LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Austin, TX

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Megan Diann Chandler
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 73301  (Online Only)
Hi there! Welcome to my page! As a queer therapist, I have seen (and experienced) some of life's hardest challenges aimed at the LGBTQIA+ community- this is exactly why I chose to open my practice. I wanted to ensure ALL individuals felt welcomed and safe. Over the years, I have gained experience working with many different diagnoses and levels of care. These areas include mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, disordered eating, LGBTQIA+ concerns, gender dysphoria and depression. My hope is that my clients leave my office feeling heard, validated and with clear direction of the future.
Hi there! Welcome to my page! As a queer therapist, I have seen (and experienced) some of life's hardest challenges aimed at the LGBTQIA+ community- this is exactly why I chose to open my practice. I wanted to ensure ALL individuals felt welcomed and safe. Over the years, I have gained experience working with many different diagnoses and levels of care. These areas include mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, disordered eating, LGBTQIA+ concerns, gender dysphoria and depression. My hope is that my clients leave my office feeling heard, validated and with clear direction of the future.
(817) 646-9753 View (817) 646-9753
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Adam Maurer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
25 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78745  (Online Only)
I love working with the LGBTQIA+ community in individual and relationship therapy.
Life can be challenging, especially when you are perceived as different. The world can be cruel to people who are unique and it can lead to feelings of: shame, loneliness, anxiety, fear, and sadness. Please know that you are not alone in this. I offer a safe place where you can allow your authentic self to emerge. Through our connection in therapy, we can explore your strengths and challenges. Using our relationship in session as a guide, you will have the opportunity to discover new insights and move towards your goals. My work centers on helping relationships and adults.
I love working with the LGBTQIA+ community in individual and relationship therapy.
Life can be challenging, especially when you are perceived as different. The world can be cruel to people who are unique and it can lead to feelings of: shame, loneliness, anxiety, fear, and sadness. Please know that you are not alone in this. I offer a safe place where you can allow your authentic self to emerge. Through our connection in therapy, we can explore your strengths and challenges. Using our relationship in session as a guide, you will have the opportunity to discover new insights and move towards your goals. My work centers on helping relationships and adults.
(512) 271-4353 View (512) 271-4353
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Bri Craig
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78701
Hello and welcome! I'm so glad you've landed on my profile. As a Black queer therapist, I recognize the necessity to provide culturally empowering services. Some of my passions include working with BIPOC, LGBTQ+ folx, neurodivergence, and those looking to process relational trauma. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families on a number of different presenting concerns. (I am currently taking new clients, however, I have limited availability at this time. Please indicate your preferred meeting time for sessions if you decide to reach out. I will do my best to accommodate you! Thanks!)
Hello and welcome! I'm so glad you've landed on my profile. As a Black queer therapist, I recognize the necessity to provide culturally empowering services. Some of my passions include working with BIPOC, LGBTQ+ folx, neurodivergence, and those looking to process relational trauma. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families on a number of different presenting concerns. (I am currently taking new clients, however, I have limited availability at this time. Please indicate your preferred meeting time for sessions if you decide to reach out. I will do my best to accommodate you! Thanks!)
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Christina Hidalgo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
I strongly believe and advocate for Women identified rights, LGBTQIA rights, POC rights, and basic human rights-to name a few! Let's see if we are a good fit or I will help find the best therapist for you.
Therapy is time for you. I will meet you where you are at in life. As my client, I acknowledge you are an expert on yourself and with my support we can facilitate a safe space to openly navigate the challenges of change and growth in your life with curiosity and compassion. We will navigate it together to find the best path forward for you, focusing on building trust and mutual respect. I am welcoming, empathic, positive, and eager to help you throughout this journey. Book with me now by clicking on my website: headway.co/providers/christina-hidalgo
I strongly believe and advocate for Women identified rights, LGBTQIA rights, POC rights, and basic human rights-to name a few! Let's see if we are a good fit or I will help find the best therapist for you.
Therapy is time for you. I will meet you where you are at in life. As my client, I acknowledge you are an expert on yourself and with my support we can facilitate a safe space to openly navigate the challenges of change and growth in your life with curiosity and compassion. We will navigate it together to find the best path forward for you, focusing on building trust and mutual respect. I am welcoming, empathic, positive, and eager to help you throughout this journey. Book with me now by clicking on my website: headway.co/providers/christina-hidalgo
(512) 361-4227 View (512) 361-4227
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Hugh Simmons, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78754
I celebrate diversity, which means I welcome you. I offer a safe place for you to talk at your own pace about issues that may feel impossible to discuss anywhere else. Focus areas include interpersonal/relationship challenges, LGBTQ+/queer concerns, stress, parenting, anxiety, depression, a general sense of feeling unhappy, and more.
