LGBTQ Issues

Just like any other group, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community faces mental health issues and unique challenges. However, LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. Additionally, more than half of individuals who identify as transgender experience depression or anxiety. The LGBTQ community is also at a higher risk for suicide. Young people are even more at risk, as they may experience a lack of support at home and fear, hatred or prejudice in school. If you are a member of the LGBTQ community and are facing mental health challenges, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s LGBTQ experts and get help today.

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Our current social climate can be very stressful and overwhelming for members of our community. I am here to provide a safe space to be your most authentic self and to help you best navigate your identity in today's world. As a member of the community myself, I strive to be knowledgeable and accepting of cultural norms in our community while still recognizing my own privilege of being cisgender and White. I do not want my sessions to be a place where you have to code switch.

— Dillon Dostal, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL

As a gay man, I take pride in working with the LGBTQ+ community and providing care that affirms both gender and sexuality. I have helped clients navigate the challenges of coming out, becoming their most authentic selves, and building relationships that reflect their values and prioritize their needs. I have also worked with clients who struggle with sex, intimacy, esteem, and self-worth in a world that so often treats our community like a burden instead of the treasure it is.

— Peter Luehring-Jones, Clinical Psychologist in Alexandria, VA

As a member of this community (as with the other communities I serve) I have lived experience of the microaggressions and struggles faced by the LGBTQIA+ or SAGA community when attempting to access mental health care. I provide a sex positive and affirming space to explore all aspects of sexuality, gender, and relationship, but also understand the ways in which simply belonging to this community impacts other aspects of a person's life.

— Farrah Bonnot, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denton, TX

Our counselors are experts in LGBTQIA+ and gender-related issues. We're well-versed in the common challenges you may face, whether it's coming out, exploring your gender identity, navigating relationships, or dealing with societal pressures. We'll guide you through the maze of self-discovery, helping you uncover your true potential and find your inner strength.

— Brittany Stilwell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

I work with you to understand and develop a positive identity around gender or sexuality in a world that doesn't always accept you. I’m well versed in the social challenges, complex identity questions, and marginalization that can accompany queer lived experiences. I can help you work through questions around gender and sexuality, find ways to navigate interpersonal relationships with people who struggle to understand your identity, and build self-worth in the face of oppression.

— Augustin Kendall, Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

I created a gender affirming health program at my last job, was a PrEP prescriber, and have lived experience as a gay woman. I've heard many, many, many stories and know what a diverse community we are! There is no one way to be any kind of person, and that includes LGBTQ.

— Jo Bauer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tacoma, WA

As a LatinX, gay, nonbinary individual, I have firsthand experience living in the intersectionality of culture, gender, race and sexual orientation. I understand how every individual has his, her or their own life experience and I fully respect each client's unique perspective. I engage in both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and gender- and sexuality-affirming care and therapy to help my clients explore the totality of their identities.

— Vincent "V" Espinoza, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Albuquerque, NM

LGBTQ individuals seek counseling for many reasons that may or may not be related to your sexuality or your gender identity. It is important that you have a therapist who you can discuss any area of your life without taking time to explain being LGBTQ. As a member of the LGBTQ community I have both the professional and personal expertise and experience to help you address the concerns you bring to counseling.

— Deborah Robinson-Thompson, Mental Health Counselor in Woburn, MA

As a member of queer community myself, I know how important it is to find a therapist who'll welcome and recognize all the parts of you. My interests include questioning gender and/or sexual identity, exploring new facets of one's relationship to sex, asexuality, navigating non-traditional relationship structures (e.g. polyamory, Dominant/submissive, etc.), kink/BDSM, sex work, couples grappling with differences in desire, the impact of sexual trauma, and coping with isolation/lack of support.

— Abby Weintraub, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

I identify as queer, and work with clients of all gender identities and sexual orientations. I work with people who are questioning their sexual orientation, and who have a more fluid understanding of their attractions as well.

— Laurie Ebbe-Wheeler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

The pressure to fit into a box and hide our true gender and sexuality can steal our sense of belonging in our body, family, and community. You may be using self-destructive behaviors to cope with trauma from rejection, dysphoria and abuse. As a member of the LGBTQ community, I'm passionate about celebrating your uniqueness + building a relationship where you feel safe, validated and free to be you. Let’s explore how to set boundaries + bring your self-expression and true identity into alignment.

— Maryann Bavisotto, Social Worker in Buffalo, NY

I have worked with individuals in the LGBTQ+ community throughout my career. I am passionate about helping people to express their gender and sexual identity in a way that is true to themselves. I have found that the challenges facing LGBTQ+ individuals can be even greater for those who are also living with mental health challenges and intellectual disabilities and there are few resources to support them. I am excited to provide a safe space to these individuals in my practice.

— Brian Finnerty, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collingswood, NJ

Whether you need help with gender identity and expression, coming to terms with sexuality, or need a nonjudgmental space to explore these, Let's Talk Solutions can provide that space. Sex-positivity, kink-positivity, and sex-worker positivity are all acknowledged and respected here.

— KaRon Spriggs-Bethea, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pittsburgh, PA

I have been involved with the LGBTQ+ community since 1987. I began working with kids of LGBTQ parents when my own father came out and I co-founded COLAGE in 1990. I am EFT trained and work with LGBTQ couples and individuals.

— Dr. Ali Dubin, Psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA

My intersectional QPOC identity has led me into this profession, allowing me to use my own experience to empathize with the struggles of others, whilst also recognizing the importance of valuing individual identities, and individual struggles. I use trauma theory to guide my work and navigate my relationships with clients at a pace that is best suited for their healing journey.

— Monesha Chari, Psychotherapist in New York, NY

With our comprehensive understanding of LGBTQ issues, we provide a supportive and inclusive space where couples can address specific challenges such as navigating family acceptance, managing internalized homophobia or transphobia, and fostering communication around gender identity and sexual orientation. Together, we empower couples to navigate these complexities, strengthen their bond, and celebrate their journey toward love and fulfillment.

— Sheena K. Glover, Clinical Psychologist in Dallas, TX

In my years of work with my queer community, I often invite my clients to explore their queer identity outside of the binary norms and shame that influence our psychology. How would your realization, understanding, and formation of your identity have developed differently if these norms were not in place? I approach this curiosity from an affirmative and gay-centered modality in which we explore our expression of feelings on the foundational sense that we were different from the rest.

— Sean Vazzana, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer Trans / Non-binary Gender Identity Gender Dysphoria Sexual Issues Navigating Queer relationships

— Hannah Pollok, Therapist in Franklin, TN

Specialization in affirming practice for queer and trans/gender-diverse adolescents and adults. Offer welcoming space to explore sexual and gender identity and expression. Non-monogamy, polyamory, and kink positive. Previously worked as the LGBTQ+ Program Coordinator at a rape crisis center where I provided cultural sensitivity trainings to staff, community members, local organizations, and government agencies. Attended TransYouth Care Conference in 2017 and attending again in 2023.

— Alexa Brand, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA