LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Chicago, IL

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John Ludwig
Pre-Licensed Professional, LSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
My practice is rooted in existential, psychodynamic, and relationship-systems theories, from a LGBTQIA+ affirmative, anti-racist, and social justice perspective.
I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and relationships across life stages processing complex trauma (childhood, spiritual, interpersonal, social), navigating life transitions, and exploring identity and relationships. My experience aligns with anxiety and depression, grief/loss, intimacy concerns, alternative relationship structures, self-perception, perfectionism, dissociation, and insecure attachment.
My practice is rooted in existential, psychodynamic, and relationship-systems theories, from a LGBTQIA+ affirmative, anti-racist, and social justice perspective.
I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and relationships across life stages processing complex trauma (childhood, spiritual, interpersonal, social), navigating life transitions, and exploring identity and relationships. My experience aligns with anxiety and depression, grief/loss, intimacy concerns, alternative relationship structures, self-perception, perfectionism, dissociation, and insecure attachment.
(872) 253-8268 View (872) 253-8268
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Center for Effective Artistry
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, NCC, MA
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
Our therapists hold diverse queer, neurodivergent, religious, and racial identities.
Do you find yourself overwhelmed in a world that's not designed for you? Stop designing your life around the world. Design your life around you. The Center for Effective Artistry specializes in working with clients exploring neurodivergence, ADHD, ASD, AuDHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma, queerness, gender, race, religion, climate grief, and substance use. Our clients are tired of having therapists give them an "answer" that doesn't work. We offer an approach that is unique to each of our fantastic clients. As leaders in the neurodiversity movement, we think outside of the box, and aim to improve the field of mental health.
Our therapists hold diverse queer, neurodivergent, religious, and racial identities.
Do you find yourself overwhelmed in a world that's not designed for you? Stop designing your life around the world. Design your life around you. The Center for Effective Artistry specializes in working with clients exploring neurodivergence, ADHD, ASD, AuDHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma, queerness, gender, race, religion, climate grief, and substance use. Our clients are tired of having therapists give them an "answer" that doesn't work. We offer an approach that is unique to each of our fantastic clients. As leaders in the neurodiversity movement, we think outside of the box, and aim to improve the field of mental health.
(773) 945-5289 View (773) 945-5289
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Carolyn Leach
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
As a queer identified and intersectional therapist, I want to help you figure out your authentic self and how to thrive.
My primary goal is to make you feel seen, heard, and deeply understood. We will collaborate on how to dig into therapy and what approach works best for you. I help my clients tap into the resiliency they already have to figure out how they can support themselves and ask for support from others. You will learn to harness your existing strengths towards achieving your goals and lasting change. I help my clients give themselves permission to explore their identities and anxieties in a safe, affirming environment. I'm here to support you as you get curious about your past, present, and future.
As a queer identified and intersectional therapist, I want to help you figure out your authentic self and how to thrive.
My primary goal is to make you feel seen, heard, and deeply understood. We will collaborate on how to dig into therapy and what approach works best for you. I help my clients tap into the resiliency they already have to figure out how they can support themselves and ask for support from others. You will learn to harness your existing strengths towards achieving your goals and lasting change. I help my clients give themselves permission to explore their identities and anxieties in a safe, affirming environment. I'm here to support you as you get curious about your past, present, and future.
(773) 389-1542 View (773) 389-1542
Francesca Williamson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, MS
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60615
Francesca specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. They utilize a holistic approach when working with clients, with a focus on the mind-body connection. Francesca uses a cognitive behavioral perspective to help clients and families understand how our thoughts influence our emotions and behaviors. She has a passion for working with clients throughout the lifespan, families, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Francesca specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. They utilize a holistic approach when working with clients, with a focus on the mind-body connection. Francesca uses a cognitive behavioral perspective to help clients and families understand how our thoughts influence our emotions and behaviors. She has a passion for working with clients throughout the lifespan, families, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
(312) 475-0212 View (312) 475-0212
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Sara Boyd
Counselor, LCPC, MSEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60604
Finding a therapist can be really hard work, so I applaud you for looking at this page right now! I'm quirky and humorous and I'd love to help with whatever you're bringing to therapy. I specialize in OCD and anxiety, and enjoy working with all letters of the LGBT+ community. I strive to provide trans-affirming care. My goal is to give you a safe and nonjudgmental space to bring whatever you've got going on, help you make sense of it, and learn how to cope.
