LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in San Mateo, FL

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Crystal Gillette-Copeland
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
San Mateo, FL 32187
I have a specialty in (and quite a strong passion for) working with LGBTQ+ individuals of any age.
Hi! My name is Crystal, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with more than 20 years of experience in the psychological realm. I feel that, if a person trusts me with painful information, it is a gift of trust. I am person-centered and empathic in my practice, and I love to watch growth in a person's mental health, thus their improved quality of life. With over 20 years of psychological experience, I have worked with almost every mental health population from children to late adulthood. I currently focus on teen to late adult years and their accompanying mental health needs.
I have a specialty in (and quite a strong passion for) working with LGBTQ+ individuals of any age.
Hi! My name is Crystal, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with more than 20 years of experience in the psychological realm. I feel that, if a person trusts me with painful information, it is a gift of trust. I am person-centered and empathic in my practice, and I love to watch growth in a person's mental health, thus their improved quality of life. With over 20 years of psychological experience, I have worked with almost every mental health population from children to late adulthood. I currently focus on teen to late adult years and their accompanying mental health needs.
(786) 982-8725 View (786) 982-8725

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James Mitchell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
East Palatka, FL 32131
Hello, I'm James Mitchell, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a client-centered approach to therapy. My focuses of practice are on the LGBTQ+ community, Veterans with adjustment issues, trauma, and mood disorders, and anyone seeking to improve their coping skills and find solutions for to make life more about living and less about just surviving!
Hello, I'm James Mitchell, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a client-centered approach to therapy. My focuses of practice are on the LGBTQ+ community, Veterans with adjustment issues, trauma, and mood disorders, and anyone seeking to improve their coping skills and find solutions for to make life more about living and less about just surviving!
(689) 400-8671 View (689) 400-8671
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Melissa Muller
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palatka, FL 32177
Specific specializations include; eating disorders, sexual abuse, trauma, LGBT issues, depression, anxiety, parenting, divorcing families, infidelity, and adolescents.
Reaching out for help is a big step. Would you like to make positive changes but are having difficulty following through? Do you have negative and self-defeating thoughts causing problems in your life? I believe you are the expert on your life and I have the psychological background for us to work as a team. I use an eclectic approach including the therapeutic relationship with a positive focus on the individual and the changes to be made. Therapy is nonjudgmental, positive, and accepting of all people.
Specific specializations include; eating disorders, sexual abuse, trauma, LGBT issues, depression, anxiety, parenting, divorcing families, infidelity, and adolescents.
Reaching out for help is a big step. Would you like to make positive changes but are having difficulty following through? Do you have negative and self-defeating thoughts causing problems in your life? I believe you are the expert on your life and I have the psychological background for us to work as a team. I use an eclectic approach including the therapeutic relationship with a positive focus on the individual and the changes to be made. Therapy is nonjudgmental, positive, and accepting of all people.
(904) 494-6162 View (904) 494-6162
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Doris A Carroll
Counselor, LMHC, MCAP
Verified Verified
Pomona Park, FL 32181
I specialize in using EMDR and other proven methods to assist people in their struggle to be free from trauma, drug and alcohol abuse and other related behavioral health and relational issues. Our goals become what the client needs and my experiences in the field with trauma and self harm helps clients reach their goals. Whether the goal is to be be happy, healthy and drug free, or to stop reoccurring negative thoughts we work together.
I specialize in using EMDR and other proven methods to assist people in their struggle to be free from trauma, drug and alcohol abuse and other related behavioral health and relational issues. Our goals become what the client needs and my experiences in the field with trauma and self harm helps clients reach their goals. Whether the goal is to be be happy, healthy and drug free, or to stop reoccurring negative thoughts we work together.
(321) 221-5285 View (321) 221-5285
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Brandi Winkelman
Marriage & Family Therapist, IMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Welaka, FL 32193
Our ways to manage stress and the impact on our relationships have long been stretched to the limit. We try so hard to work through issues with our partners, family members, and friends. But sometimes we get stuck in a loop in our attempts, and over time become exhausted by even trying. Whether you're stuck in your relationship, or stuck in your patterns, call me when you're ready to make lasting change. Let's get to the changes you want, and the places you want to be in with your life, work, and relationships.
Our ways to manage stress and the impact on our relationships have long been stretched to the limit. We try so hard to work through issues with our partners, family members, and friends. But sometimes we get stuck in a loop in our attempts, and over time become exhausted by even trying. Whether you're stuck in your relationship, or stuck in your patterns, call me when you're ready to make lasting change. Let's get to the changes you want, and the places you want to be in with your life, work, and relationships.
(567) 221-3565 View (567) 221-3565
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Katherine Bishop
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC, TA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pomona Park, FL 32181  (Online Only)
I believe that therapy is a partnership between the client and therapist and utilize client centered goals, coupled with evidenced based approaches to provide a holistic and dynamic approach for achieving overall well-being.
I believe that therapy is a partnership between the client and therapist and utilize client centered goals, coupled with evidenced based approaches to provide a holistic and dynamic approach for achieving overall well-being.
(386) 284-4712 View (386) 284-4712
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Jennifer Young
Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern, MSW, CRPS
Verified Verified
Palatka, FL 32177
(386) 388-6937 View (386) 388-6937

Online Therapists

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Elliott Eckmann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kissimmee, FL 34758  (Online Only)
Do you feel out of sorts, or do you feel like things are not the way that you would like them to be. If so, together, you and I will figure your ideal life, and we can also explore the necessary journey that you will need to take to get there. It would be my pleasure to be a catalyst in helping you explore different routes that you can to get to a place where you feel fulfilled. In my practice, I specialize in the following areas, LGBTQ issues, relationship struggles, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, and the impact is past experience, previous relationships, and the parent child relationship.
Do you feel out of sorts, or do you feel like things are not the way that you would like them to be. If so, together, you and I will figure your ideal life, and we can also explore the necessary journey that you will need to take to get there. It would be my pleasure to be a catalyst in helping you explore different routes that you can to get to a place where you feel fulfilled. In my practice, I specialize in the following areas, LGBTQ issues, relationship struggles, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, and the impact is past experience, previous relationships, and the parent child relationship.
(954) 287-2624 View (954) 287-2624
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Annika Nichols
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Winter Park, FL 32789  (Online Only)
I want to help bring authenticity and change to your life the way you want it to. I'm Nick (they/them), and I’m dual licensed in two states working with FL and CO clients. I work with queer issues and gender exploration/transition, codependency and relationship problems, anxiety disorders, neurodivergence, chronic illness, trauma, and grief/loss. I also work with non-monogamous/poly clients. I’m here to provide a safe and respectful place for you to be seen and heard. You're not alone and you don’t have to keep telling yourself everything is “fine” or normal in your life - let's find a better "normal" for you to live.
I want to help bring authenticity and change to your life the way you want it to. I'm Nick (they/them), and I’m dual licensed in two states working with FL and CO clients. I work with queer issues and gender exploration/transition, codependency and relationship problems, anxiety disorders, neurodivergence, chronic illness, trauma, and grief/loss. I also work with non-monogamous/poly clients. I’m here to provide a safe and respectful place for you to be seen and heard. You're not alone and you don’t have to keep telling yourself everything is “fine” or normal in your life - let's find a better "normal" for you to live.
(720) 790-4189 View (720) 790-4189
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Dr. Joshua Stanley
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, EdD, MS, NCC, ACS
Verified Verified
Orlando, FL 32803
In addition, I have experience supporting clients who are living with anxiety and depression, and I am passionate about serving LGBTQ+ clients and couples.
