LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in La Jolla, CA

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Maryam Moody
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Does it sometimes feel like no one knows the 'real' you? Saying yes to everyone can leave us feeling stressed and overwhelmed. If you're ready to let go of perfectionism or get free from people-pleasing, let's talk. I am a queer -identified therapist specializing in anxiety, grief and loss.
(650) 590-1086 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Katrin Seifert
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Hello, I'm Dr. Katrin Seifert PsyD (pronouns: she/her) a licensed psychologist, board certified in Clinical Health Psychology, whose areas of interest and expertise include health psychology, the effects of long-term trauma and stress, and working with adolescents, LGBTQ + individuals, and culturally diverse populations. I practice from an anti-racist perspective with a focus on equity. I completed my graduate training at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology. For the past 12 years, I have worked in primary care settings addressing a wide array of physical, mental, and behavioral concerns.
(858) 223-9183 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Christine Parker
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC, NCC
Verified
I care deeply about helping people move beyond where they are stuck to a place where they can thrive and flourish. If you are struggling, I can help! I have experience working with individuals coping with anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. I am LGBTQ affirming, and also have experience working with survivors of religious trauma. As a songwriter, I am a good fit for artists who are struggling with blocks or insecurities about their creativity. Whatever brings you to therapy, I can help you navigate a way through, as well as help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself.
(858) 422-3917 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Valorie M. Adrio
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC
Verified
I began working with the LGBTQ community in the mid-1990s when I oversaw the mental health program at Metro AIDS, St.
With over 30 years of experience, I help clients to begin again, try something new, transform their relationships, increase their sense of well-being, and heal emotional pain. As a culturally sensitive, growth-oriented, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I create safe, affirming, non-judgemental relationships quickly with individuals and couples from many backgrounds, painful histories, faiths, cultures, and sexual orientations. I enjoy working with couples in traditional marriages or in non-traditional relationships. I am currently seeing clients by telehealth only.
(858) 212-0257 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Julie K Peters
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, APCC
Verified
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 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Jhoana Sarabia
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Many people see her for help in building relationship and communication skills, as well as addressing panic attacks, trauma and PTSD, domestic violence, low self-esteem, postpartum depression, and LGBTQ issues.
Jhoana Sarabia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in California. Whether a client is facing anxiety, depression, experiencing grief and loss, or has substance abuse issues, Jhoana offers a judgement free environment for people of all ages, genders, cultures, and social backgrounds to explore their concerns. She specializes in helping members of the Latinx community, and has extensive cultural and linguistic knowledge.
(310) 943-1244 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Hillcrest Psychological Associates
Verified
Having difficulty finding a therapist with an opening? We have over 28 clinicians ready for you to choose from. Often, the decision to seek therapy involves courage and strength. Through a trusting partnership and genuine connection, counseling can help improve your quality of life and increase self-esteem. We treat a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, grief, and counseling specific to the LGBTQ + community and college/graduate students. No matter what you’re seeking therapy for, one aspect remains the same: our dedication to your well-being.
(619) 940-1186 x10 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Naomi Wahler
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
As a proud Ally, I am LGBTQIA + affirming and passionate about helping to build resilience and a sense of authenticity for those exploring or questioning their sexuality or gender.
Sometimes life experiences leave us feeling overwhelmed or hopeless and we find that the ways we usually cope are not helping. Sometimes our personal journey involves difficult, seemingly impossible crises or losses. Sometimes we try to manage emotions with activities that help us feel better for a short time but then the cost starts to outweigh the benefits. I believe we all go through times like this when we are tired of struggling. The path towards recovering from these experiences seems more doable when we are able to find a renewed motivation and clear goals towards change.
(858) 943-2658 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Caroline de Pottel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified
Primarily I see individuals: cultural diversity, LGBTQ , and adults raised in alcoholic families.
I use an in-depth focus that has a practical application. I understand past and present difficulties within the context of family relationships. I think of each person as dynamic and changeable. When a person comes to me for help, I understand that person to be stuck in ways that are out of their conscious awareness. Work and/or relationship functioning can easily be blocked or limited. Changing is complex and requires the assistance of a skilled and caring professional. If you are ready to face the deeper issues interfering with your personal success, it is time to contact me.
(858) 997-1799 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Joseph Slimowicz
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
I work with a range of problems, but have expertise in: substance use, trauma and PTSD, OCD, anxiety, and LGBT mental health.
Perhaps you feel conflicted about your drinking? Are you unable to let go of painful memories or feelings related to a traumatic experience? Are you experiencing anxiety or worry that gets in the way of work, relationships, or friendships? Do you feel depressed - like you aren't yourself? As part of the human condition we struggle - let's work as a team towards action-orientated solutions to get you back to the life you want to live. I am described as genuine, warm, authentic and funny by the people who have worked with me. Visit my website to learn more.
(619) 483-2811 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Kelsey Lynn Paulson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Kelsey also works with the LGBTQ and Kink communities, and provides Gender Affirming Therapy to the Transgender community.
Dr. Kelsey Paulson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her Bachelor’s of Science at Iowa State University, and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at AIU with an emphasis in Forensics Studies. Over the past 17 years, Kelsey has received training and experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, families, couples, active duty service members, and Veterans. She has extensive experience working with severe mental illness, mood/anxiety disorders, co-occurring substance use disorders, trauma, and chronic pain.
(858) 943-6379 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Allison Trujillo
Pre-Licensed Professional, APCC
Verified
I’m an associate professional clinical counselor that specializes in eating disorders, trauma, and LGBTQIA + issues.
You’re someone who strives to be the best version of yourself but struggles to know how to get there. This might present as anxiety, depression, unprocessed trauma, low self-esteem, or a negative relationship with food. You may need help with processing this trauma or learning healthy coping techniques. On the other hand, you may have no idea where to start your healing journey. My goal is to help my clients recognize their needs and take the steps to get them met. Facing traumatic experiences, creating new thought patterns, and learning healthy coping techniques can be difficult, but finding peace and acceptance makes it worth it
(619) 486-3739 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Elizabeth Torres
Psychologist, Elizabeth Torres, PsyD, ABPP
Verified
I see both individuals and couples (married and unmarried), and welcome LGBTQ clients.
I am a good fit if you are looking for a highly-experienced, collaborative, pragmatic, and solution-oriented therapist. I am experienced working with men and women dealing with a wide-range of issues. My early training in psychodynamic psychotherapy gives me a rich perspective to draw on. I am mostly a cognitive behavioral therapist, informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, with a heavy emphasis on acceptance, mindfulness, and self-compassion. I recently published "Just This Moment: A Guide for Moms who want to enjoy Parenting, Raise Great Kids, and THRIVE!" available on Amazon.
(617) 489-7682 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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William Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I truly believe no therapeutic session is alike. Each therapeutic session deserves an individualized and client-centered session to focus on the client's goals and needs. As a Pro- LGBT + African American male, Marine Corps Veteran, father, husband, and clinician who has worked with a diverse range of clients, I am willing to take the time to understand your struggles and work with you to thrive and overcome life's hurdles. My experience ranges from community outpatient clinics, Short-Term Acute Residential Treatment, and Intensive Outpatient Programs.
(424) 233-1135 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Orlando Zuniga
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I specialize in: creative & artistic coaching, relationship issues, psychedelic-assisted therapy, multicultural issues, spirituality, men's issues, LGBTQ -affirming therapy, life coaching, stress, anxiety, and personal growth using psychotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and hypnotherapy.
People that usually work with me are typically feeling stuck, and at times are questioning their path. I have worked with many stressors for most of my career, in the capacity as an individual therapist, couples and family therapist, group facilitator, educator, coach, and consultant. Although I can work with most, I am a great match for those that identify as creative, cultured, empathic and sensitive. My therapeutic style is eclectic and pull from various modalities to provide support where needed. I am interactive and ask that my clients also work outside the therapy container. I provide legal psychedelic therapy part-time.
(323) 675-2042 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Mikayla Weathers
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I believe through a therapeutic & safe relationship, you will have the ability to work though past & current struggles. Whether you find yourself having trouble in your relationships, are dealing with a substance related issue, are desiring a better connection with yourself, or are struggling with trauma, I know I can help you, help yourself. My passion is walking along side those suffering to encourage and support healing. I am LGBTQIA + affirming & support those dealing with gender identity/expression issues; self, family, and community acceptance; & those pre, during & post transition.
(619) 350-4755 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Dr. Melissa Tuomi
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
I also work to create a safe place for all communities including LGBTQ and BIPOC individuals.
People come to therapy for a number of different reasons. Maybe you are feeling stuck in old relationship patterns. Maybe there are triggers, anxiety, or difficult emotions that keep you from connecting to what's important. These are heavy things to carry alone. I help clients heal trauma and PTSD, learn how to manage anxiety and depression, and work toward their goals in life. Healing these symptoms allows people to feel a greater sense of peace, experience better relationship satisfaction, and move toward what they value most.
(619) 320-5171 
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La Jolla, CA 92039
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Courtney Olinger
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
My practice is neuro-diversity affirming, LGBTQ + affirming, and gender-affirming.
Our journey through life is complex and for every person, will come with successes, joys, and pleasures as well as challenges, concerns, and problems. I believe it is important to view the whole person, within the context of their relationships, family, community and society to gain a better understanding of all that is helpful or unhelpful along this journey. I have been honored to support this journey for individuals of all ages when faced with concerns related to learning differences, school/college/work struggles, social/relational challenges, and the process of developing an identity that one can be proud of.
(619) 489-9297 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Rebecca Prolman
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
My areas of focus include anxiety, eating disorders, LGBTQ + challenges, and complex trauma.
However you come into therapy is perfect - you can't do this wrong. Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed by anxiety, sadness, or the intensity of our emotions. Other times we can feel numb and not be able to feel much of anything. These are painful, but common experiences— you are not crazy. Together, we will collaboratively explore your experiences, feelings, hopes, and desires. I will offer guidance and tools that incorporate the mind, body, heart, and spirit; allowing for increased experiences of clarity, stability, and connection.
(760) 417-6961 
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La Jolla, CA 92093
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Alice Kuhns
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
My clinical experience involves providing LGBTQ + affirmative care, and processing complex trauma.
Does it feel like something is off in your life? Maybe you have reached major milestones, or established a successful career, but still question your sense of self and self-worth. Sometimes our past experiences are influencing how we relate to ourselves and others, without us even realizing. If you are curious to make those connections, and create new ones, I can help.
(310) 742-9396 
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Office is near:
La Jolla, CA 92093
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LGBTQ+ Therapists
These therapists specialize in providing supportive, LGBTQ-affirming therapy in La Jolla. Many offer personal insights as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender therapists themselves. Others are allies of the LGBTQIA community with specialized training and experience working with LGBTQ+ clients. All have chosen to include the LGBTQIA community as an area of specialization and client focus.