LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in North Hollywood, CA

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Guru Shabd Khalsa
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Hollywood, CA 91601  (Online Only)
I believe that therapy can be helpful to anyone looking to grow, change habits or heal old wounds. I’m a fat positive, queer therapist devoted to supporting my clients in that growth. As a therapist I maintain curiosity, and hold space for you to dig deeper.You are the expert in your experience, my job is to offer the tools, feedback and resources that I have developed over time. I am looking forward to working with clients in non traditional relationships, those exploring their identity and sexuality, and wanting to come to peace and a place of joy with their bodies.
I believe that therapy can be helpful to anyone looking to grow, change habits or heal old wounds. I’m a fat positive, queer therapist devoted to supporting my clients in that growth. As a therapist I maintain curiosity, and hold space for you to dig deeper.You are the expert in your experience, my job is to offer the tools, feedback and resources that I have developed over time. I am looking forward to working with clients in non traditional relationships, those exploring their identity and sexuality, and wanting to come to peace and a place of joy with their bodies.
(323) 208-0357 View (323) 208-0357
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Rachael Tenerowicz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
North Hollywood, CA 91602  (Online Only)
I am passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ Community and I am aware of the unique challenges faced by individuals.
Beginning therapy can feel intimidating. Finding the right therapist, a daunting task. I aim to support you with all aspects of the therapeutic experience while co-creating your treatment. My goal in therapy is to support you by creating a safe, affirming space to communicate your needs. My therapeutic style is focused on creating a sex positive, culturally humble place for growth. I specialize in working with the LGBTQ+ community and related challenges faced by being LGBTQ+.
I am passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ Community and I am aware of the unique challenges faced by individuals.
Beginning therapy can feel intimidating. Finding the right therapist, a daunting task. I aim to support you with all aspects of the therapeutic experience while co-creating your treatment. My goal in therapy is to support you by creating a safe, affirming space to communicate your needs. My therapeutic style is focused on creating a sex positive, culturally humble place for growth. I specialize in working with the LGBTQ+ community and related challenges faced by being LGBTQ+.
(323) 531-7665 View (323) 531-7665
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Colin Ebeling
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
North Hollywood, CA 91607
I specialize in LGBTQ+ individuals and couples, entertainment industry professionals, and members of the adoption constellation.
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― C.G. Jung Are you feeling stuck, heavy, and depressed? Are you ready to wake up and uncover profound meanings in your experiences? Do you desire a supportive environment to explore your unique identities, relationships, and histories?
I specialize in LGBTQ+ individuals and couples, entertainment industry professionals, and members of the adoption constellation.
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― C.G. Jung Are you feeling stuck, heavy, and depressed? Are you ready to wake up and uncover profound meanings in your experiences? Do you desire a supportive environment to explore your unique identities, relationships, and histories?
(818) 293-2014 View (818) 293-2014
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Rebeks L. Clark Mane
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
North Hollywood, CA 91601  (Online Only)
I'm a swear-y transmasc therapist with lived experience who specializes in neurodivergence (Autism, ADHD), LGBTQIA+ (that includes ALL the letters), academia, and chronic illness/disability.
Many of my clients are newly identifying their neurodivergence (either through formal or self-diagnosis) and recognizing all the ways they have been swimming upstream their whole lives. My clients may also be discovering that their gender or sexuality is more complicated than they thought, perhaps that they aren't "just queer" but also nonbinary, asexual, or polyamorous. My clients seek therapy because they struggling with their current phase of life, such as settling into life after medical transition, navigating autistic burnout & chronic illnesses, or finding trauma they thought they were past resurfacing in disruptive ways.
I'm a swear-y transmasc therapist with lived experience who specializes in neurodivergence (Autism, ADHD), LGBTQIA+ (that includes ALL the letters), academia, and chronic illness/disability.
