LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Luisa Mancera
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94601  (Online Only)
I particularly enjoy working with multi-cultural and LGBTQ+ folks.
Do you feel like you're doing everything you're supposed to do, but feeling constantly stressed, overwhelmed, or helpless? Are you stuck in unhealthy relationship patterns? Are you living in your head so much that it’s getting in the way of your relationships, health, or work? Are you constantly busy yet feel unfulfilled, like the ‘go’ button is stuck in the on position? Maybe this is you, or maybe this is your partner. I’ve worked with lots of clients like this — working through trauma, identity issues, anxiety, and stress to live a healthier, more meaningful life.
I particularly enjoy working with multi-cultural and LGBTQ+ folks.
Do you feel like you're doing everything you're supposed to do, but feeling constantly stressed, overwhelmed, or helpless? Are you stuck in unhealthy relationship patterns? Are you living in your head so much that it’s getting in the way of your relationships, health, or work? Are you constantly busy yet feel unfulfilled, like the ‘go’ button is stuck in the on position? Maybe this is you, or maybe this is your partner. I’ve worked with lots of clients like this — working through trauma, identity issues, anxiety, and stress to live a healthier, more meaningful life.
(510) 901-3290 View (510) 901-3290
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Zo Amaro Jimenez
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94601  (Online Only)
I am dedicated to providing safe, transparent, collaborative, and empowering therapy, especially for queer, trans, and BIPOC clients.
I believe people are trying their best through good and hard times. Especially during the hard times, we find ways to make it through. I work with people to figure out what their survival strategies are, which ones they want to keep or change. Sometimes, these strategies require us to code-switch, mask, or deny parts of ourselves. I enjoy helping people find out more about themselves, their values, and what ways to care for themselves. I work with them to build a therapy experience for rest, healing, and discovery. Together my clients and I build more places and experiences where they just get to be.
I am dedicated to providing safe, transparent, collaborative, and empowering therapy, especially for queer, trans, and BIPOC clients.
I believe people are trying their best through good and hard times. Especially during the hard times, we find ways to make it through. I work with people to figure out what their survival strategies are, which ones they want to keep or change. Sometimes, these strategies require us to code-switch, mask, or deny parts of ourselves. I enjoy helping people find out more about themselves, their values, and what ways to care for themselves. I work with them to build a therapy experience for rest, healing, and discovery. Together my clients and I build more places and experiences where they just get to be.
(510) 369-4424 View (510) 369-4424
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Wes Rothstein
AMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601  (Online Only)
I work with queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people including parents, partners, and other relationship formations.
Throughout life, many of us receive messages that make us question our place or urge us to alter ourselves to fit societal norms. I work LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent individuals who are working on self-discovery and unlearning as well as seeking answers to questions about identity, belonging, and authenticity. Whether you are grappling with aspects of personal identity, past or present trauma or oppression, or challenging relationship dynamics, we will work collaboratively towards positive growth. I also offer support for those seeking help around queer conception, infertility, family building.
I work with queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people including parents, partners, and other relationship formations.
Throughout life, many of us receive messages that make us question our place or urge us to alter ourselves to fit societal norms. I work LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent individuals who are working on self-discovery and unlearning as well as seeking answers to questions about identity, belonging, and authenticity. Whether you are grappling with aspects of personal identity, past or present trauma or oppression, or challenging relationship dynamics, we will work collaboratively towards positive growth. I also offer support for those seeking help around queer conception, infertility, family building.
(510) 983-8157 View (510) 983-8157
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Jeffrey Gianelli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in working with Trauma/ PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, LGBTQIA+, and self esteem issues, using IFS, EMDR, ACT, and mindful self compassion.
I am EDMR certified and Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 1 trained. I use these powerful tools and others like ACT to help you tap into your mind and uncover and transform limiting patterns and beliefs. Healing is about bringing the unconscious to the conscious level, which allows our true self to emerge, and my techniques are designed for this purpose. I create a safe space for you to explore the links between past and present, to see what you are still holding onto and to help you finally let go. I also teach a variety of skills and tools. Perhaps you've tried talk therapy and are ready to go deeper. If so, this may be for you.
I specialize in working with Trauma/ PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, LGBTQIA+, and self esteem issues, using IFS, EMDR, ACT, and mindful self compassion.
