Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20008
"Gay? Lesbian? Bi? Trans? Are you looking for a counselor or psychotherapist that truly understands and respects your feelings and experiences? Do you know you want an LGBTQ counselor or therapist but don't know how to find someone who is the best match for you? How do you navigate and choose among the many different psychotherapy and counseling approaches? We are a highly experienced group of 8 lesbian, gay and bi mental health professionals dedicated to meeting the psychological needs of our diverse lgbt community. We have a wide variety of psychological approaches, specializations, office locations and fees."
Gay
(202) 319-8541
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20008
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Gay
"Gay? Lesbian? Bi? Trans? Are you looking for a counselor or psychotherapist that truly understands and respects your feelings and experiences? Do you know you want an LGBTQ counselor or therapist but don't know how to find someone who is the best match for you? How do you navigate and choose among the many different psychotherapy and counseling approaches? We are a highly experienced group of 8 lesbian, gay and bi mental health professionals dedicated to meeting the psychological needs of our diverse lgbt community. We have a wide variety of psychological approaches, specializations, office locations and fees."
John C Parkhurst, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
"Dr. Parkhurst's practice frequently centers on self esteem and identity development issues, especially, but not necessarily, as they relate to sexual orientation. Depression, anxiety, obsessiveness, relationship problems, and intimacy issues characterize the types of concerns with which he is often presented by clients. His competencies include couples counseling, parenting and child development issues, and academic concerns as counseling issues. He also has considerable experience in learning and cognition, and in career development from his years of counseling and training within the educational system."
Gay
(202) 568-8626
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
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Gay
"Dr. Parkhurst's practice frequently centers on self esteem and identity development issues, especially, but not necessarily, as they relate to sexual orientation. Depression, anxiety, obsessiveness, relationship problems, and intimacy issues characterize the types of concerns with which he is often presented by clients. His competencies include couples counseling, parenting and child development issues, and academic concerns as counseling issues. He also has considerable experience in learning and cognition, and in career development from his years of counseling and training within the educational system."
Capital Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD, Sex, Therapi
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
"I'm the clinical director of CCPW, I'm also a clinical psychologist and sex therapist. The center is DC's most comprehensive holistic mental health and wellness center providing psychotherapy, dietitian services, acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, and licensed massage therapy. My areas of specialized focus include working within the LGBTQ community, addictions, eating disorders, and group therapy. I provide individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. My approach and that of the Center's is extremely client centered, meaning we focus on meeting your needs, from onsite office management, ease in location, and comprehensive services that make this a one stop center."
Gay
(202) 759-6364
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
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Gay
"I'm the clinical director of CCPW, I'm also a clinical psychologist and sex therapist. The center is DC's most comprehensive holistic mental health and wellness center providing psychotherapy, dietitian services, acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, and licensed massage therapy. My areas of specialized focus include working within the LGBTQ community, addictions, eating disorders, and group therapy. I provide individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. My approach and that of the Center's is extremely client centered, meaning we focus on meeting your needs, from onsite office management, ease in location, and comprehensive services that make this a one stop center."
Christopher Straley, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, CGP, CST
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20008
"With over 20 years of experience providing mental health services, primarily to men, individuals and couples, who are struggling with relationship issues, sexual health, and/or substance use issues, my focus is on helping you feel better. If you are struggling to feel connected with your partner, or others in your life, therapy can help. As a relationship specialist and sex therapist, I work with you, to help understand and improve communication, heal past ruptures, and increase intimacy - emotional and sexual. We may also work together to decrease your sexual performance anxiety, increase confidence, and pleasure."
Gay
(202) 670-6926
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20008
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Gay
"With over 20 years of experience providing mental health services, primarily to men, individuals and couples, who are struggling with relationship issues, sexual health, and/or substance use issues, my focus is on helping you feel better. If you are struggling to feel connected with your partner, or others in your life, therapy can help. As a relationship specialist and sex therapist, I work with you, to help understand and improve communication, heal past ruptures, and increase intimacy - emotional and sexual. We may also work together to decrease your sexual performance anxiety, increase confidence, and pleasure."
Aida Therapy - Dupont Circle Therapy Group, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MBA, LICSW, CGP
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
"As our lives evolve, we inevitably experience periods of loss, frustration and conflict that signal the need for better understanding and change. Are you experiencing a major life change or challenge? Job loss, relationship breakups, divorce, death, disappointment, or other crisis? Is your relationship less than you had hoped? Your angry, sad, anxious or lonely feelings may feel overwhelming, but you do not have to go through this alone. We can work together to help you develop an inner awakening and awareness to a more comfortable relationship with yourself, your life, and others. I can walk the journey with you."
Gay
(202) 656-7987
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
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Gay
"As our lives evolve, we inevitably experience periods of loss, frustration and conflict that signal the need for better understanding and change. Are you experiencing a major life change or challenge? Job loss, relationship breakups, divorce, death, disappointment, or other crisis? Is your relationship less than you had hoped? Your angry, sad, anxious or lonely feelings may feel overwhelming, but you do not have to go through this alone. We can work together to help you develop an inner awakening and awareness to a more comfortable relationship with yourself, your life, and others. I can walk the journey with you."
Paul Kellett van Leer,
MSc, CTA, ECP, TSTA, LGPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
"There are many issues that preoccupy us in our daily life. We might be upset by something that has just happened, like a fight with a friend, family member or lover, a problem at work, or the death of someone to whom we felt close. We might be haunted by something that has been around for a long time, like a feeling of loneliness, a deep-seated desire of which we're ashamed, or a disturbing childhood experience. Or perhaps a pervasive sense of despair in these unusually dark times. Whatever your concern, I offer you an exceptional opportunity to work through such issues, opening up the opportunity for a freer, more enjoyable future."
Gay
(202) 858-1401
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
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Gay
"There are many issues that preoccupy us in our daily life. We might be upset by something that has just happened, like a fight with a friend, family member or lover, a problem at work, or the death of someone to whom we felt close. We might be haunted by something that has been around for a long time, like a feeling of loneliness, a deep-seated desire of which we're ashamed, or a disturbing childhood experience. Or perhaps a pervasive sense of despair in these unusually dark times. Whatever your concern, I offer you an exceptional opportunity to work through such issues, opening up the opportunity for a freer, more enjoyable future."
Jason Nicholsen, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, ACSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20008
"Jason Nicholsen sees adults of all ages struggling with anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Mr. Nicholsen is an openly gay man and has a particular expertise in working with the LGBTQ population. He specializes in issues around gender identity, the coming out process and working with transgender clients. Mr. Nicholsen formerly served as the medication-assisted treatment program coordinator at Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center in Washington, D.C., specializing in HIV/AIDS care and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender care."
Gay
(202) 568-8621
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20008
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Gay
"Jason Nicholsen sees adults of all ages struggling with anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Mr. Nicholsen is an openly gay man and has a particular expertise in working with the LGBTQ population. He specializes in issues around gender identity, the coming out process and working with transgender clients. Mr. Nicholsen formerly served as the medication-assisted treatment program coordinator at Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center in Washington, D.C., specializing in HIV/AIDS care and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender care."
Kris Oseth, Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CPT
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
"I will work with you to illuminate the meaning of your experience and help you practice greater self acceptance. In addition, I can provide you with knowledge and strategies specific to your needs. For instance, I may show you how you can change your behavior by changing your thoughts (and vice versa), how to use Mindfulness strategies to eliminate stress, communication skills to facilitate any relationship, recovery or harm reduction tools to help cope with a matter involving substance use, educational information and resources to help guide you through the process of transitioning or coming out to friends/family members."
Gay
(202) 759-8060
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
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Gay
"I will work with you to illuminate the meaning of your experience and help you practice greater self acceptance. In addition, I can provide you with knowledge and strategies specific to your needs. For instance, I may show you how you can change your behavior by changing your thoughts (and vice versa), how to use Mindfulness strategies to eliminate stress, communication skills to facilitate any relationship, recovery or harm reduction tools to help cope with a matter involving substance use, educational information and resources to help guide you through the process of transitioning or coming out to friends/family members."
William G McVey, Counselor
Counselor, MA, LGPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
"The journey tends to be complex, layered and somewhat unpredictable. At times, life can seem completely out of control, leading to feelings of anxiety and anger. I focus on my client's regaining control and strive to help them actualize their goals through a supportive, positive, unconditional helping environment. Our practice is wholistic with many wellness options. I am a trauma informed, integrative counselor that derives a majority of my practice from a cognitive based theory. If we change our thinking, we change our lives. "It is not the events of our lives that shape us, but the way in which we chose to view them"- Epictetus"
Gay
(202) 915-2081
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
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Gay
"The journey tends to be complex, layered and somewhat unpredictable. At times, life can seem completely out of control, leading to feelings of anxiety and anger. I focus on my client's regaining control and strive to help them actualize their goals through a supportive, positive, unconditional helping environment. Our practice is wholistic with many wellness options. I am a trauma informed, integrative counselor that derives a majority of my practice from a cognitive based theory. If we change our thinking, we change our lives. "It is not the events of our lives that shape us, but the way in which we chose to view them"- Epictetus"
Davin Maijala, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
"I know that finding a therapist can be a daunting task. My primary goal as a therapist is to help you address the concerns that bring you to therapy. I take time to get to know you and understand what you'd like to improve in your life. I individualize my approach by integrating techniques to best help you grow and find balance and happiness. I strive to create a safe, supportive environment. I can also be more directive and solution-focused when that approach might be more effective for you."
Gay
(202) 817-2336
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
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Gay
"I know that finding a therapist can be a daunting task. My primary goal as a therapist is to help you address the concerns that bring you to therapy. I take time to get to know you and understand what you'd like to improve in your life. I individualize my approach by integrating techniques to best help you grow and find balance and happiness. I strive to create a safe, supportive environment. I can also be more directive and solution-focused when that approach might be more effective for you."
David A. Heilman, Psychological Associate
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
"One of the hardest parts of the therapeutic process is choosing the right therapist for you, and I hope to join you on your journey towards greater self-understanding, compassion, and insight. Many people come to therapy after experiencing emotional distress that has led them to feel overwhelmed and as though they have lost direction in, and control of, their life. In a safe and non-judgmental space, I work collaboratively with my clients to explore ways in which they can effectively regain a sense of empowerment, meaning, and control in their lives."
Gay
(202) 831-7813
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
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Gay
"One of the hardest parts of the therapeutic process is choosing the right therapist for you, and I hope to join you on your journey towards greater self-understanding, compassion, and insight. Many people come to therapy after experiencing emotional distress that has led them to feel overwhelmed and as though they have lost direction in, and control of, their life. In a safe and non-judgmental space, I work collaboratively with my clients to explore ways in which they can effectively regain a sense of empowerment, meaning, and control in their lives."
Ronald O Esquivel, Counselor
Counselor, MA, LGPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
"I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia. My goal is to support you in capitalizing on your strengths in order to experience life to the fullest. I understand that creating growth requires emotional resilience, and is a life-long commitment. Working with individuals in creating new perspectives, and with couples in creating shared meaning is my commitment to you. Let me embark in this journey with you, so that you too, can create a new narrative."
Gay
(617) 712-2075
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
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Gay
"I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia. My goal is to support you in capitalizing on your strengths in order to experience life to the fullest. I understand that creating growth requires emotional resilience, and is a life-long commitment. Working with individuals in creating new perspectives, and with couples in creating shared meaning is my commitment to you. Let me embark in this journey with you, so that you too, can create a new narrative."
