LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Baltimore, MD

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Brittany Spencer
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21201
I support individuals & couples navigating, trauma within family of origin, high demand job stress, LGBTQIA concerns, nontraditional relationship support, BIPOC support, sexual health, life transitions.
Therapy, we all have been given different messages (good & bad) about what it “means” to utilize it. In case no one has told you lately, seeking therapy does not mean something is wrong with you. Rather you are new to therapy and wondering what to discuss in session or have intermittently done therapy, I work to ensure my clients therapeutic journey is catered to meet their wants and needs.
I support individuals & couples navigating, trauma within family of origin, high demand job stress, LGBTQIA concerns, nontraditional relationship support, BIPOC support, sexual health, life transitions.
Therapy, we all have been given different messages (good & bad) about what it “means” to utilize it. In case no one has told you lately, seeking therapy does not mean something is wrong with you. Rather you are new to therapy and wondering what to discuss in session or have intermittently done therapy, I work to ensure my clients therapeutic journey is catered to meet their wants and needs.
(202) 759-6027 View (202) 759-6027
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Dr. Michael Marquez
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21224
As a queer, Latinx cisgender man, it is my passion to support my LGBTQIA+ and POC community in our own collective liberation. Too often counseling can feel like a non-inclusive space, and my work has focused on providing a healing space where clients feel comfortable being their genuine selves, free from judgment and guilt. Sometimes it feels like many of us move through our day wearing a mask to “fit in,” which is a heavy burden to bear. Together we can work towards removing this mask by helping you tap into what already lies within you - a bit of authenticity, a splash of self-compassion, and a healthy dose of empowerment.
As a queer, Latinx cisgender man, it is my passion to support my LGBTQIA+ and POC community in our own collective liberation. Too often counseling can feel like a non-inclusive space, and my work has focused on providing a healing space where clients feel comfortable being their genuine selves, free from judgment and guilt. Sometimes it feels like many of us move through our day wearing a mask to “fit in,” which is a heavy burden to bear. Together we can work towards removing this mask by helping you tap into what already lies within you - a bit of authenticity, a splash of self-compassion, and a healthy dose of empowerment.
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Sarah Adams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21210
I have experience working with people of all ages, including queer folks, as a community organizer, storyteller, social worker, and psychotherapist.
I work with young people and adults to identify problems, understand emotions, and improve our relationships with ourselves, our loved ones, and our world. I believe you are the expert on your own life. My role is to create a space for you to rest, explore vulnerability, and develop tools for introspection. I strive to create a non-judgmental atmosphere where you can become the best version of yourself. My approach to therapy is eclectic. I see our work through a trauma-informed, person-centered, culturally-sensitive lens.
I have experience working with people of all ages, including queer folks, as a community organizer, storyteller, social worker, and psychotherapist.
I work with young people and adults to identify problems, understand emotions, and improve our relationships with ourselves, our loved ones, and our world. I believe you are the expert on your own life. My role is to create a space for you to rest, explore vulnerability, and develop tools for introspection. I strive to create a non-judgmental atmosphere where you can become the best version of yourself. My approach to therapy is eclectic. I see our work through a trauma-informed, person-centered, culturally-sensitive lens.
(443) 241-9146 View (443) 241-9146
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Elizabeth Chaudry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21230
I specialize in LGBTQIA issues, trauma work & PTSD, and anxiety.
Hello and welcome! Life can be overwhelming and scary sometimes and that's why it's beneficial to have a support system in place for when things get tough. I think it's beautiful and powerful to seek help, and searching for a therapist is a big step. I believe you have the ability to overcome your obstacles and I can be there to assist you in the process. I am a mixed-race, cisgender, lesbian woman who is passionate about social justice, particularly around the LGBTQ+ community. I know what adversity feels like and would love to provide a listening ear to your unique experiences.
I specialize in LGBTQIA issues, trauma work & PTSD, and anxiety.
Hello and welcome! Life can be overwhelming and scary sometimes and that's why it's beneficial to have a support system in place for when things get tough. I think it's beautiful and powerful to seek help, and searching for a therapist is a big step. I believe you have the ability to overcome your obstacles and I can be there to assist you in the process. I am a mixed-race, cisgender, lesbian woman who is passionate about social justice, particularly around the LGBTQ+ community. I know what adversity feels like and would love to provide a listening ear to your unique experiences.
(443) 234-0331 View (443) 234-0331
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Mallory A Wood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21211
Struggling with the past intruding into the present? Trauma, whether we’ve lived with it for decades or days, tends to reverberate through our lives in powerful and often unpredictable ways. Feeling worn down by a society where your humanity is a matter of public debate? It’s tough for queer and trans people to find time to be vulnerable when our identities are under attack. Are you an activist running low on steam? Collective liberation is critical to changing the social conditions that cause our suffering, but caring for our individual mental health needs allows us to challenge those conditions with clear eyes and open hearts.
Struggling with the past intruding into the present? Trauma, whether we’ve lived with it for decades or days, tends to reverberate through our lives in powerful and often unpredictable ways. Feeling worn down by a society where your humanity is a matter of public debate? It’s tough for queer and trans people to find time to be vulnerable when our identities are under attack. Are you an activist running low on steam? Collective liberation is critical to changing the social conditions that cause our suffering, but caring for our individual mental health needs allows us to challenge those conditions with clear eyes and open hearts.
(443) 222-1368 View (443) 222-1368
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Courtney Corcoran
Counselor, LGPC, NCC, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21230  (Online Only)
I love working with both individuals & couples- mostly millennials & genZers, adults (18-60), teens (15+). My ideal client is curious to dig deep, wants to raise self-awareness, and is ready to sift through the pieces of life's puzzle together. I enjoy helping fellow artists/creatives, neurodivergent folks, & LGBTQIA+ folks. I specialize in issues related to low self-esteem, perfectionism, adulting, burnout, imposter syndrome, communication issues, relationships, boundary setting, gender identity and exploration, women's issues, chronic illness, invisible disabilities, ADHD and HSPs.
I love working with both individuals & couples- mostly millennials & genZers, adults (18-60), teens (15+). My ideal client is curious to dig deep, wants to raise self-awareness, and is ready to sift through the pieces of life's puzzle together. I enjoy helping fellow artists/creatives, neurodivergent folks, & LGBTQIA+ folks. I specialize in issues related to low self-esteem, perfectionism, adulting, burnout, imposter syndrome, communication issues, relationships, boundary setting, gender identity and exploration, women's issues, chronic illness, invisible disabilities, ADHD and HSPs.
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James Edwardaro Willey
Psychological Associate, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
Our practice specializes in working with People of Color and LGBTQ+ clients.
Understanding who you are or what you are feeling is difficult when you are not even sure what words to use to describe your experience or what questions to ask yourself. Naming that is a big step. You may put on a mask to navigate the world in order to reduce the pressures you feel from society. High expectations when you were younger may make mistakes seem unacceptable. The journey to explore who you are may seem lonely. You may notice similarities in the relationships you form now with the relationship you have with your family. The early traumas in your life may be triggering you now in ways that are frustrating and upsetting.
Our practice specializes in working with People of Color and LGBTQ+ clients.
Understanding who you are or what you are feeling is difficult when you are not even sure what words to use to describe your experience or what questions to ask yourself. Naming that is a big step. You may put on a mask to navigate the world in order to reduce the pressures you feel from society. High expectations when you were younger may make mistakes seem unacceptable. The journey to explore who you are may seem lonely. You may notice similarities in the relationships you form now with the relationship you have with your family. The early traumas in your life may be triggering you now in ways that are frustrating and upsetting.
(877) 893-5480 View (877) 893-5480
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Lisa May-Sachs
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21212  (Online Only)
With 25+ years of experience I bring expertise in working with the LGBTQIA+ community and with those exploring non-monogamy.
Have you been in therapy before and felt judged or misunderstood? Are you looking to build on the progress you made in prior treatment? Are you taking the courageous step to try therapy for the first time? If you said yes to any of these questions, I hear you and I am here to help. I provide a counseling environment where clients feel heard, valued, and accepted. I have a passion for helping those who are feeling stuck in life or in their relationships, may be challenged by mood related issues, or are looking to live a more authentic and confident existence.
With 25+ years of experience I bring expertise in working with the LGBTQIA+ community and with those exploring non-monogamy.
Have you been in therapy before and felt judged or misunderstood? Are you looking to build on the progress you made in prior treatment? Are you taking the courageous step to try therapy for the first time? If you said yes to any of these questions, I hear you and I am here to help. I provide a counseling environment where clients feel heard, valued, and accepted. I have a passion for helping those who are feeling stuck in life or in their relationships, may be challenged by mood related issues, or are looking to live a more authentic and confident existence.
(443) 799-0241 View (443) 799-0241
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Jen Hodo-Powell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21211  (Online Only)
I am dedicated to supporting gender, sexual, and relationship diversity as well as providing LGBTQIA and kink affirming care.
I have a collaborative and integrative approach to therapy that builds on each individual's inherent strengths, respecting self-determination, and being mindful of the impact of intersectional identities on mental health. I work to provide affirming and generative care with warmth and humor.
I am dedicated to supporting gender, sexual, and relationship diversity as well as providing LGBTQIA and kink affirming care.
I have a collaborative and integrative approach to therapy that builds on each individual's inherent strengths, respecting self-determination, and being mindful of the impact of intersectional identities on mental health. I work to provide affirming and generative care with warmth and humor.
(410) 807-3445 View (410) 807-3445
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Jarrell Slade
Counselor, LGPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21211  (Online Only)
Welcome to a space of acceptance, understanding, and empowerment. I'm Jarrell Slade, a dedicated Licensed Graduate Professional Therapist. I specialize in offering a safe and affirming therapeutic space for individuals, with a concentration on individuals within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum and Black and/or Indigenous people of color. My approach is rooted in respect, empathy, and an understanding of the unique challenges faced by the community.
Welcome to a space of acceptance, understanding, and empowerment. I'm Jarrell Slade, a dedicated Licensed Graduate Professional Therapist. I specialize in offering a safe and affirming therapeutic space for individuals, with a concentration on individuals within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum and Black and/or Indigenous people of color. My approach is rooted in respect, empathy, and an understanding of the unique challenges faced by the community.
(410) 705-7983 View (410) 705-7983
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Jared Serrano Louie
Counselor, LGPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
As a queer clinician my practice is rooted in understanding, affirming, and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. Creating a safe space for you to explore your needs and goals is my priority. I specialize in work with individuals and couples/relational units. My clients are often struggling with attachment or communication challenges; wanting to improve their relationships. They may have had a recent loss, or are suffering from nagging symptoms of anxiety or depression. My approach is engaging and collaborative, I enjoy truly understanding where you currently are, and where you see yourself in the future.
As a queer clinician my practice is rooted in understanding, affirming, and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. Creating a safe space for you to explore your needs and goals is my priority. I specialize in work with individuals and couples/relational units. My clients are often struggling with attachment or communication challenges; wanting to improve their relationships. They may have had a recent loss, or are suffering from nagging symptoms of anxiety or depression. My approach is engaging and collaborative, I enjoy truly understanding where you currently are, and where you see yourself in the future.
(410) 888-0787 View (410) 888-0787
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Gianna Rico
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21210
As a queer therapist, I understand how important it is to have a safe and affirming space to explore your deepest self. Within my clinical focus, my specialties include depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, gender expression, identity, and body image. Additionally, I feel passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ individuals who are on the path to parenthood. This includes those who may be carrying a child, thinking about conceiving, as well as non-birthing partners. Taking that step can feel daunting in a world that is still entrenched in binary norms, and I am here to honor and hold your space.
As a queer therapist, I understand how important it is to have a safe and affirming space to explore your deepest self. Within my clinical focus, my specialties include depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, gender expression, identity, and body image. Additionally, I feel passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ individuals who are on the path to parenthood. This includes those who may be carrying a child, thinking about conceiving, as well as non-birthing partners. Taking that step can feel daunting in a world that is still entrenched in binary norms, and I am here to honor and hold your space.
(443) 232-0040 View (443) 232-0040
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Zachariah Aaron
Psychological Associate, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21210
My specific clinical interests include gender and sexuality identity exploration, gender-affirming care, and the intersection between queer identity and neurodiversity.
My aim in therapy is to identify what is most important to you, and help you live in a way that is more consistent with what you find meaningful, what gives you a sense of purpose, and what helps you feel content. To accomplish this, I approach therapy from a person-centered perspective, which means that I believe in working together to promote positive behaviors, emotions, and attitudes that best suit your values and holistic wellbeing. As a therapist, I recognize my own imperfection, and I will incorporate feedback from you along our therapy journey to explore alternative perspectives and adjust treatment as necessary.
