LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Washington, DC

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Christopher Boler
Resident in Counseling, MSEd
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20001  (Online Only)
My specialties include LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities, attachment work, people living with HIV, gender exploration, sex therapy, trauma, life adjustments, depression/anxiety, perfectionism and other mental health concerns.
Are some of your past coping skills not having the same effect? In our sessions, we will focus on being present with our mind and body. Through this gained awareness, we will co-construct meaningful experiences. Sometimes we may need the space or support to tune into our needs, body and its reactions. Therapy can be a place to learn and cultivate that. I use an integrative approach to counseling and therapy. This way, I tailor make our treatment to meet your goals. I'm trained in LGBTQ+ affirming counseling, CBT, Person Centered, Gestalt and Narrative Therapies.
My specialties include LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities, attachment work, people living with HIV, gender exploration, sex therapy, trauma, life adjustments, depression/anxiety, perfectionism and other mental health concerns.
Are some of your past coping skills not having the same effect? In our sessions, we will focus on being present with our mind and body. Through this gained awareness, we will co-construct meaningful experiences. Sometimes we may need the space or support to tune into our needs, body and its reactions. Therapy can be a place to learn and cultivate that. I use an integrative approach to counseling and therapy. This way, I tailor make our treatment to meet your goals. I'm trained in LGBTQ+ affirming counseling, CBT, Person Centered, Gestalt and Narrative Therapies.
(571) 418-6281 View (571) 418-6281
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Connor McLaren
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20024
I bring my lived experience to my work with queer and trans youth & adults.
Are you struggling? Starting to think that depression or anxiety will never stop? I’m passionate about supporting folx who transcend “norms” through their unique experience. I'm especially interested in supporting LGBTQ+ and disability-identified folks. My approach is warm, curious, trauma informed, & relationship-centered. I view my role as a psychotherapist as a co-explorer – I walk alongside you as you navigate your authentic experience of this world. Everyone’s entitled to strut their full peacock. Part of life is figuring out what that means to you.
I bring my lived experience to my work with queer and trans youth & adults.
Are you struggling? Starting to think that depression or anxiety will never stop? I’m passionate about supporting folx who transcend “norms” through their unique experience. I'm especially interested in supporting LGBTQ+ and disability-identified folks. My approach is warm, curious, trauma informed, & relationship-centered. I view my role as a psychotherapist as a co-explorer – I walk alongside you as you navigate your authentic experience of this world. Everyone’s entitled to strut their full peacock. Part of life is figuring out what that means to you.
(571) 520-5323 View (571) 520-5323
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The LGBT+ Counseling Collaborative
LPC, NCC, CCMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
The LGBT+ Counseling Collaborative is a group of licensed psychotherapists who specialize in gay, queer, and gender expansive topics and themes, and have lived experiences in those communities. We work with adolescents over 14, adults, and couples to offer individual counseling, group counseling, and couples counseling, including non-faith based premarital counseling, discernment counseling, sex therapy, and more. Our mission is to provide culturally competent, social justice oriented, queer affirming, and trauma informed therapeutic services to clients who want to actively engage in the healing process.
The LGBT+ Counseling Collaborative is a group of licensed psychotherapists who specialize in gay, queer, and gender expansive topics and themes, and have lived experiences in those communities. We work with adolescents over 14, adults, and couples to offer individual counseling, group counseling, and couples counseling, including non-faith based premarital counseling, discernment counseling, sex therapy, and more. Our mission is to provide culturally competent, social justice oriented, queer affirming, and trauma informed therapeutic services to clients who want to actively engage in the healing process.
(571) 556-9869 View (571) 556-9869
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Dr. Kenya A. Ford
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
Waitlist for new clients
I am passionate about working with all minorities in society, including LGBTQ+ folx. I have experience working through taboo topics, trauma, racial identity and women's issues, and am vocal about my stance on social justice when necessary. I use an integrative approach to therapy to tailor sessions to the specific needs of each of my clients. I am humanistic, person-centered in my approach and facilitate interpersonal relational work. I am always strength based and really enjoy working with Black folx & people of color, but I am willing to work with anyone who is ready to work through current life stressors in non judgmental space.
