LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Valley Village, CA

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Shayna Harvey
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Valley Village, CA 91607  (Online Only)
Good therapy is transformational. You might be someone who's feeling stuck in unconscious patterns. You wish you understood yourself and your experiences at a deeper level. I want to be your guide. If you're struggling with communication in your relationship, I am here to help. If you are an LGBTQ+ identifying person, I provide affirmative support. If you are experiencing issues with anxiety, depression, and/or relationship difficulties, I will help you navigate through them. I work with adults, teens, and couples to explore their thoughts and feelings with authenticity.
Good therapy is transformational. You might be someone who's feeling stuck in unconscious patterns. You wish you understood yourself and your experiences at a deeper level. I want to be your guide. If you're struggling with communication in your relationship, I am here to help. If you are an LGBTQ+ identifying person, I provide affirmative support. If you are experiencing issues with anxiety, depression, and/or relationship difficulties, I will help you navigate through them. I work with adults, teens, and couples to explore their thoughts and feelings with authenticity.
(323) 761-7579 View (323) 761-7579
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Luisa Villagomez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Valley Village, CA 91607  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My specialization lies in working with the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, and I offer expertise in psychedelic integration.
As a first-generation professional and Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in Washington D.C., California, and Florida, I am dedicated to supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds. I provide compassionate care for those facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, grief, stress, life transitions, relationship issues, and much more.
My specialization lies in working with the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, and I offer expertise in psychedelic integration.
As a first-generation professional and Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in Washington D.C., California, and Florida, I am dedicated to supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds. I provide compassionate care for those facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, grief, stress, life transitions, relationship issues, and much more.
(833) 829-0289 View (833) 829-0289
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Diane Lee Kubrin
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Valley Village, CA 91607
I offer compassionate psychotherapy services for people struggling with depression, anxiety, LGBTQ, stage of life issues, EMDR, divorce/separation, substance use, grief, and services to simply help a person grow to be the best version of themselves.
My approach to therapy is person centered and flexible. I work collaboratively with individuals and couples on goals and provide a safe, affirming and confidential space to create a new life path. Change is hard, but a renewed sense of hope and joy on the other side of a difficult period of time is possible. Life throws a lot of unpredictable things our way, and therapy can help build resilience while simultaneously uncovering the wonderful parts of ourselves that have been dormant. Therapy allows for healing and a chance for renewal.
I offer compassionate psychotherapy services for people struggling with depression, anxiety, LGBTQ, stage of life issues, EMDR, divorce/separation, substance use, grief, and services to simply help a person grow to be the best version of themselves.
My approach to therapy is person centered and flexible. I work collaboratively with individuals and couples on goals and provide a safe, affirming and confidential space to create a new life path. Change is hard, but a renewed sense of hope and joy on the other side of a difficult period of time is possible. Life throws a lot of unpredictable things our way, and therapy can help build resilience while simultaneously uncovering the wonderful parts of ourselves that have been dormant. Therapy allows for healing and a chance for renewal.
(818) 514-1415 View (818) 514-1415
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Vita Hall
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Valley Village, CA 91601  (Online Only)
I have experience working with many issues including anxiety, depression, substance use, mood disorders, relationship problems, grief & loss, ADHD, career challenges, LGBTQ+, and changes in the life cycle.
Providing telehealth throughout the state of California. If you are struggling with a personal or emotional issue, please know change and growth is possible. I believe everyone has the ability to improve their psychological health. I provide compassionate and supportive therapy combined with modern therapeutic modalities that allow you to learn new skills to live a healthier and happier life.
I have experience working with many issues including anxiety, depression, substance use, mood disorders, relationship problems, grief & loss, ADHD, career challenges, LGBTQ+, and changes in the life cycle.
Providing telehealth throughout the state of California. If you are struggling with a personal or emotional issue, please know change and growth is possible. I believe everyone has the ability to improve their psychological health. I provide compassionate and supportive therapy combined with modern therapeutic modalities that allow you to learn new skills to live a healthier and happier life.
(747) 281-4218 View (747) 281-4218
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Bryan D Porter
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Valley Village, CA 91607
Trauma Informed, LGBTQIA+ Affirming.
I’ve worked with many backgrounds, but have particular strengths in working with men on relating to themselves, and working with women on relating to men; all while creating work/life/relationship balance in the bustle of Los Angeles.
Trauma Informed, LGBTQIA+ Affirming.
I’ve worked with many backgrounds, but have particular strengths in working with men on relating to themselves, and working with women on relating to men; all while creating work/life/relationship balance in the bustle of Los Angeles.
(323) 417-6768 View (323) 417-6768
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John Porterfield
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, Jungian, Analyst
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Valley Village, CA 91607
With over 28 years of experience as a clinician, my areas of expertise include individual and couples counseling focusing on issues of personal growth and development, relationship issues, stage-of-life transitions, stress reduction, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, LGBT issues, and Jungian Analysis and dream interpretation.
