LGBTQ+ Therapists in Palm Desert, CA

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Photo of Jason Churchill, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Palm Desert, CA
Jason Churchill
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
As a member of the LGBTQ + community, I recognize that our identity isn’t the “route” of our negative mental health symptoms. However, the way in which we cope and heal are unique to our lived LGBTQ + experiences. Often we are unable to find an affirmative and safe space to heal for lack of true empathy and understanding from our providers - and I want to help change that narrative. While our experiences may differ, having a therapist who identifies similarly to yourself can make a world of difference in your journey to improving your mental health.
(747) 237-4524
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Mere Abrams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My training and experience have focused on working with adults, youth, and families, as well as folks who are trans , non-binary, gender non-conforming, or part of the LGBTQIA + community.
Are there parts of yourself you want to work on? Do you find yourself facing anxiety, overthinking/questioning things, feeling misunderstood, or repeating old patterns? By processing feelings, gaining insight, and developing new skills, we can break unhealthy cycles, approach situations, and manage emotions and behavior with greater awareness and ease. I work collaboratively to help clients make sense of the past and progress toward their future goals while building compassion for themselves and others. I strive to see and understand not only who my clients are now, but what they've experienced, and who they are becoming.
(510) 648-3338
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Palm Desert, CA 92261
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James Barry
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, PsyD, LAADC
Having previously worked as a music producer/engineer in Los Angeles, guiding musicians, and resolving creative conflict, Dr. Barry holds a Licensed Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor designation, as well as a Doctorate in Psychology. Working at the Betty Ford Center from 2007-2017, Dr. Barry designed Young Adult Programming, Outpatient services, and LGBTQ Integrated programming, and has been a featured speaker on LGBTQ issues for medical students and various professional organizations. In 2018, James joined the DAP Behavioral Health Department, departing DAP in 2020 to engage a private practice.
(760) 991-3529
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Gerardo Alva Chávez
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My expertise includes working with children and youth, couples/family, grief and the LGBTQ + community.
Saludos, my name is Gerardo. Whatever the reason(s) may be that you sought help, I am glad that you are here now. I can understand how seeking therapy services can be scary and confusing - believe me, I’ve been there before. Funny thing is, I decided to become a therapist after meeting a mental health counselor who impacted my life for the better. A little about me: I consider myself a person who is forthcoming with my flaws as much as I am with my strengths, it is my humanity. And that is the foundation of my work as your therapist. I do the work that I do because I believe that every life is a story worth telling.
(760) 279-8443
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Stacy Richardson
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, CADC II
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 17 years experience working with military members and families, LGBTQ +, marginalized populations, culture, diversity and inclusion, women’s issues, communications and sexual disorders.
Do you feel that you can't be yourself or worry about authentically expressing who you are and what your needs are for fear of rejection? Therapy can be a safe and secure way to express yourself and explore ways to transform and increase well being. As a partner, we can identify the tools and solutions that will work best for you. I believe while life’s challenges provide us an opportunity to persevere in situations, behaviors may result as a way to meet that need or situation. I work with you, as a partner to help you identify the solutions that will meet your unique and personal needs.
(760) 428-1490
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Audrey Carrick
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
Verified
I have extensive experience working with , anxiety, depression, LGBT , loss/grief, death/dying, job loss, relationship issues, and life transitions to name a few.
I am a therapist who really has a passion to help others. . I tend to be solution focused, focusing on understanding the past but putting energy towards improving the future. I have experience in treating individuals with a variety of issues. I understand that reaching out to get help can feel overwhelming and frightening. I am here to help you in a respectful, private, non-judgmental, and compassionate way. In addition, I also provide Christian Counseling and conduct on line, as well as phone counseling. Therapy is an act of courage and I want you to know that I appreciate your strength!
(760) 621-5366
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Divorce Prevention Counseling / Beverly Jewell
Counselor, LPCC
Verified
Verified
LGBTQ and alternative lifestyle clients are welcome!.