Many of my clients are newly identifying their neurodivergence (either through formal or self-diagnosis) and recognizing all the ways they have been swimming upstream their whole lives. My clients may also be discovering that their gender or sexuality is more complicated than they thought, perhaps that they aren't "just queer" but also nonbinary, asexual, or polyamorous. My clients seek therapy because they struggling with their current phase of life, such as settling into life after medical transition, navigating autistic burnout & chronic illnesses, or finding trauma they thought they were past resurfacing in disruptive ways.
(310) 807-6585 View (310) 807-6585
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Lo Story Moon Lankford
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
North Hollywood, CA 91607
As an trans+queer femme, I am passionate about interdependence and community psych. I believe that the societal structures inherent in our 'independence' focused U.S. culture harms all of us, creating fixed binaries and making asking for and receiving help difficult. We were never meant to do any of this alone, and resourcing folx (in a variety of ways) is at the root of all of my work. 'In the room,' I genuinely care about helping people connect to therapy work in a way that is meaningful to them, noting that this can look a little different person to person and always exists in your own cultural context.
As an trans+queer femme, I am passionate about interdependence and community psych. I believe that the societal structures inherent in our 'independence' focused U.S. culture harms all of us, creating fixed binaries and making asking for and receiving help difficult. We were never meant to do any of this alone, and resourcing folx (in a variety of ways) is at the root of all of my work. 'In the room,' I genuinely care about helping people connect to therapy work in a way that is meaningful to them, noting that this can look a little different person to person and always exists in your own cultural context.
(818) 208-7504 View (818) 208-7504
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Tara Tehrani
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
North Hollywood, CA 91607  (Online Only)
I provide evidence based treatment to my clients that feels affirming, compassionate, & responsive to their needs.My hope is you feel safe to have the agency in our sessions to express your needs & when you need a gentle push to make scary changes in your life, I will be there to support you.I'm passionate about providing culturally congruent care to clients in order to provide a safe place for growth & healing.I specialize in supporting clients through challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma, identity development, & more.I value working with queer, trans, & BIPOC communities & folks that come from all different backgrounds.
I provide evidence based treatment to my clients that feels affirming, compassionate, & responsive to their needs.My hope is you feel safe to have the agency in our sessions to express your needs & when you need a gentle push to make scary changes in your life, I will be there to support you.I'm passionate about providing culturally congruent care to clients in order to provide a safe place for growth & healing.I specialize in supporting clients through challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma, identity development, & more.I value working with queer, trans, & BIPOC communities & folks that come from all different backgrounds.
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Britt Kusserow
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
North Hollywood, CA 91606  (Online Only)
As a white-bodied, queer individual raised in the church, I recognize the importance of acknowledging the harm religion causes our community.
Most of my clients identify as queer and/or neurodivergent, often struggling with low self-confidence, high anxiety, or OCD. I work relationally, and with an emphasis that you are the expert on your lived experiences. My education and observations can be relevant when utilized in a collaborative, rather than instructive way. Progress looks different for every person, but often looks like a decrease in general distress, and/or an increase in your confidence that you can handle difficult things!
As a white-bodied, queer individual raised in the church, I recognize the importance of acknowledging the harm religion causes our community.
Most of my clients identify as queer and/or neurodivergent, often struggling with low self-confidence, high anxiety, or OCD. I work relationally, and with an emphasis that you are the expert on your lived experiences. My education and observations can be relevant when utilized in a collaborative, rather than instructive way. Progress looks different for every person, but often looks like a decrease in general distress, and/or an increase in your confidence that you can handle difficult things!
(818) 629-1857 View (818) 629-1857
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Spencer Scott
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Additionally, I'm incredibly passionate about LGBTQ wellness and love helping other gay and bisexual men thrive.
***All appointments must be requested through FrameworkPsych.com*** At some point in life, we all experience a moment when we question whether we're on the best path forward. Perhaps a relationship feels unfulfilling, we're not advancing in our career the way we'd hoped, or we're feeling unsure about a decision. Through years of specialized training in evidence-based psychoanalytic approaches, I've discovered how we can collaborate to help you create the life you want. Together, we'll unlock ways for you to feel happier, more balanced, and better connected to your authentic self and others.
