LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Portland, OR

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Leslie Rodgers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202
As a white, cisgender, queer therapist.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the chaos in the world and feeling so numb and shut down that it’s hard to connect with yourself and others? Or maybe you’ve decided it’s time to examine your childhood trauma and address the longstanding thoughts and behavior patterns bringing you suffering? It takes a lot of courageous vulnerability to start a healing journey of self-discovery and self-reclamation. I'm glad you're here and I do believe a life of greater connection and joy is waiting for you!
As a white, cisgender, queer therapist.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the chaos in the world and feeling so numb and shut down that it’s hard to connect with yourself and others? Or maybe you’ve decided it’s time to examine your childhood trauma and address the longstanding thoughts and behavior patterns bringing you suffering? It takes a lot of courageous vulnerability to start a healing journey of self-discovery and self-reclamation. I'm glad you're here and I do believe a life of greater connection and joy is waiting for you!
(503) 454-6178 View (503) 454-6178
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Dora Vanderpool
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97266  (Online Only)
I identify as queer.
Updated 9/12/23: Accepting new virtual clients. - By deciding to engage in therapy you have already made a commitment to bettering yourself and initiating change. Let’s celebrate that! Taking a meaningful look at our day-to-day lives and pasts can be daunting-let’s create a tender and safe atmosphere to wade through this process together. Too often, our mental health challenges are reduced to diagnosis, labels, and text-book definitions that don’t quite fit—my approach departs from these systems and is more rooted in holistic and relational healing.
I identify as queer.
Updated 9/12/23: Accepting new virtual clients. - By deciding to engage in therapy you have already made a commitment to bettering yourself and initiating change. Let’s celebrate that! Taking a meaningful look at our day-to-day lives and pasts can be daunting-let’s create a tender and safe atmosphere to wade through this process together. Too often, our mental health challenges are reduced to diagnosis, labels, and text-book definitions that don’t quite fit—my approach departs from these systems and is more rooted in holistic and relational healing.
(503) 843-8630 View (503) 843-8630
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Grace Manger
Clinical Social Work Associate, CSWA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97203  (Online Only)
My name is Grace, and I am a white queer woman who works with teens and adults to support them in learning about themselves and healing from past trauma. I specialize in working with LGBTQIA folks and anyone exploring their identity; as well as people of color, disabled/chronically ill folks, and others who face intersecting forms of oppression. My practice is rooted in social justice and anti-racism, and a belief that systemic oppression directly affects our mental health. In our work together, we’ll explore the ways in which systems of power and societal expectations interfere with our right to authenticity and wholeness.
My name is Grace, and I am a white queer woman who works with teens and adults to support them in learning about themselves and healing from past trauma. I specialize in working with LGBTQIA folks and anyone exploring their identity; as well as people of color, disabled/chronically ill folks, and others who face intersecting forms of oppression. My practice is rooted in social justice and anti-racism, and a belief that systemic oppression directly affects our mental health. In our work together, we’ll explore the ways in which systems of power and societal expectations interfere with our right to authenticity and wholeness.
(503) 966-2415 View (503) 966-2415
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Tabi Evans
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97227  (Online Only)
OHP books closed w/exception of gender-affirming letters of support. Openings for therapy via OON/self-pay (mornings only). The past few years have led to major increases in stress, social isolation and depression or anxiety, and collective trauma (often leaving an unequal burden on Black, Indigenous, and other people of color). This may make it difficult to find joy, experience pleasure, and be active participants in our own lives. I provide evidenced-based supportive therapy for trans and LGBTQ+ young people (14 years+) and young adults (18-30s) experiencing anxiety, depression, or difficulty adjusting to significant life events.
OHP books closed w/exception of gender-affirming letters of support. Openings for therapy via OON/self-pay (mornings only). The past few years have led to major increases in stress, social isolation and depression or anxiety, and collective trauma (often leaving an unequal burden on Black, Indigenous, and other people of color). This may make it difficult to find joy, experience pleasure, and be active participants in our own lives. I provide evidenced-based supportive therapy for trans and LGBTQ+ young people (14 years+) and young adults (18-30s) experiencing anxiety, depression, or difficulty adjusting to significant life events.
