LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Rockville, 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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Rockville, MD 20850
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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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Rockville, MD 20852
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Gianna Rico
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMSW
Verified
As a queer , body positive, sex positive clinician, I want you to know that there's no pressure to act a certain way in therapy.
I believe that we already hold the knowledge and power to heal within ourselves. But what happens if we don’t have the support or courage to do so on our own? That’s where I come in! As your therapist, my goal is to support you on your pathway to healing- whatever that may look like to you. Shame, body image, grief, anxiety, 2SLGBTQ+ concerns, relationship struggles, and children and youth navigating gender identity are all areas of focus in my work. I have a particular interest in supporting those considering conceiving/gestating. Taking that step can feel scary and polarizing in our binary filled world.
(410) 671-0404 
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Rockville, MD 20850
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Shelby Willoughby
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
My passion and strengths are working with the LGBTQIA + community, self-discovery, body dysmorphia, anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders and relational and social difficulties. My background is also working with individuals who have experienced intimate partner violence and substance abuse/dependency histories. I enjoy working with late teens and adult individuals who identify in struggling with life adjustments and social connection.
(240) 213-7612 
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Rockville, MD 20852
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Patricia M Cooper
Counselor, MS, LGPC
While I work with a wide range of clients and issues, I specialize in issues related to sexuality and gender identity and have experience working with adolescents and young adults in the LGBTQ + community.
Are you struggling to find acceptance and understanding in your relationships with others? Do you wish you had more peace and compassion towards yourself? Whether you are looking to foster more connection and communication with your loved ones, or you are embarking on a journey of self-love and growth, it is my aim to help empower you to reach your goals.
(410) 618-0852 
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Rockville, MD 20850
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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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Rockville, MD 20852
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Alison Ackerley
Counselor, LGPC
Verified
Accepting new clients (contact through email) - You may have arrived on my profile during a time of transition and change in your life accompanied by heightened anxiety, depression, and a need for relief. Over the years, I have supported adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, gender and identity exploration, body confidence/neutrality (HAES focused), and trauma. While I have worked with clients from various backgrounds and provide care for a variety of issues, I have extensive experience working with college students and the LGBTQIA + community.
(301) 867-7011 
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Rockville, MD 20850
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Jeanni Aubee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
I embrace LGBTQ + and BIPOC identities and address the impact of homophobia, racism, sexism, transphobia, patriarchy & more.
Teens and adults navigating multicultural identity and relationships, stress/pressure related to higher education/career, frequent sadness, debilitating worry, codependency and trauma work with me to gain coping strategies. We'll replace negative thoughts, reframe negative interpretations, learn positive behavioral skills to create and maintain positive mood, healthy relationships. We can also improve ability to identify triggers, understand how the past affects and informs the present, improve ability to regulate, self-esteem, assertiveness and uncover family patterns/trauma that impact you and implement new behavior patterns.
(240) 202-2667 
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Rockville, MD 20852
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Brandon L Goldstein
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I also have specialized training in providing therapy to LGBTQ youth.
Are you or a loved one feeling stressed? Overwhelmed by unwanted intrusive thoughts or negative thoughts? Do you want to learn skills that can help you navigate difficult situations or how to manage your intense emotions? My goal is to help you overcome challenges, promote personal growth, and build a more fulfilling life. My approach to treatment combines empathy and a strong relationship with science-backed techniques and practical skill-building. We work together to set goals and a personalized treatment plan. Throughout therapy, I aim to increase your confidence in handling challenges and instill hope that change is possible.
(301) 701-5494 x1 
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Rockville, MD 20852
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Ellen Carol Singer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
Verified
Ellen Singer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has specialized in helping couples and families for 35+ years. She trained with Dr. Richard Schwartz in the evidence-based Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapeutic model. She’s also studied and incorporates tools from highly reputable Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman Therapy, and Imago Therapy. She sees all couples and specializes in high conflict, infidelity/affairs, intimacy/sexual relationships, ADHD impact, and coping with parent-related concerns. She also specializes in couples coping with infertiity, connected to adoption, blended families, and LGBTQ families.
(240) 702-2188 
Rockville, MD 20850
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Shira Benhorin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Dr. Shira Benhorin is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with preschoolers/children, adolescents, and families with a wide range of behavioral, emotional, and social concerns, including behavioral challenges, anxiety, depression, ADHD, school challenges, social difficulties, and parent-child challenges. I offer individual and family therapy, and work closely with parents to enhance parenting and behavior management skills. I also specialize in working with children with Feeding Disorders (extreme food selectivity, limited oral intake), and LGBTQ youth and families.
(240) 453-4755 
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Rockville, MD 20852
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Emily Star
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
I am affirming of LGBTQ + and consensually non-monogamous clients.
It's normal to be going through a hard time. But if you haven’t yet discovered what helps you manage your unique stressors, relationships, and boundaries, then life likely feels so much harder than it needs to. If you're feeling stuck, having an outside perspective can help you see different paths through a difficult terrain. Whether your troubles stem from internal or external issues, I know that by creating a warm and reflective space where we explore your worries, challenges, and motivations, you can find places of relief and even joy.
