LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Colorado Springs, CO

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Shaina Crisp
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80905  (Online Only)
Shaina specializes in aiding LGBTQIA+ individuals with spiritual trauma healing. Clients address issues like sexual abuse, grief, and childhood trauma, seeking to embrace authentic gender and sexuality. Shaina welcomes those intrigued by kink, BDSM, and ethical non-monogamy, creating a calm and open-minded space for them to express truths and harmonize relationships. Her eclectic, person-centered approach, influenced by Internal Family Systems (IFS), dismantles pathologizing views.
Shaina specializes in aiding LGBTQIA+ individuals with spiritual trauma healing. Clients address issues like sexual abuse, grief, and childhood trauma, seeking to embrace authentic gender and sexuality. Shaina welcomes those intrigued by kink, BDSM, and ethical non-monogamy, creating a calm and open-minded space for them to express truths and harmonize relationships. Her eclectic, person-centered approach, influenced by Internal Family Systems (IFS), dismantles pathologizing views.
(786) 998-6295 View (786) 998-6295
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Dr. Nikki Blakesley
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
I specialize in working with people who have left the church, people who still identify as Christian, and people in the LGBTQIA+ community.
For years you’ve hidden yourself away, tucked into a box, because you were told you weren’t good enough as you are. You were told you had to follow “the rules” of your family, friends, or religious community in order to be loved and accepted. Rules like: what to wear, how to act, who to love. So you did. You lived by their rules, afraid that if you shared your opinions, beliefs, and identities with your family, friends, or religious community they would have nothing to do with you. And you can’t do it anymore. You deserve to be fully you. I can help.
I specialize in working with people who have left the church, people who still identify as Christian, and people in the LGBTQIA+ community.
For years you’ve hidden yourself away, tucked into a box, because you were told you weren’t good enough as you are. You were told you had to follow “the rules” of your family, friends, or religious community in order to be loved and accepted. Rules like: what to wear, how to act, who to love. So you did. You lived by their rules, afraid that if you shared your opinions, beliefs, and identities with your family, friends, or religious community they would have nothing to do with you. And you can’t do it anymore. You deserve to be fully you. I can help.
(719) 881-8613 View (719) 881-8613
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Lisa Schoenstein
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
I'm a queer genderfluid therapist, meeting ALL clients with: safety, transparency, mutuality, and curiosity.
You need not walk alone through trauma, grief, loss, anger, stuckness, numbness, overwhelm. You're getting through the day, exhausted from saying "It's fine," seeking new perspectives and tools. We will work together to foster a new way forward, carried by meaning-making, gentle curiosity, inviting change, and recalibration toward wholeness. I approach therapy as an intentional, collaborative relationship rooted in the belief that people are inherently adaptive and fundamentally whole. My approach is trauma-informed and person-centered, both reflective and practical. We uncover, discover, discard, reimagine, restore, re-story.
I'm a queer genderfluid therapist, meeting ALL clients with: safety, transparency, mutuality, and curiosity.
You need not walk alone through trauma, grief, loss, anger, stuckness, numbness, overwhelm. You're getting through the day, exhausted from saying "It's fine," seeking new perspectives and tools. We will work together to foster a new way forward, carried by meaning-making, gentle curiosity, inviting change, and recalibration toward wholeness. I approach therapy as an intentional, collaborative relationship rooted in the belief that people are inherently adaptive and fundamentally whole. My approach is trauma-informed and person-centered, both reflective and practical. We uncover, discover, discard, reimagine, restore, re-story.
(719) 628-1454 View (719) 628-1454
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Matthew Rummel
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
I am passionate about LGBTQIA+ community and the social, emotional, psychological, familial, and religious issues that can arise from being a member, ally, or relative of someone in that community.
It is my passion to help clients grappling with anxiety, depression, stress, and more. I strive to provide a safe space, coping skills, and validation to all those I work with. Being a former public-school educator gives me a great perspective on many issues that individuals may come to face in life. I work with clients ages 14 and older in individual sessions, as well as couples and all other relationship structures. Together we can work on reclaiming agency, building resilience, and fostering authenticity.
I am passionate about LGBTQIA+ community and the social, emotional, psychological, familial, and religious issues that can arise from being a member, ally, or relative of someone in that community.
It is my passion to help clients grappling with anxiety, depression, stress, and more. I strive to provide a safe space, coping skills, and validation to all those I work with. Being a former public-school educator gives me a great perspective on many issues that individuals may come to face in life. I work with clients ages 14 and older in individual sessions, as well as couples and all other relationship structures. Together we can work on reclaiming agency, building resilience, and fostering authenticity.
(719) 204-8268 View (719) 204-8268
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Jaelyn Aragon
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
I see clients of all ages with specialization and focus on addiction treatment, providing services for neurodiverse (ADHD, autism, gifted and talented) individuals, and the LGBTQ+ population.
Sometimes life can be challenging, and sometimes we need support with those challenges. Life is a multidimensional experience, and I am committed to helping people process those experiences. I strive to support individuals with concerns related to life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and addiction. I believe everyone has the capacity for growth when they have access to the resources to do do.
I see clients of all ages with specialization and focus on addiction treatment, providing services for neurodiverse (ADHD, autism, gifted and talented) individuals, and the LGBTQ+ population.
Sometimes life can be challenging, and sometimes we need support with those challenges. Life is a multidimensional experience, and I am committed to helping people process those experiences. I strive to support individuals with concerns related to life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and addiction. I believe everyone has the capacity for growth when they have access to the resources to do do.
(719) 652-5977 x3467 View (719) 652-5977 x3467
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Brandy Bring
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Brandy sees teens and adults and focuses on the LGBTQIA+ community, depression and anxiety disorders, and much more.
Brandy is a LPC who grew up in Ohio and recently moved to Colorado, where she's been practicing since 2020. She graduated from Malone University in Canton, OH with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Brandy's laid-back personality and usage of humor helps clients to feel comfortable in session and helps to build therapeutic rapport. Brandy uses a mix of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, and Mindfulness techniques to help clients learn skills to manage and overcome their challenges.
Brandy sees teens and adults and focuses on the LGBTQIA+ community, depression and anxiety disorders, and much more.
Brandy is a LPC who grew up in Ohio and recently moved to Colorado, where she's been practicing since 2020. She graduated from Malone University in Canton, OH with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Brandy's laid-back personality and usage of humor helps clients to feel comfortable in session and helps to build therapeutic rapport. Brandy uses a mix of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, and Mindfulness techniques to help clients learn skills to manage and overcome their challenges.
(719) 220-8092 View (719) 220-8092
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Trevor Gates-Crandall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80909  (Online Only)
I am a social work educator and clinical social worker who specializes in practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ people.
I use a solution-focused and person-centered approach, and work best with people who enjoy finding creative solutions to what's bothering them. Most of my clients are interested in being goal-focused, constructing meaningful solutions, identifying appropriate community resources, and engaging in respectful and collaborative dialogue.
I am a social work educator and clinical social worker who specializes in practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ people.
I use a solution-focused and person-centered approach, and work best with people who enjoy finding creative solutions to what's bothering them. Most of my clients are interested in being goal-focused, constructing meaningful solutions, identifying appropriate community resources, and engaging in respectful and collaborative dialogue.
(719) 738-8849 View (719) 738-8849
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Molly Ohle
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, LPCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Molly brings experience and passion in working with adolescents and adults in the LGBTQ+ community and with survivors of interpersonal violence and sexual assault.
Molly (they/them) brings a warm and comfortable presence to the counseling space, and works with their clients to foster growth and movement during those moments of life that feel stuck and stagnant. They strive to create an affirming and safe space while navigating a range of concerns, including interpersonal relationships, self-discovery, stress and anxiety management, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and processing traumatic experiences.
Molly brings experience and passion in working with adolescents and adults in the LGBTQ+ community and with survivors of interpersonal violence and sexual assault.
Molly (they/them) brings a warm and comfortable presence to the counseling space, and works with their clients to foster growth and movement during those moments of life that feel stuck and stagnant. They strive to create an affirming and safe space while navigating a range of concerns, including interpersonal relationships, self-discovery, stress and anxiety management, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and processing traumatic experiences.