(971) 252-7360 View (971) 252-7360
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Kierstin Leigh Oliver
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, BFA, LPC, LCPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97220
I am client-centered, creative, and interested in a holistic approach to therapy. I work to support individuals coping with: depression, anxiety, women's issues, trauma, and relational issues. I am connected to issues faced by the LGBTQ community. As a mother and an artist, I enjoy working with other creatives and parents. I offer traditional talk therapy, and 'walk & talk' therapy in Portland, Oregon. To learn more about the way I work please visit kierstinolivercounseling.com. I believe in nature as co-therapist, and try to get outside with clients when possible. You get to design your life, I am happy to help with the process.
I am client-centered, creative, and interested in a holistic approach to therapy. I work to support individuals coping with: depression, anxiety, women's issues, trauma, and relational issues. I am connected to issues faced by the LGBTQ community. As a mother and an artist, I enjoy working with other creatives and parents. I offer traditional talk therapy, and 'walk & talk' therapy in Portland, Oregon. To learn more about the way I work please visit kierstinolivercounseling.com. I believe in nature as co-therapist, and try to get outside with clients when possible. You get to design your life, I am happy to help with the process.
(503) 300-2980 View (503) 300-2980
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Kip Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97209
I offer a holistic and growth-oriented approach to psychotherapy that honors the body, mind, spirit, and natural world. Drawing on my activist roots and more than a decade of clinical experience, I bring a deep sensitivity to issues of complex trauma, grief and loss, social justice, spiritual emergence, and LGBTQ+ mental health.
I offer a holistic and growth-oriented approach to psychotherapy that honors the body, mind, spirit, and natural world. Drawing on my activist roots and more than a decade of clinical experience, I bring a deep sensitivity to issues of complex trauma, grief and loss, social justice, spiritual emergence, and LGBTQ+ mental health.
(503) 455-5770 View (503) 455-5770
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Alex Perez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in issues important to teenagers and young adults/families, including issues related to family dynamics, depression, anxiety, bipolar/schizophrenia, substance abuse concerns, transracial adoptions, grief, LGBTQ dynamics, racial identity, gender transitioning process, and abandonment trauma. My relational approach to therapy can help you gain awareness of your road blocks and provide you with the tools (skills/coping strategies) you have for your own growth.
I specialize in issues important to teenagers and young adults/families, including issues related to family dynamics, depression, anxiety, bipolar/schizophrenia, substance abuse concerns, transracial adoptions, grief, LGBTQ dynamics, racial identity, gender transitioning process, and abandonment trauma. My relational approach to therapy can help you gain awareness of your road blocks and provide you with the tools (skills/coping strategies) you have for your own growth.
(503) 433-8452 View (503) 433-8452
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Joseph Bonnell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CRC, CADCIII
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97230
Waitlist for new clients
I am a therapist and clinical supervisor based in Portland, OR. Some areas I have experience in include disability, chronic illness, queer and trans folks, gender affirming care, various forms of neurodiversity, trauma, oppression, navigating social services - both as clients and workers, and substance use. I am grateful to have had a career working where I have worked with a diverse group of people on a wide range of issues and I hope this trend continues. At this time, I work with adults and teens. If you think I could be a good fit for you, or have additional questions, please reach out. I am happy to offer free consultations.
I am a therapist and clinical supervisor based in Portland, OR. Some areas I have experience in include disability, chronic illness, queer and trans folks, gender affirming care, various forms of neurodiversity, trauma, oppression, navigating social services - both as clients and workers, and substance use. I am grateful to have had a career working where I have worked with a diverse group of people on a wide range of issues and I hope this trend continues. At this time, I work with adults and teens. If you think I could be a good fit for you, or have additional questions, please reach out. I am happy to offer free consultations.
(503) 966-2873 View (503) 966-2873
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Shayna MacLean
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
Hello my name is Shayna and it's nice to meet you. I currently have openings for new clients. I am passionate about serving marginalized communities who have previously experienced harm within the mental health system as a result of institutionalized biases. Additionally, I specialize in working with folx transitioning into adulthood, individuals exploring their various identities including gender and sexuality identities, and survivors of trauma related to domestic violence and sexual assault. I have passion in serving the LGBTQ+ community and identify as part of the community. Trauma informed therapy is the basis for my work.
