LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Sean Glynn
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98134
I enjoy variety and, as such, like to invite clients from all walks of life. I'm experienced with a variety of concerns including trauma, relational issues, depression/anxiety, substance use, and compulsivity. I like supporting clients struggling with their own behavior or relationships; maybe searching for meaning in their experiences. I love working with queer people, both sexual and gender minorities. I also enjoy teens 14yo+. I believe therapy is an excellent opportunity for social justice and feel passionate about exploring oppression issues, whether you hold marginalized identities or are examining your own privilege.
I enjoy variety and, as such, like to invite clients from all walks of life. I'm experienced with a variety of concerns including trauma, relational issues, depression/anxiety, substance use, and compulsivity. I like supporting clients struggling with their own behavior or relationships; maybe searching for meaning in their experiences. I love working with queer people, both sexual and gender minorities. I also enjoy teens 14yo+. I believe therapy is an excellent opportunity for social justice and feel passionate about exploring oppression issues, whether you hold marginalized identities or are examining your own privilege.
(206) 590-4027 View (206) 590-4027
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David Parks
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104
Being Black, queer, and neurodivergent, I have had the same struggles.
Many of us feel out of step with others around us. Difficulties with completing tasks and organization lead to struggles and frustration in relationships. Difficulty with social skills and anxiety make it hard to reach out to others for friendship or dating. Some of us feel shame and isolation from ADHD, autism, and other forms of neurodiversity. Our unique hobbies or interests keep us out of step. Shame keeps us from exploring who we are in friendships, dating, and sexually. People often do not see us. We feel alone. This manifests as depression, anxiety, and difficulty regulating our emotions.
Being Black, queer, and neurodivergent, I have had the same struggles.
Many of us feel out of step with others around us. Difficulties with completing tasks and organization lead to struggles and frustration in relationships. Difficulty with social skills and anxiety make it hard to reach out to others for friendship or dating. Some of us feel shame and isolation from ADHD, autism, and other forms of neurodiversity. Our unique hobbies or interests keep us out of step. Shame keeps us from exploring who we are in friendships, dating, and sexually. People often do not see us. We feel alone. This manifests as depression, anxiety, and difficulty regulating our emotions.
(509) 581-4308 View (509) 581-4308
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Anna White
Counselor, MS Ed, LMHCA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Hi. I'm Anna. I work with many different kinds of people, but I specialize in working with queer, trans, Jewish, and neurodivergent clients especially, as well as those who have experienced trauma. I currently have availability, so please reach out. I especially enjoy working with people who are seeking to understand themselves more deeply or who are struggling with their identity or the roles in their life. My approach incorporates all of your experiences, both recent and in the deeper past. During our work together I will encourage you to follow your thoughts and feelings wherever they may lead.
Hi. I'm Anna. I work with many different kinds of people, but I specialize in working with queer, trans, Jewish, and neurodivergent clients especially, as well as those who have experienced trauma. I currently have availability, so please reach out. I especially enjoy working with people who are seeking to understand themselves more deeply or who are struggling with their identity or the roles in their life. My approach incorporates all of your experiences, both recent and in the deeper past. During our work together I will encourage you to follow your thoughts and feelings wherever they may lead.
(747) 477-2073 View (747) 477-2073
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Devin Sparrow
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFTA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109
I am particularly drawn to working with people whose identities fall outside the dominant culture, especially LGBTQ+, gender-nonconforming, and polyamorous folx.
I am a client-centered therapist who takes an integrative approach combining Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Polyvagal Theory. I believe that reclaiming and re-authoring the stories we tell ourselves about identities is incredibly powerful, particularly so for folx who fall within the LGBTQ+ umbrella. Being a queer and nonbinary person myself, I feel especially driven to help individuals, couples, and other relational systems lessen their distress and live as their fully authentic selves without shame.
I am particularly drawn to working with people whose identities fall outside the dominant culture, especially LGBTQ+, gender-nonconforming, and polyamorous folx.
I am a client-centered therapist who takes an integrative approach combining Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Polyvagal Theory. I believe that reclaiming and re-authoring the stories we tell ourselves about identities is incredibly powerful, particularly so for folx who fall within the LGBTQ+ umbrella. Being a queer and nonbinary person myself, I feel especially driven to help individuals, couples, and other relational systems lessen their distress and live as their fully authentic selves without shame.
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Samantha Holsather
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98116
I am LGBTQIA+ affirming.
Do you feel broken? Do you struggle to feel connected and present in relationships? Are you often stuck in numbness or struggle with intense emotions and don't know how to cope? You long to decrease the daily distress you experience and I can help you get there. I help people move from surviving to thriving. I am successful at what I do and I can help you become more empowered to improve your mental health and your relationships.
I am LGBTQIA+ affirming.
Do you feel broken? Do you struggle to feel connected and present in relationships? Are you often stuck in numbness or struggle with intense emotions and don't know how to cope? You long to decrease the daily distress you experience and I can help you get there. I help people move from surviving to thriving. I am successful at what I do and I can help you become more empowered to improve your mental health and your relationships.
(206) 472-1328 View (206) 472-1328
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Todd Sheeley
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMHCA, LPCC, MA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98119  (Online Only)
I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and academic, career and LGBTQIA+ related issues.
As kids, we were told that if we did everything right, we would have a life to be proud of. As adults, many of us are wondering if it all was just a fairy tale. We got the job, but now life is just wash-rinse-repeat; we’re bored. A change in job could help, but what if I told you that we as adults sometimes forget to invest in ourselves, outside of our career…and thus, we forget who we were before we got the degree; before we got the job. We forget we were once multidimensional creatures with other amazing facets than our job title. I want to help you get back to that version of yourself. Let’s help you find the magic in life again.
I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and academic, career and LGBTQIA+ related issues.
As kids, we were told that if we did everything right, we would have a life to be proud of. As adults, many of us are wondering if it all was just a fairy tale. We got the job, but now life is just wash-rinse-repeat; we’re bored. A change in job could help, but what if I told you that we as adults sometimes forget to invest in ourselves, outside of our career…and thus, we forget who we were before we got the degree; before we got the job. We forget we were once multidimensional creatures with other amazing facets than our job title. I want to help you get back to that version of yourself. Let’s help you find the magic in life again.
(253) 785-9434 View (253) 785-9434
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Kenneth K. Marshall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, MHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98133  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My approach to working with clients is based on building upon strengths, to generate solutions that empower the individual. I support my clients using various therapeutic modalities as they fortify their connection to themselves and others. Being multi-racial, gay, and having been raised in a bicultural household, I have learned that there are many ways to make meaning of the life that you were born into, while informing the life you create for yourself.
My approach to working with clients is based on building upon strengths, to generate solutions that empower the individual. I support my clients using various therapeutic modalities as they fortify their connection to themselves and others. Being multi-racial, gay, and having been raised in a bicultural household, I have learned that there are many ways to make meaning of the life that you were born into, while informing the life you create for yourself.
(206) 504-2608 View (206) 504-2608
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August Tritt
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121
I am dedicated to working with LGBTQ folx and have extensive experience with trans and enby individuals.
I believe that you already contain a deep power for healing inside. Together with kindness and curiosity, we will create a safe and accepting space where all aspects of you are welcome. Our journey will be one of shared exploration and discovery. I am here to guide and support you along the way. Our work will originate in the here and now—what is present in your life currently, learning to meet what shows up with care and compassion. I love counseling those in transition— be that career, gender, or otherwise and draw from feminist, existential, Buddhist, and somatic frameworks and work from a trauma-informed lens.
I am dedicated to working with LGBTQ folx and have extensive experience with trans and enby individuals.
I believe that you already contain a deep power for healing inside. Together with kindness and curiosity, we will create a safe and accepting space where all aspects of you are welcome. Our journey will be one of shared exploration and discovery. I am here to guide and support you along the way. Our work will originate in the here and now—what is present in your life currently, learning to meet what shows up with care and compassion. I love counseling those in transition— be that career, gender, or otherwise and draw from feminist, existential, Buddhist, and somatic frameworks and work from a trauma-informed lens.
(206) 649-2708 View (206) 649-2708
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Azur Jafari
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98136  (Online Only)
As a queer second-generation immigrant, my passions and experiences are rooted in working with LGBTQIA2sNB+, BIPOC, and people living in marginalized bodies. I provide therapy that is poly, kink, gender, and neurodivergent affirming. Our work together will seek to unearth and honor your strengths, what you value, and who you want to be in this life. This can be challenging work, and I will invite us to explore what works for you. My hope for you is to feel liberated, to engage in play, patterns and relationships that nurture you, and to help you feel at home in your body and safe in community.
As a queer second-generation immigrant, my passions and experiences are rooted in working with LGBTQIA2sNB+, BIPOC, and people living in marginalized bodies. I provide therapy that is poly, kink, gender, and neurodivergent affirming. Our work together will seek to unearth and honor your strengths, what you value, and who you want to be in this life. This can be challenging work, and I will invite us to explore what works for you. My hope for you is to feel liberated, to engage in play, patterns and relationships that nurture you, and to help you feel at home in your body and safe in community.
(971) 395-4106 View (971) 395-4106
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Josh McLeod
Counselor, LMHC, MA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102
I primarily serve teens and young adults from the greater LGBTQIA+ population. I bring in a mix of professional, educational, and personal experiences into my work to help people from this community find their voice, confidence, and individual life path. I've also been able to use similar skills to help out people from a wider array of backgrounds. I have often helped motivated individuals meet their goals through collaborative effort.
I primarily serve teens and young adults from the greater LGBTQIA+ population. I bring in a mix of professional, educational, and personal experiences into my work to help people from this community find their voice, confidence, and individual life path. I've also been able to use similar skills to help out people from a wider array of backgrounds. I have often helped motivated individuals meet their goals through collaborative effort.
(206) 672-3791 View (206) 672-3791
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Cooper Stodden (They)(Them) - Village Witch Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98118
As a systemic, neurodivergent-affirming, and trans/gender/queer and lesbian affirming therapist, I accompany folx through the tender journey of finding the pathways that lead to their unique healing.
Currently accepting new clients. I offer nature-based therapy (I work outside!) to LGBTQ+ witches, pagans, and other practitioners of earth-based spirituality of all ages. My work is supporting folx to grow self-esteem, co/self-regulation, compassion & belonging. I use the tools of nature-based therapy and magical/spiritual practice. These include ritual, divination, spell-work, song, mindfulness, and movement. I support clients in connecting with elements, nature, ancestors, and other guides. I help people access healing through connection with nature, parts work, family systems therapy, healing internalized oppression & play.
As a systemic, neurodivergent-affirming, and trans/gender/queer and lesbian affirming therapist, I accompany folx through the tender journey of finding the pathways that lead to their unique healing.
Currently accepting new clients. I offer nature-based therapy (I work outside!) to LGBTQ+ witches, pagans, and other practitioners of earth-based spirituality of all ages. My work is supporting folx to grow self-esteem, co/self-regulation, compassion & belonging. I use the tools of nature-based therapy and magical/spiritual practice. These include ritual, divination, spell-work, song, mindfulness, and movement. I support clients in connecting with elements, nature, ancestors, and other guides. I help people access healing through connection with nature, parts work, family systems therapy, healing internalized oppression & play.
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Jennifer Spektor
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, MHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98133  (Online Only)
Are you seeking your truth? Feeling stuck? Do you want a therapist who really gets you? Or perhaps you are part of a relationship or polycule, seeking to work on your communication in a non-judgemental environment. I am an art therapist and counselor working with individual adults and relationships from a person-centered lense. I am an artist and a DJ. I am a queer, anti-Zionist, Jewish trans woman. I know how important it can be to have a therapist with lived experience off the beaten path. I support people in the process of living their truths, creating the life and relationships that are genuine to them.
Are you seeking your truth? Feeling stuck? Do you want a therapist who really gets you? Or perhaps you are part of a relationship or polycule, seeking to work on your communication in a non-judgemental environment. I am an art therapist and counselor working with individual adults and relationships from a person-centered lense. I am an artist and a DJ. I am a queer, anti-Zionist, Jewish trans woman. I know how important it can be to have a therapist with lived experience off the beaten path. I support people in the process of living their truths, creating the life and relationships that are genuine to them.
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Taylor Ferry
Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
My professional background includes working with survivors of interpersonal violence, working with LGBTQ+ individuals in a community mental health setting, and providing individual and group therapy in a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient setting to those experiencing mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders.