(719) 362-0558 View (719) 362-0558
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Assessing Alternatives Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80904  (Online Only)
Assessing Alternatives Counseling provides trauma-focused therapy to individuals, couples, and families, specializing in working with teens, young adults and the LGBTQ+ community.
No one has a perfect life. No matter how perfect it might appear on social media....everyone goes through hard times. At Assessing Alternatives Counseling, we help clients through their hard times, whether those are due to past trauma, abuse, PTSD, sexual orientation/gender identity, relationship issues or anger management.
Assessing Alternatives Counseling provides trauma-focused therapy to individuals, couples, and families, specializing in working with teens, young adults and the LGBTQ+ community.
No one has a perfect life. No matter how perfect it might appear on social media....everyone goes through hard times. At Assessing Alternatives Counseling, we help clients through their hard times, whether those are due to past trauma, abuse, PTSD, sexual orientation/gender identity, relationship issues or anger management.
(720) 996-1340 View (720) 996-1340
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Amanda Scheibelhut - Remedy Mental Health
Clinical Social Work Candidate, MSW, SWC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80917
Not accepting new clients
I’m a proud Marine Corps veteran, former first responder, and LGBTQIA+.
Anxiety, depression, trauma, and a host of other challenges can rob us of our identity and potential in life. The importance of finding a person you feel safe exploring the brightest and darkest parts of you with can’t be overstated. My goal is to help you see and achieve your unique potential, to uncover that beautiful self beneath the wounds of your life, and ultimately – to feel better!
I’m a proud Marine Corps veteran, former first responder, and LGBTQIA+.
Anxiety, depression, trauma, and a host of other challenges can rob us of our identity and potential in life. The importance of finding a person you feel safe exploring the brightest and darkest parts of you with can’t be overstated. My goal is to help you see and achieve your unique potential, to uncover that beautiful self beneath the wounds of your life, and ultimately – to feel better!
(719) 624-4736 View (719) 624-4736
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Cameron Em Mais
LPC Intern
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
As a queer, disabled, neurodivergent person, I am passionate about giving back to my community and providing affirming mental health care for individuals from underserved and/or marginalized communities.
You are the expert on your life. As a counselor, I take a client-centered, culture-centered, anti-oppressive approach. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where we can collaborate on practical and creative solutions to the challenges you encounter. I believe community and relationships are integral to individual wellness and seek to support clients through creating a healthy counseling relationship, integrating clients’ existing support systems, and/or providing encouragement and skills to clients as they build new relationships and communities.
As a queer, disabled, neurodivergent person, I am passionate about giving back to my community and providing affirming mental health care for individuals from underserved and/or marginalized communities.
You are the expert on your life. As a counselor, I take a client-centered, culture-centered, anti-oppressive approach. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where we can collaborate on practical and creative solutions to the challenges you encounter. I believe community and relationships are integral to individual wellness and seek to support clients through creating a healthy counseling relationship, integrating clients’ existing support systems, and/or providing encouragement and skills to clients as they build new relationships and communities.
(719) 427-6504 View (719) 427-6504
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Ashley Root
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
I have a passion for LGBTQIA+ clients, especially trans and gender expansive individuals, from diverse expressions of sexuality, affection, gender, and intimate relationships.
Ashley (she/they) has extensive experience processing gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, trauma, grief, abuse, and mental illness. The work that they do in the therapeutic space is well suited for clients looking for an affirming, non-judgmental space to process their experiences and make changes towards a more authentic and aligned sense of self . Holding an intersectional lens, Ashley values the work of creating space for folks with varying and diverse identities to explore the intricacies of their lived experience. .
I have a passion for LGBTQIA+ clients, especially trans and gender expansive individuals, from diverse expressions of sexuality, affection, gender, and intimate relationships.
Ashley (she/they) has extensive experience processing gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, trauma, grief, abuse, and mental illness. The work that they do in the therapeutic space is well suited for clients looking for an affirming, non-judgmental space to process their experiences and make changes towards a more authentic and aligned sense of self . Holding an intersectional lens, Ashley values the work of creating space for folks with varying and diverse identities to explore the intricacies of their lived experience. .
