LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Philadelphia, PA

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David Harvey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, MA
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19122
I have extensive experience in LGBTQ+ issues, addiction, harm reduction, trauma, anxiety, depression, and life transitions.
I strive to create a collaborative, nonjudgmental space conducive to meaningful self-examination and change. My style is curious, at times challenging and, at others, affirming. I work with you to compassionately explore your life and identify new possibilities, as well as alter unrecognized habits that inhibit satisfaction and personal growth. Therapy with me is a compassionate and dedicated inquiry to help you feel better and thrive. 'Thriving' is unique to each of us and I will work with you define your idea of a fulfilling life, keeping in mind it may differ from social ideals ill-suited to satisfy many of us.
I have extensive experience in LGBTQ+ issues, addiction, harm reduction, trauma, anxiety, depression, and life transitions.
I strive to create a collaborative, nonjudgmental space conducive to meaningful self-examination and change. My style is curious, at times challenging and, at others, affirming. I work with you to compassionately explore your life and identify new possibilities, as well as alter unrecognized habits that inhibit satisfaction and personal growth. Therapy with me is a compassionate and dedicated inquiry to help you feel better and thrive. 'Thriving' is unique to each of us and I will work with you define your idea of a fulfilling life, keeping in mind it may differ from social ideals ill-suited to satisfy many of us.
(215) 712-8468 View (215) 712-8468
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Sophie Nathan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19119  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with adults navigating ADHD, anxiety, parenthood and LGBTQ+ folks in particular.
My goal is to help clients feel heard, supported and understood. Whether you are coming to therapy to navigate difficult life changes, in order to set healthy boundaries, for support in reframing your anxious thoughts, thinking through how your past family dynamics affect you or navigating your identity, I am here to offer encouraging guidance, direct engagement and nurturing support. Therapy is a collaborative process and I take a relational approach to support you in expressing yourself authentically, navigating change, reframing negative self talk, setting healthy boundaries and supporting you in enhancing the way you cope.
I enjoy working with adults navigating ADHD, anxiety, parenthood and LGBTQ+ folks in particular.
My goal is to help clients feel heard, supported and understood. Whether you are coming to therapy to navigate difficult life changes, in order to set healthy boundaries, for support in reframing your anxious thoughts, thinking through how your past family dynamics affect you or navigating your identity, I am here to offer encouraging guidance, direct engagement and nurturing support. Therapy is a collaborative process and I take a relational approach to support you in expressing yourself authentically, navigating change, reframing negative self talk, setting healthy boundaries and supporting you in enhancing the way you cope.
(856) 644-1253 View (856) 644-1253
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Marla R Cobin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, MEd
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Hello! Thanks for looking at my profile. Feel free to send a message if you'd like to schedule a free 30 minute consult. Finding a good fit is so important in choosing a therapist. The relationship is critical. I work with adolescents and adults, specializing in women, girls, and queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender and nonbinary folks. I practice decolonizing and liberation focused therapy. My areas of focus include sexuality and trauma. I consider myself a client centered, relational, and culturally sensitive psychotherapist. I am board certified in teletherapy. I am licensed in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Hello! Thanks for looking at my profile. Feel free to send a message if you'd like to schedule a free 30 minute consult. Finding a good fit is so important in choosing a therapist. The relationship is critical. I work with adolescents and adults, specializing in women, girls, and queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender and nonbinary folks. I practice decolonizing and liberation focused therapy. My areas of focus include sexuality and trauma. I consider myself a client centered, relational, and culturally sensitive psychotherapist. I am board certified in teletherapy. I am licensed in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
(484) 209-1254 View (484) 209-1254
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John C McWilliams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSS, LCSW
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
I am passionate about helping adults of all ages navigate the transitions in their lives, approaching my work from the perspective that all of us are seeking to realize our full potential. I help clients find solutions to what’s blocking their path and compromising their joy. I have been successful in helping people, including those in the LGBTQ+ community, who are struggling to find their sense of identity as they seek to recover from the trauma of invalidating families and cultures. I help couples break their cycle of defensive communication to experience the rewards of emotional intimacy.