My specific clinical interests include gender and sexuality identity exploration, gender-affirming care, and the intersection between queer identity and neurodiversity.
My aim in therapy is to identify what is most important to you, and help you live in a way that is more consistent with what you find meaningful, what gives you a sense of purpose, and what helps you feel content. To accomplish this, I approach therapy from a person-centered perspective, which means that I believe in working together to promote positive behaviors, emotions, and attitudes that best suit your values and holistic wellbeing. As a therapist, I recognize my own imperfection, and I will incorporate feedback from you along our therapy journey to explore alternative perspectives and adjust treatment as necessary.
(443) 486-3341 View (443) 486-3341
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Adrienne Kilby
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Some parts of my identity are that I am cis, white, queer, straight-sized, sex/poly/kink positive and a survivor of an evangelical Christian upbringing.
I help people who see their lives impacted by anxiety, depression, sexual concerns, feelings of guilt and shame, low self-esteem, and relationship conflicts. We can work together to uncover and heal the roots of challenging thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so you can find joy in a life that you live according to your values. I specialize in working with people who want help exploring sexual orientation, gender identity, pleasure, kink, polyamory, and concerns about sex (anxiety, pain, dissociation, unsatisfying relationships), as well as those who have experienced sexual or religious trauma.
Some parts of my identity are that I am cis, white, queer, straight-sized, sex/poly/kink positive and a survivor of an evangelical Christian upbringing.
I help people who see their lives impacted by anxiety, depression, sexual concerns, feelings of guilt and shame, low self-esteem, and relationship conflicts. We can work together to uncover and heal the roots of challenging thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so you can find joy in a life that you live according to your values. I specialize in working with people who want help exploring sexual orientation, gender identity, pleasure, kink, polyamory, and concerns about sex (anxiety, pain, dissociation, unsatisfying relationships), as well as those who have experienced sexual or religious trauma.
(443) 241-0639 View (443) 241-0639
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Lindsey Cheatham
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
Hello & welcome! I’m so glad you are here. I am a queer-identified therapist who is passionate about supporting queer, trans, & gender-diverse youth, adolescents, adults, & families. The majority of clients I see are either in the LGBTQIA+ community or are questioning or exploring parts of their sexual and/or gender-based identities. I help folks who experience depression, anxiety, grief, & trauma process past experiences and make sense of their world. I teach folks coping skills in order to regulate mood, gain self-compassion, radically accept hard truths, and set boundaries in order to build a more aligned life for themselves.
Hello & welcome! I’m so glad you are here. I am a queer-identified therapist who is passionate about supporting queer, trans, & gender-diverse youth, adolescents, adults, & families. The majority of clients I see are either in the LGBTQIA+ community or are questioning or exploring parts of their sexual and/or gender-based identities. I help folks who experience depression, anxiety, grief, & trauma process past experiences and make sense of their world. I teach folks coping skills in order to regulate mood, gain self-compassion, radically accept hard truths, and set boundaries in order to build a more aligned life for themselves.
(443) 963-3569 View (443) 963-3569
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E Noel Phoebus
Counselor, LCPC, LGPAT, ATR
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21227  (Online Only)
As a queer and transgender clinician, my identity informs my work with transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive identified young people.
I am a queer, nonbinary transmasculine human that uses he/they pronouns. My practice is devoted to creative and collaborative work within a safe and non-threatening environment. I am a clinically trained art therapist and counselor who uses an individualized and trauma-informed approach. I specialize in navigating issues that impact children and adolescents, such as depression, anxiety, risky or self-harming behaviors, stress, gender identity, and difficult life transitions. I have experience working in an intensive outpatient setting and now practice individual expressive therapy in a private practice setting.
As a queer and transgender clinician, my identity informs my work with transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive identified young people.
I am a queer, nonbinary transmasculine human that uses he/they pronouns. My practice is devoted to creative and collaborative work within a safe and non-threatening environment. I am a clinically trained art therapist and counselor who uses an individualized and trauma-informed approach. I specialize in navigating issues that impact children and adolescents, such as depression, anxiety, risky or self-harming behaviors, stress, gender identity, and difficult life transitions. I have experience working in an intensive outpatient setting and now practice individual expressive therapy in a private practice setting.
(443) 839-0217 View (443) 839-0217
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Sarah Webber
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21201  (Online Only)
As a sex positive, gender and LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist I enjoy working with both individuals and couples facing a multitude of different life challenges.
