LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Rochester, NY

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Photo of Spotted Rabbit Creative Arts Therapy, Art Therapist in Rochester, NY
Spotted Rabbit Creative Arts Therapy
Art Therapist, LCAT
Verified
Rochester, NY 14618
Spotted Rabbit therapists aren’t here to “fix” you. We live for empowering neurodivergents, LGBTQ+ folx, and adults who’ve experienced emotional neglect (trauma) to be their true selves and live a life aligned with their own personal values. We specialize in helping teens and adults relax their nervous systems, better regulate their emotions, and develop healthier relationships with others. We are also experienced in treating related conditions such as anxiety, eating disorders, and dissociative identity disorder (DID). We use trauma informed and culturally sensitive practices and believe in an intuitive eating/HAES approach.
Spotted Rabbit therapists aren’t here to “fix” you. We live for empowering neurodivergents, LGBTQ+ folx, and adults who’ve experienced emotional neglect (trauma) to be their true selves and live a life aligned with their own personal values. We specialize in helping teens and adults relax their nervous systems, better regulate their emotions, and develop healthier relationships with others. We are also experienced in treating related conditions such as anxiety, eating disorders, and dissociative identity disorder (DID). We use trauma informed and culturally sensitive practices and believe in an intuitive eating/HAES approach.
(585) 684-3970 View (585) 684-3970
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Conner Burry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, MT-BC
Verified
Rochester, NY 14622  (Online Only)
I have lived experience as a Queer person, and I specialize in LGBTQIA+ care, specifically gender exploration.
Do you feel stuck in your relationships? Having difficulty setting and maintaining boundaries? Struggling to connect with the people around you? I work primarily with adults who are looking to explore themselves and their relationship patterns to work toward more meaningful connections in their lives. I believe that the quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives, and I am passionate about using our relationship as client and therapist as a tool and lens to help you explore and understand more about the other relationships in your life and how you show up in them.
I have lived experience as a Queer person, and I specialize in LGBTQIA+ care, specifically gender exploration.
Do you feel stuck in your relationships? Having difficulty setting and maintaining boundaries? Struggling to connect with the people around you? I work primarily with adults who are looking to explore themselves and their relationship patterns to work toward more meaningful connections in their lives. I believe that the quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives, and I am passionate about using our relationship as client and therapist as a tool and lens to help you explore and understand more about the other relationships in your life and how you show up in them.
(585) 648-5165 View (585) 648-5165
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Emma L. Wolford
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified
Rochester, NY 14620
I have extensive experience serving the LGBTQ community, as well as overburdened women and teens/ college students.
Has life has put a lot of challenges in your way recently and you are feeling depressed & anxious? Not feeling like yourself? I provide you with a non-judgmental place to process your concerns and gain coping skills as you embrace your authentic self & strengthen your relationships. I have 20+ years of experience & my practice focuses on older teens, college students & adults (individuals & couples). I can effectively help with a wide range of issues. Areas of specialty include LGBTQ concerns, women's issues, emotional regulation/mood disorders, coping with life changes & identity development focusing on the whole person.
I have extensive experience serving the LGBTQ community, as well as overburdened women and teens/ college students.
Has life has put a lot of challenges in your way recently and you are feeling depressed & anxious? Not feeling like yourself? I provide you with a non-judgmental place to process your concerns and gain coping skills as you embrace your authentic self & strengthen your relationships. I have 20+ years of experience & my practice focuses on older teens, college students & adults (individuals & couples). I can effectively help with a wide range of issues. Areas of specialty include LGBTQ concerns, women's issues, emotional regulation/mood disorders, coping with life changes & identity development focusing on the whole person.
(585) 440-7107 View (585) 440-7107
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Sam Dinga
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Rochester, NY 14623
Waitlist for new clients
I practice using a queer and trans-affirming, anti-racist, anti-ableist, trauma-informed lens.
I treat clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and identities, but I specialize in working with LGBTQIA+ adolescents and adults, and treat conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. I am hearing, am proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) and am experienced with Deaf culture.
I practice using a queer and trans-affirming, anti-racist, anti-ableist, trauma-informed lens.