I celebrate diversity, which means I welcome you. I offer a safe place for you to talk at your own pace about issues that may feel impossible to discuss anywhere else. Focus areas include interpersonal/relationship challenges, LGBTQ+/queer concerns, stress, parenting, anxiety, depression, a general sense of feeling unhappy, and more.
(347) 706-4604 View (347) 706-4604
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Alex Morphew
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78748  (Online Only)
Hello! I’m Alex, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with experience working with adults, emerging adults, and adolescents in individual, group, and family settings. I am a queer-identified, HAES aligned, neurodiversity affirming, and LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist. In our space, it is my goal to provide a warm, compassionate, and welcoming place where you can feel safe to share about whatever is coming up for you. I’m passionate about working with women, LGBTQIA+ adults and adolescents, neurodivergent individuals, and emerging adults.
Hello! I’m Alex, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with experience working with adults, emerging adults, and adolescents in individual, group, and family settings. I am a queer-identified, HAES aligned, neurodiversity affirming, and LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist. In our space, it is my goal to provide a warm, compassionate, and welcoming place where you can feel safe to share about whatever is coming up for you. I’m passionate about working with women, LGBTQIA+ adults and adolescents, neurodivergent individuals, and emerging adults.
(512) 690-4904 View (512) 690-4904
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Karli K Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78727  (Online Only)
As a queer, feminist, anti-racist, kink & poly positive therapist, I work to provide a safe space for diverse clients and sexual issues.
Hi, I'm Karli. :) I'm so glad you're here! I am passionate about working with people who want a safe and sex-positive environment to grow individually and relationally in their sexuality and eroticism. I often work with people who feel hopeless about their sex life, relationship conflict, or dating insecurities, or who have internalized sexual shame keeping them from exploring their pleasure and desires. I also work with people experiencing sexual dysfunction and pain. If you are feeling insecure or hopeless, I would love to help show you just how common and valid your experiences are.
As a queer, feminist, anti-racist, kink & poly positive therapist, I work to provide a safe space for diverse clients and sexual issues.
Hi, I'm Karli. :) I'm so glad you're here! I am passionate about working with people who want a safe and sex-positive environment to grow individually and relationally in their sexuality and eroticism. I often work with people who feel hopeless about their sex life, relationship conflict, or dating insecurities, or who have internalized sexual shame keeping them from exploring their pleasure and desires. I also work with people experiencing sexual dysfunction and pain. If you are feeling insecure or hopeless, I would love to help show you just how common and valid your experiences are.
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John A Cooper
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746  (Online Only)
I work with both individuals and groups, and have particular interest in issues affecting men, survivors of religious oppression, trauma, addictions, grief and loss, helping professionals and small business owners in developing healthy, vibrant careers, and supporting gay men and lesbians in their quest for maximum fulfillment in their lives.
Freud is credited with stating that two things really matter in life: love and work. I help people find greater satisfaction with a) their relationships with themselves and others, and b) what they do to make meaning in their lives. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship to help you maximize your spiritual, physical, and emotional potential. Operating from an orientation which draws primarily on a combination of contemporary psychoanalytic, attachment, and neurobiological perspectives, I am fully committed to walking with you on your journey toward greater satisfaction and fulfillment.
I work with both individuals and groups, and have particular interest in issues affecting men, survivors of religious oppression, trauma, addictions, grief and loss, helping professionals and small business owners in developing healthy, vibrant careers, and supporting gay men and lesbians in their quest for maximum fulfillment in their lives.
Freud is credited with stating that two things really matter in life: love and work. I help people find greater satisfaction with a) their relationships with themselves and others, and b) what they do to make meaning in their lives. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship to help you maximize your spiritual, physical, and emotional potential. Operating from an orientation which draws primarily on a combination of contemporary psychoanalytic, attachment, and neurobiological perspectives, I am fully committed to walking with you on your journey toward greater satisfaction and fulfillment.
