LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in San Jose, CA

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Katie DiNapoli
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, EMDR, BSP, ART, TIST
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95128
Not accepting new clients
Do you feel stuck and worried you may not be able to find help? Maybe you have a habit or behavior you want to stop but can't seem to make lasting progress. Perhaps you're unhappy, anxious, exhausted, or feel like you don't know if you will ever get better. By the time most folks seek therapy, they have been stressed or hurting for a long time. Finding someone you can work with, who gets you, is often a very difficult process. ◇I love working with toddlers, kids, couples, & families too! We can do nature walks or meet inside. Attuning to BIPOC experiences, and special focus on LGBTQIA+ community are important to my work & life.
Do you feel stuck and worried you may not be able to find help? Maybe you have a habit or behavior you want to stop but can't seem to make lasting progress. Perhaps you're unhappy, anxious, exhausted, or feel like you don't know if you will ever get better. By the time most folks seek therapy, they have been stressed or hurting for a long time. Finding someone you can work with, who gets you, is often a very difficult process. ◇I love working with toddlers, kids, couples, & families too! We can do nature walks or meet inside. Attuning to BIPOC experiences, and special focus on LGBTQIA+ community are important to my work & life.
(408) 609-3870 View (408) 609-3870
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Serenity Serseción
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128
Dr. Serseción is a genderqueer, Latinx, a licensed psychologist with 15+ years of experience as a therapist. Dr. Serseción is a native Spanish speaker from Puerto Rico, providing treatment in English and Spanish. In addition, Dr. Sersecion provides workshops on various topics such as cultural humility, and working with diverse populations. They work with the following communities: LGBTQ+ population, polyamory community, Latinx community, DID/ plural community, geek community, video game community, and various others.
Dr. Serseción is a genderqueer, Latinx, a licensed psychologist with 15+ years of experience as a therapist. Dr. Serseción is a native Spanish speaker from Puerto Rico, providing treatment in English and Spanish. In addition, Dr. Sersecion provides workshops on various topics such as cultural humility, and working with diverse populations. They work with the following communities: LGBTQ+ population, polyamory community, Latinx community, DID/ plural community, geek community, video game community, and various others.
(650) 946-1649 View (650) 946-1649
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Steven M. Schoser, MA, LPCC
Counselor, MA, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC, HS-BCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95117
Not accepting new clients
The following is a sample of the clients that I serve in my counseling practice: LGBTQ adolescents and adults (individuals, couples) * Adolescents whom are struggling at home, in school, and in the community * Those struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use, and other mental health issues.
Feeling like no one understands what you are going through and wondering where to turn? When dealing with life's struggles, no matter how big or small, we often wish we could find someone who understands, is supportive, takes the time to listen, and who will help create a safe and supportive environment and build a trusting relationship to help navigate through life's twists and turns.
The following is a sample of the clients that I serve in my counseling practice: LGBTQ adolescents and adults (individuals, couples) * Adolescents whom are struggling at home, in school, and in the community * Those struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use, and other mental health issues.
Feeling like no one understands what you are going through and wondering where to turn? When dealing with life's struggles, no matter how big or small, we often wish we could find someone who understands, is supportive, takes the time to listen, and who will help create a safe and supportive environment and build a trusting relationship to help navigate through life's twists and turns.
(303) 816-3896 View (303) 816-3896
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Traci A. Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95124  (Online Only)
I'm particularly passionate about working with the LGBTQIA+ community.
I’m so glad you’re here. I imagine it wasn’t easy to consider asking for support, particularly in a world where many isms, biases, and stigma exist. This is a sign of strength and desire for growth, and I’d be honored to work with you. I believe that change can best be achieved within a nurturing, accepting, and respectfully challenging environment. That's why I offer a Person-Centered approach to building a therapeutic relationship with you that is built on authenticity and providing you with the empathy, nonjudgment, and unconditional positive regard that enables you to achieve the change and goals you desire.
I'm particularly passionate about working with the LGBTQIA+ community.
I’m so glad you’re here. I imagine it wasn’t easy to consider asking for support, particularly in a world where many isms, biases, and stigma exist. This is a sign of strength and desire for growth, and I’d be honored to work with you. I believe that change can best be achieved within a nurturing, accepting, and respectfully challenging environment. That's why I offer a Person-Centered approach to building a therapeutic relationship with you that is built on authenticity and providing you with the empathy, nonjudgment, and unconditional positive regard that enables you to achieve the change and goals you desire.
