LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Fairfax, VA

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Rebecca Fleischer
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
As a licensed clinical psychologist since 1997, I understand that the relationship and "fit" between client and therapist is paramount. I am a generalist, meaning that I work with clients from childhood to adulthood, in individual, family, couple's, and group therapy. I see clients dealing with issues including anxiety, conflict, depression, and relationship difficulties. In addition, I have an interest working with gay and lesbian clients. If you feel I can be helpful to you or someone you know, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to discuss your unique situation in more detail.
(540) 947-1982 
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Fairfax, VA 22030
Offers online therapy
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Laila Cooper
Psychologist, PhD
My work is focused on sex and gender issues (including transgender issues), sexual orientation, kink/BDSM, and interpersonal relationships (including couples, polyamory, family dyads).
Congratulations on making it this far; searching for a therapist can be an overwhelming process, and the first step is often the hardest! Many individuals struggle with depression, anxiety, struggles with sex, or simply the desire to understand themselves more thoroughly. Whether to improve mood and functioning, improve relationships, or work on issues with sex/sexuality, therapy can be reparative, strengthening, and play a role in maximizing enjoyment of life! I work from an affirming and social justice approach with people who identify as LGBTQIA and people of color, and I am kink- and non-monogamy informed and affirming.
(703) 291-1498 
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Fairfax, VA 22033
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Caren Ann Appel
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, MA
Verified
I am also currently training in The Gottman Method for couples therapy & trauma-informed therapy for LGBTQ + people and their families (I am a proud mama & ally myself).
Finding the right therapeutic "fit" is one of the most important decisions you will undertake. You often can't waste time because you or your family needs help now, which is why I offer a compassionate, solution-oriented approach to clients. Hi, my name is Caren Ann Appel & I'm a Clinician, working toward licensure in clinical social work. I have a master's in clinical & macro social work from The Catholic University of America & another master's degree in Gender History from San Francisco State University.
(571) 454-9909 
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Fairfax, VA 22031
Offers online therapy
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Keystone Therapy Group
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
We are BIPOC and LGBTQIA + allies.
*Accepting New Clients for Individual & Family Therapy* Keystone Therapy Group was founded to provide support and guidance to clients who are struggling to be who they want to be. We believe that anxiety, depression, stress, etc. occur as a symptom of a client experiencing thoughts or behaviors which are in conflict with who they want to be. When therapists provide a safe space for reflections, clients are able to understand the root of their symptoms and learn to make healthy changes in themselves or their relationships to pursue their ideal self. We enjoy working with clients who have an open mind and willingness to self-reflect.
(703) 390-1182 
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Fairfax, VA 22030
Offers online therapy
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Tara Soligan
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LPC, MAC, NCC
Verified
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life's about creating yourself," George Bernard Shaw. I provide a safe, supportive and encouraging environment to help you tackle life's challenges. I have worked with individuals battling addiction, navigating life transitions, and coping with trauma. I enjoy helping individuals confronting addiction, addressing LGBT issues and sexual identity questions, and teenagers emerging into adults. While much of therapy analyzes problems, I create a positive environment that will emphasize your strengths and accomplishments so that you can attain your goals.
(571) 620-5877 
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Fairfax, VA 22030
Not accepting new clients
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Thomas I Knedler
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified
I am especially skilled in working with persons of diverse and Gay , Lesbian and Bisexual backgrounds.
Are you tired of not living up to your potential? Are situations from your past not allowing you to live in the moment or prepare for your future? Do you feel misunderstood and unappreciated? Do you want to learn to value "you"? You are an unique individual, and you deserve therapy that is tailored to your specific needs. I will work with you to try to help you achieve your goals and address your concerns in a manner that is effective for you within a warm and nonjudgmental atmosphere. We will work as a team as you are the expert on you!
(703) 352-3822 x1015 
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Fairfax, VA 22030
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Emily Claus
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified
I am a license eligible clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults. I'm trained in play and individual therapy for issues ranging from anxiety and mood disorders to ADHD, autism spectrum and other behavioral disorders. Some of specialties include psychological trauma (sexual/physical abuse, neglect) and LGBT issues. I also conducts psychological evaluations and assessments to help develop a more clear mental health diagnosis. I earned my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and completed her clinical internship at Pennsylvania Counseling Services.
