LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Bethesda, MD

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Lia Bostian
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified
I welcome transgender , genderqueer, and gender non-conforming clients.
I help individual adults with a wide range of emotional problems and decisions, with a special focus on the LGBT community. My goal is to enable people to resolve their issues with lasting results and to live more satisfying, healthier lives. Over the past 25 years, people have turned to me for help with depression, anxiety, loneliness, grief, low self-esteem, work stress, parenting, and relationship problems. I have also worked with people experiencing trauma and substance abuse.
(240) 821-5369 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Ryan Shea
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
I am currently accepting new patients for online video therapy (Telehealth)! I work with children, adolescents, and adults with concerns including depression, anxiety, identity concerns, adjustment and life transitions, grief and loss, and relationship issues. I am particularly passionate about my LGBTQ work, both in and out of therapy.
 
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Bethesda, MD 20817
Offers online therapy
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Mary Randall Ingate
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, MC
Verified
We all have periods of struggle navigating life; work; and relationships. In my practice I focus on helping individuals and families identify troubling issues while increasing self understanding; coping skills and compassion for themselves and others with the goal of improving relationships and moving forward in life in accordance with their individual goals and values. In my 30+ years of practice I have worked with people from many different cultures including the LGBTQ + community who are struggling with anxiety; mood disorders; and addiction issues. I am committed to helping and working collaboratively with my clients.
(301) 850-6846 
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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Luba Roytburd
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I have a special interest in working with LGBTQ individuals, those dealing with adjusting to a new a culture, and individuals for whom cultural differences create challenges in family relationships.
Feeling different? Do you have a sense that people don’t get you? Do you travel a different path than everybody else? Are you living your life very differently from what other people expect you to? Life can be tough when you feel different. Different can also mean isolated, lonely, and misunderstood. But you can be different and still fit in. That's where I can help.
(301) 329-2377 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Tift Pelias
Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Verified
I specialize in the areas of chronic pain, cultural adjustment, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, anger management and LGBTQ issues.
Has the pandemic changed your world? Feeling stuck? Experiencing a lack of motivation? Are you struggling with pain from a chronic health issue or pain from daily life frustration? Are you always anxious, angry or depressed? Feel distant from your true self? Therapy can help you to break through the pain to be where you want to be. Warm, supportive, non-judgmental therapeutic exploration can help you to reconnect with or discover the person outside the pain, who is not just a medical diagnosis, an adult child of an alcoholic, your profession, an angry/depressed/anxious person but the real you and your full potential.
(301) 563-9678 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Thomas J Coughlin
Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Verified
I work with trans /gender expansive/non binary clients to reach their goals in transition, be they internal awareness and acceptance, social, medical and/or legal avenues by offering support, connection to other helpful resources, advocating for health care, and writing letters of support for gender affirming medical care, if part of their personal journey.
Sometimes creating or maintaining a happy, satisfying life requires help. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, I will listen and engage you in ways that support a life of balance, healing & growth as you move toward a better and more authentic you. Though my practice is not limited to work with the LGBTQ population, I have years of experience working with this community especially trans /gender expansive/non binary individuals. I am credentialed through the WPATH GEI certification program. More info: https://www.wpath.org/about-gei
(202) 738-5456 
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Bethesda, MD 20810
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Kyle T Collins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Kyle has a strong background in working with LGBTQ + clients and their partners.
Kyle Collins is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker with a passion for creating an affirming space in which to work with a diverse array of clientele. Kyle has his Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a focus in Behavioral Health and the integration of behavioral health in overall wellness. He currently works at Harmony Holistic, Integrative Wellness and Relationship Center. *** NOTE: Currently Kyle is not accepting new clients - if you wish to reach out, you can be connected with another member of our team at Harmony Holistic. ***
(301) 234-7916 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Joey Salvatore
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified
Clients who are looking for support exploring issues in a compassionate and warm space; in need of direction; help clarifying what gives their lives meaning and importance; are dealing with life transition issues and stressors; interpersonal or relationship issues; LGBTQIA + identity or gender issues; conflict of faith/religion/spirituality issues; mood or sleep imbalance and dysregulation issues.
(410) 844-6914 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Darby Integrative Counseling LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LCADAS
Verified
Our practice is allied with our communities including the: LGBTQIA +, minority and immigrant, and kink/poly.
*Currently accepting new clients at Darby Integrative Counseling, LLC, and we are offering in-person and/or video sessions to accommodate your needs during the COVID crisis.* We welcome you to the next courageous step on your journey walking through life's challenges. Are you struggling with fear, grief, sadness, anxiety, or stress? Have anger, shame or guilt been preventing you from the joys of life? Do your relationships at home or work feel strained? Let us awaken your best self and find solutions for the problems you face on your path to wellness.
(301) 945-7306 
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Bethesda, MD 20825
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Cara Miller
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I believe every person has the ability to grow and transform. I believe that we can best do so when accompanied compassionately along our journeys. Through increasing self-awareness, cultivating our inner and external resources, and understanding the interconnected influences of mind and body in our daily lives, we can transform through painful times and arrive into greater and deeper capacity for relationships to ourselves and with others. I specialize in working with adults through trauma healing, grief and loss (including that of beloved animals), LGBTQIA + identities and relationships, depression/anxiety, and life transitions.
 
