LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Brainspotting Trauma Therapist Giselle Laguna
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103
I offer personalized support crafted for the LGBTQ+ and Latine communities.
Welcome to my page! Are you struggling with trauma, anxiety, pain, relationship challenges, or cultural barriers? It can be incredibly tough to find a therapist who gets you. You deserve someone who empathizes with your experiences and works with you to overcome emotional burdens. I specialize in PTSD and trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic illness, and substance misuse. By integrating Brainspotting and my background in energy healing, I’ll help you navigate and transform your challenges into a journey of self-discovery and empowerment, leading you toward a more authentic and fulfilling life.
I offer personalized support crafted for the LGBTQ+ and Latine communities.
Welcome to my page! Are you struggling with trauma, anxiety, pain, relationship challenges, or cultural barriers? It can be incredibly tough to find a therapist who gets you. You deserve someone who empathizes with your experiences and works with you to overcome emotional burdens. I specialize in PTSD and trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic illness, and substance misuse. By integrating Brainspotting and my background in energy healing, I’ll help you navigate and transform your challenges into a journey of self-discovery and empowerment, leading you toward a more authentic and fulfilling life.
(619) 473-2561 View (619) 473-2561
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Joey Ritkes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PhD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
Thank you for taking a look at my profile! My name is Joey Ritkes (he/him) and I am a mental health therapist who specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ Community. My approach in working with clients is to create a safe, affirming, and welcoming environment where clients feel comfortable sharing. I tailor my approach to fit the individual client, rather than the other way around. I celebrate the fact that everyone is unique and deserves an approach that meets their own individual goals. I prefer to work collaboratively to develop a plan that honors the distinctive differences in all my clients.
Thank you for taking a look at my profile! My name is Joey Ritkes (he/him) and I am a mental health therapist who specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ Community. My approach in working with clients is to create a safe, affirming, and welcoming environment where clients feel comfortable sharing. I tailor my approach to fit the individual client, rather than the other way around. I celebrate the fact that everyone is unique and deserves an approach that meets their own individual goals. I prefer to work collaboratively to develop a plan that honors the distinctive differences in all my clients.
(760) 437-1207 View (760) 437-1207
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Bryan Schnebelt
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
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.
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 View (858) 832-2671
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Ginelle Guckenburg
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92101
I work through an LGBTQ+ & neurodivergent affirming lens.
You might be feeling stuck in your relationships. You’re struggling to be vulnerable and fully present with not only loved ones, but with yourself. You’re falling into a repetitive cycle that leaves you feeling exhausted, frustrated, and alone. You’re ready to dig into your attachment history and start breaking down the shields that used to protect you, but are now a barrier to vulnerability. You know it's time to do the deep work and cultivate the self-acceptance and relationships you long for.
I work through an LGBTQ+ & neurodivergent affirming lens.
You might be feeling stuck in your relationships. You’re struggling to be vulnerable and fully present with not only loved ones, but with yourself. You’re falling into a repetitive cycle that leaves you feeling exhausted, frustrated, and alone. You’re ready to dig into your attachment history and start breaking down the shields that used to protect you, but are now a barrier to vulnerability. You know it's time to do the deep work and cultivate the self-acceptance and relationships you long for.
(619) 432-3245 View (619) 432-3245
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Herb Schnabel 134453
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92117
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.
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 View (619) 404-5525
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Hope, Growth & Healing Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92121  (Online Only)
I have 6 years of experience working with diverse populations with a multitude of different challenges; some of which include intergenerational trauma, substance abuse, domestic violence, relationship conflict, neurodiversity, LGBTQIA, and cultural identity.
Offer Telehealth Only - Life provides happiness as well as its share of challenges. I believe individuals and couples are capable of navigating life but sometimes need a little extra help and compassion. Therapy can be that place where a person can discuss, learn and work through any past or present challenges that may be getting in the way of living a happy and hopeful life.
I have 6 years of experience working with diverse populations with a multitude of different challenges; some of which include intergenerational trauma, substance abuse, domestic violence, relationship conflict, neurodiversity, LGBTQIA, and cultural identity.
