LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in San Antonio, TX

Photo of Rene 'rj' Ornes, MA, LPC-A, NCC
Rene 'rj' Ornes
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78256  (Online Only)
My speciality is in queer-identity work. The Queer Experience often comes with some growing pains, and subsequent wounds. Most of my clients are people who first healed these wounds through overachievement & overcompensation, but overlooked the limitations that came with these coping mechanisms. Let's break the patterns and confront the void. You deserve peace.
My speciality is in queer-identity work. The Queer Experience often comes with some growing pains, and subsequent wounds. Most of my clients are people who first healed these wounds through overachievement & overcompensation, but overlooked the limitations that came with these coping mechanisms. Let's break the patterns and confront the void. You deserve peace.
(210) 817-5520 View (210) 817-5520
Photo of Juan Arreche, MS, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Juan Arreche
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78230  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Going through difficult times in life does not have to be done alone. Change does not happen overnight. Sometimes, when we bring our concerns to others, they might be minimized and it can be hard to find someone to talk to. Having a safe space to openly communicate about our problems, learn about them, and overcome them can help. I am here to help you learn about you, what your needs are, what you want in your life, and empower you on your journey. I specialize in LGBTQIA+ issues, couples/relationships, depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, and others.
Going through difficult times in life does not have to be done alone. Change does not happen overnight. Sometimes, when we bring our concerns to others, they might be minimized and it can be hard to find someone to talk to. Having a safe space to openly communicate about our problems, learn about them, and overcome them can help. I am here to help you learn about you, what your needs are, what you want in your life, and empower you on your journey. I specialize in LGBTQIA+ issues, couples/relationships, depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, and others.
(210) 985-8457 View (210) 985-8457
Photo of Gonzalo Guerra, MA, LPC-A
Gonzalo Guerra
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78210  (Online Only)
I have worked with folks who have Autism or ADHD later in life, folks of all ages who are queer, gender diverse, people with limited finances, and people with attention/sensory issues.
I have provided therapy for children, teenagers, adults, groups and couples. In therapy, I share a relational space in where you can allow the parts of you that need healing the space they need to heal. You can gain knowledge into your emotional processing, and you can gain independence in your life. I have experience in relational cultural theory and person centered therapy. My experience and my practices reflect my academic interest to understand the self in relation to others. Other topics I am interested in: Intersectionality, feminist theories in counseling, and gender affirmative care.
I have worked with folks who have Autism or ADHD later in life, folks of all ages who are queer, gender diverse, people with limited finances, and people with attention/sensory issues.
I have provided therapy for children, teenagers, adults, groups and couples. In therapy, I share a relational space in where you can allow the parts of you that need healing the space they need to heal. You can gain knowledge into your emotional processing, and you can gain independence in your life. I have experience in relational cultural theory and person centered therapy. My experience and my practices reflect my academic interest to understand the self in relation to others. Other topics I am interested in: Intersectionality, feminist theories in counseling, and gender affirmative care.
(726) 227-3868 View (726) 227-3868
Photo of Belinda Miller, LCSW , Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Belinda Miller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78253  (Online Only)
As a queer-affirming therapist, I provide a safe space for clients to explore all issues including gender identity and self expression without fear of judgment.
There is no denying that life brings both joy and sorrow. Have you found yourself holding it together and pretending to be ok on the outside but you’re falling apart on the inside? Are you consumed by worry, fear, doubt and constantly question what the future holds for you? Do you feel lost, numb, or alone? If the statements above sound like you, there is hope! You don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. I can help! You and I will work together identifying strengths you already have to improve and navigate the world around you. This therapeutic process may bring laughter and sometimes tears but ultimately healing.
As a queer-affirming therapist, I provide a safe space for clients to explore all issues including gender identity and self expression without fear of judgment.
There is no denying that life brings both joy and sorrow. Have you found yourself holding it together and pretending to be ok on the outside but you’re falling apart on the inside? Are you consumed by worry, fear, doubt and constantly question what the future holds for you? Do you feel lost, numb, or alone? If the statements above sound like you, there is hope! You don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. I can help! You and I will work together identifying strengths you already have to improve and navigate the world around you. This therapeutic process may bring laughter and sometimes tears but ultimately healing.
(210) 750-6587 View (210) 750-6587
Photo of Jeffrey Cabral, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Jeffrey Cabral
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78204  (Online Only)
As a Hispanic, Bilingual, Queer-identifying therapist in San Antonio, I am capable of navigating you towards success.
You may be experiencing symptoms and signs of depression that are weighing you down. Are you finding more triggers for anxiety that are impacting your ability to get through your day, such as the worldwide Covid pandemic or current social and political issues? Is your goal to develop healthy relationship boundaries with your significant other? Are you in search of LGBT affirming therapy? If the answer is Yes, this is where I step in. You need a professional support system and advocate to provide you a safe space where you can dig deep into those challenging emotions and begin to work on becoming your most authentic self.
As a Hispanic, Bilingual, Queer-identifying therapist in San Antonio, I am capable of navigating you towards success.
You may be experiencing symptoms and signs of depression that are weighing you down. Are you finding more triggers for anxiety that are impacting your ability to get through your day, such as the worldwide Covid pandemic or current social and political issues? Is your goal to develop healthy relationship boundaries with your significant other? Are you in search of LGBT affirming therapy? If the answer is Yes, this is where I step in. You need a professional support system and advocate to provide you a safe space where you can dig deep into those challenging emotions and begin to work on becoming your most authentic self.
(210) 361-3730 View (210) 361-3730
Photo of Brandon Roberts, LMSW, Pre-Licensed Professional
Brandon Roberts
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMSW
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78254  (Online Only)
I have spent over a decade gaining experience in the human service field, working with trauma survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, suicidal ideation/behaviors, elderly, veterans, people faced with turning points, grief/loss, anxiety, depression, and LGBTQIA+ populations.
Everyone has a unique story with varied challenges, trauma, and coping strategies. I adapt my practice to meet clients where they are and work with them to improve distress tolerance skills, interpersonal relationships, and emotion regulation. My practice is client-centered, strength-based, and focused on building resilience while we progress toward positive change.
I have spent over a decade gaining experience in the human service field, working with trauma survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, suicidal ideation/behaviors, elderly, veterans, people faced with turning points, grief/loss, anxiety, depression, and LGBTQIA+ populations.
Everyone has a unique story with varied challenges, trauma, and coping strategies. I adapt my practice to meet clients where they are and work with them to improve distress tolerance skills, interpersonal relationships, and emotion regulation. My practice is client-centered, strength-based, and focused on building resilience while we progress toward positive change.
(210) 985-9587 View (210) 985-9587
Photo of Isaiah Rodriguez, LPC, Counselor
Isaiah Rodriguez
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78231
You wake up every day feeling like you’re living a lie. You are always super careful with what you say or do to make sure you’re not judged or treated differently by others. Maybe you even catch yourself wishing you were “normal” and hating who you are. It can be very confusing trying to navigate our world as a gay man. You often feel on edge and exhausted trying to fit in with the norm of what our society says a man should be! It can be confusing trying to make sense of all the different parts that make up who are, such as gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity and religious beliefs.
You wake up every day feeling like you’re living a lie. You are always super careful with what you say or do to make sure you’re not judged or treated differently by others. Maybe you even catch yourself wishing you were “normal” and hating who you are. It can be very confusing trying to navigate our world as a gay man. You often feel on edge and exhausted trying to fit in with the norm of what our society says a man should be! It can be confusing trying to make sense of all the different parts that make up who are, such as gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity and religious beliefs.
(210) 361-7021 View (210) 361-7021
Photo of Senovio Sparrow, LPC-S, Licensed Professional Counselor
Senovio Sparrow
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78228
With over ten years of clinical experience, I'm a licensed therapist passionate about helping you thrive. I work to see you for who you truly are and create a warm, supportive space to tackle challenges like anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders, and LGBTQ+ issues. For anxiety and depression, I use techniques like CBT and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to help you reshape negative thoughts and build resilience. When it comes to trauma, I'm your guide through the healing process, providing empathy and support, especially in your darkest times.
With over ten years of clinical experience, I'm a licensed therapist passionate about helping you thrive. I work to see you for who you truly are and create a warm, supportive space to tackle challenges like anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders, and LGBTQ+ issues. For anxiety and depression, I use techniques like CBT and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to help you reshape negative thoughts and build resilience. When it comes to trauma, I'm your guide through the healing process, providing empathy and support, especially in your darkest times.
(726) 201-5284 View (726) 201-5284
Photo of Alexander Young, PsyD, LP, LPC-S, Psychologist
Alexander Young
Psychologist, PsyD, LP, LPC-S
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78216  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Dr. Young, a dedicated health psychologist deeply invested in behavioral medicine, health psychology, and primary care behavioral health (PCBH). My focus lies in empowering individuals managing chronic illnesses, HIV, and those within the LGBT community, as well as aiding individuals seeking to modify their health behaviors. As an LPC-S and Licensed Psychologist in Texas, along with holding licenses in multiple states, I'm well-equipped to provide top-tier supervision for LPC-A's and psychology trainees.
Hello! I'm Dr. Young, a dedicated health psychologist deeply invested in behavioral medicine, health psychology, and primary care behavioral health (PCBH). My focus lies in empowering individuals managing chronic illnesses, HIV, and those within the LGBT community, as well as aiding individuals seeking to modify their health behaviors. As an LPC-S and Licensed Psychologist in Texas, along with holding licenses in multiple states, I'm well-equipped to provide top-tier supervision for LPC-A's and psychology trainees.
(301) 381-1590 View (301) 381-1590
Photo of Landon Cotton, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Landon Cotton
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78261  (Online Only)
Anyone who has ever experienced a challenging life event knows how difficult it can be to talk to someone about it. Healing from these experiences is a process. If you're reading this, then you are already taking one of the most challenging steps in that process: reaching out. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor located in Austin, Texas. I specialize in working with LGBTQ+ experiences, anxiety, depression, men's issues, and relationship challenges.
Anyone who has ever experienced a challenging life event knows how difficult it can be to talk to someone about it. Healing from these experiences is a process. If you're reading this, then you are already taking one of the most challenging steps in that process: reaching out. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor located in Austin, Texas. I specialize in working with LGBTQ+ experiences, anxiety, depression, men's issues, and relationship challenges.
(512) 843-7449 View (512) 843-7449
Photo of Will Abshier, MA, LPC, LPCC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Will Abshier
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LPCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78212  (Online Only)
If you're here you've probably met some life challenges. You may be feeling stuck and alone. I'm hopeful I can help. My name is Will Abshier, LPC (they). I specialize in general mental health, LGBTQ+ mental health, concerns of gender & sexuality, mood disorders, and trauma. My specialty and training has grown from 5 years of experience serving our LGBTQ+ community in combination with my own lived experience. I strongly believe that effective therapy needs to be accessible, individualized, mindfulness-based and solution-focused. I work creatively with each of my clients to provide them a truly meaningful experience in therapy.
If you're here you've probably met some life challenges. You may be feeling stuck and alone. I'm hopeful I can help. My name is Will Abshier, LPC (they). I specialize in general mental health, LGBTQ+ mental health, concerns of gender & sexuality, mood disorders, and trauma. My specialty and training has grown from 5 years of experience serving our LGBTQ+ community in combination with my own lived experience. I strongly believe that effective therapy needs to be accessible, individualized, mindfulness-based and solution-focused. I work creatively with each of my clients to provide them a truly meaningful experience in therapy.
(737) 758-2106 View (737) 758-2106
Photo of Jamie Eastman, LPC-A, MA
Jamie Eastman
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A, MA
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78201  (Online Only)
As a queer and neurodivergent therapist, I enjoy working with others 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. Well, I’m 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 others 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. Well, I’m 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
Photo of Cherise Miles, LPC-A
Cherise Miles
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78217
My areas of focus are trauma, depression, PTSD, anxiety, spiritual abuse, shame, LGBTQIA+ issues, and self-esteem.
How are you today? Really, how are you? Browsing these pages can be overwhelming – the unfamiliar words, the multitude of smiling faces. Those smiles can seem insulting in the face of overwhelming depression. Who do you pick? It’s okay to have questions and doubts; it’s okay to pick someone and change your mind once you meet them. My name is Cherise (she/her) and I am an LPC-Associate. This means that I have the education and experience to have a provisional license to counsel, but must do so under supervision. You not only have a qualified therapist, you also have a second, more experienced therapist behind the scenes.
My areas of focus are trauma, depression, PTSD, anxiety, spiritual abuse, shame, LGBTQIA+ issues, and self-esteem.
How are you today? Really, how are you? Browsing these pages can be overwhelming – the unfamiliar words, the multitude of smiling faces. Those smiles can seem insulting in the face of overwhelming depression. Who do you pick? It’s okay to have questions and doubts; it’s okay to pick someone and change your mind once you meet them. My name is Cherise (she/her) and I am an LPC-Associate. This means that I have the education and experience to have a provisional license to counsel, but must do so under supervision. You not only have a qualified therapist, you also have a second, more experienced therapist behind the scenes.
(512) 598-8770 View (512) 598-8770
Photo of Dr. Uriel Navarrete, PsyD, Psychologist
Dr. Uriel Navarrete
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78210  (Online Only)
Specialties include: BIPOC identities (Black, Indigenous, & other people of color); LGBTQIA+ affirming care; 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 understood and seen. 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; 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 understood and seen. As part of my practice, it’s important to me that I hold a deep understanding of your story, worldview, and experiences.
View
Photo of Brian Lee Sharp, LPC-S, LMHC, LPC, NCC, MBACP, Licensed Professional Counselor
Brian Lee Sharp
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, LMHC, LPC, NCC, MBACP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78230  (Online Only)
Do you doubt your decisions while also dreading the future? Maybe it’s too hard to get going in the morning because you’re not sure what matters anymore. I’m guessing you’ve perhaps tried therapy or other treatments which may have helped temporarily, while your life eventually returned to the status quo. I’ve seen many people suffer for too long unnecessarily. That’s what makes me passionate about providing therapy that really makes a difference. I offer effective treatments for anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, and more. I also support those in the LGBTQ community, who may deal with these and other challenges.
Do you doubt your decisions while also dreading the future? Maybe it’s too hard to get going in the morning because you’re not sure what matters anymore. I’m guessing you’ve perhaps tried therapy or other treatments which may have helped temporarily, while your life eventually returned to the status quo. I’ve seen many people suffer for too long unnecessarily. That’s what makes me passionate about providing therapy that really makes a difference. I offer effective treatments for anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, and more. I also support those in the LGBTQ community, who may deal with these and other challenges.
(254) 655-6691 View (254) 655-6691
Photo of Kaleb Thorshov, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Kaleb Thorshov
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78212  (Online Only)
There is no manual for the LGBTQ experience. People in our community often find themselves having spent their childhood trying to stay safe, only to reach adulthood without the skills and relationships to have the fulfilling life they deserve. We often feel like we are spending our lives playing catch up, trying to reclaim our past while living out our present and future all at the same time.
There is no manual for the LGBTQ experience. People in our community often find themselves having spent their childhood trying to stay safe, only to reach adulthood without the skills and relationships to have the fulfilling life they deserve. We often feel like we are spending our lives playing catch up, trying to reclaim our past while living out our present and future all at the same time.
View
Photo of Bethny Gabriella Brown, LPC, MA, MSEd, Licensed Professional Counselor
Bethny Gabriella Brown
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA, MSEd
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78209  (Online Only)
My work is informed by mind-body connections, queer theory, and intersectionality.