Additionally, I'm incredibly passionate about LGBTQ wellness and love helping other gay and bisexual men thrive.
***All appointments must be requested through FrameworkPsych.com*** At some point in life, we all experience a moment when we question whether we're on the best path forward. Perhaps a relationship feels unfulfilling, we're not advancing in our career the way we'd hoped, or we're feeling unsure about a decision. Through years of specialized training in evidence-based psychoanalytic approaches, I've discovered how we can collaborate to help you create the life you want. Together, we'll unlock ways for you to feel happier, more balanced, and better connected to your authentic self and others.
(323) 886-4538 View (323) 886-4538
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Drea N Olivares
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
North Hollywood, CA 91602
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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Dr. Jacquie Talesnick
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Hollywood, CA 91606  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with adults in the LGBTQ+ community as well as artists/creatives around issues of identity, life transition, relationships, trauma, depression, and anxiety.
I am a trauma-informed licensed psychologist who has trained in cognitive-behavioral, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and relational psychodynamic approaches. As an integrative therapist, I attempt to tailor treatment to each individual's needs using relevant interventions and theories. In working interpersonally and collaboratively, we may explore one's individual history, identities/roles, family and cultural dynamics, strengths, values, and goals. Through individual and couples therapy, I enjoy working with adults who identify feeling stuck, lost, alone, misunderstood, frustrated, anxious, disconnected, indifferent, and depressed.
I specialize in working with adults in the LGBTQ+ community as well as artists/creatives around issues of identity, life transition, relationships, trauma, depression, and anxiety.
I am a trauma-informed licensed psychologist who has trained in cognitive-behavioral, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and relational psychodynamic approaches. As an integrative therapist, I attempt to tailor treatment to each individual's needs using relevant interventions and theories. In working interpersonally and collaboratively, we may explore one's individual history, identities/roles, family and cultural dynamics, strengths, values, and goals. Through individual and couples therapy, I enjoy working with adults who identify feeling stuck, lost, alone, misunderstood, frustrated, anxious, disconnected, indifferent, and depressed.
(818) 960-1342 View (818) 960-1342
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Dr. Aydin Olson-Kennedy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
North Hollywood, CA 91606  (Online Only)
Trust and confidentiality are vital to the therapeutic relationship and process. For parents of transgender and non-binary youth, this can sometimes leave them feeling "out of the loop." Before their child came out, they came in. As a result, parents often find themselves behind and may feel confused, overwhelmed, and sometimes scared about what this new information means about their child and future. In an attempt to close the knowledge gap, parents often rely on asking questions but are often met with anger from their children and sometimes feel shut out.
Trust and confidentiality are vital to the therapeutic relationship and process. For parents of transgender and non-binary youth, this can sometimes leave them feeling "out of the loop." Before their child came out, they came in. As a result, parents often find themselves behind and may feel confused, overwhelmed, and sometimes scared about what this new information means about their child and future. In an attempt to close the knowledge gap, parents often rely on asking questions but are often met with anger from their children and sometimes feel shut out.
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Rebecca Gitlin (She | Her)
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Not accepting new clients
My doctoral training included dual emphases in LGBTQ+ Psychology and Diversity & Community Mental Health.
Los Angeles is not an easy city, and these are not easy times. I invite individuals who are navigating identity, relationships, health, and trauma to my practice. I specialize in working within a gender affirming and trauma-informed framework, cultivating our strengths in order to build a life that feels sustainable and true to who we are. I especially welcome those who are new to psychotherapy and am a firm believer in demystifying the process. I approach my practice with warmth, cultural humility, an active and collaborative stance, and authenticity.
My doctoral training included dual emphases in LGBTQ+ Psychology and Diversity & Community Mental Health.
Los Angeles is not an easy city, and these are not easy times. I invite individuals who are navigating identity, relationships, health, and trauma to my practice. I specialize in working within a gender affirming and trauma-informed framework, cultivating our strengths in order to build a life that feels sustainable and true to who we are. I especially welcome those who are new to psychotherapy and am a firm believer in demystifying the process. I approach my practice with warmth, cultural humility, an active and collaborative stance, and authenticity.