Need support as you make changes in your life and move towards your true goals? I help individuals and couples develop effective solutions for resolving lingering problems and overcoming challenges that keep you from moving forward towards the goals that you value and desire. Deep down, we generally know what it is we need. I pay close attention, and reflect your own inner wisdom back to you in a way that is practical and often liberating. The way becomes more clear as you decide to simply, and more truly, become yourself. A warm, compassionate therapeutic relationship can help you in finding the direction you are seeking.
With over 28 years of experience as a clinician, my areas of expertise include individual and couples counseling focusing on issues of personal growth and development, relationship issues, stage-of-life transitions, stress reduction, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, LGBT issues, and Jungian Analysis and dream interpretation.
Need support as you make changes in your life and move towards your true goals? I help individuals and couples develop effective solutions for resolving lingering problems and overcoming challenges that keep you from moving forward towards the goals that you value and desire. Deep down, we generally know what it is we need. I pay close attention, and reflect your own inner wisdom back to you in a way that is practical and often liberating. The way becomes more clear as you decide to simply, and more truly, become yourself. A warm, compassionate therapeutic relationship can help you in finding the direction you are seeking.
(818) 963-9460 View (818) 963-9460
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Sarah Beaver
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
Valley Village, CA 91607
My practice is LGBTQIA+ affirmative and non-monogamy informed.
You made it here, which means you've decided to take a step toward improving and nurturing your mental health - amazing! No matter what you are seeking therapy for, it's a tough thing to tackle. As your mental health provider, I aim to create a nonjudgemental, safe space for you to explore your life experiences, challenges, and goals. I believe that the therapeutic process is relational and ever-evolving. Just as we are our own worst enemies, we are also our biggest allies, and I am here to help you strengthen that alliance with yourself.
My practice is LGBTQIA+ affirmative and non-monogamy informed.
You made it here, which means you've decided to take a step toward improving and nurturing your mental health - amazing! No matter what you are seeking therapy for, it's a tough thing to tackle. As your mental health provider, I aim to create a nonjudgemental, safe space for you to explore your life experiences, challenges, and goals. I believe that the therapeutic process is relational and ever-evolving. Just as we are our own worst enemies, we are also our biggest allies, and I am here to help you strengthen that alliance with yourself.
(626) 772-6299 View (626) 772-6299
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Dr. Ali Dubin
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Valley Village, CA 91607
Are you struggling in your relationship? Missing that loving connection? Speaking different languages? Fighting a lot? Feeling lonely? Are you dealing with co-parenting? I work with you and your sweetie to get back on track, feel safe, loved, and secure in your relationship. A loving welcome to those who identify as LGBTQIA+, sexually and/or gender fluid, and to those who are processing feelings associated with a loved one who is. Parents of LGBTQ+ and queerspawn are my special love.
Are you struggling in your relationship? Missing that loving connection? Speaking different languages? Fighting a lot? Feeling lonely? Are you dealing with co-parenting? I work with you and your sweetie to get back on track, feel safe, loved, and secure in your relationship. A loving welcome to those who identify as LGBTQIA+, sexually and/or gender fluid, and to those who are processing feelings associated with a loved one who is. Parents of LGBTQ+ and queerspawn are my special love.
(818) 798-3720 View (818) 798-3720
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Charles Adrian Bewley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Valley Village, CA 91617
All couples are welcome - heterosexual, same-sex, trans, monogamous, open relationships.
One of the best things my dad ever said to me was: Unless you believe in reincarnation, it’s time to be happy now. (Personally, I think this applies even if you do believe in reincarnation.) How to make the most of our time, our relationships, and ourselves - for me, these are the key questions that led me to become a marriage and family therapist. Along with traditional talk therapy, I use EMDR (if desired), as well as IFS, to help you work through present challenges and past difficult experiences so that you can live more freely in the here and now - unencumbered by old self-defeating beliefs and fears.
All couples are welcome - heterosexual, same-sex, trans, monogamous, open relationships.
One of the best things my dad ever said to me was: Unless you believe in reincarnation, it’s time to be happy now. (Personally, I think this applies even if you do believe in reincarnation.) How to make the most of our time, our relationships, and ourselves - for me, these are the key questions that led me to become a marriage and family therapist. Along with traditional talk therapy, I use EMDR (if desired), as well as IFS, to help you work through present challenges and past difficult experiences so that you can live more freely in the here and now - unencumbered by old self-defeating beliefs and fears.
(747) 205-1104 View (747) 205-1104
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Michael Modresky
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Valley Village, CA 91607  (Online Only)
I also have specialized training in LGBTQIA+ affirmative psychotherapy.
