LGBTQ+ Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Red Galura
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified
Verified
As a queer , Filipino immigrant, supporting the BIPOC and LGBT + communities through therapy is something I am passionate about.
Clients who consult with me are looking for a therapist who integrates how your identities & cultures inform and influence your mental and emotional well-being. Instead of just rewriting your story, we will be taking steps towards the changes you want by reflecting & expanding on your unique experiences, and revisit important details in your narrative. In our work together, you will begin to center more of your choices, values, strengths, ideas, relationships, and communities that are essential in living your life closer to the way you want it to be -ones you may have unnoticed in the story you have written about yourself so far.
(619) 202-1689
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San Diego, CA 92103
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Victoria Grutz, Neurodiversity Affirming Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
Additionally, I work with the LGBTQIA + community in my practice.
Welcome to my profile! Are you seeking a therapist who specializes in working with Autistic clients and clients with ADHD? If so, we might be the right fit! As an autistic therapist with lived experience with both autism and adhd, my life's passion is working with neurodiversity. I am a neurodiversity affirming therapist, which means I do not see Autism or ADHD as problematic or something to be treated, I see them as a form of diversity. I work with neurodiverse clients to own their identity, heal from trauma, and work through internalized ableism to lead their most genuine and joyful lives.
(619) 473-7338
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San Diego, CA 92103
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Alex Tanon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Looking for a queer affirming therapist who reflects your identity and provides a safe space to heal? Struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or PTSD? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Life is too short to be held back by relationships that no longer serve us, trauma that continues to impact our daily lives, and anxious thinking that preoccupies us day after day. My goal is to work with you to identify and incorporate coping skills that will lend to a more joyful and fulfilling life.
(619) 831-8992
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San Diego, CA 92108
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Gabriel A Reyes Mossad
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As LGBTQ people we often find ourselves wondering "where do I belong in this world?" and "why can't I just be myself?" It seems like we've tried everything but we don't feel like we belong or we are in a safe place to live & work. We often wonder... when is this going to get better? When can I just live my life fully how I am? Sometimes we feel sad and it can be a very lonely place. We can even forget just how special and unique we are because we are so different and surrounded by those who just don't get it. We really want someone who can connect to us and make our experiences feel validated, reminding us that we are beautiful.
(619) 745-6725
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San Diego, CA 92101
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Bryan Schnebelt
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
We are all continually moving through different spaces trying to establish who we are and what is important to us. Adjusting to these environments can be especially difficult if who you are is not embraced, whether it is within your family, at work, in the military, in a social group, or faith-based community. As a member of the LGBTQIA + community, I am an advocate for underrepresented individuals and communities, and try to be affirming to those struggling with being accepted or understood. Therapy can be a space to better recognize your needs, your values, and how to cope more effectively.
(858) 832-2671
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San Diego, CA 92108
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Matthew Holley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
I specialize in serving the LGBTQ + community, but my experience has allowed me to work effectively people from many different backgrounds.
It is my belief that every person can benefit from therapy at some point in their life. It can be helpful whether you're working through a specific, short-term problem or changing long-standing patterns of behavior, adjusting to an unexpected life change, gaining clarity about decisions or life goals, increasing self-confidence or self-realization, improving communication, or becoming more effective at regulating difficult emotions.
(619) 304-9584
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San Diego, CA 92116
Not accepting new clients
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LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapy
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LMFT, LCSW, AMFT, APCC, ACSW
Verified
Verified
We welcome all sexual and gender identities and make LGBTQ affirming space a priority.
Expansive Therapy is a bicoastal psychotherapy practice with locations in New York City and Los Angeles. We offer online therapy to individuals and couples anywhere in New York State and California State. We have a diverse team of therapists offering a wide variety of modalities and specialties, and we can match you with a therapist who meets your needs and availability.
(619) 916-4794
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San Diego, CA 92103
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Olivia Stagnaro
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I work especially with Latiné, Jewish, and/or queer individuals to navigate the obstacles unique to these lived experiences.
Identity issues can cause intense feelings of isolation preventing so many people from living the way that they yearn to. This is especially true when there are layers of addiction, difficult relational patterns and past traumas. We become so much stronger when we face these things with an unconditionally present ally.
(831) 900-4982
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San Diego, CA 92122
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Mary (Molly) Gildersleeve, Couples Therapist
LPC Intern, APCC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
Welcome! I love to help couples to reach their highest levels of trust, intimacy and safety together to create the relationship they have always wanted. I take a trauma focused approach, as these traumas and attachment issues can affect relationship dynamics and communication. I work with couples practicing BDSM/kink and also specialize in neurodiversity (ADHD and autism) and mixed neurotype couples. My practice works with LGBTQIA + couples and polyamorous couples. I am part of both of these communities which makes for a safe and inclusive space.
(619) 832-0418
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San Diego, CA 92108
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Miranda Millican
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
7 Endorsed
Verified
7 Endorsed
Welcome to my practice! My specialty areas include trauma, relationships and body image issues. As a queer and neurodivergent therapist, my passions include working with the LGBTQIA + community, and neurodiverse clients (ADHD, autism, other neurotypes). As a neurodiversity affirming provider, I see all neurotypes as equal, and not an issue that needs "treatment". Rather, it is a process of finding your way back to yourself and who you really are. Additionally, I work with the ethical non-monogamy, polyamory, and kink/BDSM community. I work with both couples and individuals and enjoy working with all relationship structures.
