LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Boston, MA

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Michele Kaufman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, EdM
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02130  (Online Only)
I believe that therapy can heal, people can change, and with a safe and supportive environment, things become possible that at one point did not feel possible. We'll work to understand your stories and patterns, explore where you'd like to feel shifts, and create a feeling of abundance of space and time for you to process. I enjoy working with young adults and adults. I have additional expertise with LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent communities.
I believe that therapy can heal, people can change, and with a safe and supportive environment, things become possible that at one point did not feel possible. We'll work to understand your stories and patterns, explore where you'd like to feel shifts, and create a feeling of abundance of space and time for you to process. I enjoy working with young adults and adults. I have additional expertise with LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent communities.
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Luke Patrick 'tt' King
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02110
Throughout my career I have have most consistently worked with trans/non-binary persons throughout various chapters of transition.
Note: I am not accepting new patients at this time (April 2024). It is my belief that healing happens in relationships, and therapy is no different. We will orient our work toward what matters to you most, and through somatic tools, relationship building, and exploration of different parts of self, you can practice having choice over your patterns of being, relating, and feeling. I acknowledge the role of systems of oppression on mental health and wellness, and have particular training supporting an increased sense of safety, dignity, and belonging for those who have experienced trauma.
Throughout my career I have have most consistently worked with trans/non-binary persons throughout various chapters of transition.
Note: I am not accepting new patients at this time (April 2024). It is my belief that healing happens in relationships, and therapy is no different. We will orient our work toward what matters to you most, and through somatic tools, relationship building, and exploration of different parts of self, you can practice having choice over your patterns of being, relating, and feeling. I acknowledge the role of systems of oppression on mental health and wellness, and have particular training supporting an increased sense of safety, dignity, and belonging for those who have experienced trauma.
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Dave Shannon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116
My clinical areas of expertise include working with people who feel anxious and/or depressed; survivors of emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse; LGBTQ people facing a host of life issues; and gay men who engage in compulsive sexual behavior.
Entering therapy is a bold, brave step. Most people who have been struggling have tried everything they know to feel better. Asking for support from a therapist marks a turning point. I offer clients my clinical judgment and attention that is rooted in a blend of Psychodynamic, Relational-Cultural and Mindfulness theories with a body-oriented focus. I integrate these concepts into our work in clear, understandable and practical ways. My clients tell me that they appreciate my real and authentic presence; my gentle, direct and honest feedback; and my engaging and interactive way of talking with them.
My clinical areas of expertise include working with people who feel anxious and/or depressed; survivors of emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse; LGBTQ people facing a host of life issues; and gay men who engage in compulsive sexual behavior.
Entering therapy is a bold, brave step. Most people who have been struggling have tried everything they know to feel better. Asking for support from a therapist marks a turning point. I offer clients my clinical judgment and attention that is rooted in a blend of Psychodynamic, Relational-Cultural and Mindfulness theories with a body-oriented focus. I integrate these concepts into our work in clear, understandable and practical ways. My clients tell me that they appreciate my real and authentic presence; my gentle, direct and honest feedback; and my engaging and interactive way of talking with them.
(617) 388-3256 View (617) 388-3256
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David Hensley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02122  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a background in working with families, older adults, and individuals with significant mental health struggles; I also have a passion for working with LGBTQIA+ individuals.
Are you finding yourself struggling to get through your day? Having trouble motivating yourself to take that next step? Are you having challenges in your personal relationships? Everyone struggles with these issues but despite how difficult and overwhelming it may feel, the first step to change can be reaching out to a therapist. While it may be hard to reach out, you will be better off for it in the long run. Whether you are dealing with feelings of sadness, overwhelmed in your day to day life, general stress, or anxiety/depression, I know that together we can build a plan to address and improve your future.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a background in working with families, older adults, and individuals with significant mental health struggles; I also have a passion for working with LGBTQIA+ individuals.
Are you finding yourself struggling to get through your day? Having trouble motivating yourself to take that next step? Are you having challenges in your personal relationships? Everyone struggles with these issues but despite how difficult and overwhelming it may feel, the first step to change can be reaching out to a therapist. While it may be hard to reach out, you will be better off for it in the long run. Whether you are dealing with feelings of sadness, overwhelmed in your day to day life, general stress, or anxiety/depression, I know that together we can build a plan to address and improve your future.
(617) 925-9703 View (617) 925-9703
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Celeste Souza
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02113  (Online Only)
Celeste has over twenty years’ experience helping people cope with emotional pain and improve the way they navigate relationships. She specializes in treating depression and anxiety; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); and substance use disorders. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Celeste ensures that therapy occurs in a supportive and nurturing environment that is sensitive to client concerns around issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender dysphoria. Celeste uses she/her pronouns and lives with her wife and three Portuguese Podengo rescue dogs (Bruna and Rex are pictured below, check back for pix of Foxy).
Celeste has over twenty years’ experience helping people cope with emotional pain and improve the way they navigate relationships. She specializes in treating depression and anxiety; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); and substance use disorders. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Celeste ensures that therapy occurs in a supportive and nurturing environment that is sensitive to client concerns around issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender dysphoria. Celeste uses she/her pronouns and lives with her wife and three Portuguese Podengo rescue dogs (Bruna and Rex are pictured below, check back for pix of Foxy).
(314) 328-6094 View (314) 328-6094
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Daniel Scanlan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02110
I have experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, and specialize in working with the LGBTQIA+ community.
UPDATE 6/12/24: expanded availability for new clients. Do you have a place where you can be truly heard? That's what I strive to create with you in the therapy space: somewhere for you to bring whatever it is that you're struggling with or the stuff that feels too heavy to bear alone. Maybe your challenges are preventing you from enjoying satisfaction and contentment. Perhaps you are in a period of transition and therapy could be a space to think through decisions that are in alignment with your most important values. Or maybe you're struggling in a relationship to overcome old patterns that have limited you until now.
I have experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, and specialize in working with the LGBTQIA+ community.
UPDATE 6/12/24: expanded availability for new clients. Do you have a place where you can be truly heard? That's what I strive to create with you in the therapy space: somewhere for you to bring whatever it is that you're struggling with or the stuff that feels too heavy to bear alone. Maybe your challenges are preventing you from enjoying satisfaction and contentment. Perhaps you are in a period of transition and therapy could be a space to think through decisions that are in alignment with your most important values. Or maybe you're struggling in a relationship to overcome old patterns that have limited you until now.
(339) 218-4270 View (339) 218-4270
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Cassidy Dallas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02114  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Cassidy works through a trauma informed lens with LGBTQIA+ people and those who love us, navigating gender identity exploration, ADHD, autism, and more.
Welcome! The process of starting therapy seeking self-discovery, change, and growth can feel as scary and overwhelming as it can feel hopeful and necessary. You deserve compassionate, skilled support while you face these challenges, and to work with someone who makes you feel safe, listened to, understood and seen. Within a professional and supportive therapeutic environment, Cassidy will guide you with sensitivity and kindness through a psychotherapy journey tailored to your unique needs and desires. The result will be that you will navigate complexities and build a meaningful life with warmth, authenticity, connection, and joy.
Cassidy works through a trauma informed lens with LGBTQIA+ people and those who love us, navigating gender identity exploration, ADHD, autism, and more.
Welcome! The process of starting therapy seeking self-discovery, change, and growth can feel as scary and overwhelming as it can feel hopeful and necessary. You deserve compassionate, skilled support while you face these challenges, and to work with someone who makes you feel safe, listened to, understood and seen. Within a professional and supportive therapeutic environment, Cassidy will guide you with sensitivity and kindness through a psychotherapy journey tailored to your unique needs and desires. The result will be that you will navigate complexities and build a meaningful life with warmth, authenticity, connection, and joy.
(978) 216-2986 View (978) 216-2986
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Boston Integrative Psychotherapy, LLC
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02115  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am currently accepting new patients for online video sessions ONLY. I provide services in English and Spanish. I welcome people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, races, religions, ethnicities, ages, and abilities. I provide OUT OF NETWORK services. I specialize in LGBTQAI+ issues/transgender care and new/first generation immigrants.
I am currently accepting new patients for online video sessions ONLY. I provide services in English and Spanish. I welcome people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, races, religions, ethnicities, ages, and abilities. I provide OUT OF NETWORK services. I specialize in LGBTQAI+ issues/transgender care and new/first generation immigrants.
(617) 393-5290 View (617) 393-5290
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Matthew Sidler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
Is shame or fear of vulnerability getting in the way of connection or sex? Are you and your partner struggling to be on the same page emotionally or sexually? Despite being hardwired for connection, self-doubt, anxiety, depression, and other everyday obstacles tend to get in the way. Struggles related to sexual desire, performance, or physical functioning are so often burdened by shame or embarrassment. As a sex and relationship therapist, I work with clients to develop greater comfort around these topics. While my practice is inclusive of all people, I aim to provide a safe space for LGBTQIA+ clients.
Is shame or fear of vulnerability getting in the way of connection or sex? Are you and your partner struggling to be on the same page emotionally or sexually? Despite being hardwired for connection, self-doubt, anxiety, depression, and other everyday obstacles tend to get in the way. Struggles related to sexual desire, performance, or physical functioning are so often burdened by shame or embarrassment. As a sex and relationship therapist, I work with clients to develop greater comfort around these topics. While my practice is inclusive of all people, I aim to provide a safe space for LGBTQIA+ clients.
