LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Glassell Park, CA

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Jared Anderson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Glassell Park, CA 90065  (Online Only)
I have specialized training in trauma (EMDR, somatic, IFS), structural dissociation/DID, sex and love addiction, LGBTQ+, transgender/non-binary identity, and autism.
I help creatives, public people, academics, designers, corporate, and tech professionals heal from trauma. You may excel in some areas yet suffer anxiety, depression (stuck/lost), and relationship pain. A past with abuse, neglect, emotional disconnect can result in both thriving and overactive survival instincts. I provide a warm judgment-free space, strict confidentiality, modern research-based techniques, and 25 years of mental health experience. I offer EMDR, IFS (internal family systems/parts work), Somatic Experiencing, & psychedelic ketamine work. I also specialize with ASD/neurodivergent (autism), DID/dissociation, & LGBTQ+.
I have specialized training in trauma (EMDR, somatic, IFS), structural dissociation/DID, sex and love addiction, LGBTQ+, transgender/non-binary identity, and autism.
I help creatives, public people, academics, designers, corporate, and tech professionals heal from trauma. You may excel in some areas yet suffer anxiety, depression (stuck/lost), and relationship pain. A past with abuse, neglect, emotional disconnect can result in both thriving and overactive survival instincts. I provide a warm judgment-free space, strict confidentiality, modern research-based techniques, and 25 years of mental health experience. I offer EMDR, IFS (internal family systems/parts work), Somatic Experiencing, & psychedelic ketamine work. I also specialize with ASD/neurodivergent (autism), DID/dissociation, & LGBTQ+.
(213) 372-0180 View (213) 372-0180
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Cynthia A. Henrie
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, BCETS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glassell Park, CA 90065
Do you feel like the weight of past experiences, secrets, or questions about your identity are holding you back from living a fulfilling life? Are you struggling with sexual trauma, childhood abuse, or other forms of trauma that have left you feeling overwhelmed & powerless? I'm here to help. As a feminist therapist & board-certified expert in treating trauma & PTSD, I have extensive experience in helping people just like you regain control of their lives. Whether you're dealing w/ sexual, gender, cultural identity issues, or any form of abuse, I offer a safe and empowering space where you can work through your struggles & heal.
Do you feel like the weight of past experiences, secrets, or questions about your identity are holding you back from living a fulfilling life? Are you struggling with sexual trauma, childhood abuse, or other forms of trauma that have left you feeling overwhelmed & powerless? I'm here to help. As a feminist therapist & board-certified expert in treating trauma & PTSD, I have extensive experience in helping people just like you regain control of their lives. Whether you're dealing w/ sexual, gender, cultural identity issues, or any form of abuse, I offer a safe and empowering space where you can work through your struggles & heal.
(323) 918-3874 View (323) 918-3874
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AJ Rich
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Glassell Park, CA 90065
Therapy can be scary! And I am inspired by my clients who face those fears head on and are willing to do the work. Many difficulties stem from relationships, whether that be with others or the one we have with ourselves. My work with individuals, couples, and families is direct yet warm, empathetic, and understanding as we navigate together how to process the blocks that can obstruct your view and ability to move forward. My clients can expect to explore life events from the past as patterns of behavior emerge in the here-and-now. As this self-awareness begins to develop, clients can often lead more joyful and connected lives.
Therapy can be scary! And I am inspired by my clients who face those fears head on and are willing to do the work. Many difficulties stem from relationships, whether that be with others or the one we have with ourselves. My work with individuals, couples, and families is direct yet warm, empathetic, and understanding as we navigate together how to process the blocks that can obstruct your view and ability to move forward. My clients can expect to explore life events from the past as patterns of behavior emerge in the here-and-now. As this self-awareness begins to develop, clients can often lead more joyful and connected lives.
(747) 529-9125 View (747) 529-9125
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Sarah Warren
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Glassell Park, CA 90065
The concept of "self-improvement" can be empowering, but also intimidating. In a problem-saturated world, it can be easy to define ourselves as our problems, instead of looking at them as operating forces that can then be explored.   
The concept of "self-improvement" can be empowering, but also intimidating. In a problem-saturated world, it can be easy to define ourselves as our problems, instead of looking at them as operating forces that can then be explored.   
