LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Syracuse, NY

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Jim Feinberg LCSW-r CH.t
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, CHT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13206
Are you feeling down? Living with HIV/AIDS? Are you facing challenges as an LBGT person? Are you struggling with substances? Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? Sense of self? Are you and your intimate partner having difficulties in your relationship? Are people telling you you are not the same person they know? I have 23 years of experience in working with Gay and Lesbian issues, people with HIV/AIDS, Grief/Loss, Substance Abuse, Mental Health issues, Depression, Anxiety, Individual and Couples therapy. I work in conjunction with you , to be forthcoming, find your strengths and maximize the benefits of therapy.
Are you feeling down? Living with HIV/AIDS? Are you facing challenges as an LBGT person? Are you struggling with substances? Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? Sense of self? Are you and your intimate partner having difficulties in your relationship? Are people telling you you are not the same person they know? I have 23 years of experience in working with Gay and Lesbian issues, people with HIV/AIDS, Grief/Loss, Substance Abuse, Mental Health issues, Depression, Anxiety, Individual and Couples therapy. I work in conjunction with you , to be forthcoming, find your strengths and maximize the benefits of therapy.
(718) 412-8126 View (718) 412-8126
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MCM Collaborative Psychotherapy LCSW, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13201  (Online Only)
MCM Collaborative is a group psychotherapy practice built for connection, healing and transformation. We are passionate and practiced in partnering with people of color, especially LGBTQ+ folks. Because we know our struggles are interconnected, we also invite teens, adults, partners/couples and families of all identities. Folks often come to us because they find comfort starting a therapeutic process with someone with a shared identity. We work best with clients who often feel misunderstood by others and, at times, by themselves. Struggling within your relationships - friendships, romantic, familial? We got you there, too.
MCM Collaborative is a group psychotherapy practice built for connection, healing and transformation. We are passionate and practiced in partnering with people of color, especially LGBTQ+ folks. Because we know our struggles are interconnected, we also invite teens, adults, partners/couples and families of all identities. Folks often come to us because they find comfort starting a therapeutic process with someone with a shared identity. We work best with clients who often feel misunderstood by others and, at times, by themselves. Struggling within your relationships - friendships, romantic, familial? We got you there, too.
(332) 330-3943 View (332) 330-3943
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Rishika Singh
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13202  (Online Only)
I work primarily with people of color, queer and trans folks coping with anxiety, depression, life transitions and relationship issues. I aim to help you tune into how you're truly feeling, while centering radical self-compassion. Healing and liberation come in many different forms and we will work collaboratively to understand your individual goals and needs. Ours will be an open space, free of judgment, to explore thoughts and feelings you may not otherwise have a place to address. One of the first steps toward healing is being seen and heard authentically and in our work together we will begin there.
I work primarily with people of color, queer and trans folks coping with anxiety, depression, life transitions and relationship issues. I aim to help you tune into how you're truly feeling, while centering radical self-compassion. Healing and liberation come in many different forms and we will work collaboratively to understand your individual goals and needs. Ours will be an open space, free of judgment, to explore thoughts and feelings you may not otherwise have a place to address. One of the first steps toward healing is being seen and heard authentically and in our work together we will begin there.
(347) 851-1517 View (347) 851-1517
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Leanne Nagle
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LPMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13214
I specialize in trauma treatment, depression, anxiety, grief, loss, and LGBTQIA+ affirming care.
I believe that every therapeutic relationship should be a collaborative experience. I work to provide a comfortable atmosphere to explore the challenges you may experience in your life journey. My experience as a couple and family therapist allows me to navigate the systems that are most important to you, whether it is through couple, family, or individual sessions.
I specialize in trauma treatment, depression, anxiety, grief, loss, and LGBTQIA+ affirming care.
I believe that every therapeutic relationship should be a collaborative experience. I work to provide a comfortable atmosphere to explore the challenges you may experience in your life journey. My experience as a couple and family therapist allows me to navigate the systems that are most important to you, whether it is through couple, family, or individual sessions.
(315) 219-4159 View (315) 219-4159
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Danushi Fernando
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13210  (Online Only)
Are you having trouble showing up as your most authentic self? Are you often worried of being revealed as an imposter? As your therapist, I would like to support you in your journey to wellness. You deserve to heal. You deserve to show up as your most honest and vibrant self in all spheres of your life. I specialize in working with college students, the LGBTQ+ community, couples navigating relationship issues, women and individuals navigating pregnancy and postpartum concerns, and adults processing their trauma histories.
Are you having trouble showing up as your most authentic self? Are you often worried of being revealed as an imposter? As your therapist, I would like to support you in your journey to wellness. You deserve to heal. You deserve to show up as your most honest and vibrant self in all spheres of your life. I specialize in working with college students, the LGBTQ+ community, couples navigating relationship issues, women and individuals navigating pregnancy and postpartum concerns, and adults processing their trauma histories.
(845) 244-5436 View (845) 244-5436
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Dr. Daniel Miller
Counselor, PhD, LMHC, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13206  (Online Only)
Sacrificing authenticity sometimes feels necessary to survive our circumstances. There can be unbearable pressure from family, loved ones, and society to act, think, feel, or relate a particular way. This can feel especially true for men who may not feel like they live up to society's expectations of them, leading to depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and low self-esteem. I work with men who feel "on the outside looking in," whether that be because of high sensitivity, belonging to the queer community, or simply having traits and attributes that fall outside of society's "man box."
Sacrificing authenticity sometimes feels necessary to survive our circumstances. There can be unbearable pressure from family, loved ones, and society to act, think, feel, or relate a particular way. This can feel especially true for men who may not feel like they live up to society's expectations of them, leading to depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and low self-esteem. I work with men who feel "on the outside looking in," whether that be because of high sensitivity, belonging to the queer community, or simply having traits and attributes that fall outside of society's "man box."
(518) 808-3231 View (518) 808-3231
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Diane Martins-Mandel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13203  (Online Only)
Hi there! I specialize in working with young adults and adults in navigating stress related to anxiety, self-doubt, perfectionism, and/or adjusting to adulthood after college or trade school. I have expertise in working with those who identify as LGBTQIA+. I also often work with first-generation Americans who feel conflicted between balancing two cultures. I am trilingual (English, Spanish, Portuguese). I have virtual, daytime availability at this time for those in New York State.
Hi there! I specialize in working with young adults and adults in navigating stress related to anxiety, self-doubt, perfectionism, and/or adjusting to adulthood after college or trade school. I have expertise in working with those who identify as LGBTQIA+. I also often work with first-generation Americans who feel conflicted between balancing two cultures. I am trilingual (English, Spanish, Portuguese). I have virtual, daytime availability at this time for those in New York State.
(845) 593-9403 View (845) 593-9403
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Jen Kilpatrick
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13204  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm Jen! I am a queer, neurodivergent (ADHD) therapist. I am sex/kink affirming, sex-work positive, cannabis friendly, gender affirming, & ND affirming. I'm an Integrative psychotherapist with focus in attachment & C-PTSD and it's impact on our relationships with ourselves & the world around us. I use inner child work, brain based & emotion focused skills with my clients. My focus at first though is building a safe space with you- free of judgment and filled with unconditional positive regard. My clients typically suffer with shame so being someone you trust is important to me.
Hi! I'm Jen! I am a queer, neurodivergent (ADHD) therapist. I am sex/kink affirming, sex-work positive, cannabis friendly, gender affirming, & ND affirming. I'm an Integrative psychotherapist with focus in attachment & C-PTSD and it's impact on our relationships with ourselves & the world around us. I use inner child work, brain based & emotion focused skills with my clients. My focus at first though is building a safe space with you- free of judgment and filled with unconditional positive regard. My clients typically suffer with shame so being someone you trust is important to me.
(716) 333-7724 View (716) 333-7724
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Kodie Sears
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13201
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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Daran Shipman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13203  (Online Only)
Finding an affirming therapist can be a difficult & complex process. For many of us, living as our authentic selves can be challenging. Sometimes there are multiple barriers & difficult decisions ahead. You don’t have to navigate it alone. Together we’ll create a supportive/collaborative space needed to move through any relational challenges, and/or to process difficult experiences. Many clients work with me because they prefer working with a therapist who has first-hand knowledge of trans/queer identities & others work with me because of my 15+ years of experience working systemically with individuals, couples, and families.
Finding an affirming therapist can be a difficult & complex process. For many of us, living as our authentic selves can be challenging. Sometimes there are multiple barriers & difficult decisions ahead. You don’t have to navigate it alone. Together we’ll create a supportive/collaborative space needed to move through any relational challenges, and/or to process difficult experiences. Many clients work with me because they prefer working with a therapist who has first-hand knowledge of trans/queer identities & others work with me because of my 15+ years of experience working systemically with individuals, couples, and families.
(303) 569-4542 View (303) 569-4542
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Caitlin Dawson Brown
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13202
As a queer identifying therapist, I have an interest in and experience with the LGBTQIA+ community and specialize in gender affirming care.