I treat clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and identities, but I specialize in working with LGBTQIA+ adolescents and adults, and treat conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. I am hearing, am proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) and am experienced with Deaf culture.
(585) 479-3478 View (585) 479-3478
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Maureen Sharp
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14627  (Online Only)
As a therapist who identifies as lesbian, my commitment is to create an inclusive and supportive environment that welcomes individuals of all diverse identities and sexual orientations.
Welcome! I provide an affirming space for you to process what is relevant to you, in a safe and inclusive environment where you feel heard and understood. Whether it's related to LGBTQIA+ issues, anxiety, depression, self-doubt, boundary-setting, complex family dynamics, deepening spirituality, or restoring your relationship with yourself, I am here to support you on your journey towards personal growth and wellness. My therapeutic approach centers around the power of vulnerability and the importance of embracing your authentic self, through honoring and exploring your personal story.
As a therapist who identifies as lesbian, my commitment is to create an inclusive and supportive environment that welcomes individuals of all diverse identities and sexual orientations.
Welcome! I provide an affirming space for you to process what is relevant to you, in a safe and inclusive environment where you feel heard and understood. Whether it's related to LGBTQIA+ issues, anxiety, depression, self-doubt, boundary-setting, complex family dynamics, deepening spirituality, or restoring your relationship with yourself, I am here to support you on your journey towards personal growth and wellness. My therapeutic approach centers around the power of vulnerability and the importance of embracing your authentic self, through honoring and exploring your personal story.
(347) 434-6845 View (347) 434-6845
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Kayla Annett
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14600
I specialize in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, generational trauma, domestic violence, and eating disorders, including poor self-esteem, confidence, and body image. I particularly enjoy working with women, the LGBTQIA+ community, trauma survivors, and children/adolescents.
I specialize in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, generational trauma, domestic violence, and eating disorders, including poor self-esteem, confidence, and body image. I particularly enjoy working with women, the LGBTQIA+ community, trauma survivors, and children/adolescents.
(518) 855-9115 View (518) 855-9115
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The Queer Wellness Center: Channyn Quinn
LMHC
Verified
Rochester, NY 14610
I specialize in treating LGBTQIA persons, therapy for mental health professionals, trauma/PTSD, relationship, shame, & self-esteem issues.
My name is Channyn (pronounced Shannon). Congratulations for starting (or restarting) your journey in taking care of yourself. My goal is to assist you with self-discovery, change, and improving your quality of life. I help my clients cope with the psychological and emotional difficulties that underlie unhealthy thoughts, patterns, and behaviors. I am anti-racist & committed to working with people regardless of gender identity, race, religion, or sexual orientation. My therapy style is warm, supportive, empowering, interactive, sometimes funny, and focused on assisting clients in developing mindful awareness.
I specialize in treating LGBTQIA persons, therapy for mental health professionals, trauma/PTSD, relationship, shame, & self-esteem issues.
My name is Channyn (pronounced Shannon). Congratulations for starting (or restarting) your journey in taking care of yourself. My goal is to assist you with self-discovery, change, and improving your quality of life. I help my clients cope with the psychological and emotional difficulties that underlie unhealthy thoughts, patterns, and behaviors. I am anti-racist & committed to working with people regardless of gender identity, race, religion, or sexual orientation. My therapy style is warm, supportive, empowering, interactive, sometimes funny, and focused on assisting clients in developing mindful awareness.
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Shannon Lynch
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14600
My goal as a social worker is to help teens, adults, families, and couples live their lives radically and authentically as they heal from trauma. I use a range of practices such as Trauma Systems Therapy, DBT, and Family Therapy through a feminist and health at every size lens. I primarily work with clients who may struggle with trauma-related disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders. I also enjoy working with clients who are queer, neurodiverse, and or polyamorous/Non-Monogamous.
My goal as a social worker is to help teens, adults, families, and couples live their lives radically and authentically as they heal from trauma. I use a range of practices such as Trauma Systems Therapy, DBT, and Family Therapy through a feminist and health at every size lens. I primarily work with clients who may struggle with trauma-related disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders. I also enjoy working with clients who are queer, neurodiverse, and or polyamorous/Non-Monogamous.
