LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Culver City, CA

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Mike L Migdat
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Culver City, CA 90232  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience working with the LGBTQ+ community, but I take great pride in supporting individuals from all walks of life.
Everyone deserves an enriching life full of meaning and purpose regardless of the difficulties that may come our way. My goal is to provide an affirming space for you to develop a deep understanding of yourself, explore challenges you’re facing both internally and externally, and discover healthy ways to achieve your goals. No matter where our work together takes us, you will always receive unconditional acceptance, respect, and care.
I have extensive experience working with the LGBTQ+ community, but I take great pride in supporting individuals from all walks of life.
Everyone deserves an enriching life full of meaning and purpose regardless of the difficulties that may come our way. My goal is to provide an affirming space for you to develop a deep understanding of yourself, explore challenges you’re facing both internally and externally, and discover healthy ways to achieve your goals. No matter where our work together takes us, you will always receive unconditional acceptance, respect, and care.
(424) 389-5092 View (424) 389-5092
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Gay Affirming Therapy
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90232
Expansive Therapy is a 100% LGBTQ+ owned and focused therapy practice. We wanted to go beyond checking a box for queer affirming therapy to creating a practice that was committed to the community, where queer people could bring their whole selves into therapy. Queer theory asks that we look at the world in a new way, not through a heteronormative lens, but from each individual perspective which is unique and perfect. We are passionate about understanding the unique challenges of our community and helping our queer clients to heal.
Expansive Therapy is a 100% LGBTQ+ owned and focused therapy practice. We wanted to go beyond checking a box for queer affirming therapy to creating a practice that was committed to the community, where queer people could bring their whole selves into therapy. Queer theory asks that we look at the world in a new way, not through a heteronormative lens, but from each individual perspective which is unique and perfect. We are passionate about understanding the unique challenges of our community and helping our queer clients to heal.
(310) 494-2941 View (310) 494-2941
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Ligia Orellana
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Culver City, CA 90230  (Online Only)
I’m Ligia, a BIPOC & LGBTQ+ affirming therapist.
You have always followed the norm to not stand out. You feel safe when you are in the background and blending in. Judgement and criticism have always been a part of your life. You are struggling with feelings of guilt and shame, and it has impeded you in living a life of authenticity- who you are at your core, but the fear of people leaving stops you. This fear has caused you to have your boundaries tested and crossed- leading you to bottle up your emotions for self-preservation. There has not been a time where you have not felt fear, anxiety, overwhelm, and stress.
I’m Ligia, a BIPOC & LGBTQ+ affirming therapist.
You have always followed the norm to not stand out. You feel safe when you are in the background and blending in. Judgement and criticism have always been a part of your life. You are struggling with feelings of guilt and shame, and it has impeded you in living a life of authenticity- who you are at your core, but the fear of people leaving stops you. This fear has caused you to have your boundaries tested and crossed- leading you to bottle up your emotions for self-preservation. There has not been a time where you have not felt fear, anxiety, overwhelm, and stress.
(310) 935-0556 View (310) 935-0556
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Meshawn Ayers
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90232  (Online Only)
My clinical areas of expertise are in the areas of addressing anxiety, ADHD, life transitions, communication, boundaries, relationships, intimacy, body image, gender issues, inter-generational conflicts, LGBTQIA individuals and their families.
As we move through life we experience unexpected changes and struggles related to relationships, family, professional issues, body image, and our physical health just to name a few. With a healthy support system we all have the ability to learn to cope with these changes and struggles. I am honored to travel this journey with you to identify steps and coping skills to support you along your healing journey. I have extensive experience working with adolescents, adults, and families to achieve their healing goals.
My clinical areas of expertise are in the areas of addressing anxiety, ADHD, life transitions, communication, boundaries, relationships, intimacy, body image, gender issues, inter-generational conflicts, LGBTQIA individuals and their families.