Offer Telehealth Only - Life provides happiness as well as its share of challenges. I believe individuals and couples are capable of navigating life but sometimes need a little extra help and compassion. Therapy can be that place where a person can discuss, learn and work through any past or present challenges that may be getting in the way of living a happy and hopeful life.
(619) 776-3039 View (619) 776-3039
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Lauren Thibodeau
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92128
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.
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 View (657) 214-7701
Wisteria Wood
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
My name is Wisteria Wood (they/them/theirs). I work with children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, impairments from trauma, LGBTQIA+ identity issues, and anyone else who wants to collaborate on making positive changes in their life. My approach is to meet you with compassion and a strong belief in your ability to make change.
My name is Wisteria Wood (they/them/theirs). I work with children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, impairments from trauma, LGBTQIA+ identity issues, and anyone else who wants to collaborate on making positive changes in their life. My approach is to meet you with compassion and a strong belief in your ability to make change.
(858) 519-8002 View (858) 519-8002
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Lauren Goebel, Neurospicy Teen Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92102
Welcome to my practice! I specialize in working with teens (ages 13 to 18) and young adults (18-21). I work with a variety of issues/topics including: neurodiversity (ADHD, Autism, PDA), depression, anxiety, academic issues, bullying/peer issues, trauma and family relationships. I work with the LGBTQIA+ community and enjoy working with teens who are questioning or having concerns around sexuality or gender identity. When working with teens, establishing a connection and safety is my first goal. Once we have a trusting relationship, I work with them find their own goals that will enhance their life and relationships.
Welcome to my practice! I specialize in working with teens (ages 13 to 18) and young adults (18-21). I work with a variety of issues/topics including: neurodiversity (ADHD, Autism, PDA), depression, anxiety, academic issues, bullying/peer issues, trauma and family relationships. I work with the LGBTQIA+ community and enjoy working with teens who are questioning or having concerns around sexuality or gender identity. When working with teens, establishing a connection and safety is my first goal. Once we have a trusting relationship, I work with them find their own goals that will enhance their life and relationships.
(619) 393-4343 View (619) 393-4343
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Joseph Jeffers MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
I understand therapy as a compassionate journey of self-discovery. I believe we have the resources within ourselves to develop happy and meaningful lives and relationships. However, sometimes we get stuck, sidetracked, or distracted by the complex world around us. Past traumas or current stressors put up roadblocks. Partnering with a therapist who is a good fit is one way to navigate challenging times. I can help you with * Personal Growth * Life Transitions * Managing Chronic Illness * Issues of Grief and Loss * LGBT Issues * Spiritual Growth * Anxiety/Depression * Trauma * Anger Management * Strengthening Relationships * Substance Abuse * Eating Disorders
I understand therapy as a compassionate journey of self-discovery. I believe we have the resources within ourselves to develop happy and meaningful lives and relationships. However, sometimes we get stuck, sidetracked, or distracted by the complex world around us. Past traumas or current stressors put up roadblocks. Partnering with a therapist who is a good fit is one way to navigate challenging times. I can help you with * Personal Growth * Life Transitions * Managing Chronic Illness * Issues of Grief and Loss * LGBT Issues * Spiritual Growth * Anxiety/Depression * Trauma * Anger Management * Strengthening Relationships * Substance Abuse * Eating Disorders
(619) 609-7940 View (619) 609-7940
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Riley Cormack
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92120  (Online Only)
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.
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 View (619) 378-7009
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Rainbow Connection Counseling Collective
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a therapist who understands your unique experiences as a BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ person? Do you want to work with someone who is compassionate, affirming, and culturally responsive? Are you looking for a clinician with shared lived experiences? If so, then you're in the right place. Rainbow Connection Counseling Collective is a group of licensed queer and/or BIPOC therapists who are passionate about helping people heal and thrive. We provide culturally responsive, LGBTQ+ affirming, and compassionate psychotherapy and counseling.
Are you looking for a therapist who understands your unique experiences as a BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ person? Do you want to work with someone who is compassionate, affirming, and culturally responsive? Are you looking for a clinician with shared lived experiences? If so, then you're in the right place. Rainbow Connection Counseling Collective is a group of licensed queer and/or BIPOC therapists who are passionate about helping people heal and thrive. We provide culturally responsive, LGBTQ+ affirming, and compassionate psychotherapy and counseling.
(619) 404-4534 View (619) 404-4534
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Red Galura
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103  (Online Only)
I am passionate about supporting LGBTQIA+ and/or BIPOC folks find themselves through therapy.
Together, we will support the changes you want to make by first understanding more of who you are and what's important to you. We will take our time to reflect on your experiences with self-worth, overthinking, and/or grief to reveal helpful elements that have may gone unnoticed in your story so far -qualities and strengths you can apply in order to take that next step. By collaborating on effective solutions, we will come up with a clearer sense of what you need to experience a greater sense of connection with the people, values, strengths, cultures, relationships, and communities aligned with your life goals.
I am passionate about supporting LGBTQIA+ and/or BIPOC folks find themselves through therapy.
Together, we will support the changes you want to make by first understanding more of who you are and what's important to you. We will take our time to reflect on your experiences with self-worth, overthinking, and/or grief to reveal helpful elements that have may gone unnoticed in your story so far -qualities and strengths you can apply in order to take that next step. By collaborating on effective solutions, we will come up with a clearer sense of what you need to experience a greater sense of connection with the people, values, strengths, cultures, relationships, and communities aligned with your life goals.
(760) 652-9680 x6 View (760) 652-9680 x6
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Rachelle Ann Ramos
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92116  (Online Only)
Clients who seek me out for therapy often identify with historically underrepresented groups such as Black, Indigenous, people of transnational-immigrant diaspora, LGBTQIA+ individuals/couples/CNM configurations, sex workers, and more. My therapy services include but are not limited to supporting individuals/couples/CNM configurations navigating life transitions, processing trauma to release the influence of the past on the present, as well as finding/developing their emotional balance. I have experience working with Consensually Nonmonogamous Configurations as well as Kinky populations in regard to my relational work.
Clients who seek me out for therapy often identify with historically underrepresented groups such as Black, Indigenous, people of transnational-immigrant diaspora, LGBTQIA+ individuals/couples/CNM configurations, sex workers, and more. My therapy services include but are not limited to supporting individuals/couples/CNM configurations navigating life transitions, processing trauma to release the influence of the past on the present, as well as finding/developing their emotional balance. I have experience working with Consensually Nonmonogamous Configurations as well as Kinky populations in regard to my relational work.
(619) 732-3255 View (619) 732-3255
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Alexis Smith
Pre-Licensed Professional, ACSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101
I am passionate about working with queer and trans communities, BIPOC communities, as well as walking alongside those on a journey of finding body acceptance, or body positivity, and fostering self-compassion.
My name is Alexis Smith and I am a multiracial, queer associate clinical social worker with a passion for empowering and walking alongside others who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community on their life journey. My goal is to provide a safe space for the individuals I work with to explore their many identities as well as empower my clients to be their most true, beautiful and unique selves. My approach to therapy is client centered and led. I believe the greatest gift of therapy is in the therapeutic connection formed between the client and the therapist and I work to create a safe, welcoming and affirming space.
I am passionate about working with queer and trans communities, BIPOC communities, as well as walking alongside those on a journey of finding body acceptance, or body positivity, and fostering self-compassion.
My name is Alexis Smith and I am a multiracial, queer associate clinical social worker with a passion for empowering and walking alongside others who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community on their life journey. My goal is to provide a safe space for the individuals I work with to explore their many identities as well as empower my clients to be their most true, beautiful and unique selves. My approach to therapy is client centered and led. I believe the greatest gift of therapy is in the therapeutic connection formed between the client and the therapist and I work to create a safe, welcoming and affirming space.
(619) 393-7976 View (619) 393-7976
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Andrew Toscano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
I believe that therapy should be accessible to all. I aim to provide a safe, empathic, and comfortable environment that allows an individual to address their mental health needs at their own pace. I have worked in acute medical settings, homeless services, community mental health, higher education, and HIV+ case management. I am a firm advocate for expanding access and enhancing therapeutic experiences for queer, Latinx, and BIPOC individuals. As an LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapist, I support clients of any gender identity or expression.
