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.

Meet the specialists

I am a gay, cisgender male, and I have been a member, advocate, activist, and therapist in the community for over 35 years. I can provide a variety of needed mental health support and assistance for all members of the LGBTQ community. I possess expertise in working with gender fluid folks and assisting transgender folks as they transition.

— Paul C. Briggs, Clinical Social Worker in Hollywood, FL

Through out my career, I have worked with members across the spectrum of the LGBTQ community. I currently work for Fenway Health, a leader in LGBTQ healthcare where I regularly write letters for gender affirmation surgeries for my trans* identified clients. I also have worked extensively with LGBTQ identified clients in helping them over come gender and sexuality related issues, such as gender dysporia and depression/anxiety from societal views of the community.

— Will Dempsey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA

I practice affirmative psychotherapy with LGBTQ identified individuals, couples and families. This way of practicing considers the stigma associated with holding an LGBTQ identity while also considering both individual and systemic forces which have caused stressors resulting in mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Practicing affirmative psychotherapy recognizes that holding an LGBTQ identity cannot (and should not) be considered the "presenting problem," unless it is identified as such.

— Jeff Levy, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

However your hopes and challenges intersect with your queerness, you are worthy of love and belonging. I provide affirming, informed, and competent care to people across the gender and sexuality spectrums. As a queer person, I bring my lived experiences, training, and education to my work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Non-Binary, Pansexual, Asexual, and Aromantic folks.

— Jessica Weikers, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

​If you are going through a stressful time and are searching for a therapist, you may also worry about fear of rejection or misunderstanding, or having to hide aspects of yourself from your therapist. This is a real concern for most LGBTQ+ identified individuals and couples. I offer all LGBTQ+ clients the unique opportunity to know before we meet that I am someone from their own community with a licensed, trained, studied, and personal understanding of their development and current issues.

— Marshall Bewley, Psychologist in Denton, TX

As a queer person in a straight-passing relationship, I recognize the privilege that I bring to the therapy room. In response, I work to continuously develop my knowledge base and "expertise" about both queer issues as well expansive relationships by engaging in continuing education, consultation and my clinical work. I see a large number of LGBTQ individuals and work to expand my personal network of friends and colleagues.

— Olivia Carollo, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

As a queer immigrant of color, I am personally familiar with the challenges we experience and navigate as individuals and a community. I am keenly aware of the healing and collaboration we need to work towards within our community, and the activism for rights and freedoms still left to do outside of it.

— Neil Panchmatia, Counselor in Portland, OR

I have spent a majority of my career not only serving the LGBTQIA community, but training other professional how to practice in a competent manner.

— Jennifer Gay, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, TX

Many of my clients are a part of the LGBTQ community, giving me a specialty in working with them. I'd love to help support you with any issues that arise in your life regarding being a part of the LGBTQ community.

— Misty Gibson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tacoma, WA

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

I have experience working with clients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, demisexual and omnisexual. I believe that you are the expert of your own identity and I increase my learning about sexual identities by attending training each year. I am affirming of your identity and support my clients in their self expression.

— Katie Leikam, Clinical Social Worker in Decatur, GA

We have expertise working with the LGBTQIA+ population as well as open, poly, or ethically non-monogamous individuals, couples, or polycules. Many clinicians at our practice identify on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, and we consider ourselves lifelong allies to the queer community.

— Sprout Therapy PDX, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

You deserve less anxiety and fear about being LGBTQ in a world that views heterosexuality and monogamy as the only ways to be. Shame arises from our fear and appears in our relationships as well as ourselves. Let's work together to help form a healthier, more fulfilling path for you.

— Patrick Tully, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+ need a counselor who is understanding and an advocate in the community. I have worked with individuals who are not only looking for a safe place to talk about sexual identity and discrimination but who also want to discuss feelings of depression and anxiety. Let's work together to help you understand how you can feel safe and proud of who you are. Contact me to see if we would be a good fit for counseling.

— Cheryl Perry, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Charlotte, NC

Navigating our identities is challenging for us all, but made even more challenging in a world that does not affirm who we are. I have worked with the queer community throughout my career- running coming-out and trans support groups, and providing individual therapy . I work to support folks as they navigate, explore, and perform who they are in a world that can be damaging. We also work together to celebrate their innate strengths and resilience.

— Alison Gurley, Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY

Given the stressors LGBTQ+ groups must confront, finding a therapist who specializes in working with LGBTQ+ populations or is openly LGBTQ+ can offer support & healing. Our primary goal is to affirm, encourage, and celebrate you as you navigate through life’s challenges! Whether you are single, partnered, closeted, transitioning, or questioning, you will find authentic & genuine support from me. You are WELCOME & SAFE here!

— Christina Rogers, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, FL

LGBTQI youth who experience family rejection, bullying and violence in school, work, or their community are at an increased rate of engaging in suicidal behavior. Older LGBTQI persons, regarded as an invisible population, report experiences of grief, isolation, elder abuse, and barriers in accessing health care. Acts of violence occur towards transgender persons in the United States of American every two minutes. Many of these acts of violence go unreported due to the sense of fear.

— Alyx MacTernan, Counselor in , CA

I have been an out lesbian since 1986. I worked at Stonewall Recovery Services for the last few years it existed, providing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning communities alcohol and drug treatment services in Seattle. I love to work with people who are either wanting someone who needs no explanations when they are talking about their lives as who they are or with those who are still finding their way through all the issues that may come up.

— Deb Dettman, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

As a social justice driven, queer, non-binary human, I have an understanding of the mental, emotional, and spiritual toll that oppression takes. I believe cultural humility and taking systems into account is imperative in the therapeutic process and is something I intend to uphold in our time together.

— Jules Allison, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

We work with people in their exploration of orientations and identities: sexuality, relationship (yes, it can be an orientation!), gender, and more. A joy of our practice is helping people navigate their Queer-ness. Sexuality is fluid. You are the expert of your sexual identity!

— PNW Sex Therapy Collective: Sex, Intimacy, and Relationship Therapists, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA