LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in New York, NY

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Photo of Kyle Brown, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York, NY
Kyle Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
New York, NY 10036  (Online Only)
You deserve to be in community with people who support and uplift you. Far too often, people are judged by many mental health professionals. As a black queer non-binary therapist, my ultimate goal is to support you. I have extensive experience providing psychotherapy to LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, and allies. I can be particularly helpful in helping you develop more self-acceptance, more insight, and teach you different tools to support your mental health and wellbeing. Let’s collaborate together and find what works best for you.
You deserve to be in community with people who support and uplift you. Far too often, people are judged by many mental health professionals. As a black queer non-binary therapist, my ultimate goal is to support you. I have extensive experience providing psychotherapy to LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, and allies. I can be particularly helpful in helping you develop more self-acceptance, more insight, and teach you different tools to support your mental health and wellbeing. Let’s collaborate together and find what works best for you.
(646) 837-8152 View (646) 837-8152
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Mark Mineo - Anxiety, Trauma, LGBTQ+ Affirming
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
You will find that my queer identity has deepened my knowledge of relationship challenges, gender-sexual experiences, and how couples can work through challenges.
Are you feeling stuck in aspects of your life because of anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship challenges, or stress? Need help sorting out your gender and sexual identities, or other LGBTQIA+ issues? We will work together towards short-term relief while building lifelong coping skills. You can recover from mental health challenges, build self-esteem, move past anxiety, and create healthy habits. You can heal from trauma and develop practical tools for living a more balanced, focused life. I offer affordable in-person therapy in Midtown and online therapy for residents of New York. I am looking forward to hearing your story!
You will find that my queer identity has deepened my knowledge of relationship challenges, gender-sexual experiences, and how couples can work through challenges.
Are you feeling stuck in aspects of your life because of anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship challenges, or stress? Need help sorting out your gender and sexual identities, or other LGBTQIA+ issues? We will work together towards short-term relief while building lifelong coping skills. You can recover from mental health challenges, build self-esteem, move past anxiety, and create healthy habits. You can heal from trauma and develop practical tools for living a more balanced, focused life. I offer affordable in-person therapy in Midtown and online therapy for residents of New York. I am looking forward to hearing your story!
(917) 909-4310 View (917) 909-4310
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Gregory Gagnon
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10002
Waitlist for new clients
I am committed to providing affirming care to members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The start of a new psychotherapy often occurs when you are going through a particularly difficult time in your life. It takes courage to reach out and begin the process. But the benefits can be significant. Psychotherapy provides an opportunity to expand your understanding of yourself and the meaning of your current difficulties, to clarify your hopes and develop new ways of pursuing them, and to learn how to cope with disappointments and challenges so they do not grow into insurmountable obstacles. I practice collaboratively. I will work with you to develop an approach that is responsive to your needs and preferences.
I am committed to providing affirming care to members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The start of a new psychotherapy often occurs when you are going through a particularly difficult time in your life. It takes courage to reach out and begin the process. But the benefits can be significant. Psychotherapy provides an opportunity to expand your understanding of yourself and the meaning of your current difficulties, to clarify your hopes and develop new ways of pursuing them, and to learn how to cope with disappointments and challenges so they do not grow into insurmountable obstacles. I practice collaboratively. I will work with you to develop an approach that is responsive to your needs and preferences.
(646) 916-5578 View (646) 916-5578
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Ryan Savolskis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10019
I work with adults and teens, with specializations in LGBTQ+ issues, anxiety, depression and relationships.
I believe we're all looking for the same thing: to be heard and understood. My approach is rooted in relational therapy, emphasizing the development of the therapeutic relationship as a foundation for healing. I advocate for a focus on the human experience over pathologizing mental health and understand that cultural differences, societal pressures, and life's inherent chaos impact our mental well-being in profound ways. While I do have a clinical side and apply therapeutic modalities, my priority isn’t stamping a diagnosis on you and calling it a day; it’s all about truly standing by the power of the therapy bond.
I work with adults and teens, with specializations in LGBTQ+ issues, anxiety, depression and relationships.
I believe we're all looking for the same thing: to be heard and understood. My approach is rooted in relational therapy, emphasizing the development of the therapeutic relationship as a foundation for healing. I advocate for a focus on the human experience over pathologizing mental health and understand that cultural differences, societal pressures, and life's inherent chaos impact our mental well-being in profound ways. While I do have a clinical side and apply therapeutic modalities, my priority isn’t stamping a diagnosis on you and calling it a day; it’s all about truly standing by the power of the therapy bond.