(857) 597-5506 View (857) 597-5506
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Elizabeth Hajjar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02115
As a LGBTQIA+ individual, I recognize the unique challenges and experiences faced by those in our community.
I'm Elizabeth (she/her), a therapist passionate about supporting clients of all ages. In our sessions, laughter and humor play a vital role. I prioritize the therapeutic relationship, believing it is the cornerstone of effective therapy. Genuine connections promote trust, authenticity, and mutual respect, enabling you to be your true self. I work with adults, couples, kids, and families. I draw from modalities like CBT, DBT, and IFS. I reject the one-size-fits-all approach and understand that every individual is unique. We can work together towards personal growth, healing, and empowerment.
As a LGBTQIA+ individual, I recognize the unique challenges and experiences faced by those in our community.
I'm Elizabeth (she/her), a therapist passionate about supporting clients of all ages. In our sessions, laughter and humor play a vital role. I prioritize the therapeutic relationship, believing it is the cornerstone of effective therapy. Genuine connections promote trust, authenticity, and mutual respect, enabling you to be your true self. I work with adults, couples, kids, and families. I draw from modalities like CBT, DBT, and IFS. I reject the one-size-fits-all approach and understand that every individual is unique. We can work together towards personal growth, healing, and empowerment.
(857) 799-3952 View (857) 799-3952
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Dillon Lutes
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA+ concerns, and PTSD.
No matter your concerns, therapy provides professional third-party perspectives and improves general health. I offer a modern, flexible practice with meetings via telehealth on an as needed basis (weekly, biweekly, or monthly.)
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA+ concerns, and PTSD.
No matter your concerns, therapy provides professional third-party perspectives and improves general health. I offer a modern, flexible practice with meetings via telehealth on an as needed basis (weekly, biweekly, or monthly.)
(617) 841-3827 View (617) 841-3827
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Heads Held High Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
Are you a queer or trans person who struggles to find a therapist who understands you? Do you find that you often have to educate therapists, who are allies, but don't quite have the cultural understanding of someone who's a part of the community themselves? We are here to help.
Are you a queer or trans person who struggles to find a therapist who understands you? Do you find that you often have to educate therapists, who are allies, but don't quite have the cultural understanding of someone who's a part of the community themselves? We are here to help.
(857) 877-3999 View (857) 877-3999
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Tyler Schlicht
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Massachusetts who has experience partnering with adolescents, young adults, adults, and senior citizens seeking help with depression, anxiety, grief & loss, trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, and life transitions. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at St. Thomas Aquinas College and my Master of Social Work at New York University.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Massachusetts who has experience partnering with adolescents, young adults, adults, and senior citizens seeking help with depression, anxiety, grief & loss, trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, and life transitions. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at St. Thomas Aquinas College and my Master of Social Work at New York University.
(508) 812-9407 View (508) 812-9407
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Solomon Zinn Hallal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02199  (Online Only)
Being alive in 2022 is wild! are you ISO someone to help make meaning of this novel time and place? let’s sit in the strangeness of this moment in time together, feeling through the sad and challenging bits until we can get back into the present, together. i love to talk and hear about gender, expression and relationships, and to learn how experiencing addiction and trauma have made you the beautiful and resilient creature you are today! im a sober body posi fat white southern queer non-binary intersectional feminist polyamorist parent to adopted kids..i bet we have something in common!
Being alive in 2022 is wild! are you ISO someone to help make meaning of this novel time and place? let’s sit in the strangeness of this moment in time together, feeling through the sad and challenging bits until we can get back into the present, together. i love to talk and hear about gender, expression and relationships, and to learn how experiencing addiction and trauma have made you the beautiful and resilient creature you are today! im a sober body posi fat white southern queer non-binary intersectional feminist polyamorist parent to adopted kids..i bet we have something in common!
(802) 255-8683 View (802) 255-8683
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David Caparrelli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02110  (Online Only)
I see adults from all different backgrounds, and I specialize in working with people from the LGBTQ+ community.
Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, grief or addiction, or you're just going through a hard time, I want to be there for you. My philosophy is that you are the expert on your own life, and it is my job to help you make it the best it can be.
I see adults from all different backgrounds, and I specialize in working with people from the LGBTQ+ community.
Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, grief or addiction, or you're just going through a hard time, I want to be there for you. My philosophy is that you are the expert on your own life, and it is my job to help you make it the best it can be.
(617) 468-7163 View (617) 468-7163
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Ashlyn Brooks
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02125  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am most passionate about helping individuals within the LGBTQIA+ population.