 
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Rockville, MD 20850
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Genevieve Diamond
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
Genevieve Diamond, LCSW-C, (she/her) has spent the majority of her life and professional career living in the DMV. Genevieve earned her Master of Social Work degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2005. As a social worker, she has worked with persons of all ages around a variety of issues. While mental health care is Genevieve's strongest professional area, she has also worked in the fields of child welfare, clinical trials, medical social work, and supporting adolescents of the LGBTQIA + community.
(301) 960-5748 
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Rockville, MD 20850
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Lisa Salins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
I use a multicultural approach to understand the difficulties Latinx, BIPOC, AAPI, LGBTQ + and other minorities are experiencing from the unique individual and cultural perspective.
Work related stress including procrastination; patterns f seeking validation; frequent worry; trauma and intrusive thoughts; low mood including crying are some of the reasons clients come to me. We'll work to reduce the cognitive, emotional and behavioral impact of grief/loss; abandonment and rejections; life transitions; trauma; anxiety, depression and more. Assertiveness and personal autonomy; resolution of early life and family of origin issues; increased effective communication; reduction in guilt, sadness, worrying, rumination, shame, codependency and improved self esteem are my clients therapeutic goals.
(443) 390-7566 
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Rockville, MD 20850
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Ellen Dye
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I have extensive experience working with LGBTQ clients and have advanced training in working with transgender teens and young adults in both individual and family therapy.
I hold a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University and have over thirty years of clinical experience working with adults, children, and families. My postgraduate training is in psychoanalytic, family, and cognitive-behavior therapy. My practice is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) informed. I have a broad range of experience and treat clients coping with both common life stresses and with major mental illnesses. I enjoy working with complex family situations and with individuals who have not met with success in prior treatment.
(301) 323-8669 
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Rockville, MD 20852
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Sonja Chestnut
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW, OSW-C
Verified
TELETHERAPY AVAILABLE My ideal client is someone who is coping with anxiety, depression, chronic illness, ADHD, grief, troubled relationship and family dynamics, developmental delays, LGBTQ and trauma issues. Any of these listed conditions or situations can negatively impact my clients’ ability to navigate daily living. So a successful client would be open to change and willing to try new approaches to collaborate with me in order to identify and verbalize their needs and goals and develop a plan to obtain these goals.
(240) 255-9878 
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Rockville, MD 20852
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Nicole Hast
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, EdS, LCPC, NCC
Verified
While I work with a variety of clients and issues, I specialize in working with mood and anxiety disorders, life transitions, and the LGBTQIA community, particularly those who identify as trans * or gender non-conforming.
Have you found yourself feeling sad, worn-down, angry, lonely, or anxious lately? Is your relationship with your significant other, child, or parent not what you would like and you're having trouble relating to them in manner you want? The bad news is that these issues can make life difficult or even unbearable and can lead to further feelings of loneliness and isolation; the good news is that change is possible and you are not alone. As your counselor, we will collaborate to create a plan to meet your goals quickly and effectively.
(301) 658-2265 
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Rockville, MD 20850
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Tyler Presjak
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
As a licensed counselor, I strive to provide my clients with the insight, perspective, and support needed for my clients to grow and thrive within their own lives. I offer my services to those who may be looking for support and guidance during difficult times or those who are looking for a safe space to discuss their thoughts and feelings with a trusted and knowledgeable professional. While I have worked with a wide range of individuals, I feel that I offer my best services to adults, teenagers and couples. A population that is important to me are those that identify as LGBTQ +.
(240) 453-4854 
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Rockville, MD 20852
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India Simms- Haven Center For Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LCMFT
Verified
LGBTQ + allied, sex positive, kink-friendly and nurturing to all clients.
I know it's not easy to find a therapist you vibe with but I take pride in helping 1st time therapy clients open up and feel comfortable! I opened The Haven Center in 2019 to provide a safe and judgment-free zone where people can be fully transparent and get to the root of their issues. During my 13 year tenure as a therapist, I have helped more than 1,000 individuals and couples in various clinical settings.
(410) 904-6932 
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Rockville, MD 20852
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Myra Kaplan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I have specialized training in emotionally-focused couples therapy, trauma, mindfulness in treating depression and anxiety, and working with individuals in the LGBTQ +, ADHD, Veteran, and IC populations.
Deciding to seek help for issues in your life takes courage. It isn’t easy to decide who the right person is to trust and open up to about your life or even to believe that doing so will result in improvements. I work with my clients collaboratively. Together we discuss how you are feeling, what is going on in your life, and how you would like to move forward. No matter what you are dealing with, whether it be depression, anxiety, relationship issues, general stress, or something else, our discussions will be geared towards helping you understand what you want and developing skills to be resilient and thrive in your life ahead.
(240) 899-7870 
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Rockville, MD 20854


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LGBTQ+ Therapists
These therapists specialize in providing supportive, LGBTQ-affirming therapy in Rockville. 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.