Hello my name is Shayna and it's nice to meet you. I currently have openings for new clients. I am passionate about serving marginalized communities who have previously experienced harm within the mental health system as a result of institutionalized biases. Additionally, I specialize in working with folx transitioning into adulthood, individuals exploring their various identities including gender and sexuality identities, and survivors of trauma related to domestic violence and sexual assault. I have passion in serving the LGBTQ+ community and identify as part of the community. Trauma informed therapy is the basis for my work.
(503) 212-6681 View (503) 212-6681
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Full Spectrum Therapy LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, ATR, LAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202
We have expertise with transgender/gender nonconforming issues with children, teens, and adults.
We work with people from all walks of life, including transgender, non-binary, and questioning people of all ages. Our providers have a special passion for working with people in the LGBTQ+ community. We specialize in helping people navigate the challenges of understanding the intersections of their identity, relationships, and the larger world. For youth (and adults too!), we can offer specialized creative approaches that support healing and identity exploration when talking is too hard.
We have expertise with transgender/gender nonconforming issues with children, teens, and adults.
We work with people from all walks of life, including transgender, non-binary, and questioning people of all ages. Our providers have a special passion for working with people in the LGBTQ+ community. We specialize in helping people navigate the challenges of understanding the intersections of their identity, relationships, and the larger world. For youth (and adults too!), we can offer specialized creative approaches that support healing and identity exploration when talking is too hard.
(503) 966-9486 View (503) 966-9486
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Joshua Bytendorp
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97266  (Online Only)
As a queer neurodivergent (autism/ADHD) sex therapist, I provide a unique experience for my clients to be able to work through issues around sex, sexuality, trauma, religious trauma, gender dysphoria and other mental health issues. I provide a safe nonjudgmental place for those who identify as queer, neurodivergent, kinky, ENM who wants a therapist who has extensive training and understanding of the issues that you face and deal with.
As a queer neurodivergent (autism/ADHD) sex therapist, I provide a unique experience for my clients to be able to work through issues around sex, sexuality, trauma, religious trauma, gender dysphoria and other mental health issues. I provide a safe nonjudgmental place for those who identify as queer, neurodivergent, kinky, ENM who wants a therapist who has extensive training and understanding of the issues that you face and deal with.
(503) 400-3683 View (503) 400-3683
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Benji Hurston
Professional Counselor Associate, MA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
As a queer kid who grew up in a fundamentalist community in Mississippi, my journey has been long and hard.
Many of us didn't get the love, support, or connection that we deserved from our families or communities growing up. Because we're resilient, we developed creative strategies for getting our needs met (ex. people-pleasing, perfectionism, numbing-out, withdrawing, overanalyzing, rebelling, lying, etc.). And these strategies worked for a while! They helped us get through complicated childhoods. But as we get older, many of us begin to notice a toll on our minds, our bodies, and our relationships.
As a queer kid who grew up in a fundamentalist community in Mississippi, my journey has been long and hard.
Many of us didn't get the love, support, or connection that we deserved from our families or communities growing up. Because we're resilient, we developed creative strategies for getting our needs met (ex. people-pleasing, perfectionism, numbing-out, withdrawing, overanalyzing, rebelling, lying, etc.). And these strategies worked for a while! They helped us get through complicated childhoods. But as we get older, many of us begin to notice a toll on our minds, our bodies, and our relationships.
(503) 300-5907 View (503) 300-5907
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Eric Goodwin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, MS
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214
As a queer counselor, I have a passion for supporting other people within the LGBTQIA+ community to address the unique issues that impact us.
It's hard to remember when you didn’t feel so overwhelmed that you’re barely holding it together. You're feeling stuck and it seems like one more challenge and you’ll be in chaos-mode, scrambling to find a way back to just keeping your head above water. Sometimes the rush of anxiety or fear is so uncomfortable that it affects your concentration and ability to follow through on plans or work. Shame has haunted you through the different parts of your life and it's hard to believe that you could feel seen or that you belong, especially when you have been hurt in the past. You want relief so that you can get your life back.
As a queer counselor, I have a passion for supporting other people within the LGBTQIA+ community to address the unique issues that impact us.