(646) 906-8896 View (646) 906-8896
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Todd Anderson
Licensed Psychoanalyst, PhD, PsyD, LP, NCPsyA, CCTP
Verified Verified
16 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010  (Online Only)
I have expertise in LGBTQIA+ and sex/body/kink/poly/alt relationship issues.
Beginning therapy can be scary and is a bold step toward making proactive changes in your life. I provide a warm and relaxed atmosphere to explore your emotional life in a safe and supportive space. Aware of the importance of the body, I experience you as a whole person: your words, life themes, affect, posture, and your presence. By experiencing you in your wholeness, I can contextualize what can feel confusing or fragmentary. I can share what I see and understand, helping you raise your self-awareness. This process can harmonize your thoughts and emotions. Insight alone often is not sufficient for healing.
I have expertise in LGBTQIA+ and sex/body/kink/poly/alt relationship issues.
Beginning therapy can be scary and is a bold step toward making proactive changes in your life. I provide a warm and relaxed atmosphere to explore your emotional life in a safe and supportive space. Aware of the importance of the body, I experience you as a whole person: your words, life themes, affect, posture, and your presence. By experiencing you in your wholeness, I can contextualize what can feel confusing or fragmentary. I can share what I see and understand, helping you raise your self-awareness. This process can harmonize your thoughts and emotions. Insight alone often is not sufficient for healing.
(914) 252-3138 View (914) 252-3138
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A Jordan Wright
Psychologist, PhD, ABAP, ABPP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10113  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
In addition to general psychotherapy, I work specifically with addictions and queer and trans clients.
I am a clinical psychologist who specializes in psychological assessment (including learning disabilities and ADHD) and therapy. I received my Ph.D. from Columbia University and am board certified in both psychological assessment and clinical psychology. I work with a range of clients from childhood through adulthood, including families (and therapy with therapists). My work tends to be goal-focused. I am on faculty at New York University, where I train doctoral students in psychological assessment and counseling, as well as running a low-fee clinic (https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/center-counseling-and-community-wellbeing).
In addition to general psychotherapy, I work specifically with addictions and queer and trans clients.
I am a clinical psychologist who specializes in psychological assessment (including learning disabilities and ADHD) and therapy. I received my Ph.D. from Columbia University and am board certified in both psychological assessment and clinical psychology. I work with a range of clients from childhood through adulthood, including families (and therapy with therapists). My work tends to be goal-focused. I am on faculty at New York University, where I train doctoral students in psychological assessment and counseling, as well as running a low-fee clinic (https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/center-counseling-and-community-wellbeing).
(347) 514-9485 View (347) 514-9485
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Marcelo Abramovich Gay Men's Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
When facing life's difficult challenges, it is good to know that there are places that you can turn to for help and guidance. However, finding a gay therapist can be anxiety producing because when people decide they would benefit from seeing a therapist, they are often experiencing significant upset in their lives. This is usually not the ideal moment to be dealing with the stress involved in finding someone with whom it feels safe and right to be vulnerable.
When facing life's difficult challenges, it is good to know that there are places that you can turn to for help and guidance. However, finding a gay therapist can be anxiety producing because when people decide they would benefit from seeing a therapist, they are often experiencing significant upset in their lives. This is usually not the ideal moment to be dealing with the stress involved in finding someone with whom it feels safe and right to be vulnerable.
(646) 506-4362 View (646) 506-4362
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David Rust
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, CCM
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
I also have special interests in LGBTQ+ related issues, health care professionals and coaching.
My name is David, and I am a licensed clinical social worker and certified case manager with 14 years of experience in the medical and mental health field. I hold a Master's Degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University, specializing in healthcare, and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University at Albany, where I graduated with high honors from the School of Social Welfare. Throughout my career, I have devoted myself to helping clients overcome life's struggles in the healthcare and mental health industry. I am licensed in NY, FL and NJ.
I also have special interests in LGBTQ+ related issues, health care professionals and coaching.
My name is David, and I am a licensed clinical social worker and certified case manager with 14 years of experience in the medical and mental health field. I hold a Master's Degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University, specializing in healthcare, and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University at Albany, where I graduated with high honors from the School of Social Welfare. Throughout my career, I have devoted myself to helping clients overcome life's struggles in the healthcare and mental health industry. I am licensed in NY, FL and NJ.
(929) 262-6247 View (929) 262-6247
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Dr. Lois C Horowitz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
She works with both straight and LGBTQ+ people.
Dr. Horowitz is a psychotherapist based in New York and New Jersey. She sees clients throughout each state via Zoom sessions. She has over 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist, teacher, author, and supervisor. In her work as a psychotherapist, she helps individuals and couples to strengthen their capacities to cope with intense intolerable feelings, to restore or build trust in their relationships, and to gain tools to cope with life's challenges and crises. Many of her clients have attained considerable success in their lives, but want to address some quality of life issue that has felt beyond their reach.
She works with both straight and LGBTQ+ people.
Dr. Horowitz is a psychotherapist based in New York and New Jersey. She sees clients throughout each state via Zoom sessions. She has over 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist, teacher, author, and supervisor. In her work as a psychotherapist, she helps individuals and couples to strengthen their capacities to cope with intense intolerable feelings, to restore or build trust in their relationships, and to gain tools to cope with life's challenges and crises. Many of her clients have attained considerable success in their lives, but want to address some quality of life issue that has felt beyond their reach.
(646) 583-3968 View (646) 583-3968
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Sam Rosenthal
MHC-LP, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10012
Waitlist for new clients
You are one step closer to living a better life. If you are dealing with low self-esteem, relationship problems, LGBTQ+ issues, career stress, or life transitions, I am here to help. I work with people from a span of backgrounds and specialize in issues related to anxiety, depression, intersecting identities, Gay couples and families, and childhood trauma. My goal in working with adults, teens, couples, and families is to create a collaborative and affirming space where you can voice your struggles and find a deeper understanding of your thoughts and feelings.
You are one step closer to living a better life. If you are dealing with low self-esteem, relationship problems, LGBTQ+ issues, career stress, or life transitions, I am here to help. I work with people from a span of backgrounds and specialize in issues related to anxiety, depression, intersecting identities, Gay couples and families, and childhood trauma. My goal in working with adults, teens, couples, and families is to create a collaborative and affirming space where you can voice your struggles and find a deeper understanding of your thoughts and feelings.
(929) 323-4241 View (929) 323-4241
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Kenji Takeda
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10038  (Online Only)
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As a licensed psychologist in NY and NJ, I offer remote individual psychotherapy to adults (Mon-Thurs: 9am-5pm). My approach is collaborative, and you are an active partner in designing your personal goals. I individualize treatment based on your presenting concerns/needs as well as your unique background and history. Based on my training and experience in a variety of treatment modalities, including CBT, DBT, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, I use an integrative approach to help you reach your personal goals, which may involve learning skills to manage life’s difficulties and developing greater understanding of yourself.
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As a licensed psychologist in NY and NJ, I offer remote individual psychotherapy to adults (Mon-Thurs: 9am-5pm). My approach is collaborative, and you are an active partner in designing your personal goals. I individualize treatment based on your presenting concerns/needs as well as your unique background and history. Based on my training and experience in a variety of treatment modalities, including CBT, DBT, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, I use an integrative approach to help you reach your personal goals, which may involve learning skills to manage life’s difficulties and developing greater understanding of yourself.
(908) 402-6396 View (908) 402-6396
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Kelsey Logan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10011
Whether you are experiencing relationship issues, are looking to break patterns, or are wanting to get to know yourself better, therapy is a wonderful place to foster personal growth. I love working with people to understand their "why" and to find ways to create a rich, fulfilling life. I specialize in working with individuals and couples who may identify as LGBTQIA+, artists, people with uteruses, and caregivers of children and/or older adults. I work in person and virtually. You can schedule a free 15 minute consultation with me here: calendly.com/kelseylogan
Whether you are experiencing relationship issues, are looking to break patterns, or are wanting to get to know yourself better, therapy is a wonderful place to foster personal growth. I love working with people to understand their "why" and to find ways to create a rich, fulfilling life. I specialize in working with individuals and couples who may identify as LGBTQIA+, artists, people with uteruses, and caregivers of children and/or older adults. I work in person and virtually. You can schedule a free 15 minute consultation with me here: calendly.com/kelseylogan
(929) 500-7491 View (929) 500-7491
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Kyle Nicholas Cleary
LPC Intern
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10030  (Online Only)
Are you seeking gender-affirming care? Perhaps you have been discriminated against in the workplace, have unsupportive parents, or are facing housing insecurity. Maybe you need help navigating your new queer relationship? I am here to support you through whatever challenges you may face! As a cousneling intern, I am here to validate all kinds of clients' concerns brought to the therapy space to encourage clients to make positive changes, achieve goals, and develop healthy coping strategies. I am most passionate about helping LGBTQIA+ clients and social justice and multicultural issues are at the forefront of what I value.