I am passionate about working with all minorities in society, including LGBTQ+ folx. I have experience working through taboo topics, trauma, racial identity and women's issues, and am vocal about my stance on social justice when necessary. I use an integrative approach to therapy to tailor sessions to the specific needs of each of my clients. I am humanistic, person-centered in my approach and facilitate interpersonal relational work. I am always strength based and really enjoy working with Black folx & people of color, but I am willing to work with anyone who is ready to work through current life stressors in non judgmental space.
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Dr. Chloe Goldbach
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Chloe specializes in working LGBTQIA+ individuals (especially transgender, nonbinary, and asexual individuals), outpatient disordered eating and body image concerns, complex and acute PTSD, DBT skills building, women's issues, identity exploration, resilience, mindfulness, career concerns, and insomnia/sleep concerns.
With dozens of psychological journal publications to her name, Chloe Goldbach is a licensed psychologist and PsyPact provider who received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Chloe is a lesbian, gray-asexual, transgender woman-identified clinician who is deeply passionate about helping clients understand how the unique intersection of their identities, cultural backgrounds, and social context can inform experiences of trauma, sources of strength and community, and shape other life challenges.
Chloe specializes in working LGBTQIA+ individuals (especially transgender, nonbinary, and asexual individuals), outpatient disordered eating and body image concerns, complex and acute PTSD, DBT skills building, women's issues, identity exploration, resilience, mindfulness, career concerns, and insomnia/sleep concerns.
With dozens of psychological journal publications to her name, Chloe Goldbach is a licensed psychologist and PsyPact provider who received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Chloe is a lesbian, gray-asexual, transgender woman-identified clinician who is deeply passionate about helping clients understand how the unique intersection of their identities, cultural backgrounds, and social context can inform experiences of trauma, sources of strength and community, and shape other life challenges.
(571) 604-5617 View (571) 604-5617
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Roland Scheppske
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LPC-R
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Roland loves working with the aromantic and asexual community, failure-to-launch young adults, queer veterans and military families, those with people pleasing tendencies, the gay male population, and people working on improving their abilities to self-advocate and empower themselves.
With over 12 years in the medical field, Roland utilizes the relationship between the client and therapist to facilitate forward growth and healing, with the goal of becoming the best version of themselves. Roland uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including experiential and reality-based approaches to highlight implementing changes in the here & now. As a big proponent of creating connections, Roland makes the therapy setting conversational and comfortable to promote safety and collaboration in the therapeutic space.
Roland loves working with the aromantic and asexual community, failure-to-launch young adults, queer veterans and military families, those with people pleasing tendencies, the gay male population, and people working on improving their abilities to self-advocate and empower themselves.
With over 12 years in the medical field, Roland utilizes the relationship between the client and therapist to facilitate forward growth and healing, with the goal of becoming the best version of themselves. Roland uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including experiential and reality-based approaches to highlight implementing changes in the here & now. As a big proponent of creating connections, Roland makes the therapy setting conversational and comfortable to promote safety and collaboration in the therapeutic space.
(571) 470-5428 View (571) 470-5428
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Derron Garvey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20003  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with; managing chronic medical conditions, grief and loss, palliative care, advanced care planning, mood disorders, and LGBTQ+ focused support.
The recent years have been exceptionally stressful and full of anxiety for many of us. We can all use therapeutic support to navigate life's transitions, family issues, medical illness, and also grief (to name a few). Having a safe space to process our innermost thoughts and feelings can be a big first step in working towards change. My main goal in treatment is to create a space where clients can be their true selves, express their true feelings, and gain true insight.
I specialize in working with; managing chronic medical conditions, grief and loss, palliative care, advanced care planning, mood disorders, and LGBTQ+ focused support.
The recent years have been exceptionally stressful and full of anxiety for many of us. We can all use therapeutic support to navigate life's transitions, family issues, medical illness, and also grief (to name a few). Having a safe space to process our innermost thoughts and feelings can be a big first step in working towards change. My main goal in treatment is to create a space where clients can be their true selves, express their true feelings, and gain true insight.
(240) 775-2452 View (240) 775-2452
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Kimberly Brooks Mazella
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20005
Has your spouse come out as LGBT? Or are you married and living a closeted LGBT life? Either way, it's an extremely painful & challenging situation for everyone involved. Here's the good news -- I can help. I work with people every day who find themselves in mixed sexual orientation marriages and are navigating their new reality, both for themselves and their families. Having experienced this myself many years ago gives me a unique understanding of the issue, with compassion for both partners who find themselves in this difficult space. Whether you decide to make it work or go your separate ways, I can help you traverse the journey.
Has your spouse come out as LGBT? Or are you married and living a closeted LGBT life? Either way, it's an extremely painful & challenging situation for everyone involved. Here's the good news -- I can help. I work with people every day who find themselves in mixed sexual orientation marriages and are navigating their new reality, both for themselves and their families. Having experienced this myself many years ago gives me a unique understanding of the issue, with compassion for both partners who find themselves in this difficult space. Whether you decide to make it work or go your separate ways, I can help you traverse the journey.
(703) 348-9845 View (703) 348-9845
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Beshaun J Davis
Psychologist, PhD, PSYPACT
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20222  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients. I understand how difficult it can be to entertain the idea that life can be different. It is my belief that therapy is a space for you to interrogate beliefs, regain a sense of agency, and to rewrite your story. I will work with you to gently explore the origins of beliefs that no longer serve you and use evidenced based therapy to empower you. Additionally, I work with couples and those in ENM relationships to improve communication, repair trust, reduce conflict, and, strengthen bonds. As a Black, gay man, I am especially interested in creating a welcoming space for clients from the LGBTQ+ community.
Accepting new clients. I understand how difficult it can be to entertain the idea that life can be different. It is my belief that therapy is a space for you to interrogate beliefs, regain a sense of agency, and to rewrite your story. I will work with you to gently explore the origins of beliefs that no longer serve you and use evidenced based therapy to empower you. Additionally, I work with couples and those in ENM relationships to improve communication, repair trust, reduce conflict, and, strengthen bonds. As a Black, gay man, I am especially interested in creating a welcoming space for clients from the LGBTQ+ community.
(443) 815-4609 View (443) 815-4609
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Jeannette Craigfeld
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
I specialize in working with anxiety, LGBTQ+ issues, low self-esteem, perfectionism, and relationship concerns. I work particularly well with clients who struggle with being compassionate towards themselves and need a space to understand and embrace their authentic selves so they can pursue what they truly value in life.
I specialize in working with anxiety, LGBTQ+ issues, low self-esteem, perfectionism, and relationship concerns. I work particularly well with clients who struggle with being compassionate towards themselves and need a space to understand and embrace their authentic selves so they can pursue what they truly value in life.
(240) 339-6268 View (240) 339-6268
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Dr. Nadia Alsamadi
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20007
As a queer, non-binary, bicultural Palestinian American, I have experience working with LGBTQ+, and second generation immigrants.
You may feel constantly distracted from the present moment or like you’re on autopilot. Our minds often hand us thoughts that are distressing and it’s very easy to become wrapped up and stuck in them! I enjoy working with folks to disempower negative thoughts and get back to the things and people that are important to them. Together, we’ll work on developing a more compassionate and non-judgmental understanding of how your relationships, culture, and oppressive experiences have shaped your behaviors. By reclaiming your narrative, we can forge a path towards meaningful change that's rooted in your values.
As a queer, non-binary, bicultural Palestinian American, I have experience working with LGBTQ+, and second generation immigrants.
You may feel constantly distracted from the present moment or like you’re on autopilot. Our minds often hand us thoughts that are distressing and it’s very easy to become wrapped up and stuck in them! I enjoy working with folks to disempower negative thoughts and get back to the things and people that are important to them. Together, we’ll work on developing a more compassionate and non-judgmental understanding of how your relationships, culture, and oppressive experiences have shaped your behaviors. By reclaiming your narrative, we can forge a path towards meaningful change that's rooted in your values.
(703) 936-7191 View (703) 936-7191
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John Perry
Resident in Counseling, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20007
I am a Resident in Counseling based in Virginia, possessing a particular passion for addressing a diverse array of issues, including those related to the LGBTQIA+ community, relational conflicts, life transitions, depression, anxiety, multicultural concerns, identity exploration, suicidal ideation, trauma, legal system challenges, and personality disorders. In my therapeutic approach, I emphasize the importance of fostering a collaborative and secure space for clients to navigate their current struggles, confront challenges, and explore avenues for healthy community connections through an empathetic and trauma-informed lens.