I believe that therapy should be accessible to all. I aim to provide a safe, empathic, and comfortable environment that allows an individual to address their mental health needs at their own pace. I have worked in acute medical settings, homeless services, community mental health, higher education, and HIV+ case management. I am a firm advocate for expanding access and enhancing therapeutic experiences for queer, Latinx, and BIPOC individuals. As an LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapist, I support clients of any gender identity or expression.
(619) 304-0167 View (619) 304-0167
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Melissa Pérez
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92110
Welcome! As a Bilingual (Spanish & English), Queer Bisexual Mexican-American, & Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, I understand that most of us want to feel seen, heard, & accepted. Although outward validation & affirmation helps, the deep work & healing lies in being able to validate & affirm ourselves, all of our identities, & lived experiences. In our lives as we continue evolving & changing as individuals, we reach points where the coping strategies we have previously used, & that have helped us survive at one point, may no longer serve us, & they can actually interfere with our ability to connect to ourselves & others.
Welcome! As a Bilingual (Spanish & English), Queer Bisexual Mexican-American, & Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, I understand that most of us want to feel seen, heard, & accepted. Although outward validation & affirmation helps, the deep work & healing lies in being able to validate & affirm ourselves, all of our identities, & lived experiences. In our lives as we continue evolving & changing as individuals, we reach points where the coping strategies we have previously used, & that have helped us survive at one point, may no longer serve us, & they can actually interfere with our ability to connect to ourselves & others.
(619) 724-4070 View (619) 724-4070
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Harry Dixon
Counselor, LPCC, LMHC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a gay, BIPOC therapist who understands you and your life experience? Do you have questions about sexuality, kinks, and relationships that you have never been able to talk to a therapist about? I am an experienced counselor who specializes in understanding and helping you. I identify as a gay, poly, Korean American counselor (he/him). With my help you can better understand yourself and find healing through my effective use of my cultural awareness, cognitive, and self-compassion based therapies.
Are you looking for a gay, BIPOC therapist who understands you and your life experience? Do you have questions about sexuality, kinks, and relationships that you have never been able to talk to a therapist about? I am an experienced counselor who specializes in understanding and helping you. I identify as a gay, poly, Korean American counselor (he/him). With my help you can better understand yourself and find healing through my effective use of my cultural awareness, cognitive, and self-compassion based therapies.
(619) 514-4174 View (619) 514-4174
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Rosie Pappas
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92131
I specialize in Internal Family Systems therapy, working with LGBTQ populations, Emotionally Focused Therapy with couples, and body liberation work.
I love being a therapist. I love helping people to find greater understanding of why they protect themselves in the ways that they do. Often these protective parts may feel trapped in these roles. Building harmonious relationships with these parts, leading from the most authentic Selves allows us to have greater liberation and fulfillment in our lives and relationships. The ways you protect yourself and survive make sense. Your pain matters. You deserve not to have to hold it alone.
I specialize in Internal Family Systems therapy, working with LGBTQ populations, Emotionally Focused Therapy with couples, and body liberation work.
I love being a therapist. I love helping people to find greater understanding of why they protect themselves in the ways that they do. Often these protective parts may feel trapped in these roles. Building harmonious relationships with these parts, leading from the most authentic Selves allows us to have greater liberation and fulfillment in our lives and relationships. The ways you protect yourself and survive make sense. Your pain matters. You deserve not to have to hold it alone.
(442) 249-8648 View (442) 249-8648
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Natalie Blair
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103  (Online Only)
I treat adults across the lifespan and am LGBTQ+ affirming.
I’m so happy you’re here! You’ve already taken the most difficult step to improve your life. Now it’s my turn to take your hand and help you through the next steps of your journey. If you are finding yourself at a transition point or stumbling along the way, together we can navigate through it with kindness and compassion. You can get back to feeling like you again.
I treat adults across the lifespan and am LGBTQ+ affirming.
I’m so happy you’re here! You’ve already taken the most difficult step to improve your life. Now it’s my turn to take your hand and help you through the next steps of your journey. If you are finding yourself at a transition point or stumbling along the way, together we can navigate through it with kindness and compassion. You can get back to feeling like you again.
(562) 669-3536 View (562) 669-3536
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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.