(669) 242-5880 View (669) 242-5880
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Veronica Ayala
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95123  (Online Only)
As a queer person of color, I know the importance of feeling understood and validated in your experiences.
Do you often feel unseen or misunderstood? Anxious and nervous when stepping into a social setting? Do you desire to speak your truth without fear of what others might think? Do you wish to feel more confident in expressing your authentic self? Wish to people please less? Are you hoping therapy can provide a safe space to explore the complexities of identity and self expression? I am here to help you navigate these challenges and help you identify root causes of behaviors, express your needs, set healthy boundaries, improve self-esteem and self-worth, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and enhance communication skills.
As a queer person of color, I know the importance of feeling understood and validated in your experiences.
Do you often feel unseen or misunderstood? Anxious and nervous when stepping into a social setting? Do you desire to speak your truth without fear of what others might think? Do you wish to feel more confident in expressing your authentic self? Wish to people please less? Are you hoping therapy can provide a safe space to explore the complexities of identity and self expression? I am here to help you navigate these challenges and help you identify root causes of behaviors, express your needs, set healthy boundaries, improve self-esteem and self-worth, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and enhance communication skills.
(408) 403-5578 View (408) 403-5578
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Patricia S Dolan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95119
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in helping people who know what changes need to be made, but who struggle with knowing how to make them: whether it is with food, relationships, self-harm or addictions. My method is primarily skills based: I accept what you bring in, and then we work together toward change. I am experienced with mood, anxiety and thought disorders. I'm passionate about working with eating disorders, body image and LGBTQ+ issues. I work well with adults, adolescents and groups. I strongly believe that developing a solid and collaborative therapeutic relationship is crucial to healing.
I specialize in helping people who know what changes need to be made, but who struggle with knowing how to make them: whether it is with food, relationships, self-harm or addictions. My method is primarily skills based: I accept what you bring in, and then we work together toward change. I am experienced with mood, anxiety and thought disorders. I'm passionate about working with eating disorders, body image and LGBTQ+ issues. I work well with adults, adolescents and groups. I strongly believe that developing a solid and collaborative therapeutic relationship is crucial to healing.
(408) 637-7577 View (408) 637-7577
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Abby Jones
Pre-Licensed Professional, APCC, NCC, RYT-200
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126
I prioritize creating a safe space that provides a warm and collaborative atmosphere where we can work together to explore and achieve your goals. I am passionate about supporting my clients in advocating for their needs and embracing confidence in their journey of self expression. I specialize in working with individuals and groups, with a specific focus on anxiety, trauma, body image, disordered eating, depression, and life transitions. I enjoy supporting current and retired athletes in finding balance, understanding their mental health, and feeling strong. I work with LGBTQIA+ individuals to empower them to embody authenticity.
I prioritize creating a safe space that provides a warm and collaborative atmosphere where we can work together to explore and achieve your goals. I am passionate about supporting my clients in advocating for their needs and embracing confidence in their journey of self expression. I specialize in working with individuals and groups, with a specific focus on anxiety, trauma, body image, disordered eating, depression, and life transitions. I enjoy supporting current and retired athletes in finding balance, understanding their mental health, and feeling strong. I work with LGBTQIA+ individuals to empower them to embody authenticity.
(408) 944-5296 View (408) 944-5296
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Andy Gonzalez
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
Many of my clients are Latino/x and/or identify within the LGBTQ+ community.
Clients in my practice express various struggles such as feeling unhappy, lonely, unsatisfied, irritable, lost, stuck, overwhelmed, unmotivated, isolated, inauthentic, and hopeless. They are unsure about where they are in school, work, or life. They may use terms such as depressed, stressed, anxious, numb, angry, traumatized, grieving, and anxious/avoidant attachment. They seek to know themselves more or to feel more whole. They seek to unlearn unconscious and unhelpful habits. They wish to grow and nurture their relationships with others and themselves. They desire to feel more at peace, joy, and be able to tolerate the challenges.
Many of my clients are Latino/x and/or identify within the LGBTQ+ community.