Finding a therapist can be really hard work, so I applaud you for looking at this page right now! I'm quirky and humorous and I'd love to help with whatever you're bringing to therapy. I specialize in OCD and anxiety, and enjoy working with all letters of the LGBT+ community. I strive to provide trans-affirming care. My goal is to give you a safe and nonjudgmental space to bring whatever you've got going on, help you make sense of it, and learn how to cope.
(630) 793-2705 View (630) 793-2705
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Lauren Engelhard
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613
I'm a queer therapist who often works with LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and Latine children, adults, couples/partners, families, and polycules, while being mindful of my white identity. My areas of interest include identity exploration and intersectionality, difficulties related to sex and intimacy, challenges in communication between partners, and non-monogamous and polyamorous relationships. I work across the lifespan and have experience with children as young as three years old through adulthood. I often pull from frameworks like psychodynamic theory, person-centered therapy, and attachment theory.
I'm a queer therapist who often works with LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and Latine children, adults, couples/partners, families, and polycules, while being mindful of my white identity. My areas of interest include identity exploration and intersectionality, difficulties related to sex and intimacy, challenges in communication between partners, and non-monogamous and polyamorous relationships. I work across the lifespan and have experience with children as young as three years old through adulthood. I often pull from frameworks like psychodynamic theory, person-centered therapy, and attachment theory.
(872) 401-8481 View (872) 401-8481
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Joey Marchese
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613
Seeking therapy can be intimidating, but taking this first step shows courage in the face of uncertainty. Therapy is an opportunity for us to explore your goals, interests, and experiences. I am a queer therapist with an approach that is conversational, warm, and humorous, while also being person centered, trauma informed, and always non-judgmental. I have worked with individuals navigating anxiety, depression, life transitions, neurodiversity/ADHD, relationships, stress, trauma, substance use, OCD, and much more. I also enjoy working with folx involved in kink and poly dynamics.
Seeking therapy can be intimidating, but taking this first step shows courage in the face of uncertainty. Therapy is an opportunity for us to explore your goals, interests, and experiences. I am a queer therapist with an approach that is conversational, warm, and humorous, while also being person centered, trauma informed, and always non-judgmental. I have worked with individuals navigating anxiety, depression, life transitions, neurodiversity/ADHD, relationships, stress, trauma, substance use, OCD, and much more. I also enjoy working with folx involved in kink and poly dynamics.
(872) 216-8414 View (872) 216-8414
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Mackensey Carter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60640  (Online Only)
I have specialized experience supporting mental health professionals dealing with the trauma of working in the mental health field, athletes struggling with performance anxiety, & individuals in the LGBTQ community in the process of embracing their identity, coming out, or navigating relational conflict, especially in the context of religious trauma.
Whether you are struggling with a life transition, anxious thoughts, or relationship uncertainty, I know we can collaborate to find your unique path forward. I provide psychotherapy to individuals that focuses on recovery & healing from past and present traumas as well as work around self-discovery, identity, and positive growth. I see my job as providing support, validation, & relational safety. You are an expert in your life and experience; therefore, my therapeutic approach is flexible so that each session can be client-centered and client-directed.
I have specialized experience supporting mental health professionals dealing with the trauma of working in the mental health field, athletes struggling with performance anxiety, & individuals in the LGBTQ community in the process of embracing their identity, coming out, or navigating relational conflict, especially in the context of religious trauma.
Whether you are struggling with a life transition, anxious thoughts, or relationship uncertainty, I know we can collaborate to find your unique path forward. I provide psychotherapy to individuals that focuses on recovery & healing from past and present traumas as well as work around self-discovery, identity, and positive growth. I see my job as providing support, validation, & relational safety. You are an expert in your life and experience; therefore, my therapeutic approach is flexible so that each session can be client-centered and client-directed.