As we move through life we experience unexpected changes and struggles related to relationships, family, professional issues, body image, and our physical health just to name a few. With a healthy support system we all have the ability to learn to cope with these changes and struggles. I am honored to travel this journey with you to identify steps and coping skills to support you along your healing journey. I have extensive experience working with adolescents, adults, and families to achieve their healing goals.
(424) 622-4479 View (424) 622-4479
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Georgina Mendoza Gutierrez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90232
My passion and experience lies in working with artists and creatives, individuals from the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ community, women, and perinatal mental health with a special emphasis on anxiety.
We all have the capacity for healing through self-discovery, self-awareness, and community building. I guide clients on a journey to authenticity in creative works and expression, fostering relationships with their "parts" and others, and exploring compassion and empathy for parts that are out of alignment with "self energy." With a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach, I create a safe, collaborative space to explore the inner self. As a warm, intuitive therapist, I'm here to witness your transformative journey.
My passion and experience lies in working with artists and creatives, individuals from the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ community, women, and perinatal mental health with a special emphasis on anxiety.
We all have the capacity for healing through self-discovery, self-awareness, and community building. I guide clients on a journey to authenticity in creative works and expression, fostering relationships with their "parts" and others, and exploring compassion and empathy for parts that are out of alignment with "self energy." With a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach, I create a safe, collaborative space to explore the inner self. As a warm, intuitive therapist, I'm here to witness your transformative journey.
(323) 784-0987 View (323) 784-0987
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LA Somatic Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Culver City, CA 90230
Hello! I’m Kate, a collaborative, relational, trauma-informed, and LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist. For 10+ years now, I’ve aimed to provide a safe, empowering space where we can slow down & untangle all the messiness of being a human. My hope is always for my clients come away with a greater sense of knowing themselves, more personal agency, & confidence that they can navigate the inevitable challenges of their future. I strive to embody a lens that is feminist, anti-racist & anti-oppressive in this work. My training includes Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapy, Attachment-Focused EMDR & Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy.
Hello! I’m Kate, a collaborative, relational, trauma-informed, and LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist. For 10+ years now, I’ve aimed to provide a safe, empowering space where we can slow down & untangle all the messiness of being a human. My hope is always for my clients come away with a greater sense of knowing themselves, more personal agency, & confidence that they can navigate the inevitable challenges of their future. I strive to embody a lens that is feminist, anti-racist & anti-oppressive in this work. My training includes Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapy, Attachment-Focused EMDR & Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy.
(310) 340-1612 View (310) 340-1612
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Casey Garner - Therapy for Nerds
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Culver City, CA 90066
For everyone stuck in a boss battle against anxiety, depression, gender dysphoria, or homophobia, I see how hard you’re fighting. As a queer, trans man, I know how difficult it can be to be our own hero when the world around us keeps treating us like an NPC.
For everyone stuck in a boss battle against anxiety, depression, gender dysphoria, or homophobia, I see how hard you’re fighting. As a queer, trans man, I know how difficult it can be to be our own hero when the world around us keeps treating us like an NPC.
(213) 816-5104 View (213) 816-5104
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Dr. Mimi Hoang
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90230
I'm a highly experienced psychologist who specializes in women's issues, LGBTQ+ community, especially bisexual and pansexual individuals, BIPOC folks, Asian Americans, concerns with sex, dating, and marriage, anxiety, social anxiety, family conflicts, body image, and eating disorders.
I believe that it takes great courage to take that first step in reaching out for help, whether you are coming from a place of sadness, anxiety, loneliness, grief, or confusion. It can also feel scary to look inward and honor your truth and to let your "true colors" shine. Together, we can process and sort through the pain and help you find meaning, clarity, healing, joy, and connection.
I'm a highly experienced psychologist who specializes in women's issues, LGBTQ+ community, especially bisexual and pansexual individuals, BIPOC folks, Asian Americans, concerns with sex, dating, and marriage, anxiety, social anxiety, family conflicts, body image, and eating disorders.
I believe that it takes great courage to take that first step in reaching out for help, whether you are coming from a place of sadness, anxiety, loneliness, grief, or confusion. It can also feel scary to look inward and honor your truth and to let your "true colors" shine. Together, we can process and sort through the pain and help you find meaning, clarity, healing, joy, and connection.