(512) 843-8658 View (512) 843-8658
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John Perry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78753  (Online Only)
As a gay, married man, I especially enjoy working with members of the LGBTQ community.
Sometimes our lives can feel like an exercise in frustration. We may feel trapped, isolated and disconnected from people around us, including our families. Discordant relationships, anxiety, PTSD issues, LGBTQ issues, physical & emotional abuse, and substance use may impact us in harmful and destructive ways. Working together in a safe atmosphere, we can examine your particular struggles, find your hidden strengths, challenge outmoded habits, and develop solutions. Step by step, you will find ways to move forward out of the frustration of anxiety and depression, finding renewed hope, motivation and fulfillment: even joy!
As a gay, married man, I especially enjoy working with members of the LGBTQ community.
Sometimes our lives can feel like an exercise in frustration. We may feel trapped, isolated and disconnected from people around us, including our families. Discordant relationships, anxiety, PTSD issues, LGBTQ issues, physical & emotional abuse, and substance use may impact us in harmful and destructive ways. Working together in a safe atmosphere, we can examine your particular struggles, find your hidden strengths, challenge outmoded habits, and develop solutions. Step by step, you will find ways to move forward out of the frustration of anxiety and depression, finding renewed hope, motivation and fulfillment: even joy!
(512) 488-4656 View (512) 488-4656
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Sarah Beddingfield
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
I specialize in treating a diverse range of clients, focusing on those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), members of the LGBTQIA community, people struggling to cope with neurodivergence, and adolescents struggling with anxiety and depression. I offer a safe and supportive environment where individuals can explore their experiences and work towards healing. I am dedicated to fostering resilience and well-being in each person I work with.
I specialize in treating a diverse range of clients, focusing on those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), members of the LGBTQIA community, people struggling to cope with neurodivergence, and adolescents struggling with anxiety and depression. I offer a safe and supportive environment where individuals can explore their experiences and work towards healing. I am dedicated to fostering resilience and well-being in each person I work with.
(512) 572-9499 View (512) 572-9499
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Kyla Winlow
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78702  (Online Only)
As a queer and neurodivergent therapist, I am passionate about offering services for these communities. I support folks who are seeking a safe space to discuss their gender or sexual identity as well as folks simply wanting to work with a queer therapist. I also enjoy working with individuals who are wanting support as they explore their own neurodivergent identities. I am sex positive and welcome clients of sexual, relational, and gender diversity. I am poly/ethical non-monogamy affirming and kink aware. As a white individual, I am committed to doing my own anti-racism work to unlearn oppressive values.
As a queer and neurodivergent therapist, I am passionate about offering services for these communities. I support folks who are seeking a safe space to discuss their gender or sexual identity as well as folks simply wanting to work with a queer therapist. I also enjoy working with individuals who are wanting support as they explore their own neurodivergent identities. I am sex positive and welcome clients of sexual, relational, and gender diversity. I am poly/ethical non-monogamy affirming and kink aware. As a white individual, I am committed to doing my own anti-racism work to unlearn oppressive values.
(512) 364-7308 View (512) 364-7308
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Dan Escobar
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78735
Waitlist for new clients
I have a background working with those in the LGBTQ+ community as well extensive experience in case management and skill building with those who are experiencing crises, anxiety, and trauma.
In this world where nothing can be taken for granted, we must find meaning and connection to truly thrive. We all went through a lot between 2020 and now and the pandemic has forever changed our lives. Wherever you are in your journey, my role is to help you to accept and express yourself to live authentically. If you are here for motivation, transparency, and prefer to work through life one step at a time, then you have come to the right place. If you would like to find out more about how we can work together, contact me to schedule your no-charge 30-minute consultation.
I have a background working with those in the LGBTQ+ community as well extensive experience in case management and skill building with those who are experiencing crises, anxiety, and trauma.
In this world where nothing can be taken for granted, we must find meaning and connection to truly thrive. We all went through a lot between 2020 and now and the pandemic has forever changed our lives. Wherever you are in your journey, my role is to help you to accept and express yourself to live authentically. If you are here for motivation, transparency, and prefer to work through life one step at a time, then you have come to the right place. If you would like to find out more about how we can work together, contact me to schedule your no-charge 30-minute consultation.
(512) 601-5188 View (512) 601-5188
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Dr. Miranda Mei Nadeau
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746  (Online Only)
This is especially true for queer and trans folks, multiracial and Mixed race people, and all people of color; I hold it as a privilege and responsibility to provide a safe space for healing members of my communities.