It's hard to remember when you didn’t feel so overwhelmed that you’re barely holding it together. You're feeling stuck and it seems like one more challenge and you’ll be in chaos-mode, scrambling to find a way back to just keeping your head above water. Sometimes the rush of anxiety or fear is so uncomfortable that it affects your concentration and ability to follow through on plans or work. Shame has haunted you through the different parts of your life and it's hard to believe that you could feel seen or that you belong, especially when you have been hurt in the past. You want relief so that you can get your life back.
(503) 782-8435 View (503) 782-8435
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Savannah V. Jackson
Pre-Licensed Professional, AAS, BA, MA-Psy, LPCr, QMHPr
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97220  (Online Only)
My ideal client wants to be engaged during therapy. My clients come prepared to do heavy work that is necessary to heal and move on from their issues. I expect accountability, transparency, a willingness to do homework, and be vulnerable during sessions. I employ a diverse approach to psychology that is specifically tailored to each person. Overall, this takes the shape of mindfulness cognitive behavior therapy. This feminist-queer lens includes your intersectional identity, personal goals, individual growth speed, identity, religious background, ethnicity, race, sexuality, gender, social economic status, and social stratification.
My ideal client wants to be engaged during therapy. My clients come prepared to do heavy work that is necessary to heal and move on from their issues. I expect accountability, transparency, a willingness to do homework, and be vulnerable during sessions. I employ a diverse approach to psychology that is specifically tailored to each person. Overall, this takes the shape of mindfulness cognitive behavior therapy. This feminist-queer lens includes your intersectional identity, personal goals, individual growth speed, identity, religious background, ethnicity, race, sexuality, gender, social economic status, and social stratification.
(503) 966-4187 View (503) 966-4187
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Wyatt Okeefe
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC, LPCC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97213  (Online Only)
I have a profound understanding of the unique challenges faced by our LGBTQIA+ community.
As a therapist who identifies as queer and transmasc, my focus is on fostering a welcoming and inclusive space for individuals across the LGBTQ+ spectrum, as well as those who are neurodivergent, straight, or gender conforming. My goal is to ensure that everyone feels valued and supported in my practice. I have over 20 years experience, and offer private online sessions holding licenses in Washington, Oregon, Georgia, Florida, and New York.
I have a profound understanding of the unique challenges faced by our LGBTQIA+ community.
As a therapist who identifies as queer and transmasc, my focus is on fostering a welcoming and inclusive space for individuals across the LGBTQ+ spectrum, as well as those who are neurodivergent, straight, or gender conforming. My goal is to ensure that everyone feels valued and supported in my practice. I have over 20 years experience, and offer private online sessions holding licenses in Washington, Oregon, Georgia, Florida, and New York.
(971) 328-3803 View (971) 328-3803
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Garrison Cox
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97205
I work primarily with queer clients and have a focus on gay men's issues.
Welcome. You’re here because something within you feels stuck. Maybe it feels like the pieces are in the air and have yet to land. You might be coping with painful emotions that don’t seem to resolve, no matter how much time you spend thinking your way through them. You might want the best for yourself and your close relationships, but struggle to unburden yourself from irritation, anxiety, or depression. I’ve been there too. I believe wholeheartedly that every person has their own path toward transformation and healing, and it is my role to help you walk that path and clear the branches and thorns from the way.
I work primarily with queer clients and have a focus on gay men's issues.
Welcome. You’re here because something within you feels stuck. Maybe it feels like the pieces are in the air and have yet to land. You might be coping with painful emotions that don’t seem to resolve, no matter how much time you spend thinking your way through them. You might want the best for yourself and your close relationships, but struggle to unburden yourself from irritation, anxiety, or depression. I’ve been there too. I believe wholeheartedly that every person has their own path toward transformation and healing, and it is my role to help you walk that path and clear the branches and thorns from the way.
(971) 414-3105 View (971) 414-3105
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Nick Vaske
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214
I use an anti-oppressive, person-centered and trauma-informed framework and I strive to be culturally sensitive and queer/LGBTQ+ affirming.
