LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Brooklyn, NY

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Cynthia M Cabral
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11230
They also enrich concepts of building life worth living by committing to queer joy and gender euphoria.
Dr. Cabral is a NYS licensed clinical psychologist. In their work with clients, Dr. Cabral sees their role as breathing fresh air into the unexplored corners of your mind and standing with you as you encounter the parts of yourself that you have not met. Dr. Cabral makes therapy a place where you can become the most authentic version of yourself by supporting you in clarifying your values and discovering how past and present traumas may shape how you currently move through the world. Dr. Cabral has a vibrant interpersonal style that people who are uncertain about therapy really connect with.
They also enrich concepts of building life worth living by committing to queer joy and gender euphoria.
Dr. Cabral is a NYS licensed clinical psychologist. In their work with clients, Dr. Cabral sees their role as breathing fresh air into the unexplored corners of your mind and standing with you as you encounter the parts of yourself that you have not met. Dr. Cabral makes therapy a place where you can become the most authentic version of yourself by supporting you in clarifying your values and discovering how past and present traumas may shape how you currently move through the world. Dr. Cabral has a vibrant interpersonal style that people who are uncertain about therapy really connect with.
(929) 930-5109 View (929) 930-5109
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Courtney Adisano
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Are you grappling with the challenges of borderline personality disorder, struggling in your relationships, or feeling marginalized as a LGBTQIA+ person? Navigating any of these challenges can be exceptionally tough without adequate support. But rest assured, you no longer have to do it alone. Together, we can embark on a journey toward understanding and healing.
Are you grappling with the challenges of borderline personality disorder, struggling in your relationships, or feeling marginalized as a LGBTQIA+ person? Navigating any of these challenges can be exceptionally tough without adequate support. But rest assured, you no longer have to do it alone. Together, we can embark on a journey toward understanding and healing.
(929) 357-0923 View (929) 357-0923
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James Ramseur III
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11216  (Online Only)
I specialize in issues relating to gender and sexuality, including affirming LGBTQIA+ identity, kink/BDSM, and polyamory/ENM.
As a therapist I firmly believe that transformative growth and liberation depend on first developing a trusting relationship. My individual clients are looking for space to discuss anxiety, pressures from work and family, and daily stressors with someone who recognizes the connections to social identity. When working in relationships—whether romantic, sexual, familial—my clients value the safety to each express their needs and better understand one another.
I specialize in issues relating to gender and sexuality, including affirming LGBTQIA+ identity, kink/BDSM, and polyamory/ENM.
As a therapist I firmly believe that transformative growth and liberation depend on first developing a trusting relationship. My individual clients are looking for space to discuss anxiety, pressures from work and family, and daily stressors with someone who recognizes the connections to social identity. When working in relationships—whether romantic, sexual, familial—my clients value the safety to each express their needs and better understand one another.
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Carly Linn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
There are a million things that make you the person you are, and finding a therapist who sees and understands your dimensions can feel like an altogether daunting task. I meet every one of my clients on an individual level with warmth, openness, and respect. I work to cultivate a space where anybody can come as they are, with a specific focus on the LGBTQIA+ community.
There are a million things that make you the person you are, and finding a therapist who sees and understands your dimensions can feel like an altogether daunting task. I meet every one of my clients on an individual level with warmth, openness, and respect. I work to cultivate a space where anybody can come as they are, with a specific focus on the LGBTQIA+ community.
(347) 407-8502 View (347) 407-8502
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Lauren Keiper
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11217  (Online Only)
I often work with clients who are LGBTQIA+ identified and/or ethically non-monogamous.
I offer my clients a nonjudgmental space where they can explore their feelings, learn more about themselves, and continue to grow. Life can often be challenging, and I like to help others feel confident in their ability to get through those tough times. I have training in cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and psychodynamic therapy. Every person is unique, and I collaborate with each client to develop a plan that is tailored to them.
I often work with clients who are LGBTQIA+ identified and/or ethically non-monogamous.
I offer my clients a nonjudgmental space where they can explore their feelings, learn more about themselves, and continue to grow. Life can often be challenging, and I like to help others feel confident in their ability to get through those tough times. I have training in cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and psychodynamic therapy. Every person is unique, and I collaborate with each client to develop a plan that is tailored to them.
(929) 205-4780 View (929) 205-4780
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Ricardo Armando Guzman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11217  (Online Only)
As an LGBTQIA+ therapist, I use a client-centered, humanistic and trauma-sensitive approach to address anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, and issues pertaining to identity and sexuality.
Are you struggling with self-love and self-acceptance? Do you find yourself fighting with anxiety, addictions, and negative or scattered thoughts? Perhaps you are dealing with issues pertaining to your identity or even going through an existential crisis. I know how hard these times can be because I've been there myself. Therapy has helped me find healing in my own life and I know it can do the same to you.