I am EDMR certified and Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 1 trained. I use these powerful tools and others like ACT to help you tap into your mind and uncover and transform limiting patterns and beliefs. Healing is about bringing the unconscious to the conscious level, which allows our true self to emerge, and my techniques are designed for this purpose. I create a safe space for you to explore the links between past and present, to see what you are still holding onto and to help you finally let go. I also teach a variety of skills and tools. Perhaps you've tried talk therapy and are ready to go deeper. If so, this may be for you.
(510) 953-5247 View (510) 953-5247
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Lakia Wolfarth-Davis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
Professionally, I have an LGBT-affirmative emphasis and I have also done policy work for QTPoCs.
I believe we are all whole but sometimes life circumstances, the way we grew up, the way we are treated by society/systems based on our identities, etc. can cloud the way in which we see ourselves or which tools we have access to. I specialize in working with clients who have experienced complex trauma due to race, gender, sexual orientation, abuse, violence, historical events and poverty. My hope is to help create more tools, help unpack the trauma, identify YOUR strengths and your understanding of yourself and help you navigate the world in a way that feels true to YOU.
Professionally, I have an LGBT-affirmative emphasis and I have also done policy work for QTPoCs.
I believe we are all whole but sometimes life circumstances, the way we grew up, the way we are treated by society/systems based on our identities, etc. can cloud the way in which we see ourselves or which tools we have access to. I specialize in working with clients who have experienced complex trauma due to race, gender, sexual orientation, abuse, violence, historical events and poverty. My hope is to help create more tools, help unpack the trauma, identify YOUR strengths and your understanding of yourself and help you navigate the world in a way that feels true to YOU.
(510) 944-0973 View (510) 944-0973
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Lizzie Pfeiffer
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
I have a particular passion for supporting LGBTQ+, Queer, and/or Trans folks, and in my work, I invite conversations around culture, identity, power, privilege, and oppression.
I work from a trauma-informed, relational, and client-centered lens. I integrate psychodynamic and attachment based theoretical approaches. I believe the relationship we build as client and therapist, as well as exploring your relationships outside of therapy, are important avenues for growth. You are the expert on your own life; I am here to listen to you and work collaboratively to empower your inherent strength and resilience. I use warmth, compassion, and humor to cultivate an affirming, non-judgemental, and trusting connection with my clients.
I have a particular passion for supporting LGBTQ+, Queer, and/or Trans folks, and in my work, I invite conversations around culture, identity, power, privilege, and oppression.
I work from a trauma-informed, relational, and client-centered lens. I integrate psychodynamic and attachment based theoretical approaches. I believe the relationship we build as client and therapist, as well as exploring your relationships outside of therapy, are important avenues for growth. You are the expert on your own life; I am here to listen to you and work collaboratively to empower your inherent strength and resilience. I use warmth, compassion, and humor to cultivate an affirming, non-judgemental, and trusting connection with my clients.
(415) 873-9447 View (415) 873-9447
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Rascal Roubos
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601
You are not your problems, the problem is the problem! Together we can begin to discern the difference and take action toward change. I am a white, genderqueer therapist dedicated to facilitating personal, interpersonal and collective healing through relationships and organizing. I specialize in supporting people experiencing issues related to boundaries, self-respect, burnout, anger, social/racial justice, healing trauma, identity development, existential questions, sexuality, gender identity, and life transitions. LGBTQ, poly, and kink identities welcome. More at: www.tidepooltherapy.com and www.traumaconsciouspraxis.com
You are not your problems, the problem is the problem! Together we can begin to discern the difference and take action toward change. I am a white, genderqueer therapist dedicated to facilitating personal, interpersonal and collective healing through relationships and organizing. I specialize in supporting people experiencing issues related to boundaries, self-respect, burnout, anger, social/racial justice, healing trauma, identity development, existential questions, sexuality, gender identity, and life transitions. LGBTQ, poly, and kink identities welcome. More at: www.tidepooltherapy.com and www.traumaconsciouspraxis.com
(510) 880-1858 View (510) 880-1858
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Sye Gratz
RDT, MA, 200 RYT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
I am a nonbinary, queer, neuroqueer, white, ashkenazi jewish healer. I support queer creatives and nonconformists honor authenticity beyond harmful binaries. My practice offers a somatic, creative, relational, and liberatory justice approach to caregiver recovery/codependencey, developmental trauma, post traumatic stress, and anxiety. I hold an anti-opressive stance, encouraging a sense of agency, QT joy, and alignment in healing. I have a passion for supporting LGBTQQIP2SAA+ community with life transitions, resisting systems, attachment/relationship challenges, & all who had to "grow up too quickly" in childhood.