Are you at a crossroads, wondering what it would take to turn things around? Are you having the same arguments, not knowing how to break the cycle? Or perhaps you've decided to end your relationship but want to do so in a peaceful, respectful way that won't cause more hurt, especially if you have children together. This is a serious, life changing decision and should not be made out of frustration. Isn't it better to look at all options, get an objective opinion, then make the best choice possible? This is where a neutral professional can help. Limited In-personal appts available Tu-Th in Palm Springs. Video sessions avail. M-F
(760) 276-4704
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Steven H May
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I work with adults (18+) and specialize in the area of anxiety, depression and addiction.. I also treat individuals dealing with grief and loss, relationship issues, LGBT -related concerns, sexuality or sexual orientation and sexual abuse issues, couples and family issues, and stress management issues. I teach approaches to mindfulness and can help clients identify blocks to achieving their goals. I help clients in developing insights about their lives, their relationships, their problems, and their goals.
(760) 576-2754
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Jamie Trachtenberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-CA, LCSW-NY
Verified
Verified
I am a seasoned psychodynamically trained psychotherapist. I work with individuals and couples on a short term or long term basis dealing with issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, grief or phase of life. I have many years experience working in Palliative and End of Life Care, as well as with individuals coping with cognitive issues such as dementia and with adult issues of trauma, substance abuse, recovery, HIV/AIDS and chronic illness. I have a strong specialty working within the LGBTQ community and with End of Life issues surrounding terminal illness, dying, grief and bereavement.
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Laurie Fitzgerald
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I'm Laurie Fitzgerald, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I help people struggling with anxiety, depression, domestic abuse/violence, trauma, PTSD, LGBTQIA + issues, and more. My work integrates relationship-based and cognitive-behavioral approaches. I strongly believe in the inherent ability of every individual to find their own answers to the big questions that bring people into therapy. I see my role as a therapist primarily as a facilitator and guide. During times of struggle or uncertainty, we often need someone who can ask questions and provide the space for inner answers to be found.
(619) 329-8164
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Ariel Escobedo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I'm Ariel, a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of counseling experience. I have helped people struggling with depression, anxiety, mania, obsessions, low self-esteem, trauma, abuse, loss, grief, conflict, work-life balance, injustice, violence, inattention, hyperactivity, substance use, parent-child disputes, LGBTQIA issues, and more. I take an eclectic approach incorporating client-centered, family systems, dynamic, behavioral, mindfulness, and cognitive modalities. I entered this profession to help guide people through the complex systems in this world and am willing to work with any human who wants to heal.
(714) 681-1561
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Leo Teles
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
The way I work, is all about you. It’s about your goals and what is important for you to achieve. This means I will not only witness your growth process and encourage you; but I will also tell you whenever I feel you are preventing yourself from becoming the person you want to be. I will ask you questions to understand exactly what is happening with you. For example, if you tell me, “Im anxious”, I won't assume what that means based upon my own beliefs, but rather I will be curious, ask questions and I will try to learn more about what that means to you. Let me help you.
(669) 310-3425
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Palm Desert, CA 92210
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William Munce
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
We all have difficulties in our lives and sometimes we need help identifying and exploring them and learning tools to help create change so we can arrive at a new, better way of feeling, thinking and being. We will collaborate to explore your issues and come up with solutions to help you. I am compassionate, interactive, an empathetic listener, and I connect well with clients. Therapy can be hard and challenging but by being willing to explore and change, amazing things can happen! And I am here to help.
(760) 456-8373
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Tess R Hightower
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
In private practice in Los Angeles for 25 years. I am a seasoned therapist, with a Doctorate in Psychology and taught Psychology for 15 years. I have written a workbook for couples, and work with several populations, including same sex couples. While relationships are my primary focus, I am also trained in trauma, addictions and gerontology (specializing with clients over the age of 50). You will find my office environment warm and friendly, a safe place to talk about very difficult topics. You may request a resume or Google me: Dr. Tess Hightower, or visit my website at Drtesshightower.com. 310-625-9996
(310) 620-1736
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Jill Pomerantz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Welcome! Finding the right therapist can be quite overwhelming. It is a courageous step to allow another person in and build a safe relationship in order to facilitate change. I provide a nonjudgemental supportive environment where we can work together to decrease feelings of depression, anxiety, confusion, and other uncomfortable states we often find ourselves in. I will empower and challenge you to increase self-awareness, develop insight, and learn healthy ways to cope with life's challenges. I am an active participant in the therapy process and help my patients expand perspective to reach their full potential.
(424) 235-5842
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Dr. Heather Hathaway & Assoc Family Therapy, Inc.
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Dr. Hathaway is a family practice that specializes in adolescents and their families. Navigating family dynamics can be a struggle for parents and kids. Dr. H has specialized in childhood and adolescents for over 15 years. As well as working with teens, Dr. H has also navigated being a parent as well. With her expertise in child development, psychotherapy, and parenting, Heather works with families to create a solid foundation built on communication, respect, and understanding. The associates that work with Dr. H are picked specifically to work with you and your family to ensure comfort and undertanding.
(760) 561-5144
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Britney Putterman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
Verified
I strive to help individuals understand and identify roadblocks interfering with everyday functioning. I work with my clients on an individual basis, tailored to their needs in order to cope in a healthy manner. I understand that every client is different and requires a unique approach that suits them. I have 5 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and families to address a multitude of issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, relationships, and more. If you are struggling, you are not alone, help is available.
(760) 565-2306
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Sandy Islands
Counselor, PhD, LPCC, CADC II
Verified
Verified
I have been a licensed therapist for over 30 years in CA, FL and HI. My practice includes tools for the conscious mind-Psychotherapy with EMDR, the subconscious mind- Hypnotherapy and the Higher Conscious mind- Spirit Energy Therapy. I am also an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II). Allow me to assist you on your journey of self-discovery to increase your awareness and mindfulness, to hear and get to know your Truth within and find greater joy in life. We will include tools to help tune up and balance your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves.
(442) 777-6478
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Kathleen A Dale
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
You deserve peace of mind and quality of life. If you suffer with anxiety and depression, bipolar mood management, ADHD, or relationship/family issues, relief is available through current treatments which are more effective than ever. Brain research shows we can make real change by changing our thinking while integrating old emotional injuries. Early childhood trauma and losses with resulting relationship problems echo through our adult lives affecting our significant relationships. With my experience, I can help you work through these deeper issues to obtain resolution, integration and freedom bringing peace of mind to your life.
(760) 354-9535
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Richard S Sinacola
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
In my nearly 40 years of teaching and clinical experience I have treated a variety of issues, but specialize in depression, anxiety, relationship, and sexual issues. I also have extensive experience in substance abuse and behavioral addictions such as obsessive spending and porn addiction. In addition, I also treat religious guilt and help others deal with issues related to spirituality and grief. I tailor the treatment to each person for the greatest personal effectiveness. I do so with many years of clinical experience and a professional and compassionate approach. I am licensed in both CA and MI.
(442) 245-3704
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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What type of Palm Desert mental health professional is right for me?
While most types of therapy have a lot in common, they also fall into clusters that share core features, such as cognitive therapies or psychodynamic approaches. It is important to seek someone who practices evidence-based therapy, meaning one or more forms of treatment that have been scientifically evaluated and tested, and demonstrate consistent improvement for a majority of patients.

If you are unsure about choosing the right therapist or psychologist, it might be useful to first learn more about therapy types and modalities.

How to find a therapist or counselor in Palm Desert?
When looking to find a therapist, start by considering training and credentials. Studies also indicate that the therapeutic alliance, or the relationship the client develops with the therapist, is an important factor in their ability to work together to achieve the client’s goals.

What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.

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