(703) 639-4155 
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Fairfax, VA 22030
Offers online therapy
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Nicole Joseph
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
With my experience, I have become a specialist in several different areas: Anxiety; Parent Guidance; Life Transitions; Difficulty with Medical Diagnoses; Gender Dysphoria/Questioning, LGBTQ , and Eating Disorders.
What do YOU need? This is the deceptively simple question which I ask my clients almost every session. What would change if you asked yourself that simple question more often? This is an example of some of the foundational work which I'll infuse into our sessions. I LOVE what I do and am so honored to be a part of your life! My goal as your therapist is to encourage, support, empower, and listen. I view therapy as a true partnership where you're not alone while you navigate the 'messy middle' of life in these uncertain times. I work solely virtually after getting positive feedback from busy clients who appreciate this convenience.
(703) 468-8052 
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Fairfax, VA 22030
Offers online therapy
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Barry McNinch
Resident in Counseling, MS
Verified
My goal in counseling is to help clients embrace their authentic selves, foster meaningful relationships, and improve their quality of life. As a Licensed Resident in Counseling, I specialize in helping young and mature adults navigate challenges related to eating disorders, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and mood disorders. I take pride in working with the LGBTQIA + community, I understand the need to create a space for those navigating the very complex process of connecting to our own identities.
(571) 336-0917 
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Fairfax, VA 22030
Not accepting new clients
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Melissa Callahan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
I am an LGBTQ , non-monogamy-affirming, culturally humble therapist.
If you take the courageous step of starting counseling, for yourself or your relationship, it is important your therapist feels like a good fit. To help you in your search - my style is curious, empathic, collaborative, and warm with a touch of humor. I specialize in relationship issues between couples and teen families, in addition to general issues like anxiety, depression, self-worth, and healing from past pain or trauma. Using your inherent strengths, I'll guide you in unearthing buried pain to facilitate healing. Together, we create a path towards more satisfying relationships, effective communication, and emotional connection.
(703) 293-5023 
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Fairfax, VA 22030
Offers online therapy
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Christen Hansel
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSEd, NCC
Verified
I am especially drawn to working with clients with anxiety, religious trauma, LGBTQ + issues, and clients with a strong inner critic.
Immediate openings available starting this week! You’ve been struggling alone for years. Trauma, depression, and anxiety are your constant companions. And you’re so hard on yourself; you’re your own worst critic. You can be compassionate with everybody else, but when it comes to yourself, you just don’t know how to love yourself. It’s not your fault! You didn’t choose to be dealt the hand you have, and if you could make it better you would.
(757) 210-5455 
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Fairfax, VA 22030
Offers online therapy
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Meghan Pugliese
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
I am an LGBTQ + affirming therapist and strive to create a safe therapeutic space.
*Not currently accepting new clients* I offer my therapeutic support to young adults, couples, adolescents, and families. I help clients address anxiety, depression, self-acceptance, identity formation, family conflict, life transitions, marital disconnection, intimacy issues, and infidelity. I gravitate toward Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, attachment- and trauma- informed therapy, and Gottman Couples Therapy, while still tailoring my style and approach to match each client uniquely. I see my role as therapist as a participant alongside your journey toward learning and practicing new ways of being and relating to one another.
(202) 516-7667 
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Fairfax, VA 22030
Not accepting new clients
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Sandhya Sharma
Counselor, LPC, CAC II, EMDR
Verified
Sandhya Sharma is a South Asian Indian LPC and certified addictions specialist who works with: Adults, Teens, LGBTQ community, and International Communities. Sandhya will help create a safe and supportive therapy environment and work with you collaboratively to both accurately assess your strengths as well as areas of struggle. She will develop a treatment plan with you to help you facilitate behavioral changes that more successfully meet your goals. Sandhya will help you look at the ways you have been currently coping with life’s problems and help you to develop new strategies from a strengths-based perspective. 
(703) 828-0647 
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Fairfax, VA 22030
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Alison C Smith
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I am a licensed clinical psychologist whose services include psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and consultation. I work to help clients with a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship problems, and coping with trauma, as well as with transgender and/or sexual orientation issues. I particularly specialize in helping gay and lesbian individuals coping with childhood sexual abuse. I do individual therapy, providing practical ways to approach life's most difficult challenges. I work with clients in a collaborative relationship, with both of us working together to help you understand yourself and your problems more clearly.