(773) 692-4883 View (773) 692-4883
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Aj (Abby) Carlson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60622
As human beings, we all have a need to be seen, heard, and understood. Our relational needs are particularly important when in a place of struggle. As your therapist, I will strive to hold space, offer safety and relational connection as you reimagine and change your relationship with yourself, others, and the world around. I am experienced and passionate about working with individuals, groups, and queer couples. Areas of focus include LGBTQ identity work, becoming an anti-racist, embodiment, substance use, spiritual trauma, interpersonal and internal conflict, and anxiety.
As human beings, we all have a need to be seen, heard, and understood. Our relational needs are particularly important when in a place of struggle. As your therapist, I will strive to hold space, offer safety and relational connection as you reimagine and change your relationship with yourself, others, and the world around. I am experienced and passionate about working with individuals, groups, and queer couples. Areas of focus include LGBTQ identity work, becoming an anti-racist, embodiment, substance use, spiritual trauma, interpersonal and internal conflict, and anxiety.
(708) 394-7430 View (708) 394-7430
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Charles Pasternak
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
As a gay therapist, I am also devoted to serving the LGBTQ+ community, and I have a passion for supporting these individuals dealing with challenges in their relationships, family of origin, and careers.
It can be overwhelming and exhausting trying to cope with the pressures and expectations from life that does not allow much room for our own unique selves and needs. This can leave us feeling anxious, depressed, and even hopeless. From my professional and personal experiences, I believe healing and becoming our authentic, best selves comes from relationships where we feel heard and understood. When you and I work together, it is important to me that I provide you with this therapeutic space, so we can collaboratively work on how to cope with these stressors, develop fulfilling relationships, and live life to your fullest potential.
As a gay therapist, I am also devoted to serving the LGBTQ+ community, and I have a passion for supporting these individuals dealing with challenges in their relationships, family of origin, and careers.
It can be overwhelming and exhausting trying to cope with the pressures and expectations from life that does not allow much room for our own unique selves and needs. This can leave us feeling anxious, depressed, and even hopeless. From my professional and personal experiences, I believe healing and becoming our authentic, best selves comes from relationships where we feel heard and understood. When you and I work together, it is important to me that I provide you with this therapeutic space, so we can collaboratively work on how to cope with these stressors, develop fulfilling relationships, and live life to your fullest potential.
(872) 253-6558 x2 View (872) 253-6558 x2
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Joanna (Jo) Nowak
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60640
Not accepting new clients
I am particularly passionate about working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and neurodiverse folks, and I am HAES-aligned.
My main goal is to create a therapeutic space that is safe and affirming, while forming an authentic connection to best support you. Whether you seek therapy for self-exploration, change, acceptance, or all of the above, we can work together to find your best path. I will collaborate with you every step of the way, challenge you when appropriate, and meet you with compassion and humor when needed – I’m a big believer in the therapeutic power of laughter!
I am particularly passionate about working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and neurodiverse folks, and I am HAES-aligned.
My main goal is to create a therapeutic space that is safe and affirming, while forming an authentic connection to best support you. Whether you seek therapy for self-exploration, change, acceptance, or all of the above, we can work together to find your best path. I will collaborate with you every step of the way, challenge you when appropriate, and meet you with compassion and humor when needed – I’m a big believer in the therapeutic power of laughter!
(773) 492-8468 View (773) 492-8468
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Lucretia Mayer
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
With more than 6 years of professional education and experience in mental health care, Lucretia has continued showcasing a commitment to helping a diverse range of clients, including those from BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities, as well as those dealing with relationship issues.
Lucretia Mayer is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been practicing since 2015. Lucretia is uniquely skilled in working with professionals like caregivers, medical professionals, social workers, and counselors, focusing on managing career and emotional burnout, which is increasingly relevant in today's high-stress work/living environments. Her approach is characterized by a deep sense of empathy, respect, sensitivity, and compassion, emphasizing the importance of a supportive and understanding therapeutic relationship.
With more than 6 years of professional education and experience in mental health care, Lucretia has continued showcasing a commitment to helping a diverse range of clients, including those from BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities, as well as those dealing with relationship issues.