Changing your life can be hard. Figuring out what you want can be overwhelming. Staying stuck is harder. My passion is helping people figure out what they want, what’s getting in the way, and how to move forward. Together, let’s figure out what’s keeping YOU from getting closer to the life you want. Whether it’s looking at your work, love life, family relationships, or a mix of everything, I’m ready and eager to support you in this process.
I also have specialized training in LGBTQIA+ affirmative psychotherapy.
Changing your life can be hard. Figuring out what you want can be overwhelming. Staying stuck is harder. My passion is helping people figure out what they want, what’s getting in the way, and how to move forward. Together, let’s figure out what’s keeping YOU from getting closer to the life you want. Whether it’s looking at your work, love life, family relationships, or a mix of everything, I’m ready and eager to support you in this process.
(323) 713-0965 View (323) 713-0965
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Ian MacKinnon
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Valley Village, CA 91607
I enjoy helping individuals to identify undesirable patterns of behavior that do not serve them. Together we address the roots of these issues in order to increase self-agency and overcome emotional blocks. I also enjoy facilitating creative people in realizing their fuller potential and authenticity. Whether you are seeking a safe place to be heard and process feelings, a desire for greater self-awareness, or to access deeper sources of creativity, we will work together to set goals and understand the underlying issues that inform current life complications. I approach each session with empathy, compassion and practicality.
I enjoy helping individuals to identify undesirable patterns of behavior that do not serve them. Together we address the roots of these issues in order to increase self-agency and overcome emotional blocks. I also enjoy facilitating creative people in realizing their fuller potential and authenticity. Whether you are seeking a safe place to be heard and process feelings, a desire for greater self-awareness, or to access deeper sources of creativity, we will work together to set goals and understand the underlying issues that inform current life complications. I approach each session with empathy, compassion and practicality.
(323) 214-3249 View (323) 214-3249
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Randé Dorn
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, MFA
Verified Verified
Valley Village, CA 91607
You are grieving, heartbroken, or lost. You broke up with your partner, someone important died, you have it all and still feel unfulfilled. Grief is normal and exquisite and painful. You want to talk about it, but you don’t want to burden anyone. Here you have permission to be a burden. To be messy, seen, repetitive, and stuck. I’ll meet you there, but won’t leave you there. We work towards managing the unimaginable. Reckoning with the stories we tell and the paths lost, in order to reconcile with where we truly are. There you will find possibility. New stories, new love, new hope. There you will find the courage to start again.
You are grieving, heartbroken, or lost. You broke up with your partner, someone important died, you have it all and still feel unfulfilled. Grief is normal and exquisite and painful. You want to talk about it, but you don’t want to burden anyone. Here you have permission to be a burden. To be messy, seen, repetitive, and stuck. I’ll meet you there, but won’t leave you there. We work towards managing the unimaginable. Reckoning with the stories we tell and the paths lost, in order to reconcile with where we truly are. There you will find possibility. New stories, new love, new hope. There you will find the courage to start again.
(818) 975-3484 View (818) 975-3484
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Mim Collins, Psy.D., M.F.T.
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Valley Village, CA 91607
I provide an environment for people to gain a deeper understanding of their lives. Most of us want to feel we are understood. Feeling an emotional connection allows us, not only to feel understood, but cared for and accompanied on the pathway to change. Most of us have difficulty undertaking the process alone. Effective therapy can be a vehicle toward that experience, and toward more fulfilling relationships in our lives. Effective therapy is what I do.
I provide an environment for people to gain a deeper understanding of their lives. Most of us want to feel we are understood. Feeling an emotional connection allows us, not only to feel understood, but cared for and accompanied on the pathway to change. Most of us have difficulty undertaking the process alone. Effective therapy can be a vehicle toward that experience, and toward more fulfilling relationships in our lives. Effective therapy is what I do.
(818) 924-3155 View (818) 924-3155
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Tiny Steps Developmental Services
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Valley Village, CA 91607
Our practice is centered around providing quality clinicians to helping children, adults and families improve their lives. We provide a variety of services includes psychological testing, psychotherapy and ABA. Through the use of several treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), as well as psychodynamic and humanistic interventions we work uniquely with each client to reach their goals.
Our practice is centered around providing quality clinicians to helping children, adults and families improve their lives. We provide a variety of services includes psychological testing, psychotherapy and ABA. Through the use of several treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), as well as psychodynamic and humanistic interventions we work uniquely with each client to reach their goals.
(424) 321-6452 View (424) 321-6452
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Paul Newland
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
Valley Village, CA 91607
I have come to know myself as a lover of curiosity, an avid outdoors person, and someone who has an intense interest in better understanding the unique experiences of each person. My work in healing has spanned more than fifteen years and my practice in mental health has been improving for more than five years. I have developed a deep respect for relationships, individuals, and the practices that shape our lives. My experience has me coming to understand that only through asking questions and listening closely can we come to really understand our situation and be seen for who we really are.