(619) 367-9270
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San Diego, CA 92103
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Rina Schul
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
My specialties include working with immigrants / foreigners, and people who identify as LGBTQ +.
You are so tired of not feeling well, but hesitate to contact a therapist: Can I trust a stranger? Can anybody really help me? On the face of it, you function well in life, but deep inside you feel you don't actually “show up,” or you don't fully “belong.” It is as if your real authentic self is hiding, sensing that “being you” might not be safe enough. Aspects of your life story might explain why you feel uncomfortable, why you feel different than others, or why you are down or anxious. I would love to help you explore such issues in therapy, and work with you on improving your daily life experience.
(619) 658-6091
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San Diego, CA 92121
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Maritza Molina
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Congratulations on taking the brave step to improve your life through therapy. With 14 years of experience, I've seen the amazing growth that can come from self-exploration in therapy. My focus is on improving mood, managing stress, and helping you find healing through self-discovery, compassion, and addressing your lived experience. I am honored to align with LGBTQIA + and BIPOC communities and provide a safe and understanding space for their unique experiences.
(619) 202-8439
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San Diego, CA 92103
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Herb Schnabel 134453
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I find myself very honored to be working as a therapist and helping those who have taken the brave and vulnerable step to engage in therapy. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA + community, I have a special passion for providing affirmative care for those in this community. I additionally love working with couples, families, and those experiencing difficult life transitions such as trauma, grief, and gender transition.
(619) 404-5525
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San Diego, CA 92117
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Kurt Helfrich
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I specialize in working with LGBTQ community, and individuals who have experienced trauma.
Are you at a point in your life where you feel you need that extra support? I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who provides a supportive environment to allow individuals to grow and reach their full potential. I work with adults and couples, and have worked with children ranging from ages 3 to 17, along with their families.
(619) 664-4667
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San Diego, CA 92103
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Glenn Allan Alexander
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I bring decades of lived experience as a member of the LGBTQIA + community, as well as clinical training and experience to complement my whole-person approach to therapy.
What part of your life is most impacting you? If you answered sexuality, then let's talk! I specialize in issues regarding sex and sexuality- there can be issues of shame, abuse, discrimination, judgment, confusion, and secrecy- and I would love to help you define what your vision of sexual health looks like and feels like for you, your partner, and your family.
(619) 350-4107
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San Diego, CA 92104
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Lauren Thibodeau
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Lauren treats adults, couples, families, and adolescents, and is especially passionate in providing resources and care to the LGBTQIA + and BIPOC communities. She works with various clients, and while trained in a range of treatment types, she strives to tailor her therapeutic approach to each person and their unique, individual needs.
(657) 214-7701
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San Diego, CA 92128
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Ezak Marquez
Counselor, LPCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I specialize in working with the LGBTQ community with a focus on transgender and nonbinary folks to address a variety of issues including gender dysphoria, identity exploration, anxiety, and depression.
My name is Ezak and my pronouns are they, them, theirs. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Gender Specialist at Diaspora Therapy Group. I utilize a person-centered and strengths-based approach and I have been trained through a multicultural and trauma-informed lens. I work with adolescents and adults wanting to make a change in their life and I work collaboratively with my clients to identify their goals.
(619) 329-9950
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San Diego, CA 92121
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Riley Cormack
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
Verified
Riley works with individuals, couples, families, and groups on a wide range of issues, including relationship concerns, sexuality, depression, personal development, LGBT issues, parenting, finances, business & career and more.
(619) 378-7009
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San Diego, CA 92120
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Tara McGrath
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My clients are often members of the LGBTQ + community and/or recovering from religion.
When you’re hurting, it can feel lonely and isolating. I want you to know, you’re not alone. Together we can get to the other side of your anxiety, stress, grief, or adverse religious experiences, to find you some peace and relief. I am a queer -identified, secular therapist with a reality-based worldview and nearly two decades of experience. I also provide gender affirming mental health evaluations for trans clients. You might be feeling like a big emotional mess, and I’m here to help you sort it all out.
(619) 486-3103
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San Diego, CA 92176
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Mary (Molly) Gildersleeve
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
As a queer provider, I enjoy working with clients from the LGBTQIA + community, as well as from the poly/non-monogamy and kink communities.
Welcome! Are you looking to go deeper in therapy and address the trauma that is at the core of some of the anxiety and depression you are experiencing? If so, we might be a fit! I work with trauma of all kinds, but I have a specific passion for working with sexual trauma. I work from a trauma informed lens, and I work hard to make my clients feel safe and secure with me and in my space. I work from a parts lens, helping you to understand the different parts of you in new ways, and learning to provide yourself with the comfort and safety you have always needed.
(619) 901-0091
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San Diego, CA 92108
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What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

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What type of therapist is right for me?

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What type of therapy is right for me?

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Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.