Lucretia Mayer is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been practicing since 2015. Lucretia is uniquely skilled in working with professionals like caregivers, medical professionals, social workers, and counselors, focusing on managing career and emotional burnout, which is increasingly relevant in today's high-stress work/living environments. Her approach is characterized by a deep sense of empathy, respect, sensitivity, and compassion, emphasizing the importance of a supportive and understanding therapeutic relationship.
(708) 554-4293 View (708) 554-4293
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Janaya Crevier
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60603
Change is constant. Whether it’s the tumult of growing up or the twists and turns of adulthood, life is constantly shifting and rearranging under our feet. In this context, getting to know yourself—your emotions, your grief, your needs and your gifts—may be overwhelming. I honor the part of you that is seeking therapy for your particular journey. In my practice, I work with adults, teenagers, and children, specializing in therapy for queer and LGBTQIA+ youth and adults.
Change is constant. Whether it’s the tumult of growing up or the twists and turns of adulthood, life is constantly shifting and rearranging under our feet. In this context, getting to know yourself—your emotions, your grief, your needs and your gifts—may be overwhelming. I honor the part of you that is seeking therapy for your particular journey. In my practice, I work with adults, teenagers, and children, specializing in therapy for queer and LGBTQIA+ youth and adults.
(773) 302-1422 View (773) 302-1422
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Ethan York
Counselor, MA, LCPC, EMDR-C
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60604  (Online Only)
Being queer myself, I often work with LGBTQ young adults and teens who are navigating life stressors while forming their identities. I’m formally certified with EMDRIA international in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and often use this approach to support clients' healing from childhood & other interpersonal traumatic experiences. I also assist clients in their processing of other aspects of identity including family, ethnicity, faith, and spirituality. I am very passionate about working with queer folks, people of faith, and additionally, those with post-traumatic stress symptoms and/or PTSD.
Being queer myself, I often work with LGBTQ young adults and teens who are navigating life stressors while forming their identities. I’m formally certified with EMDRIA international in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and often use this approach to support clients' healing from childhood & other interpersonal traumatic experiences. I also assist clients in their processing of other aspects of identity including family, ethnicity, faith, and spirituality. I am very passionate about working with queer folks, people of faith, and additionally, those with post-traumatic stress symptoms and/or PTSD.
(630) 381-7837 View (630) 381-7837
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Pedro Segura-Moore
Pre-Licensed Professional, AMFT
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60625
The decision to seek therapy can be difficult; however, you are here, and that's your first step. Do you struggle with sexual issues, gender identity, depression, or anxiety? I want to be able to help you go through that. My job is to provide a safe environment where we may learn and grow while promoting empowerment. I work with individuals and couples. I am sex worker-affirming and kink/BDSM aware. I am a Black-Cuban/Dominican male-identified therapist working with the BIPOC transgender and LGBTQ community, helping with racial trauma, religious trauma, sex therapy, and LGBTQ Couples. My goal is to provide a healing space.
The decision to seek therapy can be difficult; however, you are here, and that's your first step. Do you struggle with sexual issues, gender identity, depression, or anxiety? I want to be able to help you go through that. My job is to provide a safe environment where we may learn and grow while promoting empowerment. I work with individuals and couples. I am sex worker-affirming and kink/BDSM aware. I am a Black-Cuban/Dominican male-identified therapist working with the BIPOC transgender and LGBTQ community, helping with racial trauma, religious trauma, sex therapy, and LGBTQ Couples. My goal is to provide a healing space.
(872) 250-5056 x225 View (872) 250-5056 x225
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Sara Groth
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601
I have experience working with individual adults and partnerships in areas such as anxiety, depression, sex & intimate wellness, relationship conflict, sexual assault, life transitions, and self esteem. One of my primary areas of expertise is working with members of the LGBTQ+ community in areas of positive sexual and/ or gender identity, coming out, transitioning, and sexual health. However, I work with people of all identities and backgrounds. I foster a therapeutic space that is identity-affirming, sex-positive, and polyamorous- and kink-affirming.
I have experience working with individual adults and partnerships in areas such as anxiety, depression, sex & intimate wellness, relationship conflict, sexual assault, life transitions, and self esteem. One of my primary areas of expertise is working with members of the LGBTQ+ community in areas of positive sexual and/ or gender identity, coming out, transitioning, and sexual health. However, I work with people of all identities and backgrounds. I foster a therapeutic space that is identity-affirming, sex-positive, and polyamorous- and kink-affirming.