Welcome! My approach to therapy is collaborative and relational. I work to support clients in developing an increasingly complex and embodied understanding of themselves in the context of the relationships and systems that they interact with. Through our work together, clients can expect to uncover habitual patterns of behavior that interfere with living the life they want, and over time to experience an increased sense of choice and flexibility in their actions. I aim to support individuals in developing a greater sense of comfort with themselves, and an increased ability to cope with the inevitable challenges that life offers.
My professional background includes working with survivors of interpersonal violence, working with LGBTQ+ individuals in a community mental health setting, and providing individual and group therapy in a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient setting to those experiencing mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders.
Welcome! My approach to therapy is collaborative and relational. I work to support clients in developing an increasingly complex and embodied understanding of themselves in the context of the relationships and systems that they interact with. Through our work together, clients can expect to uncover habitual patterns of behavior that interfere with living the life they want, and over time to experience an increased sense of choice and flexibility in their actions. I aim to support individuals in developing a greater sense of comfort with themselves, and an increased ability to cope with the inevitable challenges that life offers.
(206) 222-6958 View (206) 222-6958
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John Paul Gaylor
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98101
As a gay man, I am particularly passionate about working with fellow LGBTQ+ individuals and couples to navigate issues of mental and emotional health, relationships, identity, and sexuality.
As an individual, couples, and sex therapist, my passion lies in helping people to confront and tackle the challenges which deeply impact their personal and relational lives and leave them feeling stuck. Whether you are struggling to cope with anxiety, grief, or depression, navigating conflict or resentment in your relationship, or facing concerns about your sexual health or identity, I strive to create a non-judgmental and supportive space where clients can explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences without fear of rejection.
As a gay man, I am particularly passionate about working with fellow LGBTQ+ individuals and couples to navigate issues of mental and emotional health, relationships, identity, and sexuality.
As an individual, couples, and sex therapist, my passion lies in helping people to confront and tackle the challenges which deeply impact their personal and relational lives and leave them feeling stuck. Whether you are struggling to cope with anxiety, grief, or depression, navigating conflict or resentment in your relationship, or facing concerns about your sexual health or identity, I strive to create a non-judgmental and supportive space where clients can explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences without fear of rejection.
(206) 472-1678 View (206) 472-1678
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Dr. Keren Lehavot
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98115  (Online Only)
I'm passionate about helping professionals, parents, and LGBTQ+ folks connect with their strength and build joy in their life.
You are overwhelmed with work-life balance, stress, anxiety, parenting, or feeling stuck. You feel bad about yourself, and you’re constantly depleted of energy. Your relationships with people who are important to you - such as your partner, children, other family members, or friends - are suffering, and you’re not able to assert the boundaries you need, to put yourself first, or to feel happy or in control. Perhaps you’re overwhelmed with stress related to identities that are important to you, such as your sexual identity, gender or gender identity, race, ethnicity, or religion. You know there must be another way.
I'm passionate about helping professionals, parents, and LGBTQ+ folks connect with their strength and build joy in their life.
You are overwhelmed with work-life balance, stress, anxiety, parenting, or feeling stuck. You feel bad about yourself, and you’re constantly depleted of energy. Your relationships with people who are important to you - such as your partner, children, other family members, or friends - are suffering, and you’re not able to assert the boundaries you need, to put yourself first, or to feel happy or in control. Perhaps you’re overwhelmed with stress related to identities that are important to you, such as your sexual identity, gender or gender identity, race, ethnicity, or religion. You know there must be another way.
(206) 944-6122 View (206) 944-6122
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Casey Jordan
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103
Not currently accepting new clients. I work with adults and teens in the state of Washington and focus on issues of depression, anxiety, complex trauma and abuse, church/cult related trauma, LGBTQ+ concerns, relationship difficulties, and more. In therapy, we will tend to the parts of your story that feel troublesome and work toward a deepening experience of freedom, connection, and joy. We will explore the nature of your individual concerns within the context of your narrative, which may include important relationships, your past experiences, and the societal systems that have impacted you.
Not currently accepting new clients. I work with adults and teens in the state of Washington and focus on issues of depression, anxiety, complex trauma and abuse, church/cult related trauma, LGBTQ+ concerns, relationship difficulties, and more. In therapy, we will tend to the parts of your story that feel troublesome and work toward a deepening experience of freedom, connection, and joy. We will explore the nature of your individual concerns within the context of your narrative, which may include important relationships, your past experiences, and the societal systems that have impacted you.
(206) 222-1852 View (206) 222-1852
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Christopher Duchene
Counselor, MS, LMHCA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98199  (Online Only)
As a queer, Latinx therapist, I welcome all LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities to my practice.
My passion is people. I center my practice around growth achieved by understanding our full selves through a lens of curiosity and kindness. Our remembered past, and the unseen forces that helped shape who we are today, matter. Uncovering the impact these experiences have on us is a crucial step toward building the internal space needed for growth. We can’t remove these experiences, but we can learn to understand, accept, and reorganize them in a way that creates room for change. Focusing on the person and their experiences, rather than the disorders or labels they’ve been given, allows me to address current symptoms holistically.
As a queer, Latinx therapist, I welcome all LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities to my practice.
My passion is people. I center my practice around growth achieved by understanding our full selves through a lens of curiosity and kindness. Our remembered past, and the unseen forces that helped shape who we are today, matter. Uncovering the impact these experiences have on us is a crucial step toward building the internal space needed for growth. We can’t remove these experiences, but we can learn to understand, accept, and reorganize them in a way that creates room for change. Focusing on the person and their experiences, rather than the disorders or labels they’ve been given, allows me to address current symptoms holistically.
(206) 208-6324 View (206) 208-6324
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Maya Perez
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98102
Accepting new clients with weekly availability! I offer therapy that seeks to unearth the ways systems of oppression impact your self worth, embodiment of values, and wellbeing. As a queer therapist, with a a history of supporting LGBTQ+ survivors of violence, I am practiced in examining power dynamics and supporting folks through traumatic experiences, major transitions, anxiety, and relationship challenges. I work to co-create a safe container for you to explore and learn from various parts of yourself, your relationships, emotions, and bodily experiences. I offer services for individuals, relationships, youth and young adults!
Accepting new clients with weekly availability! I offer therapy that seeks to unearth the ways systems of oppression impact your self worth, embodiment of values, and wellbeing. As a queer therapist, with a a history of supporting LGBTQ+ survivors of violence, I am practiced in examining power dynamics and supporting folks through traumatic experiences, major transitions, anxiety, and relationship challenges. I work to co-create a safe container for you to explore and learn from various parts of yourself, your relationships, emotions, and bodily experiences. I offer services for individuals, relationships, youth and young adults!
(425) 541-8929 View (425) 541-8929
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James Michael Allen Kuhn
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98102  (Online Only)
Hey there, thank you for stopping by my page. Looking at these profiles is a great first or second step on your journey to self-discovery and healing. As a queer therapist, I have helped individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, severe mental health, and more. People I have worked with have come from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds and have been members of the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, and neurodiverse. I have helped people move from just surviving to a point where they are thriving in life.
Hey there, thank you for stopping by my page. Looking at these profiles is a great first or second step on your journey to self-discovery and healing. As a queer therapist, I have helped individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, severe mental health, and more. People I have worked with have come from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds and have been members of the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, and neurodiverse. I have helped people move from just surviving to a point where they are thriving in life.
(206) 887-9581 View (206) 887-9581
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Bex Worsham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98125  (Online Only)
I come from a queer, polyamorous background in my personal life, but work with folks of any identity or lifestyle.
Therapy is a space for you to feel heard, validated and supported. It's an approach to feel less anxious, work toward goals, heal from trauma, and improve relationships. It can sometimes feel impossible to find ways to thrive in the capitalistic, oppressive system we're in, especially for marginalized folks. It is my goal for us to find ways for you to feel safe, fulfilled and content.
I come from a queer, polyamorous background in my personal life, but work with folks of any identity or lifestyle.
Therapy is a space for you to feel heard, validated and supported. It's an approach to feel less anxious, work toward goals, heal from trauma, and improve relationships. It can sometimes feel impossible to find ways to thrive in the capitalistic, oppressive system we're in, especially for marginalized folks. It is my goal for us to find ways for you to feel safe, fulfilled and content.
(206) 483-0623 View (206) 483-0623

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.