I am a Resident in Counseling based in Virginia, possessing a particular passion for addressing a diverse array of issues, including those related to the LGBTQIA+ community, relational conflicts, life transitions, depression, anxiety, multicultural concerns, identity exploration, suicidal ideation, trauma, legal system challenges, and personality disorders. In my therapeutic approach, I emphasize the importance of fostering a collaborative and secure space for clients to navigate their current struggles, confront challenges, and explore avenues for healthy community connections through an empathetic and trauma-informed lens.
(571) 454-8723 View (571) 454-8723
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Rachael Stern
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002
The status quo tells us we can’t trust ourselves, our knowing, or our bodies. Rachael believes that our innate knowing - when we can access it, is not only the gold we seek, but the light we shine for ourselves and in the world around us. From experience with eating disorders, self-injury, trauma, chronic pain, couples and larger family systems and the LGBTQIA umbrella to professional work in issue focused non-profits/campaigns (and even performing), Rachael is deeply in tune with the political and social ecosystems that our intersectional identities transverse on a moment to moment basis
The status quo tells us we can’t trust ourselves, our knowing, or our bodies. Rachael believes that our innate knowing - when we can access it, is not only the gold we seek, but the light we shine for ourselves and in the world around us. From experience with eating disorders, self-injury, trauma, chronic pain, couples and larger family systems and the LGBTQIA umbrella to professional work in issue focused non-profits/campaigns (and even performing), Rachael is deeply in tune with the political and social ecosystems that our intersectional identities transverse on a moment to moment basis
(301) 591-6283 View (301) 591-6283
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Dr. LA McCrae
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LGADC, CCTSA, CCTP, RCP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016  (Online Only)
I am a Black, queer, non-binary, transmasc social justice practitioner who is deeply committed to this project of liberation.
You may be wondering how you are possibly going to put your life back together. Or, maybe, perhaps you're praying that you can finally put the vice down. Maybe the heartbreak of loss and unexpected endings is eating you up. We might be a good fit for one another if you're queer, poly, considering recovery, interested in a somatics based practitioner, and vibe with crystals and energy. Whatever it is, let's share a cup of coffee and figure it out together. If you are committed to your wellness and have a desire to seek restoration for a weary soul, hit my line. Let's Get Well, Y'all!
I am a Black, queer, non-binary, transmasc social justice practitioner who is deeply committed to this project of liberation.
You may be wondering how you are possibly going to put your life back together. Or, maybe, perhaps you're praying that you can finally put the vice down. Maybe the heartbreak of loss and unexpected endings is eating you up. We might be a good fit for one another if you're queer, poly, considering recovery, interested in a somatics based practitioner, and vibe with crystals and energy. Whatever it is, let's share a cup of coffee and figure it out together. If you are committed to your wellness and have a desire to seek restoration for a weary soul, hit my line. Let's Get Well, Y'all!
(410) 970-3237 View (410) 970-3237
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From Under the Rug
Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern, MSW, RCSWi
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20004  (Online Only)
LGBT, Relationships/Marriage, Sex, Kink/Fetish, Career Goals, Anxiety/Depression, HIV... Sometimes it can be so easy to sweep things under the rug and deal with it later. The problem is often we have so much going on that we forget to address things that we say we will. This therapeutic practice strongly believes that every person, every situation, and the surrounding circumstances are all unique. Your situation may sound like or seem similar to someone else’s but YOU are the factor that makes yours different, and that’s what the main focus will be; how you can be empowered to explore with me and take solutions into your world.
LGBT, Relationships/Marriage, Sex, Kink/Fetish, Career Goals, Anxiety/Depression, HIV... Sometimes it can be so easy to sweep things under the rug and deal with it later. The problem is often we have so much going on that we forget to address things that we say we will. This therapeutic practice strongly believes that every person, every situation, and the surrounding circumstances are all unique. Your situation may sound like or seem similar to someone else’s but YOU are the factor that makes yours different, and that’s what the main focus will be; how you can be empowered to explore with me and take solutions into your world.
(754) 203-4484 View (754) 203-4484
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Woodford Wellness
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
The vision for Woodford Wellness was birthed from the passion of Dr. Bryant to provide a therapeutic space for persons to bring their entire selves and achieve wellness. To do so, Dr. Bryant integrates both his queer psychological and theological expertise to meet individuals where they are. Additionally, Dr. Bryant commonly employs a narrative therapeutic approach with individuals to best understand a person’s personal narrative. Such an approach yields the unveiling of one’s key skills and traits which are fostered to rewrite one’s personal narrative towards wellness.