Hi there! I'm Dr. Josh Stanley, and I want to thank you for stopping by my page. It's no secret; life can be hard! Perhaps you're struggling in your relationship, facing a tough time at work or school, struggling to find your passion, or trying to better understand yourself and what you want out of life. Finding solutions can be challenging, especially when we're in the midst of a stressful situation. Counseling is an opportunity to step back, reflect objectively, and find the best path forward. Our work together is designed to reduce barriers, increase satisfaction, and improve your overall wellness.
In addition, I have experience supporting clients who are living with anxiety and depression, and I am passionate about serving LGBTQ+ clients and couples.
Hi there! I'm Dr. Josh Stanley, and I want to thank you for stopping by my page. It's no secret; life can be hard! Perhaps you're struggling in your relationship, facing a tough time at work or school, struggling to find your passion, or trying to better understand yourself and what you want out of life. Finding solutions can be challenging, especially when we're in the midst of a stressful situation. Counseling is an opportunity to step back, reflect objectively, and find the best path forward. Our work together is designed to reduce barriers, increase satisfaction, and improve your overall wellness.
(813) 437-5754 View (813) 437-5754
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Alicia Shepherd
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Winter Park, FL 32789
Though I work with a variety of clients, I specialize in working with LGBTQ+ clients, relationships, anxiety and depression.
I like to work with clients in a low-razz yet high integrity way. We walk the path together, doing deep work with laughter and curiosity. I create space for all of who you are to be able to show up and live your most authentic life. I will join you with curiosity, compassion, and openness so that you can explore the fullness of who you are. My work centers on relationship as the primary vehicle for healing. Together, we will help you to build and heal the relationship with yourself, your body, and with others. I'm a queer therapist who works from a relational psychodynamic lens, incorporating somatic practices and ACT.
Though I work with a variety of clients, I specialize in working with LGBTQ+ clients, relationships, anxiety and depression.
I like to work with clients in a low-razz yet high integrity way. We walk the path together, doing deep work with laughter and curiosity. I create space for all of who you are to be able to show up and live your most authentic life. I will join you with curiosity, compassion, and openness so that you can explore the fullness of who you are. My work centers on relationship as the primary vehicle for healing. Together, we will help you to build and heal the relationship with yourself, your body, and with others. I'm a queer therapist who works from a relational psychodynamic lens, incorporating somatic practices and ACT.
(253) 321-1537 View (253) 321-1537
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Sarah Meng
Counselor, LPC, CPCS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Gainesville, FL 32611  (Online Only)
Overwhelmed and grieving the state of the world? Struggling with placing the burden of other people's expectations on yourself? Seeking skilled, non-judgmental support that actually makes a difference? I've got you! I help people connect with themselves, significant others, and community so they can meaningfully engage in life. I am known for my warmth and commitment to high quality care, especially with clients who are queer, trans, neurodivergent, or in a larger body. I am a Health at Every Size clinician.⁠⁠ My practice is culturally affirming and anti-oppressive. I'm licensed in GA, SC, FL, IA, VT, and CO.
Overwhelmed and grieving the state of the world? Struggling with placing the burden of other people's expectations on yourself? Seeking skilled, non-judgmental support that actually makes a difference? I've got you! I help people connect with themselves, significant others, and community so they can meaningfully engage in life. I am known for my warmth and commitment to high quality care, especially with clients who are queer, trans, neurodivergent, or in a larger body. I am a Health at Every Size clinician.⁠⁠ My practice is culturally affirming and anti-oppressive. I'm licensed in GA, SC, FL, IA, VT, and CO.
(404) 737-6983 View (404) 737-6983
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Wyatt Okeefe
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
Gainesville, FL 32606  (Online Only)
As a therapist who identifies as queer and transmasculine, my focus is on fostering a welcoming and inclusive space for individuals across the LGBTQ+ spectrum, as well as those who are neurodivergent, straight, or gender conforming. My goal is to ensure that everyone feels valued and supported in my practice. I have over 20 years experience, and offer private online sessions, holding licenses in Washington, Oregon, Georgia, Florida, and New York.
As a therapist who identifies as queer and transmasculine, my focus is on fostering a welcoming and inclusive space for individuals across the LGBTQ+ spectrum, as well as those who are neurodivergent, straight, or gender conforming. My goal is to ensure that everyone feels valued and supported in my practice. I have over 20 years experience, and offer private online sessions, holding licenses in Washington, Oregon, Georgia, Florida, and New York.
(352) 677-2401 View (352) 677-2401
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Aeron DeGroat
Counselor, MA, LMHC, MCAP
Verified Verified
Orlando, FL 32832
I specialize in LGBTQIA+ issues & trauma, specifically gender identity and transgender issues.
My ideal client may present with a variety of issues, but ultimately they are motivated to seek change and implement strategies discussed in therapy while in-between sessions. They strive to be open and vulnerable in sessions and are looking to be an active and collaborative part of their therapeutic journey. I believe that we are all experts on our own experience, and a client who is willing to provide feedback on what is working and what isn't can assist in helping them tailor the therapy experience to their individual needs.
I specialize in LGBTQIA+ issues & trauma, specifically gender identity and transgender issues.
My ideal client may present with a variety of issues, but ultimately they are motivated to seek change and implement strategies discussed in therapy while in-between sessions. They strive to be open and vulnerable in sessions and are looking to be an active and collaborative part of their therapeutic journey. I believe that we are all experts on our own experience, and a client who is willing to provide feedback on what is working and what isn't can assist in helping them tailor the therapy experience to their individual needs.
(321) 413-8008 View (321) 413-8008
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Calming Tides Therapy LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Orlando, FL 32803  (Online Only)
I specialize in LGBTQ+ communities and other intersectional marginalized communities.
Reaching out for support isn't always easy, especially for us vulnerable and marginalized communities who have been silenced, erased and devalued. Do you find yourself having challenges coping with anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, relationships, identity and sense of self? Do you find past trauma resurfacing? Do you want to find new ways to cope and build self-esteem? I will provide you with a compassionate and nurturing environment, so together we can explore new areas of yourself and life through a trauma-informed, strengths-based, and anti-oppressive perspective.
I specialize in LGBTQ+ communities and other intersectional marginalized communities.
Reaching out for support isn't always easy, especially for us vulnerable and marginalized communities who have been silenced, erased and devalued. Do you find yourself having challenges coping with anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, relationships, identity and sense of self? Do you find past trauma resurfacing? Do you want to find new ways to cope and build self-esteem? I will provide you with a compassionate and nurturing environment, so together we can explore new areas of yourself and life through a trauma-informed, strengths-based, and anti-oppressive perspective.
(386) 251-6916 View (386) 251-6916
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Rebecca Deloucas
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32211  (Online Only)
My clinical focus is LGBT+ issues, trauma & PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, and life changes & adjustments. I came into therapy later in life and graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Women and Gender Studies. I am strongly feminist aligned, anti-racist in my work values and activism. I have an unrelenting desire to support people and be by their side as they do this deeply challenging work. I bring an eclectic mix of humanistic, strength based, rogerian, trauma-informed, and experiential therapies to meet her clients where they are and create a safe place for them to heal and make sense of their lives.
My clinical focus is LGBT+ issues, trauma & PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, and life changes & adjustments. I came into therapy later in life and graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Women and Gender Studies. I am strongly feminist aligned, anti-racist in my work values and activism. I have an unrelenting desire to support people and be by their side as they do this deeply challenging work. I bring an eclectic mix of humanistic, strength based, rogerian, trauma-informed, and experiential therapies to meet her clients where they are and create a safe place for them to heal and make sense of their lives.
(813) 896-3761 View (813) 896-3761
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Casey Hendershot
LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32256  (Online Only)
My practice is inclusive and affirming, welcoming clients from all walks of life, including LGBTQIA+ individuals & those on a spiritual healing journey.
