and emotions, therapy can bring you closer to coming home to your authentic self and living the life you want. There is a proverb that states if you want to go fast go alone, but to go far, you must go together. Let’s go together to find the right pathways out of the woods as we untangle your mental knots, let go of what is no longer serving you, and help you write your own narrative.
I see clients of all ages as well as couples, and my specialties are LGBT+ affirmative therapy, grief work, and working with neurodivergent populations (Autistic & ADHD).
You are already taking the first step on a transformative journey by advocating for yourself and looking into therapy! Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, relationship stress, PTSD, or want to gain a better insight to your patterns and emotions, therapy can bring you closer to coming home to your authentic self and living the life you want. There is a proverb that states if you want to go fast go alone, but to go far, you must go together. Let’s go together to find the right pathways out of the woods as we untangle your mental knots, let go of what is no longer serving you, and help you write your own narrative.
(323) 990-8714 View (323) 990-8714
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Jessica Moya
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91504  (Online Only)
My passion is working with LGBTQ+ identifying individuals to gain tools to overcome depression, anxiety, and live out their full potential.
Hello beautiful human, many of us walk through life with self-doubt, fear, and uncertainty that lead to depression and anxiety. I believe we all have the right to heal and each have the resources, tools, and strength within ourselves to do so. I find it valuable to explore thought work and consider how thoughts are impacting our functioning. This helps to then gain tools and skills on how we can intervene and support ourselves for long-lasting growth. I take on a Feminist approach to recognize how power and oppression impacts our lives and we can gain tools to disrupt and endeavor for change.
My passion is working with LGBTQ+ identifying individuals to gain tools to overcome depression, anxiety, and live out their full potential.
Hello beautiful human, many of us walk through life with self-doubt, fear, and uncertainty that lead to depression and anxiety. I believe we all have the right to heal and each have the resources, tools, and strength within ourselves to do so. I find it valuable to explore thought work and consider how thoughts are impacting our functioning. This helps to then gain tools and skills on how we can intervene and support ourselves for long-lasting growth. I take on a Feminist approach to recognize how power and oppression impacts our lives and we can gain tools to disrupt and endeavor for change.
(714) 627-4072 View (714) 627-4072
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Dr. Aimen Khouraki
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91505  (Online Only)
Aimen has training and experience providing: Multiculturally-Focused Therapy, LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy, Psychodynamic and Attachment-Based Therapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, & CBT.
Dr. Aimen is a licensed clinical psychologist. His graduate and clinical training have focused on providing multiculturally-sensitive and competent mental health support to individuals from a variety of intersecting backgrounds. His therapeutic style is centered around building authentic connections with his clients in a compassionate and safe environment. While Dr. Aimen’s therapeutic approach often depends on the client and the kind of work they want to accomplish, his treatment always incorporates a strengths-based approach that encourages client engagement and collaboration for therapy to be meaningful.
Aimen has training and experience providing: Multiculturally-Focused Therapy, LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy, Psychodynamic and Attachment-Based Therapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, & CBT.
Dr. Aimen is a licensed clinical psychologist. His graduate and clinical training have focused on providing multiculturally-sensitive and competent mental health support to individuals from a variety of intersecting backgrounds. His therapeutic style is centered around building authentic connections with his clients in a compassionate and safe environment. While Dr. Aimen’s therapeutic approach often depends on the client and the kind of work they want to accomplish, his treatment always incorporates a strengths-based approach that encourages client engagement and collaboration for therapy to be meaningful.
(562) 561-2073 View (562) 561-2073
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Erika Morris
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91506
Using an LGBTQ+ affirmative approach, I welcome clients from all sexual orientations and gender identities.
I help clients overcome struggles, uncover inner strengths, and develop a greater sense of purpose and meaning in life. Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed by work or personal stressors, relationship difficulties, times of adjustment and transition, or past trauma. I can provide you with the support and guidance to transform these difficulties into an opportunity to grow stronger, develop inner resources and resiliency, and connect with what brings you joy. I particularly enjoy working with individuals with a reflective and curious nature, and have specific experience working with those in creative fields.
Using an LGBTQ+ affirmative approach, I welcome clients from all sexual orientations and gender identities.
I help clients overcome struggles, uncover inner strengths, and develop a greater sense of purpose and meaning in life. Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed by work or personal stressors, relationship difficulties, times of adjustment and transition, or past trauma. I can provide you with the support and guidance to transform these difficulties into an opportunity to grow stronger, develop inner resources and resiliency, and connect with what brings you joy. I particularly enjoy working with individuals with a reflective and curious nature, and have specific experience working with those in creative fields.
(424) 373-6740 View (424) 373-6740
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Tiffany Bushnell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91505
Many of my clients struggle with perfectionism, anxiety, avoidance, and emotional intimacy. My work with individuals centers on self-examination, increasing present awareness, and exploring interpersonal dynamics. Whatever it is that brings you here, therapy can help you cultivate self-compassion, balance, and choice. In my work with couples and intimate partnerships, my focus lies in enhancing communication and conflict resolution skills, fostering emotional and sexual intimacy, and nurturing compassion and understanding. I am inclusive of monogamous, non-monogamous, heterosexual, and LGBTQIA+ individuals and relationships.
Many of my clients struggle with perfectionism, anxiety, avoidance, and emotional intimacy. My work with individuals centers on self-examination, increasing present awareness, and exploring interpersonal dynamics. Whatever it is that brings you here, therapy can help you cultivate self-compassion, balance, and choice. In my work with couples and intimate partnerships, my focus lies in enhancing communication and conflict resolution skills, fostering emotional and sexual intimacy, and nurturing compassion and understanding. I am inclusive of monogamous, non-monogamous, heterosexual, and LGBTQIA+ individuals and relationships.
(323) 381-5148 View (323) 381-5148
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Elaine Ahmad
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91505
I identify as someone within the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities and have worked with these populations throughout my career as a therapist. I am particularly drawn to working with people dealing with life transitions, whether it be leaving a long-term relationship, exploring a new career path, or entering a new phase of life. Transitions can be a scary but also a time of incredible personal growth in which someone can emerge with a new, more resilient sense of their identity and purpose.
I identify as someone within the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities and have worked with these populations throughout my career as a therapist. I am particularly drawn to working with people dealing with life transitions, whether it be leaving a long-term relationship, exploring a new career path, or entering a new phase of life. Transitions can be a scary but also a time of incredible personal growth in which someone can emerge with a new, more resilient sense of their identity and purpose.
(747) 277-7702 View (747) 277-7702
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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.