I have come to know myself as a lover of curiosity, an avid outdoors person, and someone who has an intense interest in better understanding the unique experiences of each person. My work in healing has spanned more than fifteen years and my practice in mental health has been improving for more than five years. I have developed a deep respect for relationships, individuals, and the practices that shape our lives. My experience has me coming to understand that only through asking questions and listening closely can we come to really understand our situation and be seen for who we really are.
(818) 593-0591 View (818) 593-0591
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Neda Levi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
Valley Village, CA 91607  (Online Only)
Living with depression and/or anxiety juxtaposed with a shaky sense of self, while one's childhood trauma is unknowingly being pushed aside, can be very overwhelming. Given the emotions that humans experience as they navigate their own unique worlds, these challenges can continue to permeate every avenue of one’s existence as they enter each life stage. Addressing strained relationships with primary caregivers & learning to reparent one’s self due to childhood neglect, can serve as the vehicle through which one is equipped with the tools necessary to provide themselves compassion & a foundation to create a life they've yearned for.
Living with depression and/or anxiety juxtaposed with a shaky sense of self, while one's childhood trauma is unknowingly being pushed aside, can be very overwhelming. Given the emotions that humans experience as they navigate their own unique worlds, these challenges can continue to permeate every avenue of one’s existence as they enter each life stage. Addressing strained relationships with primary caregivers & learning to reparent one’s self due to childhood neglect, can serve as the vehicle through which one is equipped with the tools necessary to provide themselves compassion & a foundation to create a life they've yearned for.
(818) 717-7983 View (818) 717-7983
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Seth Menachem
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Valley Village, CA 91607
I am a psychodynamically-oriented therapist, which means I work to help you understand your history so we can discover how it is influencing the ways in which you currently operate in the world. Those experiences can lead to defense mechanisms that can make it more challenging to fully connect to feelings and emotions. As your therapist, our relationship in the room is integral to the work. It is while navigating those feelings where self-discovery, bringing the unconscious to the surface, and corrective emotional experiences, help you diminish your symptoms, find clarity, and become a fully-realized, authentic human being.
I am a psychodynamically-oriented therapist, which means I work to help you understand your history so we can discover how it is influencing the ways in which you currently operate in the world. Those experiences can lead to defense mechanisms that can make it more challenging to fully connect to feelings and emotions. As your therapist, our relationship in the room is integral to the work. It is while navigating those feelings where self-discovery, bringing the unconscious to the surface, and corrective emotional experiences, help you diminish your symptoms, find clarity, and become a fully-realized, authentic human being.
(323) 498-1227 View (323) 498-1227
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Erin T Childs
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
Valley Village, CA 91607  (Online Only)
Ms. Childs is a dynamic, interactive therapist who has been in mental health and wellness for over 30 years. She is dually licensed as a Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Additionally she is also trained in telemental-health and credentialed as a Distance Counselor. Utilizing traditional and non-traditional resources, she involves the whole person in the therapeutic experience. Her collaborative, strength based approach empowers clients to succeed in their identified goals and issue resolution. Sessions are by distance counseling/telehealth.
Ms. Childs is a dynamic, interactive therapist who has been in mental health and wellness for over 30 years. She is dually licensed as a Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Additionally she is also trained in telemental-health and credentialed as a Distance Counselor. Utilizing traditional and non-traditional resources, she involves the whole person in the therapeutic experience. Her collaborative, strength based approach empowers clients to succeed in their identified goals and issue resolution. Sessions are by distance counseling/telehealth.
(213) 260-4968 View (213) 260-4968
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Brian Carlson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Valley Village, CA 91607  (Online Only)
Words guide you. What are you telling yourself? With creativity, together, we can use myth and metaphor, poetry, dreams, literature, art and, most importantly, words to explore your relationships. Ursula K. Le Guin said, "Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it." What fun to explore this together.
Words guide you. What are you telling yourself? With creativity, together, we can use myth and metaphor, poetry, dreams, literature, art and, most importantly, words to explore your relationships. Ursula K. Le Guin said, "Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it." What fun to explore this together.
(818) 946-0963 View (818) 946-0963
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Terrence Kava
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, PhD(c)
Verified Verified
Valley Village, CA 91607
Is fear blocking you from moving forward with your dreams and preventing you from reaching your full potential? Do you keep repeating the same patterns because of the shadows created by your past traumas? Does your life seem unmanageable and you do not know who to turn to?
Is fear blocking you from moving forward with your dreams and preventing you from reaching your full potential? Do you keep repeating the same patterns because of the shadows created by your past traumas? Does your life seem unmanageable and you do not know who to turn to?
(310) 494-2790 View (310) 494-2790

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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.