(719) 695-7023 View (719) 695-7023
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Carlee Bradley
LPC Intern
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
I have a passion for working with the neurodivergent and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Welcome! As a counselor, I specialize in working with diverse populations! Whether you're exploring your identity, living with trauma, dealing with relational difficulties, struggling with sensory sensitivity or executive function, wrestling anxiety or depression, or just need someone who gets it, I'm here for you.
I have a passion for working with the neurodivergent and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Welcome! As a counselor, I specialize in working with diverse populations! Whether you're exploring your identity, living with trauma, dealing with relational difficulties, struggling with sensory sensitivity or executive function, wrestling anxiety or depression, or just need someone who gets it, I'm here for you.
(719) 982-8229 View (719) 982-8229
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Charis Thompson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
In particular I have particular training in EMDR, racial trauma/anti-racism, LGBTQ+ affirming care, family systems theory, boundaries and communication skills.
Are you ready to start this next part of your healing journey? I believe you have an innate capacity to heal and grow. My role is to create a safe relationship and environment that supports your process. I also happen to be a psychology nerd and will probably introduce different tools or theories for us to explore and see what is helpful for you. Often my work with people focuses on learning to understand and feel emotions, identifying how their past has impacted them, and building stronger relationships (with themselves and with others).
In particular I have particular training in EMDR, racial trauma/anti-racism, LGBTQ+ affirming care, family systems theory, boundaries and communication skills.
Are you ready to start this next part of your healing journey? I believe you have an innate capacity to heal and grow. My role is to create a safe relationship and environment that supports your process. I also happen to be a psychology nerd and will probably introduce different tools or theories for us to explore and see what is helpful for you. Often my work with people focuses on learning to understand and feel emotions, identifying how their past has impacted them, and building stronger relationships (with themselves and with others).
(719) 735-4971 View (719) 735-4971
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Butterfly Therapeutics, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80923  (Online Only)
Why Hello! I'm Amy. Being apart of the LGBTQIA+ community and growing up experiencing generational trauma, I became oh too familiar with that detached and unseen feeling. I mean in a crisis I was great! But aren't most children survivors? It was those everyday tasks and relationships that seemed so hard. Through my own healing and teachings as a Holistic Therapist I learned to become unstuck from the past and find peace in the present. This is now what I do for my clients! I combine evidence-based practices with holistic full system wellness to help my clients find their peace and power! It's Time!
Why Hello! I'm Amy. Being apart of the LGBTQIA+ community and growing up experiencing generational trauma, I became oh too familiar with that detached and unseen feeling. I mean in a crisis I was great! But aren't most children survivors? It was those everyday tasks and relationships that seemed so hard. Through my own healing and teachings as a Holistic Therapist I learned to become unstuck from the past and find peace in the present. This is now what I do for my clients! I combine evidence-based practices with holistic full system wellness to help my clients find their peace and power! It's Time!
(719) 416-4897 View (719) 416-4897
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4Square Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
I specialize in LGBTQ, Pagan, and marriage and family therapy, including polyamory. Questioning your gender identity or sexual orientation? Let's explore that. Looking for therapy with a more esoteric slant? I'm your therapist! Issues within your family or with your relationships? Let's figure out together what is happening. Polyamorous, kink, and queer are my specialty! I look forward to taking your journey with you!
I specialize in LGBTQ, Pagan, and marriage and family therapy, including polyamory. Questioning your gender identity or sexual orientation? Let's explore that. Looking for therapy with a more esoteric slant? I'm your therapist! Issues within your family or with your relationships? Let's figure out together what is happening. Polyamorous, kink, and queer are my specialty! I look forward to taking your journey with you!
(719) 249-6797 View (719) 249-6797
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Jean Parcher
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LC
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Not accepting new clients
I help people GET & KEEP the change they want in life. As a lesbian military veteran, I offer compassionate and non-judgmental assistance to people who desire to grow & live a complete & more balanced life. I will help identify the root causes of problems and to assist with resolution. Equipping people with life skills and tools helps people achieve internal balance, success, and self-discovery. I specialize in LGBT+ issues, transgender transitions, gender identity counseling, and light sensitivity.
