LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Paul J. Wensley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I am a survivor of depression, and the trauma of living in this world as a gay man.
Life has its ups and downs, ins and outs, mountains, plateaus, and valleys, and sometimes you just need someone to talk to. Is it a loss, feeling anxious, depressed, unaccepted, overwhelmed or fragile. Are some of these things holding you back? Together we can learn coping skills, healthy ways of living, and how to move forward in your life. I use a compassionate, non- judgmental, understanding, strength based approach by acknowledging and welcoming your whole person, body, mind, and spirit.
(415) 358-5306 
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Oakland, CA 94609
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Magdalene N Martinez
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, RYT, RCYT
Verified
I am a queer Afro-Latinx (Dominican-American) spiritual activist, former pre-school teacher with experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. I am bilingual in Spanish and English. I am excited to support BIPOC, LGBTQAI+, children and youth healing from dissociation, feeling disconnected to self and recovering from childhood and recent traumas. I love supporting people of all ages to deepen their relationship to self as a spiritual practice. When appropriate clients and I explore how family, society, identities and individual perceptions affect their current situation.
(510) 822-7669 
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Oakland, CA 94610
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Preston Lopez
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified
Hello and welcome. My name is Preston and I am a queer therapist of color. My first priority as a therapist is always to establish a safe and vibrant relationship with clients, believing deeply that authentic human connection is one of the greatest catalysts for healing and change. I also take a systems approach in the work I do with clients, seeking to understand each individual’s role within larger social and systemic constructs. I bring a social justice lens to working with clients, helping people to understand and heal from the effects of internalized oppression and the ways it impacts one's sense of self and relationships.
(510) 738-2626 
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Oakland, CA 94610
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Michael Larson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, MTS
Verified
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. I am an inner wilderness guide, gentle shadowdiver, and explorer of unknowns. 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 
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Oakland, CA 94611
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Bishop W Howard IV
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, ACSW
Verified
My ideal clients are individuals age 16+ who want support navigating anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, identity, family, relationships (monogamy/non-monogamy/poly), sexuality/desire (kink friendly), racial/multicultural stress, and everyday life stressors. I supporting clients no matter if you are seasoned at engaging in therapy or looking to take this journey for the first time. My approach is client centered and structured to meet you where you are, as we work together to build the best journey for your needs. My specialty is serving Queer / Trans BIPOC individuals.
(415) 650-5164 
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Oakland, CA 94607
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Ab (Abigail) Krumbein
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified
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 
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Oakland, CA 94609
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Walt Odets
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
About three-quarters of my practice is devoted to individual therapy with gay men and counseling for gay couples. The remainder of my therapy hours are devoted to women, the parents of gay men, and others. I specialize in gay and bisexual issues, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, aging, trauma, personal isolation, relationships, intimacy, sex, HIV, and survivor issues. I have written extensively about the psychological and social issues of gay men and gay communities. My most recent book, released in June 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (and Penguin in the U.K.), is "Out of the Shadows: Reimagining Gay Men's Lives."
(510) 858-2863 
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Oakland, CA 94618
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Aaron Testard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
I have several years of experience specializing in the areas of sexuality, gender, LGBT issues, addiction, and chronic illness, with both adults and adolescents.
Do you feel lost, questioning who you are or where you're going with no easy answers? Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn, we hit a bottom, or we just realize that something in us is different...or something must change. Such times of confusion and crisis are often the meeting point for our work together. They are also openings to self-discovery and real change. I listen deeply for what you want, develop a relationship of trust, and work WITH you to establish the clarity and direction you need.
(510) 239-5686 
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Oakland, CA 94601
Not accepting new clients
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Miles Murch
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
I work with gay men and queer people who would like to feel more empowered, more at ease, and more connected in their lives and relationships! It’s not easy to walk your own path and find safety, belonging, and purpose in this world. If you identify as LGBTQIA , you didn’t grow up with good models for queer relationships. Even if your life is "perfect on paper," it might be a challenge to find trust, deepen intimacy, set boundaries, stay centered, and go after the life you want.
(510) 900-9779 
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Oakland, CA 94611
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Percy Raynier Castellanos
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
I welcome diversity in all of its forms, especially queer people of color and non-monogamous relationships.
I am drawn to support clients heal the anxiety, guilt and shame from trauma. This may include trauma related to abuse, bullying, accidents, harassment, religious impositions, discrimination, and more. My clients often want to feel less anxiety, better manage their triggers, enjoy sexual intercourse with their partner(s), and redefine themselves from the trauma they experienced. Grounding techniques, challenging learned beliefs, asserting needs, and living more for self, are common themes in my practice and essential for post-traumatic growth. Integrating identities (e.g. race, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.) is common in my practice.
(341) 999-7914 
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Oakland, CA 94601
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Audie Vera
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I enjoy working with a diverse range of people who are dealing with a broad spectrum of life experiences. I particularly love working with people inside the LGBTQ + family. I help people navigate through many things including life transitions, anxiety, relationship dynamics and family of origin conflict. My ideal client is someone that is ready to engage in therapy with openness, curiosity, and vulnerability. You are ready to build a therapeutic collaboration to explore, process, and challenge yourself for growth. You are interested in learning ways to do or see things, or are curious about why things happen as they do.
(510) 726-6997 
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Oakland, CA 94610
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Max Kopeikin
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, A-MFT, MA, PgDip, BA
Verified
I help adults and teens looking to become more aware, learn and better themselves. Maybe there is something that needs to shift/change or maybe it is just a growth-oriented process. I have done a lot of my work with people who identify as Trans /Gender Non-Conforming/Nonbinary. Other queer populations who I have a lot of experience helping include couples, polyamorous relationships, the Latinx community, long-term HIV survivors, and gay / Queer men. My work celebrates diverse genders, sexualities and kink identities. My ideal client is open to work in a way that combines talk therapy, yoga/somatic approaches and art-based therapies.
(628) 244-3943 
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Oakland, CA 94610
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Wonbin Jung
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFTA, AMFT
Verified
As a queer Asian woman, I know how difficult it is to find a therapist who just gets you and doesn’t give you the burden of educating them about your already marginalized culture. I’m here to make that process a little easier for you and your loved ones. I work with couples who come from LGBTQIA + and/or Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, especially those who struggle with sex, intimacy, trust, and communication issues with their partners. I also work with individuals who have experienced relational trauma and/or religious trauma due to queer identities or other life events.
(425) 307-4406 
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Oakland, CA 94601
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Trang Nguyen
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, ASW, PPSC
Verified
My lived experiences of being a queer , non-binary, immigrant, person of color navigating the world and the trauma that comes with that, have led me here. I use a strength-based/anti-oppressive/decolonized approach to build on your own inner strengths, identify and rewire unhelpful beliefs/thoughts, and help you access your strengths and skills to reach your goals. I will support you in recognizing the complicated and complex ways that trauma influences all parts of your life, body, and mind.
(415) 949-3731 
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Oakland, CA 94610
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Heather Buchheim
Pre-Licensed Professional, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Your relationship with yourself is key to how happy you are at home, at work, and beyond. I collaborate one-on-one with clients to cultivate self-compassion and heal from old wounds so they can move from surviving to thriving. I act as a guide and sounding board, with a commitment to respecting each individual as the expert on their own experience. As a queer , genderfluid therapist and activist, I support partners in monogamous and consensual nonmonogamous relationships, and I’m committed to honoring and uplifting the lived experiences of people from underrepresented racial backgrounds, abilities, genders, and sexualities.
(925) 438-6553 
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Oakland, CA 94610
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Quetzal Francois
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
As a mixed-race queer woman I hold an intimate understanding of the need for a therapeutic approach that is intersectional.
I believe that inside each of our struggles there is a choice and it's from this place that we can reconnect to and reclaim our inherent wisdom and power. My intention in our work together is to help shed light on the path to help guide you home to yourself
(341) 444-2078 x2 
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Oakland, CA 94609
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Laura Grossman
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Existing as a queer person is hard. I get it! I specialize in somatic and relationship therapy for queer and trans individuals and couples who've been through hard things and feel disconnected, small, and exhausted. Maybe this resonates for you! You want to show up in your relationships as your full, messy, and authentic self. You're done and you're ready for more. More connection with yourself. More connection with your partner(s). More liberation from old wounds. And more joy in the life you're living right now.
(341) 444-2347 
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Oakland, CA 94602
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Julia Simone Fogelson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I work from a sex-positive, poly-friendly, kink-knowledgeable, queer - and gender-affirming perspective.
Hello and welcome! I offer therapy to adults, teens and couples. I believe therapy is a collaborative process; you can think of me as a companion as we travel down the roads of your growth together. If you have been thinking about starting therapy, I invite you to contact me. You deserve to heal and grow towards your best life. I have helped many clients with issues such as anxiety, depression and life changes. I am committed to helping my clients become the most authentic version of themselves. I love working with issues around sex, body image, gender & with members of the LGBTQIA2+ community. Take a look at my website for more.
(510) 681-0729 
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Oakland, CA 94611
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Robert Deady
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
The decision to pursue therapy is not one taken easily. Many possibilities may have led you to this point: A recent disruption or crisis in your life, a long struggle with troubling emotions and behaviors, and/or a fundamental desire to better know yourself. I have experience treating frequently occurring issues such as depression, trauma, interpersonal difficulties, and anxiety. I also have an interest in working with people who have survived childhood abuse, who experience feelings of alienation and estrangement from others, and those who identify as LGBTQ +.
(510) 422-0915 
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Oakland, CA 94611
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Lara Taylor Kester
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Therapy can be intimidating and it can seem more so when we are at our most vulnerable. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, or life changes, my experience and compassion will be there for you on your path to overcoming the obstacles in your life and becoming your best self. I have also presented on mental health and geek culture at several comic conventions. I have over 10 years experience in crisis management and in home therapeutic services, working with at risk adolescents and young adults. I specialize in working with LGBTQ + individuals, adolescents and young adults, and trauma survivors.
(510) 640-8301 
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Oakland, CA 94612
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LGBTQ+ Therapists
These therapists specialize in providing supportive, LGBTQ-affirming therapy in Oakland. Many offer personal insights as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender therapists themselves. Others are allies of the LGBTQIA community with specialized training and experience working with LGBTQ+ clients. All have chosen to include the LGBTQIA community as an area of specialization and client focus.