(424) 484-5273 View (424) 484-5273
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Ana Velouise - Perinatal Mental Health Specialist
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Culver City, CA 90230  (Online Only)
I’m a queer, neurodivergent mother of twins and my lived experience with perinatal loss, birth trauma, NICU parenting, being postpartum in 2020, and perinatal mental health disorders drew me to this work.
Why did no one warn you about how hard the transition to parenthood was going to be? You often feel that you’re not doing a “good enough” job and wonder why other parents seem to have it all figured out. You may not have had the pregnancy, birth, or postpartum experience that you wanted. You love your baby more than anything but you don’t always love being a parent.
I’m a queer, neurodivergent mother of twins and my lived experience with perinatal loss, birth trauma, NICU parenting, being postpartum in 2020, and perinatal mental health disorders drew me to this work.
Why did no one warn you about how hard the transition to parenthood was going to be? You often feel that you’re not doing a “good enough” job and wonder why other parents seem to have it all figured out. You may not have had the pregnancy, birth, or postpartum experience that you wanted. You love your baby more than anything but you don’t always love being a parent.
(213) 510-3280 View (213) 510-3280
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Robert William Frashure
Psychologist, PhD, MFA
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90066  (Online Only)
Dr. Robert Frashure is a licensed clinical psychologist with a particular specialty in working with creative professionals, writers, and artists. With a BA from Harvard College and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, he has deep experience working with LGBTQ+ individuals, trauma, and parenting. His therapy sessions are a warm, engaging, and creative experience.
Dr. Robert Frashure is a licensed clinical psychologist with a particular specialty in working with creative professionals, writers, and artists. With a BA from Harvard College and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, he has deep experience working with LGBTQ+ individuals, trauma, and parenting. His therapy sessions are a warm, engaging, and creative experience.
(310) 987-4072 View (310) 987-4072
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Sarah Beaver
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90231
My practice is LGBTQIA+ affirmative and non-monogamy informed.
You made it here, which means you've decided to take a step toward improving and nurturing your mental health - amazing! No matter what you are seeking therapy for, it's a tough thing to tackle. As your mental health provider, I aim to create a nonjudgemental, safe space for you to explore your life experiences, challenges, and goals. I believe that the therapeutic process is relational and ever-evolving. Just as we are our own worst enemies, we are also our biggest allies, and I am here to help you strengthen that alliance with yourself.
My practice is LGBTQIA+ affirmative and non-monogamy informed.
You made it here, which means you've decided to take a step toward improving and nurturing your mental health - amazing! No matter what you are seeking therapy for, it's a tough thing to tackle. As your mental health provider, I aim to create a nonjudgemental, safe space for you to explore your life experiences, challenges, and goals. I believe that the therapeutic process is relational and ever-evolving. Just as we are our own worst enemies, we are also our biggest allies, and I am here to help you strengthen that alliance with yourself.
(626) 772-6299 View (626) 772-6299
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Chris Sanchez Lascurain
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90066  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I enjoy helping youth, college students, adults, and older adults learn to manage emotional stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, Trauma, and LGBTQ+ issues. Collaborating with clients on goals helps them tap into their authentic selves, helping them identify personalized self-care skills to restructure negative thinking patterns. I think it is important to meet people where they are focusing on their strengths to inspire and motivate them to meet their particular needs or goals. I help my clients find inner happiness through a positive mindset.
I enjoy helping youth, college students, adults, and older adults learn to manage emotional stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, Trauma, and LGBTQ+ issues. Collaborating with clients on goals helps them tap into their authentic selves, helping them identify personalized self-care skills to restructure negative thinking patterns. I think it is important to meet people where they are focusing on their strengths to inspire and motivate them to meet their particular needs or goals. I help my clients find inner happiness through a positive mindset.