As an LGBTQIA+ therapist, I use a client-centered, humanistic and trauma-sensitive approach to address anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, and issues pertaining to identity and sexuality.
Are you struggling with self-love and self-acceptance? Do you find yourself fighting with anxiety, addictions, and negative or scattered thoughts? Perhaps you are dealing with issues pertaining to your identity or even going through an existential crisis. I know how hard these times can be because I've been there myself. Therapy has helped me find healing in my own life and I know it can do the same to you.
(646) 793-9611 View (646) 793-9611
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Becca Bradley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11215
My practice centers the needs of Queer and Trans folks.
I am here and ready to move through this with you. Whether you are in transition, longing for peace of mind & body, suffering, stuck, overwhelmed, navigating a relationship, transforming, growing or just maintaining; I will meet you there. Together we will lean in toward a deeper understanding of you. Using an embodied relational approach we will tend to you as a whole person and build skills that support fulfillment and greater clarity around your needs, and how to meet them.
My practice centers the needs of Queer and Trans folks.
I am here and ready to move through this with you. Whether you are in transition, longing for peace of mind & body, suffering, stuck, overwhelmed, navigating a relationship, transforming, growing or just maintaining; I will meet you there. Together we will lean in toward a deeper understanding of you. Using an embodied relational approach we will tend to you as a whole person and build skills that support fulfillment and greater clarity around your needs, and how to meet them.
(347) 970-8318 View (347) 970-8318
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Bree Riley
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11232
I identify as Southern and queer.
My specialty is holding space for those within the LGBTQIA+ communities. My goal is to provide gender-affirming, culturally humble, and trauma-informed care to all my clients. My clients and I work together to explore their depression, anxiety, interpersonal communication, religious trauma, and chronic illnesses like HIV.
I identify as Southern and queer.
My specialty is holding space for those within the LGBTQIA+ communities. My goal is to provide gender-affirming, culturally humble, and trauma-informed care to all my clients. My clients and I work together to explore their depression, anxiety, interpersonal communication, religious trauma, and chronic illnesses like HIV.
(718) 289-4992 View (718) 289-4992
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Rachel Harlich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
I work with expansive individuals and couples who are tired of being pathologized or having to educate their providers. I specialize in working with all kinds of people on the margins: LGBTQIA+ folks, polyamory/non-monogamy and kink/BDSM-involved clients, sex workers, fat people, and folks impacted by disability, chronic illness and pain, as well as complex trauma and attachment wounding survivors. It's possible to build safety, presence, pleasure, and joy within yourself and your partnerships. Our sessions together will feature warmth, humor, and empathy.
I work with expansive individuals and couples who are tired of being pathologized or having to educate their providers. I specialize in working with all kinds of people on the margins: LGBTQIA+ folks, polyamory/non-monogamy and kink/BDSM-involved clients, sex workers, fat people, and folks impacted by disability, chronic illness and pain, as well as complex trauma and attachment wounding survivors. It's possible to build safety, presence, pleasure, and joy within yourself and your partnerships. Our sessions together will feature warmth, humor, and empathy.
(929) 295-7758 View (929) 295-7758
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Zoe Williams
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11232
I also specialize in therapy with queer-identified and trans-identified individuals and the surrounding issues of coming out, questioning, transitioning, family concerns, relationship dynamics, and self-esteem.
Insight is good, but change is better! If you are strugglng with anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem, you may have been "just living with it" for awhile. Ask yourself: "How would my life be different if I didn't feel this way?" Seeking support can be a scary step, but when you are ready for change, it can be an enjoyable process, even when it is hard work or explores painful issues. We can work together to determine the best way to achieve your goals in a warm, compassionate and non-judgmental environment.
I also specialize in therapy with queer-identified and trans-identified individuals and the surrounding issues of coming out, questioning, transitioning, family concerns, relationship dynamics, and self-esteem.
Insight is good, but change is better! If you are strugglng with anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem, you may have been "just living with it" for awhile. Ask yourself: "How would my life be different if I didn't feel this way?" Seeking support can be a scary step, but when you are ready for change, it can be an enjoyable process, even when it is hard work or explores painful issues. We can work together to determine the best way to achieve your goals in a warm, compassionate and non-judgmental environment.
(516) 606-4261 View (516) 606-4261
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Monica Zahl
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11216  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with clients in the LGBTQ+ community, to create a genuine and compassionate therapeutic relationship that is gender- and sexuality-affirming. I work with adults experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment difficulties, relationship and sex-related issues. It is through a warm and non-judgemental collaboration that we can examine the sources of adversity you are experiencing, and together create the motivation to make the changes you want to see in your life.
