LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Universal City, CA

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Christine Quynh Anh Nguyen
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Universal City, CA 91608  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My specialties are interracial and/or interfaith couples, LGBTQ+ folks, sex and intimacy issues, complicated family dynamics, and conflict averse couples.
I love you, but I don't really get you; I hear this pretty often in the healthiest of relationships, and even more so in intercultural or interfaith ones. I know firsthand how wonderful and rewarding it is–and, at times, how painful and challenging. Maybe you’ve asked each other: “How do we connect again, now that we have kids? What’s changed and why is it affecting our sex life? Are we on the same page about my family? How important is this to you?” Being in love doesn't just take work. It takes understanding and acceptance. It takes holding each other and ourselves accountable for our own growth. Let's relearn each other.
My specialties are interracial and/or interfaith couples, LGBTQ+ folks, sex and intimacy issues, complicated family dynamics, and conflict averse couples.
I love you, but I don't really get you; I hear this pretty often in the healthiest of relationships, and even more so in intercultural or interfaith ones. I know firsthand how wonderful and rewarding it is–and, at times, how painful and challenging. Maybe you’ve asked each other: “How do we connect again, now that we have kids? What’s changed and why is it affecting our sex life? Are we on the same page about my family? How important is this to you?” Being in love doesn't just take work. It takes understanding and acceptance. It takes holding each other and ourselves accountable for our own growth. Let's relearn each other.
(818) 308-1529 View (818) 308-1529
Amber Keating - Trauma Treatment - Brainspotting
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Universal City, CA 91608  (Online Only)
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Christina Coons, LCSW Trauma, Somatic, Addiction
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Universal City, CA 91608
Complex trauma can have a lasting impact on our daily lives. It effects our mood, health, relationships, functioning, thinking, behavior and decision making. Trauma can rob us of joy, connection and convince us that we are undeserving or unworthy of love, care and compassion. In our work together, we will unlock your innate ability to heal, grow and transcend beyond the experiences that have burdened you. You deserve to feel safe, heard, seen and supported. Therapy is an opportunity to come home to yourself, recover and reclaim your life. It would be an honor to walk along side you on that journey.
Complex trauma can have a lasting impact on our daily lives. It effects our mood, health, relationships, functioning, thinking, behavior and decision making. Trauma can rob us of joy, connection and convince us that we are undeserving or unworthy of love, care and compassion. In our work together, we will unlock your innate ability to heal, grow and transcend beyond the experiences that have burdened you. You deserve to feel safe, heard, seen and supported. Therapy is an opportunity to come home to yourself, recover and reclaim your life. It would be an honor to walk along side you on that journey.
(213) 205-3821 View (213) 205-3821
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Paul Carter - Anxiety, ADHD
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Universal City, CA 91608
My teenage clients report that I have greatly helped in reducing depression and anxiety by providing a non-judgmental space where they can explore communication challenges, self-esteem issues and work on difficulties that create a challenge in their day-to-day life. I work from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy framework, which can help teens reframe negativity, develop long-term coping skills, and be more fully present in their lives. Clients can recognize that their thoughts and emotions do not have to get in the way of taking action toward meeting their goals and making meaningful connections.
My teenage clients report that I have greatly helped in reducing depression and anxiety by providing a non-judgmental space where they can explore communication challenges, self-esteem issues and work on difficulties that create a challenge in their day-to-day life. I work from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy framework, which can help teens reframe negativity, develop long-term coping skills, and be more fully present in their lives. Clients can recognize that their thoughts and emotions do not have to get in the way of taking action toward meeting their goals and making meaningful connections.
(310) 620-1428 View (310) 620-1428
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Adelaide Rowe Barroso
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Universal City, CA 91608
Waitlist for new clients
Licensed in CA and WA states - Successfully managing through high school, college, and early adulthood can be challenging. Many of my clients find themselves sacrificing mental health for academic and career success or have difficulties with motivation, confidence, and relationships. While stress is a normal and expected part of life, I help my clients manage anxiety and OCD without feeling hopeless, overwhelmed, or alone. I also support the building of communication skills and boundary-setting to better navigate and nurture important relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners.