(818) 214-7534 View (818) 214-7534
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Nina Firooz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Not accepting new clients
My passion is in working with the LGBTQ population, and I specialize in working with LGBTQ Christians who are reconciling faith, sexuality, and gender.
At some point in your life, you received messages from society, family, peers, and/or the world that said you were 'less-than' because of how you identify. You probably internalized the message: "I am not enough." Sound like something you're dealing with? At the same time, something in you might want to fight those negative messages, and live a life full of joy, peace, laughter, and authenticity. Whatever you are dealing with or have endured, I will gladly join you in your journey of self-acceptance, contextualizing your circumstances, and building up your authentic self.
My passion is in working with the LGBTQ population, and I specialize in working with LGBTQ Christians who are reconciling faith, sexuality, and gender.
At some point in your life, you received messages from society, family, peers, and/or the world that said you were 'less-than' because of how you identify. You probably internalized the message: "I am not enough." Sound like something you're dealing with? At the same time, something in you might want to fight those negative messages, and live a life full of joy, peace, laughter, and authenticity. Whatever you are dealing with or have endured, I will gladly join you in your journey of self-acceptance, contextualizing your circumstances, and building up your authentic self.
(424) 365-1653 View (424) 365-1653
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Gregory Walston
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT, CPRP
Verified Verified
North Hollywood, CA 91601  (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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Julia M Schwab
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
North Hollywood, CA 91607
As a therapist who welcomes and affirms the LGBTQIA+ community, my specialization lies in working with the transgender, gender non-conforming, gender queer individuals, as well as those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or questioning. Starting therapy might evoke apprehension, but rest assured, I am warm, empathetic, and fully engaged to support you during life's most challenging moments. Together, we will explore the obstacles and patterns that might be hindering your desired life, pushing beyond limits to attain a more enriching and fulfilling life.
As a therapist who welcomes and affirms the LGBTQIA+ community, my specialization lies in working with the transgender, gender non-conforming, gender queer individuals, as well as those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or questioning. Starting therapy might evoke apprehension, but rest assured, I am warm, empathetic, and fully engaged to support you during life's most challenging moments. Together, we will explore the obstacles and patterns that might be hindering your desired life, pushing beyond limits to attain a more enriching and fulfilling life.
(818) 696-4514 View (818) 696-4514
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Edwin Albert Huerta
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Hollywood, CA 91606
Hi there, my name is Edwin! My experience in Social Work has allowed me to work alongside students of all ages (elementary through college) where we worked on topics such as depressive moods, anxiety, stress, and questions surrounding queer identity. Working with these students allowed us to start conversations about communication skills and triggers that they faced in their day to day life. Working alongside them, we were able to identify what steps they were comfortable doing to implement into their lives to see results.
Hi there, my name is Edwin! My experience in Social Work has allowed me to work alongside students of all ages (elementary through college) where we worked on topics such as depressive moods, anxiety, stress, and questions surrounding queer identity. Working with these students allowed us to start conversations about communication skills and triggers that they faced in their day to day life. Working alongside them, we were able to identify what steps they were comfortable doing to implement into their lives to see results.
(747) 347-3590 View (747) 347-3590
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EMDR Therapy & Holistic Therapy by Sandy Gordon
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
North Hollywood, CA 91602  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
As a neurodivergent, bi-cultural Black queer therapist, clients come to me searching for someone with shared lived experiences because therapy should be a place where you can be ALL of you.
You may often feel misunderstood by the world. Probably you're exhausted from feeling like you're never doing enough, like you're unworthy of the beauty life has to offer. It might be hard to recall when things didn't feel this way because you've always felt weird, different...like you've never belonged. Yet, you’re ready for any relief, any change. You're ready to transcend feelings of shame and embrace self-acceptance and compassion, not just for yourself but also for your communities. You're ready to feel confident and explore how you can utilize your strengths, experiences, and imagination to have a positive impact on our world!