(310) 361-5163 View (310) 361-5163
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Jack Brennan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90232
Recognizing and drawing out unique inner strengths that facilitate healing is fundamental to my approach, and my experience includes extensive work with immigrant and LGBTQ communities.
What brings you here is something important. It could be a problem, pattern, question, or thought; or it could stand for something more difficult to represent with words. Our work may be long or short-term depending on the nature of this dilemma. We might focus on anxiety, depression, trauma, identity, relationships, or something else. Whatever the cause, the techniques I utilize for listening and hearing prompt you to speak on a register that leads to change. Psychotherapy becomes a creative space for opportunity and growth, as well as a time for you to focus and reflect inward, in order to bring forward something new or renewed.
Recognizing and drawing out unique inner strengths that facilitate healing is fundamental to my approach, and my experience includes extensive work with immigrant and LGBTQ communities.
What brings you here is something important. It could be a problem, pattern, question, or thought; or it could stand for something more difficult to represent with words. Our work may be long or short-term depending on the nature of this dilemma. We might focus on anxiety, depression, trauma, identity, relationships, or something else. Whatever the cause, the techniques I utilize for listening and hearing prompt you to speak on a register that leads to change. Psychotherapy becomes a creative space for opportunity and growth, as well as a time for you to focus and reflect inward, in order to bring forward something new or renewed.
(424) 243-7603 View (424) 243-7603
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Brandy Dunn
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90232  (Online Only)
Relationship and sexual concerns, couples therapy, anxiety, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, stress management, insomnia, women's issues, creativity, LGBTQ- welcome.
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience. We are a collective of therapists with a wide range of specialties. Our intake professionals will help connect you with the right therapist for your needs. We make appointments easy, offering evenings and weekends and flexibility for creative professionals who can't make the same time each week.
Relationship and sexual concerns, couples therapy, anxiety, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, stress management, insomnia, women's issues, creativity, LGBTQ- welcome.
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience. We are a collective of therapists with a wide range of specialties. Our intake professionals will help connect you with the right therapist for your needs. We make appointments easy, offering evenings and weekends and flexibility for creative professionals who can't make the same time each week.
(424) 374-3611 View (424) 374-3611
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Delena Zimmerman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Culver City, CA 90230
I also work with interpersonal relationship issues, divorce, and diversity issues including LGBTQ.
As a strengths-based therapist, I am here as a warm and compassionate partner to walk alongside you through some of life's most difficult challenges. I offer a safe, non-judgmental space to explore, process, and cope with past pain, present fears, and future uncertainties. I provide empathy, insight, and a fresh perspective, as we sort through the muck of life together, and you discover your own inner strength and power. You experience healing hope. I'm highly intuitive, coupled with an open heart, and experience working with a range of emotional issues to help guide you toward leading the fulfilling life you desire.
I also work with interpersonal relationship issues, divorce, and diversity issues including LGBTQ.
As a strengths-based therapist, I am here as a warm and compassionate partner to walk alongside you through some of life's most difficult challenges. I offer a safe, non-judgmental space to explore, process, and cope with past pain, present fears, and future uncertainties. I provide empathy, insight, and a fresh perspective, as we sort through the muck of life together, and you discover your own inner strength and power. You experience healing hope. I'm highly intuitive, coupled with an open heart, and experience working with a range of emotional issues to help guide you toward leading the fulfilling life you desire.
(213) 223-8027 View (213) 223-8027
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Kayleigh Soto
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90230  (Online Only)
She specializes in the treatment of veterans and their families, sexual and combat trauma, life transitions (including transgender), anxiety, and relationships.
NOT ACCEPTING CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
She specializes in the treatment of veterans and their families, sexual and combat trauma, life transitions (including transgender), anxiety, and relationships.
NOT ACCEPTING CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
(323) 922-5570 View (323) 922-5570
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Berkley Cobb
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90232  (Online Only)
My ideal client is ready for change! They have had enough of feeling stuck. I work well with adults, parents, teens, LGBTQ+, parents of children with different needs, people dealing with anxiety or depression, people feeling stuck in unhelpful patterns and couples. I, also, love working with other therapists! I have a long history with working with the ND community (autistics and ADHDers).