I am a nonbinary, queer, neuroqueer, white, ashkenazi jewish healer. I support queer creatives and nonconformists honor authenticity beyond harmful binaries. My practice offers a somatic, creative, relational, and liberatory justice approach to caregiver recovery/codependencey, developmental trauma, post traumatic stress, and anxiety. I hold an anti-opressive stance, encouraging a sense of agency, QT joy, and alignment in healing. I have a passion for supporting LGBTQQIP2SAA+ community with life transitions, resisting systems, attachment/relationship challenges, & all who had to "grow up too quickly" in childhood.
(510) 901-4904 View (510) 901-4904
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Adam MacDonald
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
Demographics of my clients tend to include LGBTQ+ folx, poly/open relationships, straight men, adoptees, and South Asians.
My typical clients suffer from shame and perfectionism, preventing living fulfilling lives. When stuck in shame, people may question if they're “good enough” in multiple areas of their lives, which creates a cycle of shame that is difficult to get out of alone. I specialize in areas of insecure attachment, attachment/family trauma, CPTSD, grief and loss, sex and gender, obsession/rumination, and anxiety. I am trained in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and am certified in EMDR.
Demographics of my clients tend to include LGBTQ+ folx, poly/open relationships, straight men, adoptees, and South Asians.
My typical clients suffer from shame and perfectionism, preventing living fulfilling lives. When stuck in shame, people may question if they're “good enough” in multiple areas of their lives, which creates a cycle of shame that is difficult to get out of alone. I specialize in areas of insecure attachment, attachment/family trauma, CPTSD, grief and loss, sex and gender, obsession/rumination, and anxiety. I am trained in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and am certified in EMDR.
(510) 726-4713 View (510) 726-4713
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Anastasia Chamery Gomes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94607  (Online Only)
You’re a conscious, sensitive person, committed to justice and healing - but you find yourself feeling alone and confused about why you are continually struggling in relationships, or worse - you're worried intergenerational trauma has made being in healthy relationship out of reach for you. You’re intelligent and thoughtful, but you worry you're not reaching your potential because you’ve spent your life taking care of others and managing your anxiety/self doubt. You have a hard time trusting/knowing your own voice, and/or setting boundaries for yourself and others. I am passionate about working with LGBTQiA+ / BIPOC folks.
You’re a conscious, sensitive person, committed to justice and healing - but you find yourself feeling alone and confused about why you are continually struggling in relationships, or worse - you're worried intergenerational trauma has made being in healthy relationship out of reach for you. You’re intelligent and thoughtful, but you worry you're not reaching your potential because you’ve spent your life taking care of others and managing your anxiety/self doubt. You have a hard time trusting/knowing your own voice, and/or setting boundaries for yourself and others. I am passionate about working with LGBTQiA+ / BIPOC folks.
(707) 730-4523 View (707) 730-4523
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Niku (Nick) Ashok Shah
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
As a queer, South Asian American therapist, I specialize in providing body-centered psychodynamic therapy to Queer, Trans, Non-Binary, people of color and immigrants of the diasporas. With a relational and somatic approach in treatment, I can help you manage depression, anxiety, overwhelm, worry, stress and dis-ease. My hope is to help you heal trauma, manage dissociation, build insight around how your mind works and compassionately transform unhelpful internalized messages. I specialize in working with adults and teens.
As a queer, South Asian American therapist, I specialize in providing body-centered psychodynamic therapy to Queer, Trans, Non-Binary, people of color and immigrants of the diasporas. With a relational and somatic approach in treatment, I can help you manage depression, anxiety, overwhelm, worry, stress and dis-ease. My hope is to help you heal trauma, manage dissociation, build insight around how your mind works and compassionately transform unhelpful internalized messages. I specialize in working with adults and teens.
(510) 473-2440 View (510) 473-2440
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Mischa Freeman
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
I work with individuals and couples across many backgrounds, particularly within queer and trans community, kink and polyamory, and people who are in recovery and survivors.
Hi there, I’m glad you’re here. I know that looking for a therapist can be hard, especially when you’re hurting or feeling low. I may be able to help. You might feel lonely, anxious, or full of guilt…or you might not know what you feel. You may be confused about the choices you make in life, or you may feel frustrated with the unjust world you live in. Many critical thought patterns, painful feelings, and unwanted behaviors started out as survival strategies to protect us during difficult life experiences. These strategies helped us cope in the past, but can lead to conflict and suffering in the present.