I specialize in working with clients in the LGBTQ+ community, to create a genuine and compassionate therapeutic relationship that is gender- and sexuality-affirming. I work with adults experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment difficulties, relationship and sex-related issues. It is through a warm and non-judgemental collaboration that we can examine the sources of adversity you are experiencing, and together create the motivation to make the changes you want to see in your life.
(929) 581-7339 View (929) 581-7339
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Sara Gillooly
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11238  (Online Only)
Did you grow up being told that you were "too sensitive" or "dramatic"? Maybe you felt shame for just being yourself? Does it feel hard not to sacrifice your own needs in order to keep others comfortable or impossible to even identify what your needs are in the first place? If any of this sounds like you, I understand. I specialize in working with adults healing from complex trauma, emotionally immature parents, and narcissistic abuse. The majority of my clients identify as LGBTQ+ and/or neurodivergent as I do myself.
Did you grow up being told that you were "too sensitive" or "dramatic"? Maybe you felt shame for just being yourself? Does it feel hard not to sacrifice your own needs in order to keep others comfortable or impossible to even identify what your needs are in the first place? If any of this sounds like you, I understand. I specialize in working with adults healing from complex trauma, emotionally immature parents, and narcissistic abuse. The majority of my clients identify as LGBTQ+ and/or neurodivergent as I do myself.
(646) 490-1571 View (646) 490-1571
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Matthew Melissa Makak
LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11210  (Online Only)
I am a non-binary therapist who aims to create a comfortable and safe space for the client to speak whatever is on their mind. I have experience working with those in the LGBTQIA+ community as well as first-generation college students. I work with clients suffering from depression, anxiety, gender dysphoria, and life transitions.
I am a non-binary therapist who aims to create a comfortable and safe space for the client to speak whatever is on their mind. I have experience working with those in the LGBTQIA+ community as well as first-generation college students. I work with clients suffering from depression, anxiety, gender dysphoria, and life transitions.
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Laurel Wright
Psychologist, PhD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11238
I’m a queer, non-binary clinical psychologist specializing in LGBTQ mental health and primarily work with queer and gender expansive folks.
Psychotherapy is an intimate collaboration in self-discovery, problem-solving & relief of suffering. My aim is to meet you where you’re at, beginning from where you are right now. Together, we’ll locate the obstacles, fears and outgrown narratives separating you from embodying your most authentic self. We'll identify meaningful therapeutic goals based on your needs and tangible steps to reach them. I'm an active therapist who provides feedback and invites yours fully.
I’m a queer, non-binary clinical psychologist specializing in LGBTQ mental health and primarily work with queer and gender expansive folks.
Psychotherapy is an intimate collaboration in self-discovery, problem-solving & relief of suffering. My aim is to meet you where you’re at, beginning from where you are right now. Together, we’ll locate the obstacles, fears and outgrown narratives separating you from embodying your most authentic self. We'll identify meaningful therapeutic goals based on your needs and tangible steps to reach them. I'm an active therapist who provides feedback and invites yours fully.
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Maggie Dunleavy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11238
My therapeutic practice is informed by critical race theory as well as queer and feminist theory and grounded in an understanding that as a white therapist, cultural humility and anti-racist practice are essential to my work with all clients.
Hi, I'm glad you're here! In my therapeutic practice, I work to support all clients in their exploration and healing around issues of gender identity, sex and sexuality, loss and grief, depression, anxiety, cultivating healthy relationships, and self-acceptance. I specialize in therapeutic work with queer and trans clients. I believe that the most important aspect of therapeutic work is the creation of an affirming and safe relationship between therapist and client. In this way, my approach as a therapist is one that first and foremost is warm, kind, and authentic.
My therapeutic practice is informed by critical race theory as well as queer and feminist theory and grounded in an understanding that as a white therapist, cultural humility and anti-racist practice are essential to my work with all clients.
Hi, I'm glad you're here! In my therapeutic practice, I work to support all clients in their exploration and healing around issues of gender identity, sex and sexuality, loss and grief, depression, anxiety, cultivating healthy relationships, and self-acceptance. I specialize in therapeutic work with queer and trans clients. I believe that the most important aspect of therapeutic work is the creation of an affirming and safe relationship between therapist and client. In this way, my approach as a therapist is one that first and foremost is warm, kind, and authentic.
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M Julius Owens
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11249  (Online Only)
I help BIPOC men and LGBTQIA individuals overcome stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, and trauma by taking a whole person approach, focusing on body, mind, self, and spirit. I listen to your story with empathy and respect, integrating it into our sessions for healing. Using evidence-informed care tailored to your needs, I incorporate proven interventions through research informed therapy.
I help BIPOC men and LGBTQIA individuals overcome stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, and trauma by taking a whole person approach, focusing on body, mind, self, and spirit. I listen to your story with empathy and respect, integrating it into our sessions for healing. Using evidence-informed care tailored to your needs, I incorporate proven interventions through research informed therapy.