I am passionate about helping adults of all ages navigate the transitions in their lives, approaching my work from the perspective that all of us are seeking to realize our full potential. I help clients find solutions to what’s blocking their path and compromising their joy. I have been successful in helping people, including those in the LGBTQ+ community, who are struggling to find their sense of identity as they seek to recover from the trauma of invalidating families and cultures. I help couples break their cycle of defensive communication to experience the rewards of emotional intimacy.
(267) 728-7845 View (267) 728-7845
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Heather Doughty
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19147  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Using an intersectional lens, I strive to offer an affirming space for people of all identities and experiences, including LGBTQIA+, poly, and kink communities. I work collaboratively with clients to create a supportive, safe and healing environment, free of judgment, that honors their history and individual experiences. I use an eclectic approach to therapy drawing from psychodynamic, relational, social justice-oriented, and strength-based approaches.
Using an intersectional lens, I strive to offer an affirming space for people of all identities and experiences, including LGBTQIA+, poly, and kink communities. I work collaboratively with clients to create a supportive, safe and healing environment, free of judgment, that honors their history and individual experiences. I use an eclectic approach to therapy drawing from psychodynamic, relational, social justice-oriented, and strength-based approaches.
(929) 263-2913 View (929) 263-2913
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Jonathan Toman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19123
My focus areas include anxiety, depression, LGBTQ, self-esteem, and relationships.
Hello, thanks for visiting my profile. I realize you may be going through a tough time. Perhaps you’re experiencing a significant transition, a loss, or feelings you’re not sure how to deal with. This can be scary and difficult. Sometimes the hardest part is acknowledging the need for help. I have hope for you. I believe we all have the internal resources to heal and grow, and I would like to help you uncover this healing power within yourself.
My focus areas include anxiety, depression, LGBTQ, self-esteem, and relationships.
Hello, thanks for visiting my profile. I realize you may be going through a tough time. Perhaps you’re experiencing a significant transition, a loss, or feelings you’re not sure how to deal with. This can be scary and difficult. Sometimes the hardest part is acknowledging the need for help. I have hope for you. I believe we all have the internal resources to heal and grow, and I would like to help you uncover this healing power within yourself.
(267) 551-5860 View (267) 551-5860
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Carrie Rightmire
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
I am LGBTQ friendly and very open-minded .
Hi! I’m a LPC practicing in Philadelphia, PA. I have a masters degree from the University of Delaware, and 20 years combined experience working in a counseling setting with kids, teens, adults, and families.
I am LGBTQ friendly and very open-minded .
Hi! I’m a LPC practicing in Philadelphia, PA. I have a masters degree from the University of Delaware, and 20 years combined experience working in a counseling setting with kids, teens, adults, and families.
(484) 507-1395 View (484) 507-1395
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Neil Warshafsky
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with the LGBTQ+ community on issues of coming out and self-acceptance.
Even if you've done this before, it's not always an easy decision to find a therapist. I appreciate that you're taking this step toward finding someone you feel might be a good fit. Therapy is most successful when a person feels some connection with their therapist. I take a down-to-earth, supportive, conversational approach that, especially at first, helps sessions feel comfortable and allows some time for us to get to know each other. I believe how we see ourselves is rooted in our history and that it can be powerful to identify ways we learned to think about ourselves and others.
I specialize in working with the LGBTQ+ community on issues of coming out and self-acceptance.
Even if you've done this before, it's not always an easy decision to find a therapist. I appreciate that you're taking this step toward finding someone you feel might be a good fit. Therapy is most successful when a person feels some connection with their therapist. I take a down-to-earth, supportive, conversational approach that, especially at first, helps sessions feel comfortable and allows some time for us to get to know each other. I believe how we see ourselves is rooted in our history and that it can be powerful to identify ways we learned to think about ourselves and others.
(215) 999-7462 View (215) 999-7462
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Cody Weaver
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
Things I've treated most are depression, anxiety, LGBTQIA issues, trauma, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, and ADHD.
Hello! My name is Cody (he/him) and I'm currently licensed as an LCSW/therapist in Pennsylvania. I received by Bachelors degree from Coastal Carolina University in 2010 and then my Masters degree from Winthrop University in 2012. I began practicing while I was in graduate school so I'm currently on my 13th year of practice. My clinical background includes outpatient therapy, in-home therapy, integrated behavioral health and primary care, inpatient treatment, and forensic psychology. Since I've run a large span of different practices I consider myself a jack-of-all trades when it comes to mental health and therapy.
Things I've treated most are depression, anxiety, LGBTQIA issues, trauma, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, and ADHD.
Hello! My name is Cody (he/him) and I'm currently licensed as an LCSW/therapist in Pennsylvania. I received by Bachelors degree from Coastal Carolina University in 2010 and then my Masters degree from Winthrop University in 2012. I began practicing while I was in graduate school so I'm currently on my 13th year of practice. My clinical background includes outpatient therapy, in-home therapy, integrated behavioral health and primary care, inpatient treatment, and forensic psychology. Since I've run a large span of different practices I consider myself a jack-of-all trades when it comes to mental health and therapy.
(484) 699-0906 View (484) 699-0906
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Laz Baum
Pre-Licensed Professional, LSW, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19103
I work mostly with queer/trans individuals & couples who want to deepen their relationships with themselves & each other. I enjoy accompanying folks in healing the internalized societal, generational & trauma-based patterns that have helped us survive, but limit our access to authenticity & intimacy. In relationship therapy, I help clients slow down interactions in order to get curious about their defenses, listen to their bodies, identify their needs, and learn what helps them access safety & build trust. I am fat positive, kink-friendly, ace-friendly & poly-friendly. I enjoy working with disabled & chronically ill folks.
I work mostly with queer/trans individuals & couples who want to deepen their relationships with themselves & each other. I enjoy accompanying folks in healing the internalized societal, generational & trauma-based patterns that have helped us survive, but limit our access to authenticity & intimacy. In relationship therapy, I help clients slow down interactions in order to get curious about their defenses, listen to their bodies, identify their needs, and learn what helps them access safety & build trust. I am fat positive, kink-friendly, ace-friendly & poly-friendly. I enjoy working with disabled & chronically ill folks.
(267) 551-5152 View (267) 551-5152
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West Philly Therapy Center
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19143
West Philly Therapy Center is a group practice that specializes in working with relationship, sexuality and gender related issues. While each of our therapist has their own style and specialty, they are all collectively & actively working from an anti-racist, queer & trans affirming, social justice, and trauma-informed lens. We provide a warm, collaborative and compassionate space for clients to process, explore, grow, and heal. We strive to develop a therapeutic environment of mutual trust, respect and care, where the complexities of each client's experiences and identities are honored.
West Philly Therapy Center is a group practice that specializes in working with relationship, sexuality and gender related issues. While each of our therapist has their own style and specialty, they are all collectively & actively working from an anti-racist, queer & trans affirming, social justice, and trauma-informed lens. We provide a warm, collaborative and compassionate space for clients to process, explore, grow, and heal. We strive to develop a therapeutic environment of mutual trust, respect and care, where the complexities of each client's experiences and identities are honored.
(215) 201-4599 View (215) 201-4599
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Vincent Lamont
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
I have experience working with depression and anxiety disorders addiction disorders, PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, co-occurring disorders (mental illness and addiction), career changes, dysfunctional family of origin issues, LGBT issues and concerns and adjustment disorders.
My name is Vincent Lamont and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor (Pennsylvania). Entering therapy can be a difficult decision for most people. I am committed to gently guiding my clients toward a place of relief from emotional distress and an enhanced sense of well-being. I am here to provide a safe space, and to help you work through whatever issue or conflict is troubling you.
I have experience working with depression and anxiety disorders addiction disorders, PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, co-occurring disorders (mental illness and addiction), career changes, dysfunctional family of origin issues, LGBT issues and concerns and adjustment disorders.
My name is Vincent Lamont and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor (Pennsylvania). Entering therapy can be a difficult decision for most people. I am committed to gently guiding my clients toward a place of relief from emotional distress and an enhanced sense of well-being. I am here to provide a safe space, and to help you work through whatever issue or conflict is troubling you.
(267) 433-2706 View (267) 433-2706
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Maddie Rabin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19102
I am trans/queer affirming, trauma informed, sex-positive, and pro-SW.
I believe that one of the most important aspects of therapy is the relationship between client and therapist. I prioritize co-creating a space that is warm, non-judgmental, built on trust, and rooted in mutual respect. I approach therapy from a psychodynamic perspective, and I'm interested in how our past experiences continue to shape the present. Using this approach in concert with mindfulness, IFS, CBT, and expressive arts, I work to support you in sitting with and working through difficult emotions.
I am trans/queer affirming, trauma informed, sex-positive, and pro-SW.
I believe that one of the most important aspects of therapy is the relationship between client and therapist. I prioritize co-creating a space that is warm, non-judgmental, built on trust, and rooted in mutual respect. I approach therapy from a psychodynamic perspective, and I'm interested in how our past experiences continue to shape the present. Using this approach in concert with mindfulness, IFS, CBT, and expressive arts, I work to support you in sitting with and working through difficult emotions.
(484) 310-9253 View (484) 310-9253
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Anemone Schlotterbeck
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19104  (Online Only)
I work most often with people who have been pushed to the margins, including trans, non-binary and queer people, autistic and other neurodivergent people, and people who have survived traumatic events and relationships. I enjoy working with organizers, activists, and artists. I tend to be a good fit for clients experiencing shame, despair, isolation and existential dread.
I work most often with people who have been pushed to the margins, including trans, non-binary and queer people, autistic and other neurodivergent people, and people who have survived traumatic events and relationships. I enjoy working with organizers, activists, and artists. I tend to be a good fit for clients experiencing shame, despair, isolation and existential dread.
(215) 782-6103 View (215) 782-6103
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Jordyn Occhipinti
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am passionate about supporting LGBTQIA+ individuals who are struggling to feel safe and affirmed.
After trauma, we reach for whatever coping skill is closest in order to survive. We may turn to substances, self-harm, intellectualizing, perfectionism, etc. This helps us soothe, distract, and numb from feelings of shame, guilt, anger and fear. Still, our unprocessed emotions can overwhelm–morphing into anxiety, depression, rage, dissociation, or hyper-vigilance. However, this only represents a part of us and our experiences. We contain creativity, empathy, resilience, & intuition. Through our strengths, we increase our tolerance, release survival skills that no longer serve us, and return to our most liberated and aligned self.
I am passionate about supporting LGBTQIA+ individuals who are struggling to feel safe and affirmed.
After trauma, we reach for whatever coping skill is closest in order to survive. We may turn to substances, self-harm, intellectualizing, perfectionism, etc. This helps us soothe, distract, and numb from feelings of shame, guilt, anger and fear. Still, our unprocessed emotions can overwhelm–morphing into anxiety, depression, rage, dissociation, or hyper-vigilance. However, this only represents a part of us and our experiences. We contain creativity, empathy, resilience, & intuition. Through our strengths, we increase our tolerance, release survival skills that no longer serve us, and return to our most liberated and aligned self.
(267) 458-5049 View (267) 458-5049
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Ari (Jake) Kirkman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19125  (Online Only)
Healing happens relationally–within our communities, our families, and within ourselves. Therapy works best if we can build a safe and trusting relationship, so you should know a little bit about who I am! I am a white, queer and trans femme musician turned therapist. I am areligious, but I find many experiences to be deeply spiritual, including cooking, being in community with others, singing together, and walking in nature. Folks who do well with me don't fit the status quo, are navigating transitions, are noticing patterns in their relationships they want to examine and change, and are in search of healing and transformation.
Healing happens relationally–within our communities, our families, and within ourselves. Therapy works best if we can build a safe and trusting relationship, so you should know a little bit about who I am! I am a white, queer and trans femme musician turned therapist. I am areligious, but I find many experiences to be deeply spiritual, including cooking, being in community with others, singing together, and walking in nature. Folks who do well with me don't fit the status quo, are navigating transitions, are noticing patterns in their relationships they want to examine and change, and are in search of healing and transformation.
(267) 214-1739 View (267) 214-1739
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Jared D Von Arx
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19102
I also specialize in working with LGBTQ individuals to address issues of discovery, acceptance, relationship issues (including family), and moving beyond labels.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who believes that everyone needs options when managing their problems. Through the safety of a trusting relationship, I work with a wide array of clients (older adolescents, college students, and adults) in tackling various targeted life issues. I believe that practical coping skills combined with a journey towards a more in-depth understanding of your problems ultimately leads to longer-term success. Together, you and I will review and determine problem areas, discover and explore attainable and healthy choices, and develop a plan to implement changes to meet your goals.