As a neurodivergent, bi-cultural Black queer therapist, clients come to me searching for someone with shared lived experiences because therapy should be a place where you can be ALL of you.
You may often feel misunderstood by the world. Probably you're exhausted from feeling like you're never doing enough, like you're unworthy of the beauty life has to offer. It might be hard to recall when things didn't feel this way because you've always felt weird, different...like you've never belonged. Yet, you’re ready for any relief, any change. You're ready to transcend feelings of shame and embrace self-acceptance and compassion, not just for yourself but also for your communities. You're ready to feel confident and explore how you can utilize your strengths, experiences, and imagination to have a positive impact on our world!
(626) 779-8747 View (626) 779-8747
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Traci Time
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
North Hollywood, CA 91601
I assist persons struggling to manage relationships, LGBTQ-based difficulties, and post-military adjustment.
It has been a privilege for me to have worked across my career with diverse individuals, couples, and families, and I have served clients in a multitude of settings. I treat those struggling with a wide range of problems, such as coping with adverse past and present circumstances, trauma, managing transitions, grief and loss, existential conflicts, medical conditions, aging, women's issues, work-based challenges, and just feeling overwhelmed by day-to-day demands. I have extensive experience working with clients whose careers involve personal creativity.
I assist persons struggling to manage relationships, LGBTQ-based difficulties, and post-military adjustment.
It has been a privilege for me to have worked across my career with diverse individuals, couples, and families, and I have served clients in a multitude of settings. I treat those struggling with a wide range of problems, such as coping with adverse past and present circumstances, trauma, managing transitions, grief and loss, existential conflicts, medical conditions, aging, women's issues, work-based challenges, and just feeling overwhelmed by day-to-day demands. I have extensive experience working with clients whose careers involve personal creativity.
(818) 918-4984 View (818) 918-4984
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Jason Ballou
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Hollywood, CA 91601  (Online Only)
I am a compassionate and experienced therapist dedicated to providing support and guidance to individuals facing anxiety, depression, and substance use issues. I am trained in EMDR therapy and happy to offer this effective, evidence-based treatment to those who are yearning to move past their trauma and re-claim their agency. As a gay man, I have a special focus on working with my LGBTQ+ siblings and anyone who has felt left out or marginalized by rigid stereotypes in American culture. My mission is to create a safe and affirming space where clients can explore their concerns, heal, and build a happier, healthier life.
I am a compassionate and experienced therapist dedicated to providing support and guidance to individuals facing anxiety, depression, and substance use issues. I am trained in EMDR therapy and happy to offer this effective, evidence-based treatment to those who are yearning to move past their trauma and re-claim their agency. As a gay man, I have a special focus on working with my LGBTQ+ siblings and anyone who has felt left out or marginalized by rigid stereotypes in American culture. My mission is to create a safe and affirming space where clients can explore their concerns, heal, and build a happier, healthier life.
(213) 322-0296 View (213) 322-0296
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Dr. Ali Dubin
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Are you struggling in your relationship? Missing that loving connection? Speaking different languages? Fighting a lot? Feeling lonely? Are you dealing with co-parenting? I work with you and your sweetie to get back on track, feel safe, loved, and secure in your relationship. A loving welcome to those who identify as LGBTQIA+, sexually and/or gender fluid, and to those who are processing feelings associated with a loved one who is. Parents of LGBTQ+ and queerspawn are my special love.
Are you struggling in your relationship? Missing that loving connection? Speaking different languages? Fighting a lot? Feeling lonely? Are you dealing with co-parenting? I work with you and your sweetie to get back on track, feel safe, loved, and secure in your relationship. A loving welcome to those who identify as LGBTQIA+, sexually and/or gender fluid, and to those who are processing feelings associated with a loved one who is. Parents of LGBTQ+ and queerspawn are my special love.
(818) 798-3720 View (818) 798-3720
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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.