(518) 760-0885 View (518) 760-0885
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Monika Rybak
LP-MHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14602  (Online Only)
As a gay, non-binary therapist, I want to provide members of the LGBTQ+, a space to be celebrated and empowered.
Connections with others are a vital lifeline in times of stress. As a Mental Health Counselor-LP, working under the supervision of Silvia B. Arias, I work with adults who may be struggling with a variety of issues, life transitions, or would like support on their mental health journeys. You deserve to be seen, heard, and valued! I want to be a positive support system while challenging you to become your most empowered self. I offer counseling for those who want to learn emotional regulation and maintain healthy relationships, explore gender identity, or may be living with trauma. We will work together to foster a balanced life.
As a gay, non-binary therapist, I want to provide members of the LGBTQ+, a space to be celebrated and empowered.
Connections with others are a vital lifeline in times of stress. As a Mental Health Counselor-LP, working under the supervision of Silvia B. Arias, I work with adults who may be struggling with a variety of issues, life transitions, or would like support on their mental health journeys. You deserve to be seen, heard, and valued! I want to be a positive support system while challenging you to become your most empowered self. I offer counseling for those who want to learn emotional regulation and maintain healthy relationships, explore gender identity, or may be living with trauma. We will work together to foster a balanced life.
(914) 415-5708 View (914) 415-5708
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Rivka Polisky
Art Therapist, LCAT, ATR-BC
Verified
Rochester, NY 14618
As someone who is LGBTQIA+ and grew up in a conservative community, I know how living inauthentically can weigh on you. Pleasing others at the expense of yourself can have some challenging and long-term consequences. What starts as suppressing your emotions ends up as ongoing depression and anxiety as you continually make choices to minimize conflict rather than truly meet your own needs. While the path forward can feel confusing, there is hope for finding a sense of clarity and relief, and awakening to a life that you genuinely want to engage with and thrive in.
As someone who is LGBTQIA+ and grew up in a conservative community, I know how living inauthentically can weigh on you. Pleasing others at the expense of yourself can have some challenging and long-term consequences. What starts as suppressing your emotions ends up as ongoing depression and anxiety as you continually make choices to minimize conflict rather than truly meet your own needs. While the path forward can feel confusing, there is hope for finding a sense of clarity and relief, and awakening to a life that you genuinely want to engage with and thrive in.
(585) 515-2965 x709 View (585) 515-2965 x709
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Scott LaForce Coaching LLC
MA, MFA, Coach
4 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14615
I specialize in creative and empowerment-focused relational approaches as a LGBTQ+ affirming and sex-positive Life-Coach.
I am currently accepting clients along the spectrum of issues revolving around relationships, intimacy, sexuality, and sexual identity. This includes individuals seeking a more full, balanced, and healthy relationship to self; as well as anyone seeking better relationships to others, including monogamous or polyamorous relationships, and communities.
I specialize in creative and empowerment-focused relational approaches as a LGBTQ+ affirming and sex-positive Life-Coach.
I am currently accepting clients along the spectrum of issues revolving around relationships, intimacy, sexuality, and sexual identity. This includes individuals seeking a more full, balanced, and healthy relationship to self; as well as anyone seeking better relationships to others, including monogamous or polyamorous relationships, and communities.
(503) 714-7843 View (503) 714-7843
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Dr. Lauren Wadsworth
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14623
My passions are treating OCD and helping LGBTQ+ folks navigate identity processes. Many of my clients joke that I am "not a talk therapist, but a 'do' therapist," as sessions are often very active and skills focused. I view therapy as a supportive environment where I can help clients face their fears. I provide only evidence-based treatments, as my goal is to help people get results as soon as possible.
My passions are treating OCD and helping LGBTQ+ folks navigate identity processes. Many of my clients joke that I am "not a talk therapist, but a 'do' therapist," as sessions are often very active and skills focused. I view therapy as a supportive environment where I can help clients face their fears. I provide only evidence-based treatments, as my goal is to help people get results as soon as possible.
(585) 542-1834 View (585) 542-1834
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Lia Lesnick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Rochester, NY 14618
Waitlist for new clients
Additionally, I am aligned with and passionate about advocating for and working with the LGBTQIA+ community.