Clients in my practice express various struggles such as feeling unhappy, lonely, unsatisfied, irritable, lost, stuck, overwhelmed, unmotivated, isolated, inauthentic, and hopeless. They are unsure about where they are in school, work, or life. They may use terms such as depressed, stressed, anxious, numb, angry, traumatized, grieving, and anxious/avoidant attachment. They seek to know themselves more or to feel more whole. They seek to unlearn unconscious and unhelpful habits. They wish to grow and nurture their relationships with others and themselves. They desire to feel more at peace, joy, and be able to tolerate the challenges.
(408) 676-2833 View (408) 676-2833
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Albert Pignataro
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95125
Hello! Welcome to the private practice of Albert Pignataro, MFT. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFC 53486) practicing in Willow Glen, San Jose. I have over 15 years of experience providing therapy to adults, youth and families in individual therapy, couples counseling, and group therapy. Clinically, I focus on therapy for men and related issues, therapy for the LGBTQ+ community, and therapy for adult individuals and couples for anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, and relationship issues.
Hello! Welcome to the private practice of Albert Pignataro, MFT. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFC 53486) practicing in Willow Glen, San Jose. I have over 15 years of experience providing therapy to adults, youth and families in individual therapy, couples counseling, and group therapy. Clinically, I focus on therapy for men and related issues, therapy for the LGBTQ+ community, and therapy for adult individuals and couples for anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, and relationship issues.
(408) 831-3315 View (408) 831-3315
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Jason Owens
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95116
My name is Jason Owens, and I'm looking forward to working with you. As a career mental health professional and educator, I bring over 20 years of experience-allowing a unique perspective to walk with you along the path toward your mental health, wellness, and life goals. Let's connect. All clients are welcome. My experience in the educational mental health field has allowed me to work with a huge variety of clients over the past 20+ years. My specialty is LGBTQIA+ counseling with clients of all ages.
My name is Jason Owens, and I'm looking forward to working with you. As a career mental health professional and educator, I bring over 20 years of experience-allowing a unique perspective to walk with you along the path toward your mental health, wellness, and life goals. Let's connect. All clients are welcome. My experience in the educational mental health field has allowed me to work with a huge variety of clients over the past 20+ years. My specialty is LGBTQIA+ counseling with clients of all ages.
(916) 252-1962 View (916) 252-1962
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Jasey Stetser
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95112  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Additionally, I am currently running a chronic illness support group and a trans support group.
I believe that the meaning of life is to tell one’s story. Everyone has a story to tell and we unconsciously share our stories everyday through words, actions, and interactions, despite whether or not someone is listening or willing to put the pieces together. The journey that we each take through life shapes us with each choice, decision, and coping strategy. I chose to become a counselor because I want to listen to those stories and help you to piece your puzzle together. I strive to create a safe space to explore, experiment, understand, and grow into yourself as you would like to become.
Additionally, I am currently running a chronic illness support group and a trans support group.
I believe that the meaning of life is to tell one’s story. Everyone has a story to tell and we unconsciously share our stories everyday through words, actions, and interactions, despite whether or not someone is listening or willing to put the pieces together. The journey that we each take through life shapes us with each choice, decision, and coping strategy. I chose to become a counselor because I want to listen to those stories and help you to piece your puzzle together. I strive to create a safe space to explore, experiment, understand, and grow into yourself as you would like to become.
(831) 603-5438 View (831) 603-5438
Gaylesta, Psych Assn for Gender & Sexual Diversity
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, PsyD, LMFT, LCSW, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95101
WELCOME to Gaylesta: The Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Our members provide mental health services including therapist referrals, education, and consultation. We offer a wide range of specializations, allowing us to serve as a unique resource both the LGBTQ communities and to other service providers. Explore our site to find a therapist, learn more about us, or become a valued member.
WELCOME to Gaylesta: The Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Our members provide mental health services including therapist referrals, education, and consultation. We offer a wide range of specializations, allowing us to serve as a unique resource both the LGBTQ communities and to other service providers. Explore our site to find a therapist, learn more about us, or become a valued member.