If you're someone with a unique identity who is navigating anxiety and life transitions, and wanting to work with a therapist who understands your story - I'm here to help! Through our work together, I can help you redefine who you are - not just who other people want you to be. You might be a good fit to work with me: if you are exploring your identity as a 2SLGBTQ+ person. If you are a third culture kid or part of an immigrant family. If you're a perfectionist or people-pleaser. If you're reclaiming your sense of self. This is the place for you!
My work is informed by mind-body connections, queer theory, and intersectionality.
If you're someone with a unique identity who is navigating anxiety and life transitions, and wanting to work with a therapist who understands your story - I'm here to help! Through our work together, I can help you redefine who you are - not just who other people want you to be. You might be a good fit to work with me: if you are exploring your identity as a 2SLGBTQ+ person. If you are a third culture kid or part of an immigrant family. If you're a perfectionist or people-pleaser. If you're reclaiming your sense of self. This is the place for you!
(512) 361-5805 View (512) 361-5805
Photo of Ashlyn B Bellamy, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Ashlyn B Bellamy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78248
I'm a Queer Therapist serving clients in person in Central Austin and virtually to all Texas residents. I work with relationships (couples, polycules, and adult family members) and individuals. I specialize in working with LGBTQIA2S+ people. Many of my clients are sensitive people with extrasensory awarenesses and spiritual and/or religious practices. I am passionate about working with folks whose life experiences challenge mainstream norms and may be deemed unconventional. I love collaborating with people as they create authentic relationships with themselves, their people, and the collective.
I'm a Queer Therapist serving clients in person in Central Austin and virtually to all Texas residents. I work with relationships (couples, polycules, and adult family members) and individuals. I specialize in working with LGBTQIA2S+ people. Many of my clients are sensitive people with extrasensory awarenesses and spiritual and/or religious practices. I am passionate about working with folks whose life experiences challenge mainstream norms and may be deemed unconventional. I love collaborating with people as they create authentic relationships with themselves, their people, and the collective.
View
Photo of Dr. Jamaal M Fortner, DSW, MSW, MHA, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Dr. Jamaal M Fortner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, MSW, MHA, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78201  (Online Only)
I bring an extensive clinical background that includes inpatient psychiatric care and clinical practice focused on people of color and the LGBTQ+ population.
The ideal therapy client is someone who seeks personal growth and emotional well-being. They may be experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, or low self-esteem. They have a genuine desire for change and are open to exploring their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They value a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship. Their goals include developing coping skills, improving self-awareness, fostering resilience, and achieving a greater sense of fulfillment and balance in life.
I bring an extensive clinical background that includes inpatient psychiatric care and clinical practice focused on people of color and the LGBTQ+ population.
The ideal therapy client is someone who seeks personal growth and emotional well-being. They may be experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, or low self-esteem. They have a genuine desire for change and are open to exploring their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They value a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship. Their goals include developing coping skills, improving self-awareness, fostering resilience, and achieving a greater sense of fulfillment and balance in life.
(832) 637-6711 View (832) 637-6711
Photo of Lauren DeReese Garcia, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor
Lauren DeReese Garcia
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78230
Waitlist for new clients
My ideal client doesn’t have a defined age and gender is merely a construct. I welcome couples and individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community as well as allies as well as the complex issues that come with these identities. My favorite things to help people with are the deep thoughts, anxieties, and changes associated with BIG life transitions, balancing work and life, and managing ADHD. I love talking about things that range from the mundane and temporary to deep spiritual and philosophical questions.
My ideal client doesn’t have a defined age and gender is merely a construct. I welcome couples and individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community as well as allies as well as the complex issues that come with these identities. My favorite things to help people with are the deep thoughts, anxieties, and changes associated with BIG life transitions, balancing work and life, and managing ADHD. I love talking about things that range from the mundane and temporary to deep spiritual and philosophical questions.
(210) 934-7765 View (210) 934-7765

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.