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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Cindy Bull Crane
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified
If you are sitting on my couch, SOME kind of trauma or pain has touched you. Whether you are straight or gay , a teen, adult or or older adult, first responder, couple in crisis, or struggling with illness or grief, I will help you learn to better process and manage your emotions, including worry, fear, anxiety, sadness or anger to develop better coping strategies TODAY. My therapy is non-judgmental and client-focused where therapeutic goals are driven by the client's needs.
(301) 246-2921 
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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Faith E Weidler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
Clients from various cultures and ethnic groups and gay and bisexual clients have increased my own awareness to the fact that many life challenges may be universally experienced; however, an individual's experience of them is unique and draws from a rich and complex narrative.
I enjoy working with adolescents and adults around a variety of issues, including life transitions, anxiety, depression and trauma. My goal is to help individuals chart their own course by increasing awareness of how past experiences continue to resonate; to draw on their resilience, strengths and skills; and, to modify unhelpful patterns of thinking and behavior that cause distress so as to bring about lasting change. My approach involves joining with clients with curiosity, gentle humor, and warmth. Treatment approaches follow theory, best practices, and is practical. Clients typically report improvement after a few sessions.
(240) 345-3969 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Dr. Bithiah Reed
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP, MSCP
Verified
I have extensive experience treating our nation's uniformed service members and their loved ones, many of whom have faced circumstances like these: Combat and sexual trauma, Profound loss, geographic separation from family support, relationship distress, parenting challenges, depression and anxiety, cancer, issues with eating and body image, gender issues, and difficulty excelling professionally due to ADHD. I had specialized training in treating gender-questioning and transgender people. I have a post-doctoral master's degree in psychopharmacology, and can consult with other prescribing providers for best medication outcomes..
(301) 701-5529 
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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Quinn K Smelser
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, PhD, LCPC, RPT
Verified
I am a nationally recognized expert and published author on play therapy, family therapy, ethical practice, trauma informed care for children, LGBT and gender identity, grief and loss, and spirituality.
You have taken a very courageous step in seeking therapy. I have counseled children, families, and individuals at all stages of life. Over the course of my career, I have worked in urban, rural, and suburban communities, under government-funded grants, and through private funding in homes, schools, and residential treatment. Using an integrative approach that is trauma-informed, evidence-based, and family systems oriented, I draw from attachment theory, neurobiology research, systems theory, cognitive-behavioral theory, and existentialism. I also am an approved clinical supervisor in Maryland.
(240) 213-7314 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Jennifer H Greenberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, CST, CSCT
Verified
As an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and ISTI Certified Sex and Couples Therapist, I know that life and relationships take a lot of work. My practice is dedicated to helping individuals, couples and relationship(s) that are in need of support and/or seeking growth and change. From anxiety and depression to sexual functioning and communication, I can help you and your partner(s) work on bringing authenticity back into your lives. I have extensive experience working with military (Active Duty/Vets & Spouses), LGBTQ +, kink/poly relationships, HAES/Intuitive Eating, as well as Ex-pats and International Aid Workers stationed overseas.
(301) 812-4780 
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Bethesda, MD 20815
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Emily L Rizzo
Counselor, LCPC, LPC, NCC
Verified
I am passionate about working with the LGBTQ population and with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. I consistently work with clients regarding depression, anxiety, motivation, trauma, grief, understanding their identity, familial relations, gender identity, sexual identity, sexual/relationship needs, polyamorous relationships, kink, communication in relationships, and self-integration. Extensive background in working with people of color. Assist parents/families through their child's gender transition. Experience in college counseling and high school counseling.
(609) 306-1424 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Faith Ferber
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Faith is particularly interested in working with survivors of trauma and interpersonal violence, people in polyamorous or consensually non-monogamous relationships, those who are kink-identified, people with chronic pain or other disabilities, and the LGBTQIA community.
Faith Ferber has a passion for helping people achieve their goals and live a happy and fulfilling life. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University with a certificate in Violence Against Women and Children and Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from American University. She has several years of experience working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence, as well as experience working with people struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and substance abuse. She focuses on issues surrounding human sexuality.
(240) 213-9614 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Jessica Moore Simon
Psychologist, PsyD, LCPAT
Verified
Simon specializes in treating transgender folx.
Not currently taking new individual patients. Dr. Jessica Simon is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist practicing since 2003. She received her Master's in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University. She believes that everyone is unique and deserves an individualized treatment plan, and that psychotherapy is both an art and a science. She utilizes curiosity, self-awareness, creativity and humor to promote personal growth and healing. Respect for individual differences and all aspects of diversity is a cornerstone of her practice.
(301) 476-5905 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Zachary Berman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LGMFT
Verified
He has strong experience working with clientele in LGBTQ +, consensually non-monogamous, and kink communities.
Zack Berman believes that great therapeutic outcomes start with a strong therapeutic alliance. His style is warm and candid, inviting clients into an environment where they can be authentically themselves. Zack offers his clients an affirming, improvisational space in which they can feel safe to express uncomfortable truths and begin to play with new solutions. He often collaborates with clients on impromptu experiential exercises, utilizing a strengths-based stance to empower them to reach their goals. ** Note: Zack is not currently accepting new clients or onto a waiting list. **
(301) 638-8534 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Sabine Cornelius
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
Verified
I believe in clients' innate ability to heal and grow, and in helping them to tap into their inner wisdom and resources. I have worked creatively, effectively and empathically with couples and individuals struggling with relationship difficulties, painful childhood and life experiences, personal and work stress, anxiety and depression, and social isolation. I have helped clients with complex needs in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatry, LGBT -friendly mental health services, university student counseling, and family services. I feel passionate about my work and view therapy as a collaborative, interactive process.
(202) 601-3591 
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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LGBTQ+ Therapists
These therapists specialize in providing supportive, LGBTQ-affirming therapy in Bethesda. Many offer personal insights as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender therapists themselves. Others are allies of the LGBTQIA community with specialized training and experience working with LGBTQ+ clients. All have chosen to include the LGBTQIA community as an area of specialization and client focus.