Jamaal A. Crone, Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor, MAR, LPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
"If you are seeking to enhance your life by building connection, confidence, character, and community, I invite you to contact me so we can begin the journey together. I work primarily from a Cognitive-Behavioral approach, which is a short-term, results-oriented method. Integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, I support my clients with becoming who they desire to be. These evidence-based treatments are especially effective for depression and anxiety."
Gay
(202) 875-5176
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
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Gay
"If you are seeking to enhance your life by building connection, confidence, character, and community, I invite you to contact me so we can begin the journey together. I work primarily from a Cognitive-Behavioral approach, which is a short-term, results-oriented method. Integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, I support my clients with becoming who they desire to be. These evidence-based treatments are especially effective for depression and anxiety."
Pride Therapy DC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
"More than your Therapist -Your Biographer-- In sharing your story- you can get Perspective , Power and Peace. LGBTQ- Supportive Therapy-providing a empathetic ear and concrete solutions. Whether your struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues- or not being in one -you don't have to do it alone. Has your kid or spouse come out as Transgender, Lesbian Bisexual or Gay , HIV+ and have questions I have helped many others like you and have trained thousands of Healthcare Providers on how to be more clinically competent and sensitive in their care. Lets do the work together!"
Gay
(202) 899-8456
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
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Gay
"More than your Therapist -Your Biographer-- In sharing your story- you can get Perspective , Power and Peace. LGBTQ- Supportive Therapy-providing a empathetic ear and concrete solutions. Whether your struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues- or not being in one -you don't have to do it alone. Has your kid or spouse come out as Transgender, Lesbian Bisexual or Gay , HIV+ and have questions I have helped many others like you and have trained thousands of Healthcare Providers on how to be more clinically competent and sensitive in their care. Lets do the work together!"
Melvin Cauthen, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
"I am a licensed clinical psychotherapist in private practice licensed in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland. I work with individuals, couples and families to address their concerns and strengthen their relationships. My practice is focused on motivated, interactive communication. I will work with you to achieve the solutions to the problems that are weighing you down and keeping you from being the person that you want to be. Together, we will develop a plan for change, growth and acceptance."
Gay
(202) 499-7607
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
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Gay
"I am a licensed clinical psychotherapist in private practice licensed in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland. I work with individuals, couples and families to address their concerns and strengthen their relationships. My practice is focused on motivated, interactive communication. I will work with you to achieve the solutions to the problems that are weighing you down and keeping you from being the person that you want to be. Together, we will develop a plan for change, growth and acceptance."
Larry Cohen, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20016
"I believe that successful therapy brings about concrete change, not mere insight. I use a practical, active, goal-focused approach called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). I will train and guide you in a applying a variety of strategies, skills and techniques in your your daily life that will help you achieve your your personal therapy goals. It is my aim to help you become your own personal therapist so that you can continue using the strategies, skills and techniques that you learned with me to meet future challenges on your own. I was named a Top Therapist by Washingtonian magazine."
Gay
(202) 244-0903
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20016
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Gay
"I believe that successful therapy brings about concrete change, not mere insight. I use a practical, active, goal-focused approach called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). I will train and guide you in a applying a variety of strategies, skills and techniques in your your daily life that will help you achieve your your personal therapy goals. It is my aim to help you become your own personal therapist so that you can continue using the strategies, skills and techniques that you learned with me to meet future challenges on your own. I was named a Top Therapist by Washingtonian magazine."
Achieving Joy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20017
"Achieving Joy's counseling boutique is created to improve the emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness of the LGBTQ community. Our counselor's are diverse, licensed and are active participants within the community. We provide a safe space for individuals and couples to explore monogamous and non-monogamous relationships, complete pre-marital counseling, and create action steps to reach your life goals. We also provide group counseling, workshops, and annual conferences. Our purpose is to help you create a plan of action to achieve your joy."