I am here to create a safe and trusting environment that allows clients to unload their thoughts and emotions. Empowering them in a genuine, straightforward, and relaxed atmosphere to step into the brave space where they are able to find their truth, speak it, and live it. My integrative approach is tailored to each client. During this process the client learns how to accept where they are in this moment. Then identifying and making changes to get to where they want to be. This allows them to free themselves from the persistent negative thoughts and societal pressures holding them back from living the life they have always wanted.
As a sex positive, gender and LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist I enjoy working with both individuals and couples facing a multitude of different life challenges.
I am here to create a safe and trusting environment that allows clients to unload their thoughts and emotions. Empowering them in a genuine, straightforward, and relaxed atmosphere to step into the brave space where they are able to find their truth, speak it, and live it. My integrative approach is tailored to each client. During this process the client learns how to accept where they are in this moment. Then identifying and making changes to get to where they want to be. This allows them to free themselves from the persistent negative thoughts and societal pressures holding them back from living the life they have always wanted.
(240) 213-9338 View (240) 213-9338
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Amy Kirby
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21211
Not accepting new clients
I’m passionate about supporting LGBTQIA+ people who want to improve their lives, work through deeper issues, and live authentically. As a non-binary and queer clinician, I know exactly how essential it is to have a safe, affirming space to do this work. My therapeutic style is warm, direct, and collaborative and my clinical specialties include exploration of gender expression, identity, or transition, sexuality, relationships and attachment, and neurodivergent identities. If you are struggling with feelings of shame, anxiety, depression, overwhelm, or experiencing discrimination or oppression - you are absolutely not alone.
I’m passionate about supporting LGBTQIA+ people who want to improve their lives, work through deeper issues, and live authentically. As a non-binary and queer clinician, I know exactly how essential it is to have a safe, affirming space to do this work. My therapeutic style is warm, direct, and collaborative and my clinical specialties include exploration of gender expression, identity, or transition, sexuality, relationships and attachment, and neurodivergent identities. If you are struggling with feelings of shame, anxiety, depression, overwhelm, or experiencing discrimination or oppression - you are absolutely not alone.
(410) 413-3511 View (410) 413-3511
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Becky Miller
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21218
Waitlist for new clients
Our practice specializes in working with People of Color, Queer and Trans clients.
Sometimes, core parts of who we are fall outside of what is considered normal or acceptable. It can feel impossible to understand yourself. You might feel invisible or wonder if you’re really the problem. You know that hiding these parts of yourself doesn’t feel right and isn’t sustainable. At the same time, you question whether it’s worth all the pain that might come from fully exploring and expressing yourself without hiding your identity, isolating from others, or masking. You may already have a strong sense of your identity and know what would help but feel that it's not accessible or possible.
Our practice specializes in working with People of Color, Queer and Trans clients.
Sometimes, core parts of who we are fall outside of what is considered normal or acceptable. It can feel impossible to understand yourself. You might feel invisible or wonder if you’re really the problem. You know that hiding these parts of yourself doesn’t feel right and isn’t sustainable. At the same time, you question whether it’s worth all the pain that might come from fully exploring and expressing yourself without hiding your identity, isolating from others, or masking. You may already have a strong sense of your identity and know what would help but feel that it's not accessible or possible.
(877) 893-5480 View (877) 893-5480
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Caroline Erickson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with anxiety? Would you like to set more boundaries in your life? Are you a member of the LGBTQIA+ community looking for a Queer-identified, affirming therapist? Is your relationship causing you stress? These are areas I thrive in supporting. Research shows that the success of therapy often depends on the “fit” between the client and therapist. With a background as a sexuality educator and communication facilitator, I’m experienced in creating a safe space for individuals and people in relationships to bring their concerns, build skills, and feel more comfortable having difficult conversations.
Are you struggling with anxiety? Would you like to set more boundaries in your life? Are you a member of the LGBTQIA+ community looking for a Queer-identified, affirming therapist? Is your relationship causing you stress? These are areas I thrive in supporting. Research shows that the success of therapy often depends on the “fit” between the client and therapist. With a background as a sexuality educator and communication facilitator, I’m experienced in creating a safe space for individuals and people in relationships to bring their concerns, build skills, and feel more comfortable having difficult conversations.
(410) 705-2756 View (410) 705-2756
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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.