(646) 492-8901 View (646) 492-8901
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Amie D. Wells
LMHC, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11212  (Online Only)
I work with couples who are committed to improving their relationships and individuals whose goals are to heal from personal or intergenerational traumas, minority related stress such as BIPOC, LGBTQIA and Non-Monogamous identity or relationship stressors. Their ideal goals would be to improve their relationship, learn effective communication skills, manage emotional triggers and learn how to regulate their mood. The objective would be to develop the insight, self-confidence, and concrete skills to shift from feelings of shame, guilt or anger to feelings of empowerment, confidence and love to have healthier lives and relationships.
I work with couples who are committed to improving their relationships and individuals whose goals are to heal from personal or intergenerational traumas, minority related stress such as BIPOC, LGBTQIA and Non-Monogamous identity or relationship stressors. Their ideal goals would be to improve their relationship, learn effective communication skills, manage emotional triggers and learn how to regulate their mood. The objective would be to develop the insight, self-confidence, and concrete skills to shift from feelings of shame, guilt or anger to feelings of empowerment, confidence and love to have healthier lives and relationships.
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Leila Zhanybekova
Art Therapist, LCAT, ATR-BC, MPS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11209  (Online Only)
My lived experience as a queer Asian immigrant provides me a deep understanding of the nuanced ways that our intersectional identities and surviving through the various systems we exist in affects our mental health.
I specialize in working with acculturation, racial and cultural trauma, gender identity and sexuality, depression, anxiety, and life transition. Together, we collaborate to explore your current struggles, look into your relationships, process your experiences, unpack intergenerational and racial trauma, identify patterns of thought and behavior, and develop insight into your life's path. In session, we build a warm, humorous, and authentic relationship to help you embody your values, grow more connected to yourself and others, build compassion for your emotions, and find a way forward from where you are right now.
My lived experience as a queer Asian immigrant provides me a deep understanding of the nuanced ways that our intersectional identities and surviving through the various systems we exist in affects our mental health.
I specialize in working with acculturation, racial and cultural trauma, gender identity and sexuality, depression, anxiety, and life transition. Together, we collaborate to explore your current struggles, look into your relationships, process your experiences, unpack intergenerational and racial trauma, identify patterns of thought and behavior, and develop insight into your life's path. In session, we build a warm, humorous, and authentic relationship to help you embody your values, grow more connected to yourself and others, build compassion for your emotions, and find a way forward from where you are right now.
(718) 865-3943 View (718) 865-3943
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Emma Larson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11201
I specialize in work with LGBTQ folks and people in alternative or nontraditional family/relationship structures (polyamory, CNM, etc).
Something’s not working. You can see that there’s a problem, but you can’t quite see how to fix it. You know you don’t want things to stay the same, but it’s hard to imagine how they could be different. Whether you’re seeking to build coping skills for increased emotional balance, improve communication in your personal relationships, or untangle deep-seated habits that are holding you back — I can help. Let’s work together to shift your perspective, and find a way forward.
I specialize in work with LGBTQ folks and people in alternative or nontraditional family/relationship structures (polyamory, CNM, etc).
Something’s not working. You can see that there’s a problem, but you can’t quite see how to fix it. You know you don’t want things to stay the same, but it’s hard to imagine how they could be different. Whether you’re seeking to build coping skills for increased emotional balance, improve communication in your personal relationships, or untangle deep-seated habits that are holding you back — I can help. Let’s work together to shift your perspective, and find a way forward.
(646) 652-6827 View (646) 652-6827
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Lily Ostler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11238  (Online Only)
I am a queer therapist that utilizes a casual and honest style with the hope of engaging you in open, supportive, & challenging conversations.
My goal is to support you in improving your relationship with yourself and others; exploring and understanding your sexuality, gender, and relationship styles; and enhancing your experience of and relationship to sex. Whether you’re facing struggles in these areas or just want to better understand who you are and how you’re feeling, I am here to work collaboratively with you to build the life that you want. I tailor my approach to each unique individual and system to support you in understanding how past experiences, shame, and your mental health are impacting your interpersonal relationships and quality of life.
I am a queer therapist that utilizes a casual and honest style with the hope of engaging you in open, supportive, & challenging conversations.
My goal is to support you in improving your relationship with yourself and others; exploring and understanding your sexuality, gender, and relationship styles; and enhancing your experience of and relationship to sex. Whether you’re facing struggles in these areas or just want to better understand who you are and how you’re feeling, I am here to work collaboratively with you to build the life that you want. I tailor my approach to each unique individual and system to support you in understanding how past experiences, shame, and your mental health are impacting your interpersonal relationships and quality of life.
(332) 239-1712 View (332) 239-1712
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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.