I already know you are worthy of a life full of joy. You are innately deserving of love and compassion, though you may have learned that you’re not enough. While you’re doing your best with the tools you have now, with nonjudgmental support and guidance, you can grow and flourish. Together, we will develop a healing partnership where you can feel safe when vulnerable, comforted in your struggles, and encouraged as you are guided toward what you need to feel more secure in the world. Empowering and personalized therapy is where we start.
This is especially true for queer and trans folks, multiracial and Mixed race people, and all people of color; I hold it as a privilege and responsibility to provide a safe space for healing members of my communities.
I already know you are worthy of a life full of joy. You are innately deserving of love and compassion, though you may have learned that you’re not enough. While you’re doing your best with the tools you have now, with nonjudgmental support and guidance, you can grow and flourish. Together, we will develop a healing partnership where you can feel safe when vulnerable, comforted in your struggles, and encouraged as you are guided toward what you need to feel more secure in the world. Empowering and personalized therapy is where we start.
(512) 634-8191 View (512) 634-8191
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Alicia Cornwell
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, BFA, MA, LPC-A, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
I bring my lived experience as a queer, neurodivergent human in ED recovery into my role as a therapist.
Questioning your sexual orientation or gender identity? Navigating a new diagnosis or questioning if you’re neurodivergent? The journey can be daunting, and having a therapist you trust can make a huge difference. I am passionate about supporting teens and adults in navigating life’s challenges with authenticity, curiosity, connection, and hope. I specialize in the intersection of mental health with LGBTQIA+ identities, with particular interest and experience in working with queer folks in eating disorder recovery.
I bring my lived experience as a queer, neurodivergent human in ED recovery into my role as a therapist.
Questioning your sexual orientation or gender identity? Navigating a new diagnosis or questioning if you’re neurodivergent? The journey can be daunting, and having a therapist you trust can make a huge difference. I am passionate about supporting teens and adults in navigating life’s challenges with authenticity, curiosity, connection, and hope. I specialize in the intersection of mental health with LGBTQIA+ identities, with particular interest and experience in working with queer folks in eating disorder recovery.
(512) 882-0073 View (512) 882-0073
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Angela Modzelewski
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Whether you seek growth, healing from trauma, or LGBTQIA+ support, Angela offers a personalized, inclusive space.
Angela Modzelewski's ideal client seeks therapy for personal growth and healing, valuing creative expression through art. Open to diverse backgrounds, they may have experienced trauma or crisis, desiring a strengths-based, person-centered approach. Motivated for positive change, they appreciate Angela's LGBTQIA+ allyship and sex-positive perspective, seeking a therapist who celebrates individual rights and dignity.
Whether you seek growth, healing from trauma, or LGBTQIA+ support, Angela offers a personalized, inclusive space.
Angela Modzelewski's ideal client seeks therapy for personal growth and healing, valuing creative expression through art. Open to diverse backgrounds, they may have experienced trauma or crisis, desiring a strengths-based, person-centered approach. Motivated for positive change, they appreciate Angela's LGBTQIA+ allyship and sex-positive perspective, seeking a therapist who celebrates individual rights and dignity.
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Jamie Eastman
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A, MA
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
As a queer and neurodivergent therapist I enjoy working with other folks who are often perceived as different.
Do you feel overwhelmed when everyone else seems to be doing just fine, or have trouble connecting even when around others? Maybe you've been told you are "too sensitive", or think that if you could just "toughen up" or change your perspective you would feel better. I am here to tell you that your feelings are valid, and they are important messengers from your nervous system telling you that some healing needs to be done. Facing life alone has a profound negative impact on our well-being. I will provide much needed emotional support while we explore what you need to feel safe and confident going into each day.
As a queer and neurodivergent therapist I enjoy working with other folks who are often perceived as different.
Do you feel overwhelmed when everyone else seems to be doing just fine, or have trouble connecting even when around others? Maybe you've been told you are "too sensitive", or think that if you could just "toughen up" or change your perspective you would feel better. I am here to tell you that your feelings are valid, and they are important messengers from your nervous system telling you that some healing needs to be done. Facing life alone has a profound negative impact on our well-being. I will provide much needed emotional support while we explore what you need to feel safe and confident going into each day.