(773) 207-3330 View (773) 207-3330
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Marcelo Gonzalez
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60613  (Online Only)
From feelings of isolation to managing the day to day stress, there are times when you need help. Working from a holistic perspective, my goal is to always provide an encouraging, empathetic and affirming environment to explore. I'm experienced in aiding those who are struggling with issues of identity (gender, race, nationality, etc.), low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, phase of life issues, career transitions, LGBTQ-related issues, acculturation, and relationship issues.
From feelings of isolation to managing the day to day stress, there are times when you need help. Working from a holistic perspective, my goal is to always provide an encouraging, empathetic and affirming environment to explore. I'm experienced in aiding those who are struggling with issues of identity (gender, race, nationality, etc.), low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, phase of life issues, career transitions, LGBTQ-related issues, acculturation, and relationship issues.
(773) 741-9546 View (773) 741-9546
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Jack Sweeney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657  (Online Only)
I have experience providing culturally sensitive, trauma-informed care to newly arrived immigrants and refugees and as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I connect deeply with creating safe space and bearing witness to the unique challenges we all face.
Therapy doesn’t have to be the front-facing camera of how we see ourselves. By showing up and being honest, we can reposition the lens, adjust undesirable angles and tweak the lighting to help illuminate your happiest, most grounded self. My approach to the therapeutic relationship is YOU-centered. You deserve to feel confident and comfortable in our relationship. I have an expansive view of the human spirit, relate to the pitfalls of human experience and possess a profound understanding of the disconnect which can occur between the stories we tell ourselves, and the realities we actually face.
I have experience providing culturally sensitive, trauma-informed care to newly arrived immigrants and refugees and as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I connect deeply with creating safe space and bearing witness to the unique challenges we all face.
Therapy doesn’t have to be the front-facing camera of how we see ourselves. By showing up and being honest, we can reposition the lens, adjust undesirable angles and tweak the lighting to help illuminate your happiest, most grounded self. My approach to the therapeutic relationship is YOU-centered. You deserve to feel confident and comfortable in our relationship. I have an expansive view of the human spirit, relate to the pitfalls of human experience and possess a profound understanding of the disconnect which can occur between the stories we tell ourselves, and the realities we actually face.
(872) 210-5469 View (872) 210-5469
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Behavioral Health at Center on Halsted
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60613
For more than 35 years, Center on Halsted has helped Chicago's LGBTQ community and caring allies meet their behavioral health needs. Our team of therapists offer individual therapy, group therapy, and letters of support for gender affirming surgeries. Our Behavioral Health phone line operates as a bank of information about our services (including scheduling an initial screening), community resources, and possible referrals. These services are offered both in English and Spanish.
For more than 35 years, Center on Halsted has helped Chicago's LGBTQ community and caring allies meet their behavioral health needs. Our team of therapists offer individual therapy, group therapy, and letters of support for gender affirming surgeries. Our Behavioral Health phone line operates as a bank of information about our services (including scheduling an initial screening), community resources, and possible referrals. These services are offered both in English and Spanish.
(773) 657-2925 x460 View (773) 657-2925 x460
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Prem K Pahwa
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CST
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60640
I'm a Mental Health Clinician with over 20yrs experience, and also a Certified Sex Therapist. I work with LGBTQ+ and heterosexual people on a variety of relational and mental health issues, as well as sexual and intimacy concerns. I approach my work from a sexual health model and values driven perspective. I work with clients on consensual non-monogamy/polyam, kink, BDSM, as well as sexual health challenges such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, desire discrepancies, etc. I continue to work with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, as well as navigating life!
I'm a Mental Health Clinician with over 20yrs experience, and also a Certified Sex Therapist. I work with LGBTQ+ and heterosexual people on a variety of relational and mental health issues, as well as sexual and intimacy concerns. I approach my work from a sexual health model and values driven perspective. I work with clients on consensual non-monogamy/polyam, kink, BDSM, as well as sexual health challenges such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, desire discrepancies, etc. I continue to work with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, as well as navigating life!
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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.