Life is often unpredictable and painful. It can be easy to find ourselves feeling stuck in a spiral of shame and uncertainty. As humans, we often have an “inner knowing” that we have grown far away from. It’s difficult to commit to the journey of healing. However, choosing this journey is often “the right kind of hard,” while remaining stuck, frozen, and numb, is “the wrong kind of hard.” Sitting with big emotions can often times feel uncomfortable and scary. Everyone deserves a safe space to process difficult emotions and life's challenges.
Additionally, I am aligned with and passionate about advocating for and working with the LGBTQIA+ community.
Life is often unpredictable and painful. It can be easy to find ourselves feeling stuck in a spiral of shame and uncertainty. As humans, we often have an “inner knowing” that we have grown far away from. It’s difficult to commit to the journey of healing. However, choosing this journey is often “the right kind of hard,” while remaining stuck, frozen, and numb, is “the wrong kind of hard.” Sitting with big emotions can often times feel uncomfortable and scary. Everyone deserves a safe space to process difficult emotions and life's challenges.
(585) 857-9735 View (585) 857-9735
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Meaghan Confer
Counselor, LMHC, NCC, MS
Verified
8 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14610  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in working with young adults, adults, older adults, and folks in the LGBTQ+ community who struggle with their self-esteem, identity, and anxiety.
We receive many messages from our loved ones and society about who we are and who we should be. These messages can make us feel stifled and pressured to conform to others' expectations to fit in or feel worthy. It is isolating and painful when our true selves don't align with others' expectations. This pain can cause us to hold negative beliefs about ourselves, isolate ourselves from others, and avoid trying new things. This pain keeps us from embracing our life, relationships, and ourselves. The path to embracing your authentic self starts here.
I specialize in working with young adults, adults, older adults, and folks in the LGBTQ+ community who struggle with their self-esteem, identity, and anxiety.
We receive many messages from our loved ones and society about who we are and who we should be. These messages can make us feel stifled and pressured to conform to others' expectations to fit in or feel worthy. It is isolating and painful when our true selves don't align with others' expectations. This pain can cause us to hold negative beliefs about ourselves, isolate ourselves from others, and avoid trying new things. This pain keeps us from embracing our life, relationships, and ourselves. The path to embracing your authentic self starts here.
(585) 252-5783 View (585) 252-5783
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E. S. Pelkey
LCAT
Verified
Rochester, NY 14618
I am part of the LGBTQ+ community and am neurodivergent affirming in my approach.
As people, we often find ourselves feeling confined by the beliefs of friends, family, and society. It can be paralyzing trying to meet what are often conflicting expectations, leaving us with chronic feelings of anxiety, stress, and shame. It can feel as if you are compromising your true self to please other people, struggling to balance what you want for yourself and what others ask of you. Thinking about the person that you want to be can be stressful, but self-discovery is a crucial step towards leading a more fulfilled life.
I am part of the LGBTQ+ community and am neurodivergent affirming in my approach.
As people, we often find ourselves feeling confined by the beliefs of friends, family, and society. It can be paralyzing trying to meet what are often conflicting expectations, leaving us with chronic feelings of anxiety, stress, and shame. It can feel as if you are compromising your true self to please other people, struggling to balance what you want for yourself and what others ask of you. Thinking about the person that you want to be can be stressful, but self-discovery is a crucial step towards leading a more fulfilled life.
(585) 536-0981 View (585) 536-0981
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Lyrah Wallace
Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT
Verified
Rochester, NY 14618
As a queer and nonbinary individual, I am passionate about working with and advocating for the queer and neurodiverse communities. I strive to provide my clients a safe, sensory-friendly, and creative space to work through life’s challenges with a provider with whom they know has shared experiences and extensive experience in providing affirming care. I also have advanced training in systemic oppression and multicultural therapy, and provide gender-affirming services like letters of recommendation for HRT and gender affirming surgeries.