Do you feel that you are hard on yourself, or that distressing thoughts take up your time and mental energy? Are you wanting to feel more connected in your mind, body, and personal relationships? If you are seeking a safe place where you are able to begin your healing journey, then welcome to my practice. I work with adults and believe that taking an eclectic approach can help foster a greater sense of awareness and allow you to feel more connected in your mind, body, and personal relationships.
I am most passionate about helping individuals within the LGBTQIA+ population.
Do you feel that you are hard on yourself, or that distressing thoughts take up your time and mental energy? Are you wanting to feel more connected in your mind, body, and personal relationships? If you are seeking a safe place where you are able to begin your healing journey, then welcome to my practice. I work with adults and believe that taking an eclectic approach can help foster a greater sense of awareness and allow you to feel more connected in your mind, body, and personal relationships.
(857) 420-6941 View (857) 420-6941
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Michael Denton-Smith
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02114  (Online Only)
Are you having difficulty adjusting to a new environment, relationship, identity, or phase of life? Do you overanalyze social interactions or struggle to connect with others? I have been a practicing Licensed Mental Health Counselor for 5 years and have experience working with adults in multiple settings including college counseling, community mental health, private practice, and case management. As a queer-identified therapist, I am fiercely dedicated to working with clients in the LGBTQIA+ community, and affirming of kink and ENM/polyamory as well.
Are you having difficulty adjusting to a new environment, relationship, identity, or phase of life? Do you overanalyze social interactions or struggle to connect with others? I have been a practicing Licensed Mental Health Counselor for 5 years and have experience working with adults in multiple settings including college counseling, community mental health, private practice, and case management. As a queer-identified therapist, I am fiercely dedicated to working with clients in the LGBTQIA+ community, and affirming of kink and ENM/polyamory as well.
(857) 575-5657 View (857) 575-5657
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The Phoenix Rising Centers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LMFT, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02125  (Online Only)
We are a multiethnic and multiracial group practice that centralizes care for BIPoC and LGBTQIA+ communities. Clients who come to us are working though life challenges related to their identities. They are often in a process of self-exploration, working to make sense of their place and identity in the world where they are made to feel like "the other" and have been marginalized, traumatized, and blatantly microaggressed. We recognize the importance of finding providers who get it, from a shared and lived experience. Here, our aim is connect communities of color and queer communities with providers of color and queer providers.
We are a multiethnic and multiracial group practice that centralizes care for BIPoC and LGBTQIA+ communities. Clients who come to us are working though life challenges related to their identities. They are often in a process of self-exploration, working to make sense of their place and identity in the world where they are made to feel like "the other" and have been marginalized, traumatized, and blatantly microaggressed. We recognize the importance of finding providers who get it, from a shared and lived experience. Here, our aim is connect communities of color and queer communities with providers of color and queer providers.
(339) 215-3902 View (339) 215-3902
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Amber Considine
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02114  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My own identities inform my work, as a result I place a high importance on being sex work-, poly/CNM-, kink-, and LGBTQIA+ affirming.
I am a pre-Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in relationship and sex therapy. Many people tell me that I am the first person they have ever talked to about "this stuff". I primarily enjoy working with motivated clients who are interested in navigating the complexities of their intimate lives with openness and honesty. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and multi partner relationships exploring intimacy, sexual functioning, power dynamics, and communication. My passion lies with helping others feel empowered by their sexuality and supporting the creation of sexual authenticity.
My own identities inform my work, as a result I place a high importance on being sex work-, poly/CNM-, kink-, and LGBTQIA+ affirming.
I am a pre-Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in relationship and sex therapy. Many people tell me that I am the first person they have ever talked to about "this stuff". I primarily enjoy working with motivated clients who are interested in navigating the complexities of their intimate lives with openness and honesty. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and multi partner relationships exploring intimacy, sexual functioning, power dynamics, and communication. My passion lies with helping others feel empowered by their sexuality and supporting the creation of sexual authenticity.
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Nicole Warner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new clients for telehealth. I’m here to offer space for a collaborative environment that we create together based around shifts you want to feel in your life. I have focused my work supporting queer and trans folks in various areas of life. Using a trauma-sensitive framework, I hope to support folks in bringing awareness to how emotions, trauma, conflict (and more) are showing up in the body. I hope to encourage curiosity, compassion, and groundedness towards an individual’s system- however that may look and feel right for you.
Currently accepting new clients for telehealth. I’m here to offer space for a collaborative environment that we create together based around shifts you want to feel in your life. I have focused my work supporting queer and trans folks in various areas of life. Using a trauma-sensitive framework, I hope to support folks in bringing awareness to how emotions, trauma, conflict (and more) are showing up in the body. I hope to encourage curiosity, compassion, and groundedness towards an individual’s system- however that may look and feel right for you.
(978) 391-2600 View (978) 391-2600
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.