The vision for Woodford Wellness was birthed from the passion of Dr. Bryant to provide a therapeutic space for persons to bring their entire selves and achieve wellness. To do so, Dr. Bryant integrates both his queer psychological and theological expertise to meet individuals where they are. Additionally, Dr. Bryant commonly employs a narrative therapeutic approach with individuals to best understand a person’s personal narrative. Such an approach yields the unveiling of one’s key skills and traits which are fostered to rewrite one’s personal narrative towards wellness.
(202) 804-3511 View (202) 804-3511
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Kevin Waldorf-Cruz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006
My practice focuses on the LGBTQIA+ community.
My style is compassionate and supportive. I specialize in working with clients to enhance psychological growth, build satisfaction, and build community in their lives. I have over 15 years of experience facilitating change and self-integration. Clients often report feeling more alive, willing to take more risks, and feeling secure in their relationships with others following their therapy journey.
My practice focuses on the LGBTQIA+ community.
My style is compassionate and supportive. I specialize in working with clients to enhance psychological growth, build satisfaction, and build community in their lives. I have over 15 years of experience facilitating change and self-integration. Clients often report feeling more alive, willing to take more risks, and feeling secure in their relationships with others following their therapy journey.
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Brian Armstrong
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
I am a gay psychotherapist, and enjoy and have had success working with both LGBTq and heterosexual adult clients. A warm and supportive environment allows for the gradual development of a professional relationship between client and therapist that can provide an important basis for their work together. Individuals often come into my practice dealing with feelings of depression and anxiety, as well as the impact of trauma, that affect both their ability to have a positive self-image and sense of identity, and to move ahead in their life. I support a client around reducing these blocks in their life.
I am a gay psychotherapist, and enjoy and have had success working with both LGBTq and heterosexual adult clients. A warm and supportive environment allows for the gradual development of a professional relationship between client and therapist that can provide an important basis for their work together. Individuals often come into my practice dealing with feelings of depression and anxiety, as well as the impact of trauma, that affect both their ability to have a positive self-image and sense of identity, and to move ahead in their life. I support a client around reducing these blocks in their life.
(202) 759-8326 View (202) 759-8326
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Steve Geishecker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, ACSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20015  (Online Only)
I have expertise working with the LGBTQ+ community.
Feeling depressed, confused, anxious? Let's talk about how I might be able to help. Creating a safe and supportive space is an important for a good partnership in therapy. Rest assured that you will be entering the therapeutic process without judgment and with unconditional positive regard. I approach therapy as a collaborative process of exploration with the goal of achieving greater self-awareness and the ability to manage life in better balance. Good chemistry and a healthy rapport are essential elements in creating a meaningful working relationship.
I have expertise working with the LGBTQ+ community.
Feeling depressed, confused, anxious? Let's talk about how I might be able to help. Creating a safe and supportive space is an important for a good partnership in therapy. Rest assured that you will be entering the therapeutic process without judgment and with unconditional positive regard. I approach therapy as a collaborative process of exploration with the goal of achieving greater self-awareness and the ability to manage life in better balance. Good chemistry and a healthy rapport are essential elements in creating a meaningful working relationship.
(202) 759-4002 View (202) 759-4002
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Micki Duran
Pre-Licensed Professional, LGPC, MEd, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20002
I have experience working with LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, and other minorities.
I work with clients who are navigating discovering who they are as a person; who struggle with being heard or expressing themselves in interpersonal relationships; who have had difficult experiences that may make them feel overwhelmed to think of, let alone discuss. It can be difficult to even know where to start, and that is okay. I commend and welcome clients who are taking that first unsure step in therapy, or are continuing treatment to continue their journey towards a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.
I have experience working with LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, and other minorities.
I work with clients who are navigating discovering who they are as a person; who struggle with being heard or expressing themselves in interpersonal relationships; who have had difficult experiences that may make them feel overwhelmed to think of, let alone discuss. It can be difficult to even know where to start, and that is okay. I commend and welcome clients who are taking that first unsure step in therapy, or are continuing treatment to continue their journey towards a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.
(202) 929-0942 View (202) 929-0942