Life's journey can take unexpected turns, leaving us feeling shattered, exhausted &alone. If you're experiencing the weight of trauma, burnout or navigating challenging life transitions, know that you're not alone. With over 14 years of experience guiding individuals towards healing, self-discovery & wholeness, I specialize in helping individuals find peace within themselves. It's normal to feel overwhelmed by emotions like guilt or shame especially when others seem unable to grasp the depth of your struggles. You might yearn for a sense of normalcy yet find yourself trapped in a cycle of frustration & disconnection. There is hope.
My practice is inclusive and affirming, welcoming clients from all walks of life, including LGBTQIA+ individuals & those on a spiritual healing journey.
Life's journey can take unexpected turns, leaving us feeling shattered, exhausted &alone. If you're experiencing the weight of trauma, burnout or navigating challenging life transitions, know that you're not alone. With over 14 years of experience guiding individuals towards healing, self-discovery & wholeness, I specialize in helping individuals find peace within themselves. It's normal to feel overwhelmed by emotions like guilt or shame especially when others seem unable to grasp the depth of your struggles. You might yearn for a sense of normalcy yet find yourself trapped in a cycle of frustration & disconnection. There is hope.
(904) 650-4434 View (904) 650-4434
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Shaun Alladin
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, RMHCI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32819
I help clients navigate challenges such as self-esteem, multicultural/faith issues, culture adjustment, LGBTQ+ identity, mood disorders and all of the ways these issues uniquely intersect for each person.
Feel like you're constantly juggling opposing identities? Struggling to see yourself as a whole rather than a sum of parts? Congratulations on taking your first step to healing! It can be difficult to navigate issues around your identity and often we feel like someone has turned the lights off. This can unintentionally lead to feelings of loneliness, isolation, and difficulty in the relationships we care about the most.
I help clients navigate challenges such as self-esteem, multicultural/faith issues, culture adjustment, LGBTQ+ identity, mood disorders and all of the ways these issues uniquely intersect for each person.
Feel like you're constantly juggling opposing identities? Struggling to see yourself as a whole rather than a sum of parts? Congratulations on taking your first step to healing! It can be difficult to navigate issues around your identity and often we feel like someone has turned the lights off. This can unintentionally lead to feelings of loneliness, isolation, and difficulty in the relationships we care about the most.
(321) 471-0785 View (321) 471-0785
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Kurt W Oster Msw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW, ACSW, BCD, RPT™
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32244  (Online Only)
Welcome, and thank you for visiting my page. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia, a Board Certified Diplomate, and a Registered Play Therapist, and I hold multiple credentials. As a social worker, life coach, and trauma professional, I am here to help clients reach their goals of overcoming life challenges, growing in new ways, and helping develop new positive goals and ways of doing things. Additionally, I work with LGBTQ+ Clients on coming out, identity development, and gender identity issues. I provide a safe place for clients to explore the challenges facing them.
Welcome, and thank you for visiting my page. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia, a Board Certified Diplomate, and a Registered Play Therapist, and I hold multiple credentials. As a social worker, life coach, and trauma professional, I am here to help clients reach their goals of overcoming life challenges, growing in new ways, and helping develop new positive goals and ways of doing things. Additionally, I work with LGBTQ+ Clients on coming out, identity development, and gender identity issues. I provide a safe place for clients to explore the challenges facing them.
(904) 849-2956 View (904) 849-2956
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Jesse Marquez
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Orlando, FL 32801  (Online Only)
I am here to help you with anything you want to share in session without judgment. I've had the pleasure of working with a diverse group of clients and especially enjoy working with people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community. I take a holistic approach to sessions and work collaboratively with you to ensure you are getting what you need out of therapy.
I am here to help you with anything you want to share in session without judgment. I've had the pleasure of working with a diverse group of clients and especially enjoy working with people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community. I take a holistic approach to sessions and work collaboratively with you to ensure you are getting what you need out of therapy.
(786) 886-1370 View (786) 886-1370
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.