There are multiple approaches we can take to therapy together, whether that is dealing with stressors in the present or processing difficult or traumatic events from the past. We can work to develop better insight and self-compassion, set boundaries and develop healthier relationships, or unpack privilege and learn to be a better ally. I am comfortable and knowledgeable about topics relating to sex and sexuality, sex positivity, poly/non-monogamy, and intersections of identity. I have working knowledge in domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual offending, and addiction issues.
I use an anti-oppressive, person-centered and trauma-informed framework and I strive to be culturally sensitive and queer/LGBTQ+ affirming.
There are multiple approaches we can take to therapy together, whether that is dealing with stressors in the present or processing difficult or traumatic events from the past. We can work to develop better insight and self-compassion, set boundaries and develop healthier relationships, or unpack privilege and learn to be a better ally. I am comfortable and knowledgeable about topics relating to sex and sexuality, sex positivity, poly/non-monogamy, and intersections of identity. I have working knowledge in domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual offending, and addiction issues.
(503) 389-5665 View (503) 389-5665
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Roberto Olivero
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214
LGBTQ specialized. I am only available for in person sessions 6 months of the year, May through October. I conduct sessions on-line the remainder of the year. Morning appointments only, year round. Now in private practice, I was a practicing psychologist with the Men's Resource Center and Women's Counseling Center for over 25 years. I specialize in men's issues, including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and relationships (including polyamorous). I also see women in my practice. I have a special interest in helping gay men and women, as I am gay identified myself. I conduct individual and couples' sessions.
LGBTQ specialized. I am only available for in person sessions 6 months of the year, May through October. I conduct sessions on-line the remainder of the year. Morning appointments only, year round. Now in private practice, I was a practicing psychologist with the Men's Resource Center and Women's Counseling Center for over 25 years. I specialize in men's issues, including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and relationships (including polyamorous). I also see women in my practice. I have a special interest in helping gay men and women, as I am gay identified myself. I conduct individual and couples' sessions.
(971) 407-5657 View (971) 407-5657
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Alexander Rales
Clinical Social Work Associate, LMSW, CSWA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97219
I consider a myriad of techniques and philosophies in my approach to therapy, specifically focusing on Motivational Interviewing, Optimistic Therapy, and Positive Psychological Coaching. I strongly believe in a humanistic and person-centered approach to therapy: acknowledging the first step of coming to therapy is often the toughest and building off each client’s unique confidence and perspectives. My experience includes working closely with the LGBTQ+ community and individuals experiencing homelessness, along with helping clients navigate complex systems as they seek assistance in healing and improving their circumstances.
I consider a myriad of techniques and philosophies in my approach to therapy, specifically focusing on Motivational Interviewing, Optimistic Therapy, and Positive Psychological Coaching. I strongly believe in a humanistic and person-centered approach to therapy: acknowledging the first step of coming to therapy is often the toughest and building off each client’s unique confidence and perspectives. My experience includes working closely with the LGBTQ+ community and individuals experiencing homelessness, along with helping clients navigate complex systems as they seek assistance in healing and improving their circumstances.
(971) 800-2595 View (971) 800-2595
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Raquel Mayer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97202  (Online Only)
I am passionate about working with folks around body liberation and/or LGBTQ+ identities and experiences.
Seeking therapeutic support can be a crucial step in a journey towards growth and healing. You are the expert of you -- You can help decide what your process in therapy will look like - whether that is getting support around a life transition, seeking coping strategies for pandemic fatigue, managing anxiety, processing body image concerns, navigating boundary issues in relationships, coming to terms with identity, or struggling with feelings of shame, I am here to listen without judgment and sit beside you with care. My hope is to hold space and offer tools along the way that help to build upon your unique identities and strengths.
I am passionate about working with folks around body liberation and/or LGBTQ+ identities and experiences.
Seeking therapeutic support can be a crucial step in a journey towards growth and healing. You are the expert of you -- You can help decide what your process in therapy will look like - whether that is getting support around a life transition, seeking coping strategies for pandemic fatigue, managing anxiety, processing body image concerns, navigating boundary issues in relationships, coming to terms with identity, or struggling with feelings of shame, I am here to listen without judgment and sit beside you with care. My hope is to hold space and offer tools along the way that help to build upon your unique identities and strengths.
(971) 224-7620 View (971) 224-7620
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.