I help people GET & KEEP the change they want in life. As a lesbian military veteran, I offer compassionate and non-judgmental assistance to people who desire to grow & live a complete & more balanced life. I will help identify the root causes of problems and to assist with resolution. Equipping people with life skills and tools helps people achieve internal balance, success, and self-discovery. I specialize in LGBT+ issues, transgender transitions, gender identity counseling, and light sensitivity.
(719) 259-2299 View (719) 259-2299
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Sarah Fedorston
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, MS
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80907  (Online Only)
I specialize in the LGBTQ+ population, anxiety, depression, grief, stress, foster care youth, adoption, polyamorous relationships, emotional regulation, and ADHD.
How often do you find your shoulders tense and up to your ears? Or find yourself thinking: "I just don't know what I'm doing." "People just don't understand me." "I feel alone." My name is Sarah (she/her/hers), and I provide a safe, inclusive space for all people. It can be hard to take the first leap into therapy, so I applaud your courage. I am passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ population as well as helping children and teens. Additionally, I work with folx struggling with grief; whether it's due to the death of a loved one or an ambiguous loss such as a loss of a relationship, a recent diagnosis, or being in foster care.
I specialize in the LGBTQ+ population, anxiety, depression, grief, stress, foster care youth, adoption, polyamorous relationships, emotional regulation, and ADHD.
How often do you find your shoulders tense and up to your ears? Or find yourself thinking: "I just don't know what I'm doing." "People just don't understand me." "I feel alone." My name is Sarah (she/her/hers), and I provide a safe, inclusive space for all people. It can be hard to take the first leap into therapy, so I applaud your courage. I am passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ population as well as helping children and teens. Additionally, I work with folx struggling with grief; whether it's due to the death of a loved one or an ambiguous loss such as a loss of a relationship, a recent diagnosis, or being in foster care.
(719) 409-7906 View (719) 409-7906
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Veronica Haley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Waitlist for new clients
My office is ADA accessible, and focused on affirming all identities including the LGBTQ+ community.
Reaching out for support is a brave step in your healing journey. As a therapist, my goal is to create a collaborative therapeutic environment tailored to your needs and goals. I work with clients as young as 7 as well as teenagers and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and interpersonal struggles.
My office is ADA accessible, and focused on affirming all identities including the LGBTQ+ community.
Reaching out for support is a brave step in your healing journey. As a therapist, my goal is to create a collaborative therapeutic environment tailored to your needs and goals. I work with clients as young as 7 as well as teenagers and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and interpersonal struggles.
(719) 203-9692 View (719) 203-9692
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Ann-Marie Manning
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Furthermore, I find it fulfilling to work with individuals that identify as BIPOC, multiracial, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, polyamory/non-monogamy, kink friendly, women, and providing supervision for MSWs, LSWs, & LPCCs pursuing licensure.
I believe it is important to find the right therapist so you feel like you can be yourself and talk about the challenges you are facing. An essential part of my practice is to build rapport with my clients, so they feel comfortable talking about their problems and the hurtful issues they’ve experienced. I have enjoyed assisting individuals from multiple cultural, educational, gender, spirituality, and socioeconomic backgrounds who have experienced challenges with trauma, grief, anxiety, social identities, life transitions, sleep disturbances, mental health, health issues, adult children of alcoholics/addicts, & DV survivors.
Furthermore, I find it fulfilling to work with individuals that identify as BIPOC, multiracial, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, polyamory/non-monogamy, kink friendly, women, and providing supervision for MSWs, LSWs, & LPCCs pursuing licensure.
I believe it is important to find the right therapist so you feel like you can be yourself and talk about the challenges you are facing. An essential part of my practice is to build rapport with my clients, so they feel comfortable talking about their problems and the hurtful issues they’ve experienced. I have enjoyed assisting individuals from multiple cultural, educational, gender, spirituality, and socioeconomic backgrounds who have experienced challenges with trauma, grief, anxiety, social identities, life transitions, sleep disturbances, mental health, health issues, adult children of alcoholics/addicts, & DV survivors.
(719) 581-5490 View (719) 581-5490
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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.