Licensed in CA and WA states - Successfully managing through high school, college, and early adulthood can be challenging. Many of my clients find themselves sacrificing mental health for academic and career success or have difficulties with motivation, confidence, and relationships. While stress is a normal and expected part of life, I help my clients manage anxiety and OCD without feeling hopeless, overwhelmed, or alone. I also support the building of communication skills and boundary-setting to better navigate and nurture important relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners.
(424) 414-2017 View (424) 414-2017
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Jasmine N Gibson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Universal City, CA 91608  (Online Only)
I enjoy helping clients become their authentic self in a world that tries to control how they identify. I help my clients when it comes to anxiety, life transitions, and trauma using both a trauma-informed and EMDR approach, which allows you to better understand and heal from your past. I guide clients in identifying their strengths and incorporate mindfulness, to feel fully connected with themselves and empowered. I work with clients to process past experiences that make them feel “stuck” in order to move forward by guiding them in unlearning behaviors and habits that don’t feel healthy or connected with who they truly are.
I enjoy helping clients become their authentic self in a world that tries to control how they identify. I help my clients when it comes to anxiety, life transitions, and trauma using both a trauma-informed and EMDR approach, which allows you to better understand and heal from your past. I guide clients in identifying their strengths and incorporate mindfulness, to feel fully connected with themselves and empowered. I work with clients to process past experiences that make them feel “stuck” in order to move forward by guiding them in unlearning behaviors and habits that don’t feel healthy or connected with who they truly are.
(310) 361-4563 View (310) 361-4563
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Michaela Tork
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Universal City, CA 91608  (Online Only)
Do you wake up feeling depressed dreading to get through another day? Do you try to fill the void in your life with sensation-seeking behaviors: alcohol, drugs, food, sex, shopping, TV, video games, internet surfing, online gaming, gambling etc.? Have you lost touch with the aspirations and dreams that used to motivate and inspire you? Are your relationships troubled? I can help! Seeking therapy takes courage and the prospect of talking to a stranger can be intimidating. I relate to the discomfort you may experience and provide a confidential, non-judgmental, supportive space to work with you.
Do you wake up feeling depressed dreading to get through another day? Do you try to fill the void in your life with sensation-seeking behaviors: alcohol, drugs, food, sex, shopping, TV, video games, internet surfing, online gaming, gambling etc.? Have you lost touch with the aspirations and dreams that used to motivate and inspire you? Are your relationships troubled? I can help! Seeking therapy takes courage and the prospect of talking to a stranger can be intimidating. I relate to the discomfort you may experience and provide a confidential, non-judgmental, supportive space to work with you.
(818) 794-7850 View (818) 794-7850

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Moushumi Ghose, MFT & Los Angeles Sex Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604  (Online Only)
At Los Angeles Sex Therapy (LAST) my team of therapists specialize in sex therapy, sex-positive therapy, kink-positive therapy for non monogamous, polyamorous, LGBTQIA, gender variant, sex worker/erotic laborers, BIPOC and supporting you towards trust, connection, pleasure, healing relational stress/tension/trauma. We offer somatic sex therapy, emotion focused therapy, and trauma centered (both systemic/social and personal). We address harmful constructs which affect sexuality, gender expression and relationships. We are 100% virtual.
At Los Angeles Sex Therapy (LAST) my team of therapists specialize in sex therapy, sex-positive therapy, kink-positive therapy for non monogamous, polyamorous, LGBTQIA, gender variant, sex worker/erotic laborers, BIPOC and supporting you towards trust, connection, pleasure, healing relational stress/tension/trauma. We offer somatic sex therapy, emotion focused therapy, and trauma centered (both systemic/social and personal). We address harmful constructs which affect sexuality, gender expression and relationships. We are 100% virtual.
(323) 701-0936 View (323) 701-0936
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Jason Rizzo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90068
I work with the LGBTQ+ community, those in the entertainment industry, and many others.
My passion lies in helping you find your path to increased happiness and living a life that is authentically yours. Through our conversations, you will gain deeper insight into elements in your life that might be challenging to shift. Together we will work to understand your experiences, process feelings and create inner peace and acceptance from within.