As a queer and nonbinary individual, I am passionate about working with and advocating for the queer and neurodiverse communities. I strive to provide my clients a safe, sensory-friendly, and creative space to work through life’s challenges with a provider with whom they know has shared experiences and extensive experience in providing affirming care. I also have advanced training in systemic oppression and multicultural therapy, and provide gender-affirming services like letters of recommendation for HRT and gender affirming surgeries.
(585) 800-1181 View (585) 800-1181
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Tricia Og
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14606  (Online Only)
Hi there! My name is Tricia Og and I started working in the mental health field in 2010. Since then, I’ve worked in school settings, provided crisis intervention, and provided therapy in both home-based and clinical settings. I truly enjoy working with all clients, but I specialize in working with children/ adolescents, LGBTQ, adults, and families. From my experience, I have found that building a strong rapport with each client is just as important as the clinical intervention.
Hi there! My name is Tricia Og and I started working in the mental health field in 2010. Since then, I’ve worked in school settings, provided crisis intervention, and provided therapy in both home-based and clinical settings. I truly enjoy working with all clients, but I specialize in working with children/ adolescents, LGBTQ, adults, and families. From my experience, I have found that building a strong rapport with each client is just as important as the clinical intervention.
(585) 558-1778 View (585) 558-1778
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Kodie Sears
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Rochester, NY 14607
Are you finding yourself in a pattern of repetitive behaviors that often interfere with your relationships/self-esteem? This may look like: relationships characterized by high conflict or codependency; periods of intense self-shaming/negative self-talk; emotional reactivity; or may show up as self-harming behaviors. If you are looking to receive non-judgmental care focused on building self-esteem and improving emotional regulation, you are in the right place! I have experience working specifically with young adults 18-35, the LGBTQ+ community and those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder or PTSD.
Are you finding yourself in a pattern of repetitive behaviors that often interfere with your relationships/self-esteem? This may look like: relationships characterized by high conflict or codependency; periods of intense self-shaming/negative self-talk; emotional reactivity; or may show up as self-harming behaviors. If you are looking to receive non-judgmental care focused on building self-esteem and improving emotional regulation, you are in the right place! I have experience working specifically with young adults 18-35, the LGBTQ+ community and those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder or PTSD.
(585) 632-6861 View (585) 632-6861
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Dr. Megan M. Humphreys
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Rochester, NY 14627  (Online Only)
, navigating minority related stress, LGBTQIA+, immigration concerns, etc.
My approach to therapy is warm, inviting, and challenging. I value compassion and "realness" and approach my work with clients from a place of curiosity and respect. I believe the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for meaningful work to occur and work with my clients to identify what feels most important to explore and address in therapy. Our work together may involve processing and organizing difficult life experiences or memories, preparing for major life transitions, or navigating challenges relating to depression/anxiety.
, navigating minority related stress, LGBTQIA+, immigration concerns, etc.
My approach to therapy is warm, inviting, and challenging. I value compassion and "realness" and approach my work with clients from a place of curiosity and respect. I believe the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for meaningful work to occur and work with my clients to identify what feels most important to explore and address in therapy. Our work together may involve processing and organizing difficult life experiences or memories, preparing for major life transitions, or navigating challenges relating to depression/anxiety.
(585) 449-9452 View (585) 449-9452
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Ashley Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14608
Are you looking for something different? Have you tried therapy before and did not feel it was helpful? Perhaps you are looking for a non judgemental space to work on substance use concerns and mental health and have found it difficult in the past to find a therapist you connect with. I am a harm reduction model therapist, that aims to help you reach your goals. Maybe you are looking for someone that understands the unique needs of LGBTQIA+ folks. I provide a style that is warm and welcome to all. I want to meet you where you are at and help lay the path for growth. Change can happen, sometimes you might need someone to help.
Are you looking for something different? Have you tried therapy before and did not feel it was helpful? Perhaps you are looking for a non judgemental space to work on substance use concerns and mental health and have found it difficult in the past to find a therapist you connect with. I am a harm reduction model therapist, that aims to help you reach your goals. Maybe you are looking for someone that understands the unique needs of LGBTQIA+ folks. I provide a style that is warm and welcome to all. I want to meet you where you are at and help lay the path for growth. Change can happen, sometimes you might need someone to help.
(585) 440-6338 View (585) 440-6338

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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.