I work with individuals and couples across many backgrounds, particularly within queer and trans community, kink and polyamory, and people who are in recovery and survivors.
Hi there, I’m glad you’re here. I know that looking for a therapist can be hard, especially when you’re hurting or feeling low. I may be able to help. You might feel lonely, anxious, or full of guilt…or you might not know what you feel. You may be confused about the choices you make in life, or you may feel frustrated with the unjust world you live in. Many critical thought patterns, painful feelings, and unwanted behaviors started out as survival strategies to protect us during difficult life experiences. These strategies helped us cope in the past, but can lead to conflict and suffering in the present.
(510) 949-3808 View (510) 949-3808
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Preston Lopez
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
Greetings and welcome! I'm Preston, a therapist proudly rocking my queer and brown identities. In my work with clients, my top priority is fostering a safe, vibrant connection in which to explore the therapeutic process. I adopt a holistic approach, always striving to understand both individuals and their place within broader societal systems. Through a social justice lens, I assist individuals in recognizing and overcoming the impact of internalized oppression on their identities and relationships.
Greetings and welcome! I'm Preston, a therapist proudly rocking my queer and brown identities. In my work with clients, my top priority is fostering a safe, vibrant connection in which to explore the therapeutic process. I adopt a holistic approach, always striving to understand both individuals and their place within broader societal systems. Through a social justice lens, I assist individuals in recognizing and overcoming the impact of internalized oppression on their identities and relationships.
(510) 738-2626 View (510) 738-2626
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Ab (Abigail) Krumbein
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
I work with queer, trans, and nonbinary people, healers, activists, postpartum people, parents, twins, and those longing for deeper relationships with themselves and others.
We all deserve to feel safe and connected. Sometimes, overwhelming things happen that prevent us from feeling safe and settled in the world. In therapy, we support the strengths that have helped you survive and grow your capacity to move towards the life you long for. Whatever you are experiencing, be that anxiety, depression, or the pain of trauma or oppression, together we will collaborate to tend to what hurts and to nurture the vitality that exists inside you.
I work with queer, trans, and nonbinary people, healers, activists, postpartum people, parents, twins, and those longing for deeper relationships with themselves and others.
We all deserve to feel safe and connected. Sometimes, overwhelming things happen that prevent us from feeling safe and settled in the world. In therapy, we support the strengths that have helped you survive and grow your capacity to move towards the life you long for. Whatever you are experiencing, be that anxiety, depression, or the pain of trauma or oppression, together we will collaborate to tend to what hurts and to nurture the vitality that exists inside you.
(510) 916-2753 View (510) 916-2753
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Queer Crip Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
As a queer or trans disabled adult, your journey weaves through identity, relationships, trauma, and the delicate balance of acknowledging disability's true impact. I'm Cat Maness, LMFT, and I'm mindful of therapy's tendency to misjudge this balance. Together, we'll address mental health, societal pressures, and trauma, aiming for resilience and empowerment. In our sessions, every part of your story is honored, fostering self-esteem, meaningful connections, and authenticity. Join me in creating a life where every aspect of your being is seen, valued, and celebrated, with a nuanced understanding of disability's role in your life.
As a queer or trans disabled adult, your journey weaves through identity, relationships, trauma, and the delicate balance of acknowledging disability's true impact. I'm Cat Maness, LMFT, and I'm mindful of therapy's tendency to misjudge this balance. Together, we'll address mental health, societal pressures, and trauma, aiming for resilience and empowerment. In our sessions, every part of your story is honored, fostering self-esteem, meaningful connections, and authenticity. Join me in creating a life where every aspect of your being is seen, valued, and celebrated, with a nuanced understanding of disability's role in your life.
(925) 701-8083 View (925) 701-8083
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Larry Tonberg Edwards
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94602
LGBTQ focus on identity, sexuality, internalized homophobia, and nontraditional relationships.
Psychotherapy is an opportunity to develop a new compassionate understanding of yourself and your relationship to others. Whether you are looking for symptom relief or personal growth, the work of psychotherapy begins with establishing a trusting relationship with the therapist who will be your guide, ally, and occasionally your nemesis in exploration. I encourage my clients to become relentlessly curious about themselves by carefully looking at their past and present relationships and the patterns of their emotional and psychological lives.
LGBTQ focus on identity, sexuality, internalized homophobia, and nontraditional relationships.