I work with the LGBTQ+ community, those in the entertainment industry, and many others.
My passion lies in helping you find your path to increased happiness and living a life that is authentically yours. Through our conversations, you will gain deeper insight into elements in your life that might be challenging to shift. Together we will work to understand your experiences, process feelings and create inner peace and acceptance from within.
(323) 673-8443 View (323) 673-8443
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Jason Markel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90028  (Online Only)
Being part of the LGBTQIA+ community can be a challenging path to walk. As a gay man, I have been walking that path all my life and I understand the challenge. As a therapist I am here to help you with many of the challenges of it. Whether you are struggling with gender identity, sexuality, or something related - I'm here to support you. Maybe you are a family member of someone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and are struggling to understand how to support your loved one? Whatever the circumstance - I'm here for you. I provide Telehealth for anyone living in California and can offer a sliding scale to those in need.
Being part of the LGBTQIA+ community can be a challenging path to walk. As a gay man, I have been walking that path all my life and I understand the challenge. As a therapist I am here to help you with many of the challenges of it. Whether you are struggling with gender identity, sexuality, or something related - I'm here to support you. Maybe you are a family member of someone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and are struggling to understand how to support your loved one? Whatever the circumstance - I'm here for you. I provide Telehealth for anyone living in California and can offer a sliding scale to those in need.
(415) 943-1094 View (415) 943-1094
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Kai Krupa
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Hollywood, CA 90046
As a queer and trans identified therapist, my passion is to provide gender affirming, sex-positive, trauma informed and inclusive mental healthcare from a social justice framework.
Let's collaborate together on how we can best meet your goals to live authentically and thrive. I support individual adults, adolescents, relationships, chosen and birth families. My work is rooted in the belief that therapy is a collaborative and transformative process. I am dedicated to helping clients navigate the complexities of their struggles. It’s my hope that through our work, you will find new pathways of resilience, freedom, growth, pleasure, balance, liberation and healing.
As a queer and trans identified therapist, my passion is to provide gender affirming, sex-positive, trauma informed and inclusive mental healthcare from a social justice framework.
Let's collaborate together on how we can best meet your goals to live authentically and thrive. I support individual adults, adolescents, relationships, chosen and birth families. My work is rooted in the belief that therapy is a collaborative and transformative process. I am dedicated to helping clients navigate the complexities of their struggles. It’s my hope that through our work, you will find new pathways of resilience, freedom, growth, pleasure, balance, liberation and healing.
(805) 856-6910 View (805) 856-6910
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Aaron Jimenez
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
West Hollywood, CA 90046
I am a psychotherapist (LMFT) who graduated from Pepperdine University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. My clinical experience has been honed at AIDS Project Los Angeles and The LA Gay and Lesbian Center, two widely renowned sites where I served the diverse populations of Los Angeles in the company of exceptionally skilled colleagues. I combine my professional knowledge and personal experience to create a safe and encouraging space for clients to grow, process and gain insight.
I am a psychotherapist (LMFT) who graduated from Pepperdine University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. My clinical experience has been honed at AIDS Project Los Angeles and The LA Gay and Lesbian Center, two widely renowned sites where I served the diverse populations of Los Angeles in the company of exceptionally skilled colleagues. I combine my professional knowledge and personal experience to create a safe and encouraging space for clients to grow, process and gain insight.
(619) 268-4995 View (619) 268-4995
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Rachael Tenerowicz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
North Hollywood, CA 91602  (Online Only)
I am passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ Community and I am aware of the unique challenges faced by individuals.
Beginning therapy can feel intimidating. Finding the right therapist, a daunting task. I aim to support you with all aspects of the therapeutic experience while co-creating your treatment. My goal in therapy is to support you by creating a safe, affirming space to communicate your needs. My therapeutic style is focused on creating a sex positive, culturally humble place for growth. I specialize in working with the LGBTQ+ community and related challenges faced by being LGBTQ+.
I am passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ Community and I am aware of the unique challenges faced by individuals.