(703) 407-9181 
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Fairfax, VA 22030
Not accepting new clients
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Risa E Sanders
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Does worry interfere with your quality of life? Are habits or certain behaviors troubling you? Are important relationships unsatisfying? Are you feeling more anger, stress, or sadness? i can help. As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1984, I have extensive experience, and adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards. I welcome your call for an initial 10-15 minute chat to discuss your concerns. I specialize in stress and anxiety management, phobias( including emetophobia and illness phobias), OCD, fear of public speaking, school concerns, habit control, relationships, communication and social skills training, anger management, ADD/ADHD, parent training, procrastination, performance improvement, LGBT , and diabetes
(703) 596-3664 
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Fairfax, VA 22031
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Maria-Pilar Pina
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I specialize in working with adults in areas of expertise including but are not limited to: Holistic Psychotherapy, Sex-Positive Therapy, LGBTQIA +, Poly, Kink affirming and Multicultural / BIPOC affirmative care, helpful to problems including, depression, anxiety, trauma, isolation, grief, intimacy challenges and family relationship challenges.
I am honored to be trusted in all of my clients' lives. I believe that holding a safe holistic therapeutic space supports individuals to address their emotional needs, allowing for the development of a deeper authentic relationship with self and others that they love, as well as reach their personal goals. My style of therapy is highly individualized and collaboratively designed with each client. I provide both short-term and long-term therapy in Virginia and DC.
(718) 502-8369 
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Fairfax, VA 22031
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Christina Tosto
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I have experience with and strive to create a safe, inclusive environment for those who are LGBTQ +.
My approach is strongly relational. Our interactions with others, past and present, inform how we view ourselves and how we function in the world. I believe healing is found in a meaningful therapeutic relationship and by examining relational patterns that exist in all of our lives. I work with individuals to find a path toward recovery, and move beyond survival to embrace truly fulfilling lives. I am an open-minded, non-judgmental, collaborative therapist that believes in meeting people where they are and finding the strengths inside each of us.
(703) 844-2372 
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Fairfax, VA 20151
Offers online therapy
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Across Counseling: Psychotherapy Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
LGBTQ , trauma & anxiety.
Do you feel anxious, stressed, confused, sad, worried or irritable, or just are not feeling your best. Are you having problems in a relationship or with parenting? We help people find solutions to troubling problems. Give me a call and we can talk about how we might help you to feel good and enjoy life again and answer your questions. Our therapists offer many different specialties and we tailor our approach to each client's individual needs. I am Anne Ross, clinical director working with couples and adults and can be reached at ACRoss@AcrossCounseling.com or 703-389-1913
(703) 594-4094 
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Fairfax, VA 22030
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Kelly Kit
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Her areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, identity development, family of origin issues, life transitions, pregnancy/fertility-related issues, relationship concerns, perfectionism, self-esteem development, LGBTQ support, and issues of acculturation.
Dr. Kelly Kit, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in working with adolescents and adults. Since 2010, she has provided individual, group, and family therapy. She practices from a strength's based approach, utilizing insight-based therapy along with cognitive-behavioral techniques to promote growth in clients. Dr. Kit takes an integrative approach to therapy in order to meet each client's needs by using solution-focused, multi-cultural, attachment-based, and client-centered therapies.
(571) 350-3338 
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Fairfax, VA 22030
Offers online therapy
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Anne Edwards
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
In addition, I do a lot of work with the LGBTQ + population.
In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, I would like you to know that I have the capacity to offer virtual sessions though a HIPAA compliant video conferencing program. Please let me know if you'd like to discuss this option. I realize that sharing the most intimate details of your life with a stranger can feel really vulnerable. I work to create a space in which you feel safe, accepted, connected, and supported in sharing your struggles. Having such an environment can help you gain insight about yourself, patterns of interacting with others, and how to bring about change.
(703) 349-4579 
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Fairfax, VA 22030
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LGBTQ+ Therapists
These therapists specialize in providing supportive, LGBTQ-affirming therapy in Fairfax. Many offer personal insights as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender therapists themselves. Others are allies of the LGBTQIA community with specialized training and experience working with LGBTQ+ clients. All have chosen to include the LGBTQIA community as an area of specialization and client focus.