(818) 293-4859 View (818) 293-4859
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Erika Moreira
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Glassell Park, CA 90065
You may've wondered why you couldn't just be happier, more confident, or less anxious. Perhaps you find yourself heartbroken or sense that your relationship is in trouble. You may feel stuck in a career or project with little motivation to move forward. Maybe you're struggling to handle painful emotions or a traumatic past. If left unaddressed, these difficulties may lead to depression, anxiety, or a host of relationship issues that can stop you from creating the life you want.
You may've wondered why you couldn't just be happier, more confident, or less anxious. Perhaps you find yourself heartbroken or sense that your relationship is in trouble. You may feel stuck in a career or project with little motivation to move forward. Maybe you're struggling to handle painful emotions or a traumatic past. If left unaddressed, these difficulties may lead to depression, anxiety, or a host of relationship issues that can stop you from creating the life you want.
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Kaitlin Kindman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
17 Endorsed
Glassell Park, CA 90065
Part of our work together will center around separating who you think you "should" be from who you are. We will collaborate to help you cultivate a more authentic version of yourself, promoting a rich landscape for change to occur. Our society prioritizes individualism and fleeting connection over deeply intimate relationships. Together we will consider ways to cultivate more meaningful connections that inspire vulnerability and intimacy and build awareness around the fears and conflicts hindering your ability to do so. We will identify your relationship needs and further develop the skills to better communicate them to others.
Part of our work together will center around separating who you think you "should" be from who you are. We will collaborate to help you cultivate a more authentic version of yourself, promoting a rich landscape for change to occur. Our society prioritizes individualism and fleeting connection over deeply intimate relationships. Together we will consider ways to cultivate more meaningful connections that inspire vulnerability and intimacy and build awareness around the fears and conflicts hindering your ability to do so. We will identify your relationship needs and further develop the skills to better communicate them to others.
(323) 918-5172 View (323) 918-5172

More Therapists Nearby

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Max Littman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90039  (Online Only)
Are you a gay or queer man feeling lonely and disconnected despite seemingly having good relationships, friendships, family, and/or community? If you find yourself burdened by and confused about these feelings and are wanting more support, you've come to the right place. I understand the unique challenges you face, not just as a gay man myself, but also as an experienced therapist with gay and queer clients. I specialize in supporting people just like you: gay and queer men who are motivated to dig deep in therapy and take courageous steps toward human connection. With me, you will be in safe and capable hands.
Are you a gay or queer man feeling lonely and disconnected despite seemingly having good relationships, friendships, family, and/or community? If you find yourself burdened by and confused about these feelings and are wanting more support, you've come to the right place. I understand the unique challenges you face, not just as a gay man myself, but also as an experienced therapist with gay and queer clients. I specialize in supporting people just like you: gay and queer men who are motivated to dig deep in therapy and take courageous steps toward human connection. With me, you will be in safe and capable hands.
(415) 301-7602 View (415) 301-7602
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Allison Mills
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90026
I specialize in providing LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy with teens, adults, and relationship partners who are exploring their sexuality, gender, and relationship-expansive (kink, poly, ENM) identities.
There are infinite reasons we seek therapy. You may find yourself disconnected from your relationships and exhausted by not feeling understood. You may feel pressure to be a perfect person, partner and parent, or struggling to name your feelings or needs in your relationships. I strive to co-create an attuned, safe space and our collaboration will center around your hopes, goals, and intersectional identities. When we allow the unfolding of emotional experiences, it can lead us to the emergence of a deeper understanding of yourself, self-acceptance, and connecting to the power and participation you have in relationships.
I specialize in providing LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy with teens, adults, and relationship partners who are exploring their sexuality, gender, and relationship-expansive (kink, poly, ENM) identities.
There are infinite reasons we seek therapy. You may find yourself disconnected from your relationships and exhausted by not feeling understood. You may feel pressure to be a perfect person, partner and parent, or struggling to name your feelings or needs in your relationships. I strive to co-create an attuned, safe space and our collaboration will center around your hopes, goals, and intersectional identities. When we allow the unfolding of emotional experiences, it can lead us to the emergence of a deeper understanding of yourself, self-acceptance, and connecting to the power and participation you have in relationships.
(818) 873-2635 View (818) 873-2635
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Matthew Spector
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90039
I specialize in working with the LGBTQ+/queer community and also tend to work with individuals and partners of all ages and gender identities dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, relationship concerns, grief, perfectionism, life transitions, and body image issues.