(512) 670-8830 View (512) 670-8830
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Monique Gomez
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78756
I also love working with the LGBTQ+ and consensually non-monogamous populations.
Hi, I'm Monique Gomez. I see Texas-based clients with Respark Therapy and am pursuing sex therapy certification through the Sexual Health Alliance (SHA). I work to create a brave space for clients to explore intimacy, sexuality, and connections with themselves and others. I want to be here for you on your relationship journey and welcome all configurations of relationship dynamics and those who are still exploring.
I also love working with the LGBTQ+ and consensually non-monogamous populations.
Hi, I'm Monique Gomez. I see Texas-based clients with Respark Therapy and am pursuing sex therapy certification through the Sexual Health Alliance (SHA). I work to create a brave space for clients to explore intimacy, sexuality, and connections with themselves and others. I want to be here for you on your relationship journey and welcome all configurations of relationship dynamics and those who are still exploring.
(512) 746-1772 View (512) 746-1772
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Kyle Kearns
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
I specialize in working with clients in stigmatized and under-represented relationships: queer folks, consensual non-monogamy, kink, long distance, poly. Though I use a wide range of techniques, my main approach is somatic internal family systems therapy. Somatic IFS helps us uncover the ways different complex parts of you interact to protect you and shape your experience. 50-minute sessions are $135 and 75-minute sessions are $180.
I specialize in working with clients in stigmatized and under-represented relationships: queer folks, consensual non-monogamy, kink, long distance, poly. Though I use a wide range of techniques, my main approach is somatic internal family systems therapy. Somatic IFS helps us uncover the ways different complex parts of you interact to protect you and shape your experience. 50-minute sessions are $135 and 75-minute sessions are $180.
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Jourdan Bartels
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LPC-A
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78723
My clinical background and passions revolve around supporting the LGBTQ+ community, addressing relationship dynamics and changes, nurturing self-compassion, and tackling feelings of shame.
Are you struggling to make changes in your life and maintain care and compassion for yourself? Are you having trouble with the relationships that matter to you? Helping others build their self-compassion and relational strengths is a true passion of mine. It’s a priority for me to meet my clients where they’re at, but I always work from a trauma-informed, relational, feminist-multicultural perspective. I believe that our habits, patterns, and behaviors make so much sense in the context of what we’ve experienced throughout our lives, and part of supporting our mental wellness is meeting ourselves with kindness and understanding.
My clinical background and passions revolve around supporting the LGBTQ+ community, addressing relationship dynamics and changes, nurturing self-compassion, and tackling feelings of shame.
Are you struggling to make changes in your life and maintain care and compassion for yourself? Are you having trouble with the relationships that matter to you? Helping others build their self-compassion and relational strengths is a true passion of mine. It’s a priority for me to meet my clients where they’re at, but I always work from a trauma-informed, relational, feminist-multicultural perspective. I believe that our habits, patterns, and behaviors make so much sense in the context of what we’ve experienced throughout our lives, and part of supporting our mental wellness is meeting ourselves with kindness and understanding.
(512) 855-2434 View (512) 855-2434
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Dr. Uriel Navarrete
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78701  (Online Only)
Specialties include: BIPOC identities (Black, Indigenous, & other people of color); LGBTQIA+ affirming care (including gender affirming surgery evaluations and letters); relationship concerns (e.
Are you looking for an inclusive, culturally aware, and relationally focused therapist? Many of the concerns that clients bring up in therapy often involve challenges related to their various identities (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, body size, etc.) and/or the quality of their relationships. When describing their experiences with previous therapists, many clients have expressed things to me like, “my therapist just didn’t get me", and as a result, find themselves wanting to be seen and affirmed. As part of my practice, it’s important to me that I hold a deep understanding of your story, worldview, and experiences.
Specialties include: BIPOC identities (Black, Indigenous, & other people of color); LGBTQIA+ affirming care (including gender affirming surgery evaluations and letters); relationship concerns (e.
Are you looking for an inclusive, culturally aware, and relationally focused therapist? Many of the concerns that clients bring up in therapy often involve challenges related to their various identities (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, body size, etc.) and/or the quality of their relationships. When describing their experiences with previous therapists, many clients have expressed things to me like, “my therapist just didn’t get me", and as a result, find themselves wanting to be seen and affirmed. As part of my practice, it’s important to me that I hold a deep understanding of your story, worldview, and experiences.
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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.