Beginning therapy can feel intimidating. Finding the right therapist, a daunting task. I aim to support you with all aspects of the therapeutic experience while co-creating your treatment. My goal in therapy is to support you by creating a safe, affirming space to communicate your needs. My therapeutic style is focused on creating a sex positive, culturally humble place for growth. I specialize in working with the LGBTQ+ community and related challenges faced by being LGBTQ+.
(323) 531-7665 View (323) 531-7665
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Jeremy Thacker
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91604
I specialize in helping people struggling with sexuality & relationships, grief/loss, and LGBTQ+ issues. That includes anyone who has grown up feeling unaccepted as their authentic self or experienced the loss of a loved one. I especially understand the deep impact of childhood trauma and how to approach healing. I believe healing begins with connection. Good therapy is a safe place where all parts of you are welcome! The trust we build together comes with an open invitation to explore the protected parts of yourself at your own pace.
I specialize in helping people struggling with sexuality & relationships, grief/loss, and LGBTQ+ issues. That includes anyone who has grown up feeling unaccepted as their authentic self or experienced the loss of a loved one. I especially understand the deep impact of childhood trauma and how to approach healing. I believe healing begins with connection. Good therapy is a safe place where all parts of you are welcome! The trust we build together comes with an open invitation to explore the protected parts of yourself at your own pace.
(323) 834-2420 View (323) 834-2420
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Steve Lapuk
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028
I believe it is natural for humans to want to change how they feel. Unfortunately, how we seek this change can determine the difference between healthy vs. unhealthy behavior. My work is guiding you through an in-depth exploration of how early experiences have shaped your sense of self and how you manage feelings. My goal is to help you develop both a compassionate view of these experiences and a more secure sense of self. In addition to Dual Diagnosis, I work with actors/artists/writers/entertainment professionals, gay men navigating mid-life, and adults who have experienced sexual abuse.
I believe it is natural for humans to want to change how they feel. Unfortunately, how we seek this change can determine the difference between healthy vs. unhealthy behavior. My work is guiding you through an in-depth exploration of how early experiences have shaped your sense of self and how you manage feelings. My goal is to help you develop both a compassionate view of these experiences and a more secure sense of self. In addition to Dual Diagnosis, I work with actors/artists/writers/entertainment professionals, gay men navigating mid-life, and adults who have experienced sexual abuse.
(310) 912-3065 View (310) 912-3065
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Douglas Mitchell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Hollywood, CA 90046  (Online Only)
For as long as you can remember, you’ve had to hide your true feelings. Even as a child, you realized you were different, so to avoid problems, you started to pretend. Now, as an LGBTQ+ identifying adult, you’ve gained a far better understanding of who you are. You’re a rockstar at work, well-respected and accomplished in your field. You have a lovely home and a steady support network. To the outside world, you have it all together, but deep inside remains ignored feelings and insecurity. You want desperately to embrace the real you, but don't know how to begin.
For as long as you can remember, you’ve had to hide your true feelings. Even as a child, you realized you were different, so to avoid problems, you started to pretend. Now, as an LGBTQ+ identifying adult, you’ve gained a far better understanding of who you are. You’re a rockstar at work, well-respected and accomplished in your field. You have a lovely home and a steady support network. To the outside world, you have it all together, but deep inside remains ignored feelings and insecurity. You want desperately to embrace the real you, but don't know how to begin.
(760) 892-0643 View (760) 892-0643
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Dr. Karla Mayorga
Psychologist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Studio City, CA 91604  (Online Only)
I specialized in helping adult individuals that are dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, relationship, LGBTQ+, school/vocational, women, men, grief, trauma, immigration, & cultural issues.
You are probably looking for immediate help due to a crisis or some pressing issue. You might be struggling with test anxiety or may need help dealing with a break-up and/or finding your soul mate. You might also be curious about therapy & what it can do. I am glad you found me & I am here to help you achieve a better tomorrow. I provide a warm and nonjudgmental environment where you can feel comfortable and at ease. The therapeutic work is a collaborative effort between therapist & client. If you are ready to make changes, let's do it together. Remember, Hope plus action equal success. Today is the best day to start. Call me!
