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

Identity affects us all. Our therapy is a safe, relaxed space for you to explore issues related to identity, in any form. Culture, ideals, family and relationships are all impacted by one's sense of identity and personal meaning.

— Marie Mercado, Clinical Psychologist in Brooklyn, NY

I spent a year as the Mental Health Counselor in a by us, for us integrative health clinic for LGBTQIA2S community. Along with my regular clients and LGBTQ expressive arts group for anxiety and depression, I held weekly surgery letter appointments conducting full BHA following the WPATH standards of care. I received specialized training from my interdisciplinary colleagues at the clinic, and integrated my own experience as a queer community member.

— Jessica Joy, Mental Health Counselor in New Paltz, NY

Working with gender and sexually diverse folx is a passion of mine. I've had the honor of working with my community through both group and individual therapy, using a sex-positive, queer-affirming approach.

— Alison Vodnoy Wolf, Licensed Professional Counselor in CHICAGO, IL

Many of my past clients identify within the queer community. My clients have found safety, unconditional care and non-judgement with therapy with me. I understand the complex dynamics of LGBTQ issues, including the potential impacts and challenges that can be faced in the home, with families of origin, work, school, and religion. I understand that folks who identify as LGBTQIA very often are faced with additional struggles and challenges that our cis and straight brothers and sisters do not.

— Amber Bradford, Counselor in Tacoma, WA

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

I specialize in issues relating to queer and trans identities and experiences, including queer and trans people, partners of trans people, parents of trans kids, coming out, unlearning shameful beliefs and narratives.

— Jesse Kahn, Sex Therapist in new york, NY

As a queer person in a straight-passing relationship, I recognize the privilege I bring to the therapy room. I work to continuously develop my knowledge base about both queer issues as well expansive relationships by engaging in continuing education, consultation, & clinical work. I see a large number of LGBTQ folx and and strive to use my privileges to fight against oppressive sociopolitical dynamics.

— Olivia Carollo, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

I work with LGBTQIA individuals and couples. I also have additional expertise in trans-affirmative therapy.

— Kriston Nixon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia Beach, VA

As a lesbian therapist, I understand the issues that can come along with being out in the south. I am a member of the Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group and am interested in bridging the gaps of services for folks across the gender spectrum. I have received specialized training in trans healthcare from the Fenway Health and am a member of WPATH.

— Aimee Whaley, Counselor in Indian Trail, NC

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.

— Heather Sexton, Counselor in SAINT CLAIRSVILLE, OH

I have additional training working with the transgender population in issues around couple and family issues. In addition, I can work with individuals as they progress through their transition process.

— Melanie Gonzalez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Irvine, CA

Did you know marginalized individuals have higher rates of anxiety and depression? Particularly folks in the LGBTQ+ community and even more so trans people of color. As queer-identified counselor I am passionate about supporting individuals in the LGBTQ+ community to learn effective strategies to cope with mental health issues. My aim is to connect you with your own power so that you can create the life you want!

— Susana Potter, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL

As a queer therapist, I am open to all gender identities and sexual orientations. I help individuals explore their gender identity, relationship preferences, and coming out process.

— Charis Stiles, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

All of our therapists have varying levels of experience with different communities and experiences within LGBTQ communities, but all of our therapists have competence and expertise in working with LGBTQ people in the context of individual and partnership based work

— Gender & Sexuality Therapy Center, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in new york, NY

I'm passionate about working with children and adults across the gender and sexual identity spectrum. I provide a safe space for people identify however they are comfortable, to explore their identity, and any associated struggles related to LGBTQ+ identity. I aim to support every person to feel confident as their identified self and safe to share that self with the world.

— Ande Cappellano, Social Worker in Portland, OR

I am an active ally in the community, providing training for other mental health professionals, and acting as a past Board member for PFLAG San Antonio. I am trained and skilled in addressing the concerns of LGBTQ+ individuals and couples. Some of these include but are not limited to: the coming out process, self-acceptance and self-care, families of origin who are not accepting, bullying, religious abuse, body image, healthy relationships, and career concerns.

— Kimberly Watts Hoggatt, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

As a LGBTQIA2+ identifying person myself, I have personally seen how ignorant some people can be of the issues faced by members of this community. I have teamed with local LGBTQ+ agencies to create therapy groups for clients who have had no access to inclusive services. In addition, I teach out in the community about specific challenges faced by LGBTQ+ identifying individuals.

— Safrianna DeGroat, Counselor in Frederick, MD

I provide expert support to Queer or other families with alternative structures (or families who are alligned with traditional structures), and can also help with individuals who are in the process of finding their identify. Being Queer is more than just fine, it's a source of joy. I am also very experienced with working with interracial Queer families. In fact, that is my own family's experience. I am sensitive to cultural influences and class/race power dynamics that can affect family and relationship functioning. We will find out how to make your family feel safest for everyone.

— Hugh Simmons, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

I provide LGBTQ affirmative counseling and consulting services. LGBTQ individuals, couples and families are no different from others when it comes to human needs, except for the fact that they are often experiencing discrimination, external and internal homophobia. My sensitive approach to counseling affirms each person's humanity and self-worth, encouraging growth and self-acceptance.

— Brian Oltman, Psychotherapist in San Diego, CA

Specialize in working with couples and multi-partner relationships on communication issues, relational issues, rebuilding trust, reducing conflict, codependency, and managing needs within a relationship. Collaborate WITH you to find solutions to your problems because everyone has their own strengths to bring to the table. Include a focus on holistic healing, such as mindfulness and meditation, in treatment. LGBTQ-affirmative, polyamory-affirmative, and kink-aware

— A Compass Within, Mental Health Counselor in Rochester, MI

My interest in this topic to to provide support to family members who are adjusting to a loved one's gender transition. My commitment is based on my personal experience of having three close family members come out as transgender or gender non-conforming, and the recognition that the support people often need a place for their own emotional processing. I come from a place of affirming gender identity, while developing insight into beliefs and values that may feel incongruent.

— L. Simone D'Amore, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR