LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

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Jake Weinraub
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90048  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) specializing in LGBTQ-affirmative individual and group therapy. For the past 9 years I have worked in both individual and community mental health, immersing myself in the unique ways anxiety, depression, and histories of trauma impact LGBTQ+ individuals across a spectrum of intersecting identities. My goal as a therapist is to create a safe, joyful, and collaborative space for clients to identify and deepen their existing strengths, as well as build new skills.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) specializing in LGBTQ-affirmative individual and group therapy. For the past 9 years I have worked in both individual and community mental health, immersing myself in the unique ways anxiety, depression, and histories of trauma impact LGBTQ+ individuals across a spectrum of intersecting identities. My goal as a therapist is to create a safe, joyful, and collaborative space for clients to identify and deepen their existing strengths, as well as build new skills.
(323) 693-9436 View (323) 693-9436
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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 connection, guidance, and support. You don't want to burn out but find yourself pushed to your limits. You feel pressured to keep it all together to continue being there for others; even as you navigate your own worries about loss and change. The idea of taking time to rest and ask others for support overwhelms you with guilt, self-doubt, and fears of rejection. 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 connection, guidance, and support. You don't want to burn out but find yourself pushed to your limits. You feel pressured to keep it all together to continue being there for others; even as you navigate your own worries about loss and change. The idea of taking time to rest and ask others for support overwhelms you with guilt, self-doubt, and fears of rejection. 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
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Mariam Dion
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90064  (Online Only)
As a queer Black Arab immigrant, I recognize the importance of how social identities can have a great impact on someone's mental health. Even navigating the mental health system can be exhausting and at times disappointing. In my practice, I aim to provide a safe space for people who often struggle to find one due to systemic and social injustices. I assist people in the healing of their trauma and processing difficult experiences as they navigate living in a society that is in itself in need of healing. I am passionate about my work and love being present with my clients through their journey of healing and self-discovery.
As a queer Black Arab immigrant, I recognize the importance of how social identities can have a great impact on someone's mental health. Even navigating the mental health system can be exhausting and at times disappointing. In my practice, I aim to provide a safe space for people who often struggle to find one due to systemic and social injustices. I assist people in the healing of their trauma and processing difficult experiences as they navigate living in a society that is in itself in need of healing. I am passionate about my work and love being present with my clients through their journey of healing and self-discovery.
(323) 746-8182 View (323) 746-8182
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Therapy Is Here
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CSAT, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90013  (Online Only)
Give yourself permission to be vulnerable by putting yourself first. Negative and highly-critical self-talk, especially for gay men, is the root of many of our problems and addictions. You may feel “less-than” others, think poorly of yourself, or are unsure how to get your needs met. I can help you to shed light on where this inner-critic is coming from, how to quiet it, and help you rebuild your relationship with self/others. Next, we can develop tools to manage anxiety and depression, embrace your sexuality, develop a healthier relationship to sex/porn, heal infidelity, integrate love and sex, or improve your relationships.
Give yourself permission to be vulnerable by putting yourself first. Negative and highly-critical self-talk, especially for gay men, is the root of many of our problems and addictions. You may feel “less-than” others, think poorly of yourself, or are unsure how to get your needs met. I can help you to shed light on where this inner-critic is coming from, how to quiet it, and help you rebuild your relationship with self/others. Next, we can develop tools to manage anxiety and depression, embrace your sexuality, develop a healthier relationship to sex/porn, heal infidelity, integrate love and sex, or improve your relationships.
(562) 645-4643 View (562) 645-4643
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Terra Friedman - Open Space Therapy Collective
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90026
As a sex-positive, anti-racist, LGBTQ therapist, I’ll help you to stop outsourcing your self-worth, and to tune into your inner voice and your body’s messages.
You’ve been told a lot about who you should be, how your life should look, or whom you should date or love. You feel like you can’t hear your own desires over the noise of other people's opinions or suggestions. You can’t find that inner sense that guides you past the anxiety that is constantly weighing you down. You can see the relationship, job, or sense of confidence in your mind, but feel lost and overwhelmed. You dream of feeling empowered and confident, knowing what you want and how to get it. You have a brilliant light–let’s help you shine!
As a sex-positive, anti-racist, LGBTQ therapist, I’ll help you to stop outsourcing your self-worth, and to tune into your inner voice and your body’s messages.
You’ve been told a lot about who you should be, how your life should look, or whom you should date or love. You feel like you can’t hear your own desires over the noise of other people's opinions or suggestions. You can’t find that inner sense that guides you past the anxiety that is constantly weighing you down. You can see the relationship, job, or sense of confidence in your mind, but feel lost and overwhelmed. You dream of feeling empowered and confident, knowing what you want and how to get it. You have a brilliant light–let’s help you shine!
(818) 740-3966 View (818) 740-3966
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Brian Carpenter
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
17 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90048  (Online Only)
Are you an LGBT person who struggles with coming out, doubts your own self-worth, believes others' negative opinions, or is affected by prejudice and discrimination? I help LGBT folks to be proud of who they are and to empower themselves.
I work with individuals and couples. I address such questions as: Are you having difficulties in your relationships? Do you experience anxiety or depression? Do you just want to feel better about yourself and reach your full potential? And I'm especially qualified to help Creative and LGBT people. Are you a Creative person with high standards for yourself or who has a hard time dealing with rejection? As a long-time member of SAG-AFTRA, I help you to recognize that being creative is hard and to strive for excellence instead of "perfection."
Are you an LGBT person who struggles with coming out, doubts your own self-worth, believes others' negative opinions, or is affected by prejudice and discrimination? I help LGBT folks to be proud of who they are and to empower themselves.
I work with individuals and couples. I address such questions as: Are you having difficulties in your relationships? Do you experience anxiety or depression? Do you just want to feel better about yourself and reach your full potential? And I'm especially qualified to help Creative and LGBT people. Are you a Creative person with high standards for yourself or who has a hard time dealing with rejection? As a long-time member of SAG-AFTRA, I help you to recognize that being creative is hard and to strive for excellence instead of "perfection."
(323) 498-1290 View (323) 498-1290
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Fii Sperling
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90029
As a queer, transgender & non-binary, chronically ill therapist, my approach to therapy centers you as the expert in the room. I believe the wisdom in your lived experience will help us collaboratively create a healing space that supports you. Most of the people I work with inhabit identities resistant to social norms primarily teens and adults who are transgender, non-binary, polyamorous, and or neurodivergent. I also provide support to family members of transgender youth and other LGBTQIA+ folks.
As a queer, transgender & non-binary, chronically ill therapist, my approach to therapy centers you as the expert in the room. I believe the wisdom in your lived experience will help us collaboratively create a healing space that supports you. Most of the people I work with inhabit identities resistant to social norms primarily teens and adults who are transgender, non-binary, polyamorous, and or neurodivergent. I also provide support to family members of transgender youth and other LGBTQIA+ folks.
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Dr. Douglas G. Sadownick
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90019
I founded the Antioch University LGBT Specialization and Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling Center in 2006.
I come from the heart. I'm here to help you feel safe and secure. I am here to go on a journey with you to find your true self, to lift depression, to work with anxiety, and transform this time of crisis into stronger relationships and more heart-felt productivity. As a gay, Jewish man, I have an ear for all people struggling with difference and oppression. I can go deep with you into healing old trauma. Or I can help you coach you with day-to-day career and relationship challenges. If you need a therapy to jump-start new growth in the New Year, I am here for you on that quest of both self-discovery and seeing more palpable results.
I founded the Antioch University LGBT Specialization and Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling Center in 2006.
I come from the heart. I'm here to help you feel safe and secure. I am here to go on a journey with you to find your true self, to lift depression, to work with anxiety, and transform this time of crisis into stronger relationships and more heart-felt productivity. As a gay, Jewish man, I have an ear for all people struggling with difference and oppression. I can go deep with you into healing old trauma. Or I can help you coach you with day-to-day career and relationship challenges. If you need a therapy to jump-start new growth in the New Year, I am here for you on that quest of both self-discovery and seeing more palpable results.
(323) 739-4971 View (323) 739-4971
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David Strah
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, 114637
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90004
I’ve helped countless members of the LGBTQ+ community find peace, and I can help you, too.
For as long as you can remember, you’ve felt different. You learned early on that there were parts of your identity that you had to hide. So, you built a façade to protect yourself. You felt safer pretending you were just like everybody else. As you’ve gotten older, you’ve learned to accept these parts of your identity more, but it still feels like you’re hiding. You still watch what you say and how you behave around certain people. And a part of you continues trying to conform to society’s expectations. You wish you could just be your authentic self without fear of judgment, but you don’t know how. You feel trapped and helpless.
I’ve helped countless members of the LGBTQ+ community find peace, and I can help you, too.
For as long as you can remember, you’ve felt different. You learned early on that there were parts of your identity that you had to hide. So, you built a façade to protect yourself. You felt safer pretending you were just like everybody else. As you’ve gotten older, you’ve learned to accept these parts of your identity more, but it still feels like you’re hiding. You still watch what you say and how you behave around certain people. And a part of you continues trying to conform to society’s expectations. You wish you could just be your authentic self without fear of judgment, but you don’t know how. You feel trapped and helpless.
(917) 924-5865 View (917) 924-5865
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James Dvorak
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90026
My practice provides LGBTQIA+ -affirmative therapy and is sex-, kink-, ethical and consensual nonmonogamy-allied.
My goal is to walk with you through transitions, helping you navigate the challenges, stressors, and fears related to moving forward from a relationship, a job/career, or the loss or shift in identity. I aim to support you in the process of (re)discovering yourself in these transitions, especially when faced with questions about sexuality, expression, and roles in your daily life. Together, we will explore new perspectives and unknowns in transitions, helping to equip you with the confidence to progress, uncovering patterns, parts, and habits that may no longer serve you in their current state.
My practice provides LGBTQIA+ -affirmative therapy and is sex-, kink-, ethical and consensual nonmonogamy-allied.
My goal is to walk with you through transitions, helping you navigate the challenges, stressors, and fears related to moving forward from a relationship, a job/career, or the loss or shift in identity. I aim to support you in the process of (re)discovering yourself in these transitions, especially when faced with questions about sexuality, expression, and roles in your daily life. Together, we will explore new perspectives and unknowns in transitions, helping to equip you with the confidence to progress, uncovering patterns, parts, and habits that may no longer serve you in their current state.
(424) 401-3903 View (424) 401-3903
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Rainer Geissler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90012  (Online Only)
I'm proud to support the LGBTQ+, sex-positive, polyamorous, and non-monogamy communities and consider sexuality to be an important part of life that should be fun for everyone.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Los Angeles, California. I strive to create an environment of compassion, authenticity and understanding, inclusive and welcoming to all clients. In working with me, you will identify the thoughts, feelings, behaviors and beliefs that are preventing you from living joyfully. I work with you to help you discover your strengths and capabilities so that you can live a life that is meaningful, rewarding and free from conflict. I believe that therapy must be engaging, non-judgmental, and supportive to facilitate growth.
I'm proud to support the LGBTQ+, sex-positive, polyamorous, and non-monogamy communities and consider sexuality to be an important part of life that should be fun for everyone.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Los Angeles, California. I strive to create an environment of compassion, authenticity and understanding, inclusive and welcoming to all clients. In working with me, you will identify the thoughts, feelings, behaviors and beliefs that are preventing you from living joyfully. I work with you to help you discover your strengths and capabilities so that you can live a life that is meaningful, rewarding and free from conflict. I believe that therapy must be engaging, non-judgmental, and supportive to facilitate growth.
(415) 322-0761 View (415) 322-0761
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Soren Nilsson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90027  (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 hope to help people reimagine the kinds of responses and relationships they would prefer to have towards 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 hope to help people reimagine the kinds of responses and relationships they would prefer to have towards difficult situations or problems in their lives.
(818) 296-6630 View (818) 296-6630
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Andres Sviercovich Pasquel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90029  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, Caregiver Issues, Eating Disorders and More! The therapeutic approach I use is tailored based on the individuals' needs and what they hope to get from therapy.
Hello, I am a therapist who enjoys diversity and helping you with your life from a non-judgmental, empathetic, and honest perspective. If you choose to work with me, know that you will have a safe space that understands multiple cultural and societal barriers. LGBTQ+, Spanish Speakers, and minorities are welcome. I want you to see therapy as a tool for you to thrive in life. The more you share, and the more you work on yourself, the better we can come up with goals that will make you heal and move forward in the right direction. Virtual Practice only
I specialize in treating Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, Caregiver Issues, Eating Disorders and More! The therapeutic approach I use is tailored based on the individuals' needs and what they hope to get from therapy.
Hello, I am a therapist who enjoys diversity and helping you with your life from a non-judgmental, empathetic, and honest perspective. If you choose to work with me, know that you will have a safe space that understands multiple cultural and societal barriers. LGBTQ+, Spanish Speakers, and minorities are welcome. I want you to see therapy as a tool for you to thrive in life. The more you share, and the more you work on yourself, the better we can come up with goals that will make you heal and move forward in the right direction. Virtual Practice only
(818) 210-3066 View (818) 210-3066
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Mitchell Hale
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I am a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist dedicated to helping my clients live happier lives through reducing internal shame, cultivating self-compassion and rewriting limiting personal narratives. I primarily works with adolescents and adult clients (ages 13 – 45) and is experienced in trauma work and LGBTQIA+ issues.
I am a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist dedicated to helping my clients live happier lives through reducing internal shame, cultivating self-compassion and rewriting limiting personal narratives. I primarily works with adolescents and adult clients (ages 13 – 45) and is experienced in trauma work and LGBTQIA+ issues.
(310) 340-2172 View (310) 340-2172
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Robert Brandon Seckler
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90026
I have great respect and appreciation for those who bravely embark on the journey of psychotherapy. Thank you for seeking support. I am privileged to work with a wide variety of clients including individual adults, teens, and relationships/couples. Whether they are suffering from debilitating feelings of worry or sadness, or they're getting by but feel a tug inside to step more fully into the life or relationship they've dreamed of, I care for my clients as unique individuals. Accordingly, I am committed to feminist, cultural competence/humility, and LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy principles.
I have great respect and appreciation for those who bravely embark on the journey of psychotherapy. Thank you for seeking support. I am privileged to work with a wide variety of clients including individual adults, teens, and relationships/couples. Whether they are suffering from debilitating feelings of worry or sadness, or they're getting by but feel a tug inside to step more fully into the life or relationship they've dreamed of, I care for my clients as unique individuals. Accordingly, I am committed to feminist, cultural competence/humility, and LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy principles.
(818) 350-5951 View (818) 350-5951
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Andrew Borden
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90048  (Online Only)
I am LGBTQ+ affirmative, sex/kink positive, neurodiversity-affirming, poly/CNM-affirming, practice from a Health at Every Size lens, and use "geek therapy", working primarily with queer folks.
Hi, I'm glad you made it. Asking for and finding support is tough, but this is the first step. Tell me, do you find it difficult to stay motivated throughout the day? Are you constantly ruminating on interactions with others, anxious about whether you said or did the "right" thing? Perhaps you spend most of your time and energy worrying about how others perceive you? Or, maybe you struggle to feel deserving to take up space in a conversation or a room full of people? If you identify as a perfectionist, people-pleaser, over-thinker, or struggle with low self-esteem or self-worth, therapy might help cut through some of that noise.
I am LGBTQ+ affirmative, sex/kink positive, neurodiversity-affirming, poly/CNM-affirming, practice from a Health at Every Size lens, and use "geek therapy", working primarily with queer folks.
Hi, I'm glad you made it. Asking for and finding support is tough, but this is the first step. Tell me, do you find it difficult to stay motivated throughout the day? Are you constantly ruminating on interactions with others, anxious about whether you said or did the "right" thing? Perhaps you spend most of your time and energy worrying about how others perceive you? Or, maybe you struggle to feel deserving to take up space in a conversation or a room full of people? If you identify as a perfectionist, people-pleaser, over-thinker, or struggle with low self-esteem or self-worth, therapy might help cut through some of that noise.
(323) 523-5698 View (323) 523-5698
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Sarah Brock Chavez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90039  (Online Only)
I identify as a queer, femme, Chicana therapist. I provide Psychotherapy that is Intersectional and Trauma-informed treatment. Combining techniques of traditional Psychodynamic Therapy as well as Somatic Therapy together we investigate your past and what is happening currently in your body (physical pain, ailments, sensations) in relation to environmental triggers (systemic racism, queer & trans-phobia, sexism, micro-aggressions), as well as attachment styles that inform your core beliefs to get you to a place of a fully developed and embodied sense of self and well being.
I identify as a queer, femme, Chicana therapist. I provide Psychotherapy that is Intersectional and Trauma-informed treatment. Combining techniques of traditional Psychodynamic Therapy as well as Somatic Therapy together we investigate your past and what is happening currently in your body (physical pain, ailments, sensations) in relation to environmental triggers (systemic racism, queer & trans-phobia, sexism, micro-aggressions), as well as attachment styles that inform your core beliefs to get you to a place of a fully developed and embodied sense of self and well being.
(424) 377-4514 View (424) 377-4514
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Allison Mills
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90026
) I specialize in affirmative & sex-positive care with LGBTQIA+ people exploring their sexuality, gender, and relationship-expansive (kink, poly, CNM) identities.
Starting a new relationship is a big step. And one of the most important steps in therapy is finding a therapist to build connection and space for healing. I aim to co-create an attuned, safe, and collaborative relationship. Where we go in your therapeutic journey centers around your goals and individuality. Together, we can explore problem narratives, relationship patterns, oppressions that may impact you, and mind-body connection with warmth, curiosity, and compassion. I hope to accompany you through the (re)discovery of your inherent resilience to pursue growth that enables you to live authentically and explore new possibilities.
) I specialize in affirmative & sex-positive care with LGBTQIA+ people exploring their sexuality, gender, and relationship-expansive (kink, poly, CNM) identities.
Starting a new relationship is a big step. And one of the most important steps in therapy is finding a therapist to build connection and space for healing. I aim to co-create an attuned, safe, and collaborative relationship. Where we go in your therapeutic journey centers around your goals and individuality. Together, we can explore problem narratives, relationship patterns, oppressions that may impact you, and mind-body connection with warmth, curiosity, and compassion. I hope to accompany you through the (re)discovery of your inherent resilience to pursue growth that enables you to live authentically and explore new possibilities.
(818) 873-2635 View (818) 873-2635
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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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Jen Rivers
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA, MSW, ASW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Do you feel like you don’t belong anywhere? Maybe you feel like you’re not good enough. Or not queer enough. Maybe you feel like you don’t fit into queer spaces. Perhaps you just don’t fit into the box assigned to you by society and family. Maybe you've been trapped by trauma(s) you experienced, anxiety, and/or depression. Maybe you’re a person that just wants to explore who you are. I‘m here to help support you as you begin to explore who you are as your true, authentic self.
Do you feel like you don’t belong anywhere? Maybe you feel like you’re not good enough. Or not queer enough. Maybe you feel like you don’t fit into queer spaces. Perhaps you just don’t fit into the box assigned to you by society and family. Maybe you've been trapped by trauma(s) you experienced, anxiety, and/or depression. Maybe you’re a person that just wants to explore who you are. I‘m here to help support you as you begin to explore who you are as your true, authentic self.
(323) 379-5969 View (323) 379-5969

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.