Welcome! My task as your therapist is to first provide a space where you’ll feel free to talk openly and be your truest self. Then, together, we will get to the bottom of whatever it is that may be contributing to the way you're feeling, and collaborate on ways you can begin to feel more at ease, empowered, and in alignment with your personal values, goals, and unique identity. I believe that we all hold the ability to manage life's challenges. To do this, we sometimes need a supportive guide. Enter therapy.
I specialize in working with the LGBTQ+/queer community and also tend to work with individuals and partners of all ages and gender identities dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, relationship concerns, grief, perfectionism, life transitions, and body image issues.
Welcome! My task as your therapist is to first provide a space where you’ll feel free to talk openly and be your truest self. Then, together, we will get to the bottom of whatever it is that may be contributing to the way you're feeling, and collaborate on ways you can begin to feel more at ease, empowered, and in alignment with your personal values, goals, and unique identity. I believe that we all hold the ability to manage life's challenges. To do this, we sometimes need a supportive guide. Enter therapy.
(213) 421-0609 View (213) 421-0609
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Max Fay
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90039
My areas of focus include: the LGBTQ+ community, anxiety, ADHD, self-esteem, complex trauma, relationships, and people pleasing.
I believe everyone is capable of living their fullest, most vibrant life and it is my passion to help them achieve it. I help clients foster insight by processing their past experiences and gently uncovering the ways their pasts connect with their current struggles. I teach clients to discover the patterns and rules that keep them stuck and then support them in cultivating a life that brings them joy and fulfillment. I invite my clients on a journey of self-compassion and teach them how to prioritize gentleness and self-care. I believe therapy can be silly and even fun while still being impactful and effective.
My areas of focus include: the LGBTQ+ community, anxiety, ADHD, self-esteem, complex trauma, relationships, and people pleasing.
I believe everyone is capable of living their fullest, most vibrant life and it is my passion to help them achieve it. I help clients foster insight by processing their past experiences and gently uncovering the ways their pasts connect with their current struggles. I teach clients to discover the patterns and rules that keep them stuck and then support them in cultivating a life that brings them joy and fulfillment. I invite my clients on a journey of self-compassion and teach them how to prioritize gentleness and self-care. I believe therapy can be silly and even fun while still being impactful and effective.
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Alison Picard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
15 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90041
I hold a Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in LGBTQIA+ psychotherapy.
We go to therapy for many reasons: to untangle old patterns, to seek relief from emotional pain, to move through grief, to develop our capacity in relationships, to know ourselves more deeply. Everyone’s therapy experience is unique to them. Some of the ways that we might work together include: exploring what you feel and how you express it, noticing how your past experiences are influencing your present, and what calls your attention when it has space to be heard. We will have the opportunity to slow down dynamics and work with them. This is all approached with curiosity, collaboration, and compassion.
I hold a Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in LGBTQIA+ psychotherapy.
We go to therapy for many reasons: to untangle old patterns, to seek relief from emotional pain, to move through grief, to develop our capacity in relationships, to know ourselves more deeply. Everyone’s therapy experience is unique to them. Some of the ways that we might work together include: exploring what you feel and how you express it, noticing how your past experiences are influencing your present, and what calls your attention when it has space to be heard. We will have the opportunity to slow down dynamics and work with them. This is all approached with curiosity, collaboration, and compassion.
(213) 410-4924 View (213) 410-4924
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Tamala J. Poljak
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Silver Lake, CA 90026  (Online Only)
I specialize in working LGBTQ+ folks and/or artists/creative folks.
People seek therapy for so many reasons, but mostly we all want to feel loved, safe and understood. We want to feel a sense purpose & feel good enough as we are, and yet so many of us struggle to feel these ways. Sometimes our lives look very different than we imagined & we need help making sense out of things. We might be feeling numb or disconnected, uncertain or alone. We might be questioning the direction we are heading and need to find some hope or clarity. Self compassion & radical self-acceptance are cornerstones of my work. I'd like to explore these concepts with you and help you make meaning of your life and sense of self.
I specialize in working LGBTQ+ folks and/or artists/creative folks.