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Lakshmi Jaiprakash
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95123  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Lakshmi and my pronouns are she/her. As a member of the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities, I hope to support you on your journey of exploration and self-discovery by creating a therapeutic atmosphere of warmth, safety, and curiosity. I work with individuals, couples/partnerships, and families of every ability, age, gender, national origin, race/ethnicity, religious affiliation, and sexual orientation. My therapeutic style is eclectic, guided by your life goals and utilizing techniques that resonate with you. My practice is grounded in feminist, multicultural, anti-oppression, and anti-capitalist frameworks.
Hi, I'm Lakshmi and my pronouns are she/her. As a member of the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities, I hope to support you on your journey of exploration and self-discovery by creating a therapeutic atmosphere of warmth, safety, and curiosity. I work with individuals, couples/partnerships, and families of every ability, age, gender, national origin, race/ethnicity, religious affiliation, and sexual orientation. My therapeutic style is eclectic, guided by your life goals and utilizing techniques that resonate with you. My practice is grounded in feminist, multicultural, anti-oppression, and anti-capitalist frameworks.
(760) 274-0469 View (760) 274-0469
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Miguel Graciano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95120  (Online Only)
My name is Miguel Graciano. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with 10 years of clinical Experience. Proud member of the Queer Community. I provide support and guidance to all individuals who deal with issues such as gender exploration, sexuality, caregiving stress, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, life transitions, and relationship issues.
My name is Miguel Graciano. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with 10 years of clinical Experience. Proud member of the Queer Community. I provide support and guidance to all individuals who deal with issues such as gender exploration, sexuality, caregiving stress, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, life transitions, and relationship issues.
(657) 571-2176 View (657) 571-2176
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Elizabeth Scalise
Pre-Licensed Professional, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95124
Not accepting new clients
Struggling to feel understood? Looking to learn more about yourself in a safe, respectful environment? My name is Beth and I am a queer, asexual therapist with ADHD who loves the chance to help others on their journeys with identity, neurodivergence, and coping with the stress and anxiety of life in our modern world. My approach to therapy is collaborative and relational- you are the expert in your own life, and I am here to provide the environment where all parts of you are welcome as we explore your goals together.
Struggling to feel understood? Looking to learn more about yourself in a safe, respectful environment? My name is Beth and I am a queer, asexual therapist with ADHD who loves the chance to help others on their journeys with identity, neurodivergence, and coping with the stress and anxiety of life in our modern world. My approach to therapy is collaborative and relational- you are the expert in your own life, and I am here to provide the environment where all parts of you are welcome as we explore your goals together.
(408) 843-5919 View (408) 843-5919
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Jenn Torres Duran
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95110  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have a particular passion for working with both the LGBTQIA+ and latiné community as I have a lot of lived and professional experience with both communities.
Change is terrifying, but it can also be beautiful. It can be difficult to navigate cultural, societal, familial, & even personal expectations to give life to your true authentic self. From navigating anxiety, working to understand your sexual/gender identity, navigating what aspects of your cultural make sense for you, depression, or even just trying to get the world to acknowledge you as the person you are - I'm so glad you haven't given up. The change you're working towards will be worth it and oh-so spectacular. I know you have the power, skills, & desire to Transform Your Story. I'm honored to help you any way I can.
I have a particular passion for working with both the LGBTQIA+ and latiné community as I have a lot of lived and professional experience with both communities.
Change is terrifying, but it can also be beautiful. It can be difficult to navigate cultural, societal, familial, & even personal expectations to give life to your true authentic self. From navigating anxiety, working to understand your sexual/gender identity, navigating what aspects of your cultural make sense for you, depression, or even just trying to get the world to acknowledge you as the person you are - I'm so glad you haven't given up. The change you're working towards will be worth it and oh-so spectacular. I know you have the power, skills, & desire to Transform Your Story. I'm honored to help you any way I can.
(628) 265-6707 View (628) 265-6707
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Jonathan Boland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD, MPH
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95120  (Online Only)
I work with all populations, but I specialize in trauma, EMDR, sexuality, and LGBTQ.
Are you struggling to reach your full potential? Do you feel like a prisoner of your past? Have traumatic events taken over your life? You're not alone. Life doesn’t have to be this way. I can guide you through the transformation of becoming who you were meant to be, stepping fully into your joy. I'll give you the courage you need to be your true authentic self, always. I’ve helped hundreds of people just like you radically transform their lives, including those healing from trauma and people who desire a healthier sexual relationship with themselves and with others. I’m passionate about assisting others reach their full potential.