Are you seeking gender-affirming care? Perhaps you have been discriminated against in the workplace, have unsupportive parents, or are facing housing insecurity. Maybe you need help navigating your new queer relationship? I am here to support you through whatever challenges you may face! As a cousneling intern, I am here to validate all kinds of clients' concerns brought to the therapy space to encourage clients to make positive changes, achieve goals, and develop healthy coping strategies. I am most passionate about helping LGBTQIA+ clients and social justice and multicultural issues are at the forefront of what I value.
(646) 759-0501 View (646) 759-0501
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Charles Henry Lovett
LMHC-LP, MA, EdM
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10011
It is my strong belief that the systems we navigate directly impact our mental health and well-being, and that through recognition and critical consciousness of these influences, we can radically free ourselves. My therapeutic approach borrows from Freirean thought, acknowledging that individuals are masters of their own experiences and that collaboratively we will liberate each other. I believe growing up multiracial (Chinese; White) and queer positioned me well to see how uniquely multifaceted each person is. In my therapy, we will nurture a nonjudgmental and explorative space centering your growth.
It is my strong belief that the systems we navigate directly impact our mental health and well-being, and that through recognition and critical consciousness of these influences, we can radically free ourselves. My therapeutic approach borrows from Freirean thought, acknowledging that individuals are masters of their own experiences and that collaboratively we will liberate each other. I believe growing up multiracial (Chinese; White) and queer positioned me well to see how uniquely multifaceted each person is. In my therapy, we will nurture a nonjudgmental and explorative space centering your growth.
(646) 846-5451 View (646) 846-5451
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Weston Clay
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003  (Online Only)
Inclusivity, antiracism, and LGBTQ+ competency are fundamental to the way I work.
The way I see it, the goal of therapy is to bolster you so that you can maneuver whatever life brings your way. Depression, anxiety, and trauma all block our capacity to experience the wide range of emotions that give life it's vitality. As your therapist, I will be a secure and safe support as we explore patterns in your emotions and relationships, I will encourage you to experience life in a present-focused and embodied manner, and I will help to foster the growth of your natural strengths and resiliencies. Ultimately, I want to help my clients to reclaim their unique identity and to become better friends to themselves.
Inclusivity, antiracism, and LGBTQ+ competency are fundamental to the way I work.
The way I see it, the goal of therapy is to bolster you so that you can maneuver whatever life brings your way. Depression, anxiety, and trauma all block our capacity to experience the wide range of emotions that give life it's vitality. As your therapist, I will be a secure and safe support as we explore patterns in your emotions and relationships, I will encourage you to experience life in a present-focused and embodied manner, and I will help to foster the growth of your natural strengths and resiliencies. Ultimately, I want to help my clients to reclaim their unique identity and to become better friends to themselves.
(332) 900-4185 View (332) 900-4185
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Q'Lective Therapy
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
We are authorized to do business as Q’Lective Therapy, though the official name through the NYS Office of Professions is Intersecting Mental Health Counseling Psychotherapy, PLLC. We are a group of queer, trans & non-binary, neurodivergent therapists who aim to serve our community. We provide accessible mental health care for folks from historically marginalized and oppressed communities. We work with children, adolescents, adults, couples/polycules, families, and groups. We specialize in gender, sexuality, kink, BDSM, non-monogamy, sex work, neurodivergence, trauma, mood disorders, racial identity, and intersectionality.
We are authorized to do business as Q’Lective Therapy, though the official name through the NYS Office of Professions is Intersecting Mental Health Counseling Psychotherapy, PLLC. We are a group of queer, trans & non-binary, neurodivergent therapists who aim to serve our community. We provide accessible mental health care for folks from historically marginalized and oppressed communities. We work with children, adolescents, adults, couples/polycules, families, and groups. We specialize in gender, sexuality, kink, BDSM, non-monogamy, sex work, neurodivergence, trauma, mood disorders, racial identity, and intersectionality.