My ideal client is ready for change! They have had enough of feeling stuck. I work well with adults, parents, teens, LGBTQ+, parents of children with different needs, people dealing with anxiety or depression, people feeling stuck in unhelpful patterns and couples. I, also, love working with other therapists! I have a long history with working with the ND community (autistics and ADHDers).
(323) 473-5006 View (323) 473-5006
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Adrina Wilson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90230  (Online Only)
As a queer-identified therapist with a creative arts background, I specialize in EMDR, CBT, and DBT, focusing on trauma recovery, anxiety, and LGBTQIA+ identity issues.
My ideal clients are often part of the LGBTQIA+ community or those experiencing significant life transitions and challenges. They're looking for more than traditional therapy; they need someone who not only understands but also lives the complexities of identity and personal growth. They seek a therapist who can offer both insight and solutions to issues like trauma, anxiety, conflict, and the quest for acceptance. They want to feel validated, supported, and empowered to make authentic life changes.
As a queer-identified therapist with a creative arts background, I specialize in EMDR, CBT, and DBT, focusing on trauma recovery, anxiety, and LGBTQIA+ identity issues.
My ideal clients are often part of the LGBTQIA+ community or those experiencing significant life transitions and challenges. They're looking for more than traditional therapy; they need someone who not only understands but also lives the complexities of identity and personal growth. They seek a therapist who can offer both insight and solutions to issues like trauma, anxiety, conflict, and the quest for acceptance. They want to feel validated, supported, and empowered to make authentic life changes.
(619) 473-7626 View (619) 473-7626
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Linda Fujino
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90230  (Online Only)
I work with wide population including individuals, couples, divorcing families, transgender, and male/female sex issues.
Whether you are looking to end an addiction, process complex trauma and shame, or overcome your self-limiting beliefs I am here to help. My extensive experience in the field, as well as my own personal work has led me to the understanding that there is a way out. I treat those with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, grief/loss, children of addict/alcoholics, borderline personality, betrayal trauma, sex/porn addiction, and other issues. Through the therapeutic process I can help you to better understand what you have been through and how to overcome your current struggles to live your fullest, best life.
I work with wide population including individuals, couples, divorcing families, transgender, and male/female sex issues.
Whether you are looking to end an addiction, process complex trauma and shame, or overcome your self-limiting beliefs I am here to help. My extensive experience in the field, as well as my own personal work has led me to the understanding that there is a way out. I treat those with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, grief/loss, children of addict/alcoholics, borderline personality, betrayal trauma, sex/porn addiction, and other issues. Through the therapeutic process I can help you to better understand what you have been through and how to overcome your current struggles to live your fullest, best life.
(310) 928-2382 View (310) 928-2382
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Connie Hall
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90232  (Online Only)
I have vast experience in the areas of addiction and self-injury, childhood abuse, and intimacy issues, as well as with the LGBT community.
Do you feel useful and fulfilled in life? Are your relationships deep and meaningful? Are all your dreams coming true? Or are you overwhelmed by life? Do you doubt yourself? Are you disappointed with the people closest to you? If you are experiencing difficulty coping with the realities of your life and find yourself sinking into negativity, I can help you. In a compassionate, safe environment we can work together to overcome your problems. We can address the issues that are limiting your enjoyment of life and holding you back from happiness as your authentic self.
I have vast experience in the areas of addiction and self-injury, childhood abuse, and intimacy issues, as well as with the LGBT community.
Do you feel useful and fulfilled in life? Are your relationships deep and meaningful? Are all your dreams coming true? Or are you overwhelmed by life? Do you doubt yourself? Are you disappointed with the people closest to you? If you are experiencing difficulty coping with the realities of your life and find yourself sinking into negativity, I can help you. In a compassionate, safe environment we can work together to overcome your problems. We can address the issues that are limiting your enjoyment of life and holding you back from happiness as your authentic self.
(424) 256-1928 View (424) 256-1928

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.