I specialized in helping adult individuals that are dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, relationship, LGBTQ+, school/vocational, women, men, grief, trauma, immigration, & cultural issues.
You are probably looking for immediate help due to a crisis or some pressing issue. You might be struggling with test anxiety or may need help dealing with a break-up and/or finding your soul mate. You might also be curious about therapy & what it can do. I am glad you found me & I am here to help you achieve a better tomorrow. I provide a warm and nonjudgmental environment where you can feel comfortable and at ease. The therapeutic work is a collaborative effort between therapist & client. If you are ready to make changes, let's do it together. Remember, Hope plus action equal success. Today is the best day to start. Call me!
(747) 285-7050 View (747) 285-7050
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Tyler Argüello, PhD, DCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, DCSW, LCSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90046  (Online Only)
I am a psychotherapist located in California specializing in LGBTQIA+ affirmative care, trauma, and mental health equity. I have over 30 years experience doing clinical work, as well as conducting education, research, supervision, and clinical work. I work with people living with chronic health and mental health conditions, with those struggling with their identity and making meaning in life, and with adults having un/expected challenges in relationships, work, and beyond. In addition, I provide Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP).
I am a psychotherapist located in California specializing in LGBTQIA+ affirmative care, trauma, and mental health equity. I have over 30 years experience doing clinical work, as well as conducting education, research, supervision, and clinical work. I work with people living with chronic health and mental health conditions, with those struggling with their identity and making meaning in life, and with adults having un/expected challenges in relationships, work, and beyond. In addition, I provide Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP).
(206) 456-6179 View (206) 456-6179
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Chris Tompkins
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
West Hollywood, CA 90046
I specialize in working with adult gay men and the unique challenges they face related to self-esteem, identity formation, and shame.
Do you feel truly heard and seen in your relationships? Are you out of the closet, but still struggle with your identity? Does low self-esteem get in the way of living more authentically? Are you sober curious? Have you been harmed by religion, but want to connect more spiritually? Do you feel trapped in a pattern of choices that, while you recognize aren’t supportive, you continue making despite the negative consequences? I can relate. I’ve been there. It's not uncommon for gay men to experience the effects of heteronormativity. Which is why an affirming therapist can help foster resilience in a unique way.
I specialize in working with adult gay men and the unique challenges they face related to self-esteem, identity formation, and shame.
Do you feel truly heard and seen in your relationships? Are you out of the closet, but still struggle with your identity? Does low self-esteem get in the way of living more authentically? Are you sober curious? Have you been harmed by religion, but want to connect more spiritually? Do you feel trapped in a pattern of choices that, while you recognize aren’t supportive, you continue making despite the negative consequences? I can relate. I’ve been there. It's not uncommon for gay men to experience the effects of heteronormativity. Which is why an affirming therapist can help foster resilience in a unique way.
(805) 874-5889 View (805) 874-5889
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James Dvorak
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91505
My practice provides LGBTQIA+ -affirmative therapy and is sex-, kink-, ethical and consensual nonmonogamy-allied.
My goal is to walk with you through transitions, helping you navigate the challenges, stressors, and fears related to moving forward from a relationship, a job/career, or the loss or shift in identity. I aim to support you in the process of (re)discovering yourself in these transitions, especially when faced with questions about sexuality, expression, and roles in your daily life. Together, we will explore new perspectives and unknowns in transitions, helping to equip you with the confidence to progress, uncovering patterns, parts, and habits that may no longer serve you in their current state.
My practice provides LGBTQIA+ -affirmative therapy and is sex-, kink-, ethical and consensual nonmonogamy-allied.
My goal is to walk with you through transitions, helping you navigate the challenges, stressors, and fears related to moving forward from a relationship, a job/career, or the loss or shift in identity. I aim to support you in the process of (re)discovering yourself in these transitions, especially when faced with questions about sexuality, expression, and roles in your daily life. Together, we will explore new perspectives and unknowns in transitions, helping to equip you with the confidence to progress, uncovering patterns, parts, and habits that may no longer serve you in their current state.
(424) 401-3903 View (424) 401-3903

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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.