People seek therapy for so many reasons, but mostly we all want to feel loved, safe and understood. We want to feel a sense purpose & feel good enough as we are, and yet so many of us struggle to feel these ways. Sometimes our lives look very different than we imagined & we need help making sense out of things. We might be feeling numb or disconnected, uncertain or alone. We might be questioning the direction we are heading and need to find some hope or clarity. Self compassion & radical self-acceptance are cornerstones of my work. I'd like to explore these concepts with you and help you make meaning of your life and sense of self.
(323) 892-8715 View (323) 892-8715
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Alan Meier
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Silver Lake, CA 90026
I work with LGBTQ+ clients with addiction, grief and anxiety issues.
You want to appear successful & look like you have it “all together” but deep down you’re struggling to cope with challenging experiences that have occurred in your life and coping mechanisms that aren’t working well anymore. This makes you feel overwhelmed and uncertain, like you’re not in the driver’s seat of your own life. Perhaps you’ve been considering making significant changes but feel unsure of how to move forward or maybe a significant, unexpected life event has stopped you in your tracks. You never expected to be in this situation. You may feel bogged down and isolated and it’s hard to see how to move forward.
I work with LGBTQ+ clients with addiction, grief and anxiety issues.
You want to appear successful & look like you have it “all together” but deep down you’re struggling to cope with challenging experiences that have occurred in your life and coping mechanisms that aren’t working well anymore. This makes you feel overwhelmed and uncertain, like you’re not in the driver’s seat of your own life. Perhaps you’ve been considering making significant changes but feel unsure of how to move forward or maybe a significant, unexpected life event has stopped you in your tracks. You never expected to be in this situation. You may feel bogged down and isolated and it’s hard to see how to move forward.
(213) 279-7347 View (213) 279-7347
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Aaron Freshour
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90039
My special interests include LGBTQ+ folx, artists / creative professionals, seeking connection and understanding of self and other through emotions.
Existing can be difficult. Tolerating the pressures of personal and societal histories can leave you feeling stuck; add figuring out meaning and purpose of life, and things get overwhelming. Using a straightforward, interactive style (with plenty of humor) I will assist you in bringing a new understanding to issues from the past that limit and color the present. I create a collaborative space where we make sense of all the unknowns of life; whether you are looking to heal shame, trauma, or heal anxiety or grief, I will help you can make the changes necessary to make living a bit easier and move through life with more grace.
My special interests include LGBTQ+ folx, artists / creative professionals, seeking connection and understanding of self and other through emotions.
Existing can be difficult. Tolerating the pressures of personal and societal histories can leave you feeling stuck; add figuring out meaning and purpose of life, and things get overwhelming. Using a straightforward, interactive style (with plenty of humor) I will assist you in bringing a new understanding to issues from the past that limit and color the present. I create a collaborative space where we make sense of all the unknowns of life; whether you are looking to heal shame, trauma, or heal anxiety or grief, I will help you can make the changes necessary to make living a bit easier and move through life with more grace.
(213) 516-6130 View (213) 516-6130
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Ian Jensen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
19 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90039
I am passionate about helping people on the LGBTQ+ continuum achieve a wholeness and personhood not mirrored by a cis/heteronormative society.
I believe therapy is meant to be experimental, experiential, and collaborative. Carl Jung said, "The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed." Insights in therapy have the potential to be challenging and painful, and my job is to help you through them. A spirit of non-judgment, empathy, directness, and sense of humor defines my style. My goal is to assist clients in connecting to their authentic Selves, for the purpose of overcoming negative thinking, self-destructive patterns, and unfulfilling relationships.
I am passionate about helping people on the LGBTQ+ continuum achieve a wholeness and personhood not mirrored by a cis/heteronormative society.
I believe therapy is meant to be experimental, experiential, and collaborative. Carl Jung said, "The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed." Insights in therapy have the potential to be challenging and painful, and my job is to help you through them. A spirit of non-judgment, empathy, directness, and sense of humor defines my style. My goal is to assist clients in connecting to their authentic Selves, for the purpose of overcoming negative thinking, self-destructive patterns, and unfulfilling relationships.
(323) 332-6582 View (323) 332-6582
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Jesse Andrew Proia
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90026
As an LGBTQ+ therapist and writer, I am skilled at sharing my curious outside perspective with all my clients.
