LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Hollywood, CA

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Marston James
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028  (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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Jason Rizzo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90068
I work with the LGBTQ+ community, those in the entertainment industry, and many others.
My passion lies in helping you find your path to increased happiness and living a life that is authentically yours. Through our conversations, you will gain deeper insight into elements in your life that might be challenging to shift. Together we will work to understand your experiences, process feelings and create inner peace and acceptance from within.
I work with the LGBTQ+ community, those in the entertainment industry, and many others.
My passion lies in helping you find your path to increased happiness and living a life that is authentically yours. Through our conversations, you will gain deeper insight into elements in your life that might be challenging to shift. Together we will work to understand your experiences, process feelings and create inner peace and acceptance from within.
(323) 673-8443 View (323) 673-8443
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Gregory Walston
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT, CPRP
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028  (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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Steve Lapuk
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028
I believe it is natural for humans to want to change how they feel. Unfortunately, how we seek this change can determine the difference between healthy vs. unhealthy behavior. My work is guiding you through an in-depth exploration of how early experiences have shaped your sense of self and how you manage feelings. My goal is to help you develop both a compassionate view of these experiences and a more secure sense of self. In addition to Dual Diagnosis, I work with actors/artists/writers/entertainment professionals, gay men navigating mid-life, and adults who have experienced sexual abuse.
I believe it is natural for humans to want to change how they feel. Unfortunately, how we seek this change can determine the difference between healthy vs. unhealthy behavior. My work is guiding you through an in-depth exploration of how early experiences have shaped your sense of self and how you manage feelings. My goal is to help you develop both a compassionate view of these experiences and a more secure sense of self. In addition to Dual Diagnosis, I work with actors/artists/writers/entertainment professionals, gay men navigating mid-life, and adults who have experienced sexual abuse.
(310) 912-3065 View (310) 912-3065
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Toby Barron
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028
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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Christina Decoux
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028
I am a psychotherapist and sex therapist providing CBT, EMDR and mindfulness to help individuals and couples overcome challenges in their lives; anxiety, depression, grief, issues around sex & intimacy, LGBTQ, healing from a cult/high-control group, and navigating the entertainment industry with integrity.
People often reach out to me because they are feeling stuck, either they have not progressed in therapy or they are looking for something more. If you are going through a difficult time, therapy can offer support, help you overcome obstacles and provide guidance to change your life for the better. I believe that within every individual lies the potential to live a happy, full life. I can help you align your actions with your values. I do what I do because I believe that the therapeutic process can bring about greater self-awareness and authentic, lasting change.
I am a psychotherapist and sex therapist providing CBT, EMDR and mindfulness to help individuals and couples overcome challenges in their lives; anxiety, depression, grief, issues around sex & intimacy, LGBTQ, healing from a cult/high-control group, and navigating the entertainment industry with integrity.
People often reach out to me because they are feeling stuck, either they have not progressed in therapy or they are looking for something more. If you are going through a difficult time, therapy can offer support, help you overcome obstacles and provide guidance to change your life for the better. I believe that within every individual lies the potential to live a happy, full life. I can help you align your actions with your values. I do what I do because I believe that the therapeutic process can bring about greater self-awareness and authentic, lasting change.
(323) 362-6971 View (323) 362-6971
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Jackie Eppinger
Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! I specialize in working with cancer and chronic illness, relationships/attachment, and the LGBTQ+ community. I approach all of my counseling through an affirmative approach that creates a sense of safety and security that allows you to feel seen and heard in your unique story. Clients that work with me would describe me as an active therapist, someone who engages my clients in exploration in a supportive, collaborative way. My favorite sessions are ones in which we can work together to understand deeper parts of you and increase your understanding of self.
Accepting new clients! I specialize in working with cancer and chronic illness, relationships/attachment, and the LGBTQ+ community. I approach all of my counseling through an affirmative approach that creates a sense of safety and security that allows you to feel seen and heard in your unique story. Clients that work with me would describe me as an active therapist, someone who engages my clients in exploration in a supportive, collaborative way. My favorite sessions are ones in which we can work together to understand deeper parts of you and increase your understanding of self.
(424) 232-0546 View (424) 232-0546
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Alejandra Luna
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
As non-binary and trans folx we often find ourselves wondering "where do I belong in this world?" and "why can't I just be myself?" It seems like we've tried everything but we dont feel like we belong or we are in a safe place to live & work. We often wonder when its going to get better? When can I just live my life fully how I am? Sometimes we feel sad and it can be a very lonely place. We can even forget just how special and unique we are because we are so different and surrounded by those who just don't get it. We really want someone who can connect to us &make our experiences feel validated, reminding us that we are beautiful.
As non-binary and trans folx we often find ourselves wondering "where do I belong in this world?" and "why can't I just be myself?" It seems like we've tried everything but we dont feel like we belong or we are in a safe place to live & work. We often wonder when its going to get better? When can I just live my life fully how I am? Sometimes we feel sad and it can be a very lonely place. We can even forget just how special and unique we are because we are so different and surrounded by those who just don't get it. We really want someone who can connect to us &make our experiences feel validated, reminding us that we are beautiful.
(951) 262-7917 View (951) 262-7917
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Drea N Olivares
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028
Does it sometimes feel like you are struggling to just exist? As a Queer, Latina, AuDHD (Autistic/ADHD) therapist, I get it! Many spaces in this world are not designed for us, and sometimes even work against us. Your feelings of overwhelm and othered-ness are justified, but that shouldn't stop you from building the authentic life you deserve. Have you been labeled as weird, quirky, too sensitive/emotional, lazy, or overall just too much? Are you someone who does not fit the normative societal standards because of your sexual/romantic orientations, gender presentation, or for practicing consensual/ethical non-monogamy?
Does it sometimes feel like you are struggling to just exist? As a Queer, Latina, AuDHD (Autistic/ADHD) therapist, I get it! Many spaces in this world are not designed for us, and sometimes even work against us. Your feelings of overwhelm and othered-ness are justified, but that shouldn't stop you from building the authentic life you deserve. Have you been labeled as weird, quirky, too sensitive/emotional, lazy, or overall just too much? Are you someone who does not fit the normative societal standards because of your sexual/romantic orientations, gender presentation, or for practicing consensual/ethical non-monogamy?
(747) 319-4377 View (747) 319-4377
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Marilisa Raju, PhD Psychologist, A Professional Co
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
Are the stresses of navigating life or chronic medical issues getting you down? Nobody prepares you for dealing with being in constant physical pain and it can be an isolating and invalidating journey. Ever have difficulty understanding or making sense of who you are? Trying to understand who you are and where you belong can also be hard. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community I’ve had first-hand experience having to come to terms with holding multiple minority identities.
Are the stresses of navigating life or chronic medical issues getting you down? Nobody prepares you for dealing with being in constant physical pain and it can be an isolating and invalidating journey. Ever have difficulty understanding or making sense of who you are? Trying to understand who you are and where you belong can also be hard. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community I’ve had first-hand experience having to come to terms with holding multiple minority identities.
(951) 463-4785 View (951) 463-4785
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Julie K Peters
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, APCC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
Welcome, I bring a strong skill base working in LGBTQIA+, addiction and PTSD communitites. I love working with Couples and families, and I'm passionate about helping students navigate studying and self-care. I'm here to help you utilize your innate creativity, and I'm excited to aid you as you enact new patterns in your relationship with yourself and others. You will experience me as an affirming clinician who values and acknowledges your marginalized identity and the intersection of the many roles you embody. You can expect kindness from me and a treatment space that expands to allow your unique perspective to shine.
Welcome, I bring a strong skill base working in LGBTQIA+, addiction and PTSD communitites. I love working with Couples and families, and I'm passionate about helping students navigate studying and self-care. I'm here to help you utilize your innate creativity, and I'm excited to aid you as you enact new patterns in your relationship with yourself and others. You will experience me as an affirming clinician who values and acknowledges your marginalized identity and the intersection of the many roles you embody. You can expect kindness from me and a treatment space that expands to allow your unique perspective to shine.
(510) 380-5706 View (510) 380-5706
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James Johansen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CST
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
His work with LGBTQ+ populations has compelled him to examine the impact of religious trauma and other forms of violence aimed at LGBTQ+ people.
James engages through a trauma-informed approach, shaped by decades of social advocacy and therapeutic work with the LGBTQ+ community. James has worked with a number of evidence-based modalities and practices from a person-centered philosophy that integrates humanistic and existential perspectives.
His work with LGBTQ+ populations has compelled him to examine the impact of religious trauma and other forms of violence aimed at LGBTQ+ people.
James engages through a trauma-informed approach, shaped by decades of social advocacy and therapeutic work with the LGBTQ+ community. James has worked with a number of evidence-based modalities and practices from a person-centered philosophy that integrates humanistic and existential perspectives.
(213) 699-5202 View (213) 699-5202
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Bryce McDavitt
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
With over twenty years experience in LGBTQ counseling, research, and teaching, I have a deep understanding of our community. Among LGBTQ individuals anxiety and depression may involve feelings of emptiness, relationship problems, interpersonal sensitivity, or addictions. The roots of these struggles can vary, but it helps to have a therapist who grasps the alienating impact of growing up in a world that disavows the core of who we are. I will help you address these issues, and others, through a deeper approach that can feel energizing, challenging, and even liberating.
With over twenty years experience in LGBTQ counseling, research, and teaching, I have a deep understanding of our community. Among LGBTQ individuals anxiety and depression may involve feelings of emptiness, relationship problems, interpersonal sensitivity, or addictions. The roots of these struggles can vary, but it helps to have a therapist who grasps the alienating impact of growing up in a world that disavows the core of who we are. I will help you address these issues, and others, through a deeper approach that can feel energizing, challenging, and even liberating.
(323) 801-8123 View (323) 801-8123
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Aubri Gomez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028
I am especially passionate when working with adolescents, adults, LGBTQ+ individuals, and older adults.
Maybe you are acknowledging that old patterns of behavior or thinking are no longer serving you and are instead causing you discomfort or even distress. Maybe you are facing new challenges and are motivated to enhance your skill set to cope with them. In any case, I am ready to join you on your journey of redefining purpose in your life and making meaningful change.
I am especially passionate when working with adolescents, adults, LGBTQ+ individuals, and older adults.
Maybe you are acknowledging that old patterns of behavior or thinking are no longer serving you and are instead causing you discomfort or even distress. Maybe you are facing new challenges and are motivated to enhance your skill set to cope with them. In any case, I am ready to join you on your journey of redefining purpose in your life and making meaningful change.
(213) 431-0814 View (213) 431-0814
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Matt Porter
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028
Have you been affected by trauma in your life? Trauma may be manifesting as depression or anxiety, or as challenges in relating with others. Through mindful, compassionate, attuned attention to your emotions and needs, you can recover that spark that remains hidden within you. Here at Matt Porter MFT, we offer evidence-based treatments combined with empathy and a genuine focus on your needs. Therapy is an individualized experience, and we tailor our interventions to meet your goals. We work with individuals, couples, adolescents/youth, families, groups, elders, and LGBTQ clients.
Have you been affected by trauma in your life? Trauma may be manifesting as depression or anxiety, or as challenges in relating with others. Through mindful, compassionate, attuned attention to your emotions and needs, you can recover that spark that remains hidden within you. Here at Matt Porter MFT, we offer evidence-based treatments combined with empathy and a genuine focus on your needs. Therapy is an individualized experience, and we tailor our interventions to meet your goals. We work with individuals, couples, adolescents/youth, families, groups, elders, and LGBTQ clients.
(323) 745-2866 View (323) 745-2866
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Salter Giddens
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
My practice is LGBTQ affirmative, informed, and supportive.
Starting with the initial consultation, I begin helping my clients clarify their goals for treatment, identify any potential obstacles to achieving those goals, and together we begin creating a treatment plan for success. My style is empathic, candid, and direct. I listen intently, but I also ask questions, I explore, I provide real, authentic feedback, and I use humor…I love to laugh!
My practice is LGBTQ affirmative, informed, and supportive.
Starting with the initial consultation, I begin helping my clients clarify their goals for treatment, identify any potential obstacles to achieving those goals, and together we begin creating a treatment plan for success. My style is empathic, candid, and direct. I listen intently, but I also ask questions, I explore, I provide real, authentic feedback, and I use humor…I love to laugh!
(310) 299-8453 View (310) 299-8453
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Dexter Mai
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW, ASW
Verified Verified
23 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Have you experienced traumas that have left you feeling stressed? Or perhaps you're simply looking to understand yourself better and lead to a happier life. If these resonate with you, I can help. As a Taiwanese American who immigrated to America at a young age, I have firsthand experience of the challenges individuals from AAPI/immigrant communities face. I also understand the unique challenges the LGBTQ population faces, and I'm committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all of my clients.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Have you experienced traumas that have left you feeling stressed? Or perhaps you're simply looking to understand yourself better and lead to a happier life. If these resonate with you, I can help. As a Taiwanese American who immigrated to America at a young age, I have firsthand experience of the challenges individuals from AAPI/immigrant communities face. I also understand the unique challenges the LGBTQ population faces, and I'm committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all of my clients.
(408) 478-9309 View (408) 478-9309
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Patrick Jensen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90068
I'm a Certified Couples and Sex Therapist, and have experience working with diverse populations (straight, gay, lesbian, trans), various relationship configurations (monogamous, open, polyamorous, etc), and challenging issues both in and outside of the bedroom.
Life can be painful and difficult. Intimate relationships can be particularly challenging if you don't have the communication skills needed to express your feelings and resolve conflicts effectively. This can lead to anger, resentment, fear and loneliness. Over time, intimacy and sexual connection will often suffer due to these feelings. Therapy can help you sort through and understand the challenges you're facing, and identify solutions that work for you. With the proper support, things can get better.
I'm a Certified Couples and Sex Therapist, and have experience working with diverse populations (straight, gay, lesbian, trans), various relationship configurations (monogamous, open, polyamorous, etc), and challenging issues both in and outside of the bedroom.
Life can be painful and difficult. Intimate relationships can be particularly challenging if you don't have the communication skills needed to express your feelings and resolve conflicts effectively. This can lead to anger, resentment, fear and loneliness. Over time, intimacy and sexual connection will often suffer due to these feelings. Therapy can help you sort through and understand the challenges you're facing, and identify solutions that work for you. With the proper support, things can get better.
(323) 472-5914 View (323) 472-5914
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Michelle Susan Webber
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
I have worked with couples, individuals, and families, adolescents in crisis, the LGBTQ+ community, women in treatment, addicts/recovering addicts, HIV and AIDS, sufferers of chronic pain, people dealing with grief and loss, and those interested in pursuing mindfulness.
Licensed in both California and Connecticut - Psychotherapist, Addiction Specialist and Life Coach. Living life to the fullest is an adventure. It takes courage to go forward, to harness the power within. This is where Psychotherapy and Life Coaching meet. This is an opportunity to help you make smart choices and assist you in finding a sense of peace and acceptance while you move forward in your life. I am available to help you reach your personal and professional goals. I have studied mindfulness and work with clients who want to know more about it and embrace it. I look forward to hearing from you.
I have worked with couples, individuals, and families, adolescents in crisis, the LGBTQ+ community, women in treatment, addicts/recovering addicts, HIV and AIDS, sufferers of chronic pain, people dealing with grief and loss, and those interested in pursuing mindfulness.
Licensed in both California and Connecticut - Psychotherapist, Addiction Specialist and Life Coach. Living life to the fullest is an adventure. It takes courage to go forward, to harness the power within. This is where Psychotherapy and Life Coaching meet. This is an opportunity to help you make smart choices and assist you in finding a sense of peace and acceptance while you move forward in your life. I am available to help you reach your personal and professional goals. I have studied mindfulness and work with clients who want to know more about it and embrace it. I look forward to hearing from you.
(323) 523-5957 View (323) 523-5957
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Helen Sohn-Hood
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
I have years of experience with people that are Asian, Black, Latin, Middle Eastern & interracial couples, I have been privileged to work with and guide people that identify on the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
Are you a person of color, in your 20s -40s? NEW Client rate for Individual sessions, first month $80/50min Session. Culture can affect your personality and how you behave and the types of people you're attracted to. I specialize in recovery from Narcissistic and Co dependent dynamics. Meaning some people are pulled to being the "giver" the people pleaser and often to someone that is emotional unavailable yet at times feel alright. Learn why these dynamics feel familiar to you and create the relationship you deserve. I use cognitive behavioral therapy to help with stress, depression and anxiety.
I have years of experience with people that are Asian, Black, Latin, Middle Eastern & interracial couples, I have been privileged to work with and guide people that identify on the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
Are you a person of color, in your 20s -40s? NEW Client rate for Individual sessions, first month $80/50min Session. Culture can affect your personality and how you behave and the types of people you're attracted to. I specialize in recovery from Narcissistic and Co dependent dynamics. Meaning some people are pulled to being the "giver" the people pleaser and often to someone that is emotional unavailable yet at times feel alright. Learn why these dynamics feel familiar to you and create the relationship you deserve. I use cognitive behavioral therapy to help with stress, depression and anxiety.
(213) 817-5179 View (213) 817-5179

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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.