(718) 866-1824 View (718) 866-1824
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Danielle Angel
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMHC-LP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10036  (Online Only)
Additionally, I have specialized training and experience supporting those within the LGBTQ+ community, including working as a counselor at the Trevor Project.
I strive to help clients gain insight into their thoughts and behaviors to help process their past while also finding coping strategies to improve their day-to-day lives. To do this, I integrate different therapeutic modalities, including psychodynamic, person-centered, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I work with clients to identify and unravel negative thinking patterns that may be interfering with their lives and help replace them with more positive beliefs. I primarily work with adults, helping them adapt and adjust to common life stressors such as work challenges, life transitions, and relationship issues.
Additionally, I have specialized training and experience supporting those within the LGBTQ+ community, including working as a counselor at the Trevor Project.
I strive to help clients gain insight into their thoughts and behaviors to help process their past while also finding coping strategies to improve their day-to-day lives. To do this, I integrate different therapeutic modalities, including psychodynamic, person-centered, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I work with clients to identify and unravel negative thinking patterns that may be interfering with their lives and help replace them with more positive beliefs. I primarily work with adults, helping them adapt and adjust to common life stressors such as work challenges, life transitions, and relationship issues.
(347) 836-5230 View (347) 836-5230
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Timothy Carreiro
Psychologist, PhD, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10011  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with the LGBTQA population.
Therapy is an important and significant decision. I believe it is one of the most important choices a person can make. A therapist must be skilled, empathic, kind and generous. I feel that I am all of these things and am fully committed to each and every client I see. Our work together is a partnership in which we explore the things that are holding you back and keeping you from enjoying your life. Whether you are suffering from depression or trying to break unhealthy relationship patterns, I will work with you to improve your life and unravel difficult patterns.
I specialize in working with the LGBTQA population.
Therapy is an important and significant decision. I believe it is one of the most important choices a person can make. A therapist must be skilled, empathic, kind and generous. I feel that I am all of these things and am fully committed to each and every client I see. Our work together is a partnership in which we explore the things that are holding you back and keeping you from enjoying your life. Whether you are suffering from depression or trying to break unhealthy relationship patterns, I will work with you to improve your life and unravel difficult patterns.
(917) 791-2147 View (917) 791-2147
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Kevyn Rodriguez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
During my career I have supported clients with a wide range of issues that include anxiety, depression, life changing events, LGBTQ+ issues such as struggling with the challenges of coming out, support during gender transitioning and identity issues.
I am a Licensed Social Worker (LMSW) specializing in individual therapy for adults and adolescents. I use client-centered, strengths-based approach to promote client’s determination. I consider clients experiences in my practice to get to know them and develop an understanding between the multiple layers of complexities in the clients life such as spirituality, race, culture, sexual/gender identity, and family background. I believe that my role is to create a safe space where a client feels comfortable and supported while addressing sensitive and difficult issues.
During my career I have supported clients with a wide range of issues that include anxiety, depression, life changing events, LGBTQ+ issues such as struggling with the challenges of coming out, support during gender transitioning and identity issues.
I am a Licensed Social Worker (LMSW) specializing in individual therapy for adults and adolescents. I use client-centered, strengths-based approach to promote client’s determination. I consider clients experiences in my practice to get to know them and develop an understanding between the multiple layers of complexities in the clients life such as spirituality, race, culture, sexual/gender identity, and family background. I believe that my role is to create a safe space where a client feels comfortable and supported while addressing sensitive and difficult issues.
(929) 415-9693 View (929) 415-9693
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William Moran-Berberena
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BA, LMSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I have expertise working with LGBQ+ individuals, couples and families, including the transgender community.
As you take the first step in a journey of self-discovery and transformation, let me help you untangle the knots that keep you from verbalizing your needs and feelings. I believe that “every difficulty in life presents us with an opportunity to turn inward and to invoke our own inner resources” (Epitectus).
I have expertise working with LGBQ+ individuals, couples and families, including the transgender community.
As you take the first step in a journey of self-discovery and transformation, let me help you untangle the knots that keep you from verbalizing your needs and feelings. I believe that “every difficulty in life presents us with an opportunity to turn inward and to invoke our own inner resources” (Epitectus).
(908) 463-5989 View (908) 463-5989

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.