I work with all populations, but I specialize in trauma, EMDR, sexuality, and LGBTQ.
Are you struggling to reach your full potential? Do you feel like a prisoner of your past? Have traumatic events taken over your life? You're not alone. Life doesn’t have to be this way. I can guide you through the transformation of becoming who you were meant to be, stepping fully into your joy. I'll give you the courage you need to be your true authentic self, always. I’ve helped hundreds of people just like you radically transform their lives, including those healing from trauma and people who desire a healthier sexual relationship with themselves and with others. I’m passionate about assisting others reach their full potential.
(310) 742-8451 View (310) 742-8451
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Anthony Gabriel Le
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95112  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Anthony! As a queer, second-generation Vietnamese-Chinese therapist, I am passionate about providing a compassionate and warm space for clients to enter center-stage as the main character of their own life.
Oftentimes, we are told to just be our genuine self, but that is so hard to do when societal standards, cultural norms, familial expectations set limits and boxes for us to fit into as well. These restrictions and boundaries only then muffle and silence the voices we have inside of us. This silencing and censoring can develop internal messages within us that we are unloveable, never enough, and not worthy of being authentically you. Feelings of anxiousness, nervousness, sadness, and loneliness may arise alongside these thoughts which make it difficult to get a good night's rest or enjoy your favorite hobbies.
Hello, my name is Anthony! As a queer, second-generation Vietnamese-Chinese therapist, I am passionate about providing a compassionate and warm space for clients to enter center-stage as the main character of their own life.
Oftentimes, we are told to just be our genuine self, but that is so hard to do when societal standards, cultural norms, familial expectations set limits and boxes for us to fit into as well. These restrictions and boundaries only then muffle and silence the voices we have inside of us. This silencing and censoring can develop internal messages within us that we are unloveable, never enough, and not worthy of being authentically you. Feelings of anxiousness, nervousness, sadness, and loneliness may arise alongside these thoughts which make it difficult to get a good night's rest or enjoy your favorite hobbies.
(626) 600-3591 View (626) 600-3591
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Demi Alex Ayuna
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95101  (Online Only)
As a queer, trans, disabled, diasporic therapist, I am grateful to have built a flow of practices, rituals, and care webs that have allowed for my ongoing survival and healing. In return, I find grounding and power in community care- with the hopes of offering my lived experience and held presence to be supportive in your deep dives, excavations, and loving journeys. I offer co-created, trauma-informed space to explore, play, and feel through the pain, stuckness, or uncertainty you may be experiencing. I ground and honor your lived experience through an intersectional lens, and towards collective healing and liberation.
As a queer, trans, disabled, diasporic therapist, I am grateful to have built a flow of practices, rituals, and care webs that have allowed for my ongoing survival and healing. In return, I find grounding and power in community care- with the hopes of offering my lived experience and held presence to be supportive in your deep dives, excavations, and loving journeys. I offer co-created, trauma-informed space to explore, play, and feel through the pain, stuckness, or uncertainty you may be experiencing. I ground and honor your lived experience through an intersectional lens, and towards collective healing and liberation.
(510) 443-8415 View (510) 443-8415
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Joy Linn
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95103  (Online Only)
My goal is to facilitate your experience of healing. I have a holistic approach and can tailor my approach to fit your unique mental health needs. I am a compassionate and caring listener. I will also challenge you to change and grow. I provide gender-affirming, culturally-sensitive, weight inclusive and trauma-informed care. I have advanced experience in multiple areas, including eating disorder recovery, LGBTQIA+ identity exploration, trauma recovery and harm reduction. I also am quite good at supporting treatment-resistant anxiety and depression, as well as psychotic and dissociative disorders.
My goal is to facilitate your experience of healing. I have a holistic approach and can tailor my approach to fit your unique mental health needs. I am a compassionate and caring listener. I will also challenge you to change and grow. I provide gender-affirming, culturally-sensitive, weight inclusive and trauma-informed care. I have advanced experience in multiple areas, including eating disorder recovery, LGBTQIA+ identity exploration, trauma recovery and harm reduction. I also am quite good at supporting treatment-resistant anxiety and depression, as well as psychotic and dissociative disorders.
(408) 317-1369 View (408) 317-1369
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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.