I have dedicated my career to helping individuals and couples navigate life's ups and downs and use therapy to gain a sense of control over their lives. I provide clients with a safe and inclusive space to explore their emotions and experiences. I am passionate and experienced in working with LGBTQ+ populations, helping couples build healthy relationships, and men’s psychology.
As an LGBTQ+ therapist and writer, I am skilled at sharing my curious outside perspective with all my clients.
I have dedicated my career to helping individuals and couples navigate life's ups and downs and use therapy to gain a sense of control over their lives. I provide clients with a safe and inclusive space to explore their emotions and experiences. I am passionate and experienced in working with LGBTQ+ populations, helping couples build healthy relationships, and men’s psychology.
(720) 784-4189 View (720) 784-4189
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Soren Nilsson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Silver Lake, CA 90026  (Online Only)
Many of the people who consult with me identify as artists, writers, filmmakers, educators, activists, sex workers, queer, transgender, nonbinary, polyamorous/non-monogamous, or are living in resistance to social norms in one way or another. Problems can seem to take over our lives when we find ourselves living near the edges of what's deemed "acceptable," "respectable," or even "healthy." Through our conversations, I aim to help people reimagine the kinds of responses and relationships they'd like to have with difficult situations or problems in their lives.
Many of the people who consult with me identify as artists, writers, filmmakers, educators, activists, sex workers, queer, transgender, nonbinary, polyamorous/non-monogamous, or are living in resistance to social norms in one way or another. Problems can seem to take over our lives when we find ourselves living near the edges of what's deemed "acceptable," "respectable," or even "healthy." Through our conversations, I aim to help people reimagine the kinds of responses and relationships they'd like to have with difficult situations or problems in their lives.
(818) 296-6630 View (818) 296-6630
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Marston James
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Lake, CA 90026  (Online Only)
I assist gay & lesbian individuals & couples through Gay-Centered Psychotherapy, a typically dynamic process that focuses on obstacles, such as internalized homophobia & trauma, to a greater inner experience of gay/lesbian spirit, love, and self-realization.
I assist individuals & couples in learning to address their inner life through an approach that helps work with "unfinished family business" from childhood that shows up today as unstable/conflictual relationships, depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. I bring over 21 years of experience working with individuals of various self-identities who seek to address either short-term issues/conflicts or desire to work on a deeper level psychologically. I specialize in working with gays & lesbians, though my approach is ideal for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who seek a more authentic lived experience.
I assist gay & lesbian individuals & couples through Gay-Centered Psychotherapy, a typically dynamic process that focuses on obstacles, such as internalized homophobia & trauma, to a greater inner experience of gay/lesbian spirit, love, and self-realization.
I assist individuals & couples in learning to address their inner life through an approach that helps work with "unfinished family business" from childhood that shows up today as unstable/conflictual relationships, depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. I bring over 21 years of experience working with individuals of various self-identities who seek to address either short-term issues/conflicts or desire to work on a deeper level psychologically. I specialize in working with gays & lesbians, though my approach is ideal for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who seek a more authentic lived experience.
(323) 302-4788 View (323) 302-4788
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Erika Morris
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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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Chris Datiles
Counselor, LPCC, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90042
As a queer Filipino therapist, I believe that healing happens when we strengthen our relationship with ourselves and feel a sense of safety and connection in our relationships.
You care deeply—about your relationships, community, and how you show up for others. You’re the one people call on for guidance and support. You don't want to burn out but find yourself pushed to your limits. You feel pressured to hold it all together to continue being there for others; even as you navigate your own worries about loss, change, and conflict. You want relief and the very idea of it overwhelms you with immense guilt and self-doubt. You're tired of feeling stuck, and are looking for a way to continue caring for others while feeling connected to yourself, your needs, and your creativity.
As a queer Filipino therapist, I believe that healing happens when we strengthen our relationship with ourselves and feel a sense of safety and connection in our relationships.
You care deeply—about your relationships, community, and how you show up for others. You’re the one people call on for guidance and support. You don't want to burn out but find yourself pushed to your limits. You feel pressured to hold it all together to continue being there for others; even as you navigate your own worries about loss, change, and conflict. You want relief and the very idea of it overwhelms you with immense guilt and self-doubt. You're tired of feeling stuck, and are looking for a way to continue caring for others while feeling connected to yourself, your needs, and your creativity.
(323) 417-2230 View (323) 417-2230
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.