(Accepting New Clients) In therapy we will build upon your own inner strength and authentic self to process and heal pain or psychological injuries that may be getting in the way of living a healthy, integrated and fulfilling life. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process: we will work together to navigate and explore any problems or patterns in your life that may be contributing to the challenges that you face. I am not a therapist that will tell you what to do, but I will help you explore all the parts that make up YOU, including the parts of you that are resilient and know the way forward.
As a queer identifying therapist, I have an interest in and experience with the LGBTQIA+ community and specialize in gender affirming care.
(Accepting New Clients) In therapy we will build upon your own inner strength and authentic self to process and heal pain or psychological injuries that may be getting in the way of living a healthy, integrated and fulfilling life. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process: we will work together to navigate and explore any problems or patterns in your life that may be contributing to the challenges that you face. I am not a therapist that will tell you what to do, but I will help you explore all the parts that make up YOU, including the parts of you that are resilient and know the way forward.
(315) 828-0361 View (315) 828-0361
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Sarah Dedrick
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13202  (Online Only)
I'm passionate about helping people navigate conflict and cultivate healthy relationships. Together we use your values, perspective, and experiences to support you in living in your authenticity and moving your relationships toward more meaningful connection. This leads to a more congruent life and happier relationships. I have extensive experience working with partners and individuals who seek therapy for repairing relationships, navigating emotionally abusive patterns, LGBTQIA+ experiences, parenting, and life transitions. You don't have to go it alone.
I'm passionate about helping people navigate conflict and cultivate healthy relationships. Together we use your values, perspective, and experiences to support you in living in your authenticity and moving your relationships toward more meaningful connection. This leads to a more congruent life and happier relationships. I have extensive experience working with partners and individuals who seek therapy for repairing relationships, navigating emotionally abusive patterns, LGBTQIA+ experiences, parenting, and life transitions. You don't have to go it alone.
(315) 818-6681 View (315) 818-6681
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Giles Sieburg
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13219  (Online Only)
I specialize in LGBTQ+ therapy for individuals, couples, and families.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, I believe that therapy is a journey that can provide valuable perspective and facilitate healing. In my sessions, I aim to create a supportive and safe environment where my clients can work to reclaim their lives from fear, pain, and hopelessness. By exploring the systems, families, and relationships that shape their experiences, my clients can gain insight into their inner selves and learn how to cope with past traumas and current stressors. Together, we can work towards moving forward rather than remaining stuck.
I specialize in LGBTQ+ therapy for individuals, couples, and families.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, I believe that therapy is a journey that can provide valuable perspective and facilitate healing. In my sessions, I aim to create a supportive and safe environment where my clients can work to reclaim their lives from fear, pain, and hopelessness. By exploring the systems, families, and relationships that shape their experiences, my clients can gain insight into their inner selves and learn how to cope with past traumas and current stressors. Together, we can work towards moving forward rather than remaining stuck.
(315) 888-4609 View (315) 888-4609
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Meaghan Greeley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCTP, ADHD-CC
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13210  (Online Only)
I am neurodivergent and queer, and my lived experience informs and enhances my work.
Do you feel like you are too much, and also not enough? You may have learned to compensate for your challenges by adopting various strategies like masking and people pleasing. You may think other people have similar struggles, but are just better at handling them. When you live that way for a long time it is difficult to know yourself, your needs, your strengths, and even your problems. My affirming approach supports clients learning to see and accept themselves for who they are unconditionally. I trust your internal wisdom and believe you deserve to live fully without exhaustion, shame, guilt, and resentment.
I am neurodivergent and queer, and my lived experience informs and enhances my work.
Do you feel like you are too much, and also not enough? You may have learned to compensate for your challenges by adopting various strategies like masking and people pleasing. You may think other people have similar struggles, but are just better at handling them. When you live that way for a long time it is difficult to know yourself, your needs, your strengths, and even your problems. My affirming approach supports clients learning to see and accept themselves for who they are unconditionally. I trust your internal wisdom and believe you deserve to live fully without exhaustion, shame, guilt, and resentment.
(315) 277-6513 View (315) 277-6513
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Kristen Ruscitto Donato
Counselor, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13220  (Online Only)
IARTC- International Association for Resilience & Trauma Counseling and SAIGE formerly (ALGBTIC) Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling.
As a licensed mental health counselor I like to look at the whole picture. I believe in mind, body and soul being in balance. Come as you are and be accepted in a genuine space.
IARTC- International Association for Resilience & Trauma Counseling and SAIGE formerly (ALGBTIC) Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling.
As a licensed mental health counselor I like to look at the whole picture. I believe in mind, body and soul being in balance. Come as you are and be accepted in a genuine space.