Gay
(301) 691-3874
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20017
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Gay
"Achieving Joy's counseling boutique is created to improve the emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness of the LGBTQ community. Our counselor's are diverse, licensed and are active participants within the community. We provide a safe space for individuals and couples to explore monogamous and non-monogamous relationships, complete pre-marital counseling, and create action steps to reach your life goals. We also provide group counseling, workshops, and annual conferences. Our purpose is to help you create a plan of action to achieve your joy."
Mix Thomas
MSW, LGSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20037
"I am now accepting new clients. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, boundaries in relationships, grief, have experienced trauma, are struggling with your gender identity or sexuality, or just are not quite sure what’s wrong, I’m here to work with you. My approach to therapy is eclectic and based on you and your goals. I will work with you as a teammate to identify the things that could be holding you back from the life you want to be living. Together we will identify which direction you want to go and how to get there."
Gay
(202) 403-2263
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20037
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Gay
"I am now accepting new clients. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, boundaries in relationships, grief, have experienced trauma, are struggling with your gender identity or sexuality, or just are not quite sure what’s wrong, I’m here to work with you. My approach to therapy is eclectic and based on you and your goals. I will work with you as a teammate to identify the things that could be holding you back from the life you want to be living. Together we will identify which direction you want to go and how to get there."
Sharon Kenthack, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20016
"Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy with a high success rate in treating anxiety, depression, OCD, phobias, and many other problems. Together, I will help you identify what thoughts and behaviors have been unhelpful, preventing you from living the life you desire. You will learn strategies and techniques in session to apply in your daily life for effective change. We will work as a collaborative partnership, progressing at a pace most comfortable for you."
Gay
(301) 603-3105
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20016
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Gay
"Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy with a high success rate in treating anxiety, depression, OCD, phobias, and many other problems. Together, I will help you identify what thoughts and behaviors have been unhelpful, preventing you from living the life you desire. You will learn strategies and techniques in session to apply in your daily life for effective change. We will work as a collaborative partnership, progressing at a pace most comfortable for you."
Fernando De Greef, Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
"Inspired by the passion of the clinical field, I became Professional Counselor to help people improving their quality of living. It means that it does no matter what the initial phase of the persons existing living arrangements, the quality of life can be improved through professional counseling. My diverse and intense professional working experience added to the qualified academic, and certified credentials gained; makes me a valuable, suitable and responsible therapist with a strong understanding of human behavior in extreme situations that provides private and confidential therapy, safe environment of treatment, and ethical standards of practice for all clients."
Gay
(703) 297-8608
Verified
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
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Gay
"Inspired by the passion of the clinical field, I became Professional Counselor to help people improving their quality of living. It means that it does no matter what the initial phase of the persons existing living arrangements, the quality of life can be improved through professional counseling. My diverse and intense professional working experience added to the qualified academic, and certified credentials gained; makes me a valuable, suitable and responsible therapist with a strong understanding of human behavior in extreme situations that provides private and confidential therapy, safe environment of treatment, and ethical standards of practice for all clients."

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Gay (LGBTQ) Therapists
We should make clear that not all the therapists listed here are gay themselves. Rather, they specialize in helping with aspects of being gay in Washington or homosexual. They provide help for gay couples in gay relationships, gay issues and issues that affect gay life.

If you're gay or are looking for help with gay issues in Washington or for a Washington gay therapist these professionals provide gay counseling and gay friendly care for gays or lesbians. They include gay friendly therapists plus gay therapists in Washington, gay friendly psychologists, and gay friendly counsellors.

Counseling may include LGBT counseling in Washington, LGBTQ or Washington GLBT counseling.

How can I tell if a therapist is right for me?
Therapists in Washington are able to work with a wide range of issues.

For example, if you're seeking a marriage counselor in Washington you'll find that most therapists are trained in marriage counseling or couples counseling in Washington and couples therapy. And they welcome families for family counseling in Washington or family therapy in Washington.