Psychotherapy is an opportunity to develop a new compassionate understanding of yourself and your relationship to others. Whether you are looking for symptom relief or personal growth, the work of psychotherapy begins with establishing a trusting relationship with the therapist who will be your guide, ally, and occasionally your nemesis in exploration. I encourage my clients to become relentlessly curious about themselves by carefully looking at their past and present relationships and the patterns of their emotional and psychological lives.
(510) 403-8479 View (510) 403-8479
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Kat Marie Yoas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
I am a queer femme artist and social justice therapist.
Have you been feeling stuck? Having difficulties making changes, or knowing what to do? Are you navigating a sense that something is off? I can help. My clients say I'm easy to talk with because I'm present, compassionate, and am real with them. I listen actively and reflect honestly, engaging in creative, authentic, and occasionally humorous ways. I share tools to help you change the patterns in your life that make you feel stuck. In my strengths-based, trauma-informed, creative and client-centered approach, you will find your way back to yourself: your unique voice, movement, vision, and your way of loving and being loved.
I am a queer femme artist and social justice therapist.
Have you been feeling stuck? Having difficulties making changes, or knowing what to do? Are you navigating a sense that something is off? I can help. My clients say I'm easy to talk with because I'm present, compassionate, and am real with them. I listen actively and reflect honestly, engaging in creative, authentic, and occasionally humorous ways. I share tools to help you change the patterns in your life that make you feel stuck. In my strengths-based, trauma-informed, creative and client-centered approach, you will find your way back to yourself: your unique voice, movement, vision, and your way of loving and being loved.
(510) 544-8098 View (510) 544-8098
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Abby Weintraub
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
Welcome! I work with people across many areas, but those who seek me out tend to be queer/LGBTQIAA2+, neurodivergent in some way, trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming, chronically or acutely ill, disabled, fat-identified and/or working on an empowered relationship with their body, polyamorous, kinky, sex workers, and non-traditional family structures. I'll be with you every step of the way as you move from shame to self-compassion, and work through the expression of anger, sadness, and grief around what you've lost, or what you never got to have.
Welcome! I work with people across many areas, but those who seek me out tend to be queer/LGBTQIAA2+, neurodivergent in some way, trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming, chronically or acutely ill, disabled, fat-identified and/or working on an empowered relationship with their body, polyamorous, kinky, sex workers, and non-traditional family structures. I'll be with you every step of the way as you move from shame to self-compassion, and work through the expression of anger, sadness, and grief around what you've lost, or what you never got to have.
(510) 890-3436 View (510) 890-3436
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Michael Larson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, MTS
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
My experience and expertise is in spiritual trauma, life transitions, existential questioning, and queer identity exploration.
During unsteady times, we can become consumed and overwhelmed by our own pain and suffering. We may hide from the world and even from ourselves. The idea of being seen may evoke shame, fear, and anxiety that can keep us stuck. In our work together, we will practice navigating the crashing waves of life, diving below what seems to be true, and connecting with something larger than ourselves.
My experience and expertise is in spiritual trauma, life transitions, existential questioning, and queer identity exploration.
During unsteady times, we can become consumed and overwhelmed by our own pain and suffering. We may hide from the world and even from ourselves. The idea of being seen may evoke shame, fear, and anxiety that can keep us stuck. In our work together, we will practice navigating the crashing waves of life, diving below what seems to be true, and connecting with something larger than ourselves.
(510) 867-3145 View (510) 867-3145
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Max Littman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Are you a gay or queer man feeling lonely and disconnected despite seemingly having good relationships, friendships, family, and/or community? If you find yourself burdened by and confused about these feelings and are wanting more support, you've come to the right place. I understand the unique challenges you face, not just as a gay man myself, but also as an experienced therapist with gay and queer clients. I specialize in supporting people just like you: gay and queer men who are motivated to dig deep in therapy and take courageous steps toward human connection. With me, you will be in safe and capable hands.
Are you a gay or queer man feeling lonely and disconnected despite seemingly having good relationships, friendships, family, and/or community? If you find yourself burdened by and confused about these feelings and are wanting more support, you've come to the right place. I understand the unique challenges you face, not just as a gay man myself, but also as an experienced therapist with gay and queer clients. I specialize in supporting people just like you: gay and queer men who are motivated to dig deep in therapy and take courageous steps toward human connection. With me, you will be in safe and capable hands.
(415) 301-7602 View (415) 301-7602

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.