(315) 873-3603 View (315) 873-3603
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Melissa Caldwell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13203
Prior to entering private practice, I worked for over 20 years in outpatient and inpatient mental health settings providing therapy to a diverse population. I specialize in working with the LGBTQIA+ community, and often work with clients on exploring their identity. In particular, working with clients who have experienced trauma, including sexual abuse, and how this intersects with the way they see themselves, and their overall sense of self-worth. I also have over 15 years experience working with those suffering from depression, anxiety and severe mental illness.
Prior to entering private practice, I worked for over 20 years in outpatient and inpatient mental health settings providing therapy to a diverse population. I specialize in working with the LGBTQIA+ community, and often work with clients on exploring their identity. In particular, working with clients who have experienced trauma, including sexual abuse, and how this intersects with the way they see themselves, and their overall sense of self-worth. I also have over 15 years experience working with those suffering from depression, anxiety and severe mental illness.
(315) 509-8494 View (315) 509-8494
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Andrea Reinking
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13210  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Areas of practice include couples, families, infidelity, divorce recovery, families in transition, adolescents, elderly population, cultural diversity, LGBT.
As a marriage and family therapist I have worked with couples, families, and individuals of different backgrounds for more than 20 years. My experience as a therapist has taught me that change can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. Through a compassionate and understanding relationship I guide my clients to explore the stories that constraint them form having richer relationships and a more gratifying life. During the therapeutic process I help people turn challenges into opportunities for growth and development.
Areas of practice include couples, families, infidelity, divorce recovery, families in transition, adolescents, elderly population, cultural diversity, LGBT.
As a marriage and family therapist I have worked with couples, families, and individuals of different backgrounds for more than 20 years. My experience as a therapist has taught me that change can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. Through a compassionate and understanding relationship I guide my clients to explore the stories that constraint them form having richer relationships and a more gratifying life. During the therapeutic process I help people turn challenges into opportunities for growth and development.
(315) 665-1921 View (315) 665-1921
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Nancy A Radecki
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13210  (Online Only)
Currently not accepting new clients until Fall 2024. Most insurances taken. Adults only. Find peace and balance in your world. Understand your internal landscape and make sense of your external life. Journey toward new directions. A collaborative and results driven wholistic approach to mental wellness. Improve self care and gain self reflection, learn to emotionally regulate, improve communication skills. Proactive and interactive therapies provided (ACT & IFS plus others). Experience with ADHD, LGBTQ+ and alternative lifestyles welcomed. Over 30 years of experience. Teletherapy only. Visit: www.threeriverstherapylcsw.com.
Currently not accepting new clients until Fall 2024. Most insurances taken. Adults only. Find peace and balance in your world. Understand your internal landscape and make sense of your external life. Journey toward new directions. A collaborative and results driven wholistic approach to mental wellness. Improve self care and gain self reflection, learn to emotionally regulate, improve communication skills. Proactive and interactive therapies provided (ACT & IFS plus others). Experience with ADHD, LGBTQ+ and alternative lifestyles welcomed. Over 30 years of experience. Teletherapy only. Visit: www.threeriverstherapylcsw.com.
(315) 370-4348 View (315) 370-4348
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Tristan Martin
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, CST
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13244
As an AASECT certified sex therapist, I work with LGBTQ, kink, and CNM communities.
The therapeutic relationship offers support to process experiences. Collaboratively, through warmth and directness, we navigate interpersonal and relational issues, creating change that improves well-being.
As an AASECT certified sex therapist, I work with LGBTQ, kink, and CNM communities.
The therapeutic relationship offers support to process experiences. Collaboratively, through warmth and directness, we navigate interpersonal and relational issues, creating change that improves well-being.
(315) 640-4285 View (315) 640-4285
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Caitlyn Lipschitz
MA, LPMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13202
I specialize in anxiety treatment, marital and family conflict, coping skills, boundary setting, self-exploration, caregivers, parenting support, and LGBTQIA+ affirming care.
I believe that the therapy process should support clients in their further investment in themselves and help them to grow into the person they desire to be. This therapy process applies to the various client systems I work with, which include individuals, children, adolescents, couples, and family systems. I firmly believe that change occurs when we become aware of negative patterns/cycles; it is my role to cultivate an emotionally safe environment to allow for such exploration and restructuring.
I specialize in anxiety treatment, marital and family conflict, coping skills, boundary setting, self-exploration, caregivers, parenting support, and LGBTQIA+ affirming care.
I believe that the therapy process should support clients in their further investment in themselves and help them to grow into the person they desire to be. This therapy process applies to the various client systems I work with, which include individuals, children, adolescents, couples, and family systems. I firmly believe that change occurs when we become aware of negative patterns/cycles; it is my role to cultivate an emotionally safe environment to allow for such exploration and restructuring.
(315) 903-7583 View (315) 903-7583
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.