I also specialize in working with LGBTQ individuals to address issues of discovery, acceptance, relationship issues (including family), and moving beyond labels.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who believes that everyone needs options when managing their problems. Through the safety of a trusting relationship, I work with a wide array of clients (older adolescents, college students, and adults) in tackling various targeted life issues. I believe that practical coping skills combined with a journey towards a more in-depth understanding of your problems ultimately leads to longer-term success. Together, you and I will review and determine problem areas, discover and explore attainable and healthy choices, and develop a plan to implement changes to meet your goals.
(215) 688-5916 View (215) 688-5916
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Kay Cohen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MEd, SEP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19102  (Online Only)
I specialize in the embodied impacts of trauma, gender identity, queer experience, sexual concerns, and alternative relationship structures.
First things first: You are the expert on your experience! My role as your therapist is to support you in unearthing and building on the strengths you possess, the insights you hold, and the world you envision for yourself. As a therapist, I am inspired by authentic connection and collaborative work. Whether it's your goal to manage anxiety and stress, build a healthier relationship with your body and self, engage in healing around traumatic experiences, or develop more rewarding relationships, I provide a non-judgmental space in which we'll work together to explore those things that feel hardest to manage alone.
I specialize in the embodied impacts of trauma, gender identity, queer experience, sexual concerns, and alternative relationship structures.
First things first: You are the expert on your experience! My role as your therapist is to support you in unearthing and building on the strengths you possess, the insights you hold, and the world you envision for yourself. As a therapist, I am inspired by authentic connection and collaborative work. Whether it's your goal to manage anxiety and stress, build a healthier relationship with your body and self, engage in healing around traumatic experiences, or develop more rewarding relationships, I provide a non-judgmental space in which we'll work together to explore those things that feel hardest to manage alone.
(267) 508-7071 View (267) 508-7071
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Kris Miraglia
Psychologist, PsyD, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19106  (Online Only)
Throughout my training and career I have developed a speciality in working with the queer and trans community, individuals, couples, poly-relationship styles, and families.
I am a relational therapist who emphasizes a social justice approach to my work. I believe that to truly, deeply understand ourselves, we must look at the larger context within which we operate. In the therapy room, I strive to support you as you explore your own history and identity with curiosity, warmth, and care. I apply a trauma-informed lens to provide affirming care, as I believe that a respectful, supportive relationship is a key aspect of facilitating growth and self-acceptance. I am especially effective at working with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and ASD, alongside life transitions and gender and sexuality explorations.
Throughout my training and career I have developed a speciality in working with the queer and trans community, individuals, couples, poly-relationship styles, and families.
I am a relational therapist who emphasizes a social justice approach to my work. I believe that to truly, deeply understand ourselves, we must look at the larger context within which we operate. In the therapy room, I strive to support you as you explore your own history and identity with curiosity, warmth, and care. I apply a trauma-informed lens to provide affirming care, as I believe that a respectful, supportive relationship is a key aspect of facilitating growth and self-acceptance. I am especially effective at working with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and ASD, alongside life transitions and gender and sexuality explorations.
(215) 774-5870 View (215) 774-5870
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Kate Manser
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
As a queer woman who practices polyamory, I can understand how we are often unprepared for the difficulties that arise when living in a mononormative society. It makes sense that emotions like fear or depression are brought up when we go outside of those norms, even for the seasoned consensually nonmonogamous folks. Together we can navigate your polyamorous relationship structure if you or you and your partner(s) find yourselves with insecure attachment styles impacting your relationship(s), are having difficulty managing boundaries, or need help dismantling couple's privlege.
As a queer woman who practices polyamory, I can understand how we are often unprepared for the difficulties that arise when living in a mononormative society. It makes sense that emotions like fear or depression are brought up when we go outside of those norms, even for the seasoned consensually nonmonogamous folks. Together we can navigate your polyamorous relationship structure if you or you and your partner(s) find yourselves with insecure attachment styles impacting your relationship(s), are having difficulty managing boundaries, or need help dismantling couple's privlege.
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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.