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

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

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

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

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 queer identifying therapist, I am passionate about and committed to serving the LGBTQ community with respect and dignity. I take pride in providing a safe, welcoming, affirmative space for the LGBTQ to be free to be themselves.

— Candace Whitman, Counselor in Chicago, IL

Gender and sexuality are often misunderstood in both secular and faith-based culture. This can lead to isolation from both faith community and sometimes even from LGBTQ+ safe spaces. I strive to foster a sense of safety when working with clients seeking support around their gender or sexuality. My goal is not to offer my own agenda, theology, or morality. Rather, my role is to be with and safely support my clients, wherever they are at in their process.

— Marie Fang, Psychologist in San Jose, CA

In our space, you won't need to justify your existence or plead your case. If your stress is related to your sexuality or gender, we can talk about that. If you're struggling with issues that have nothing to do with your sexuality or gender we can talk about that too! In our space, you are free to be the most authentic you.

— Leah Riddell, Counselor in Greenville, NC

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 Fenway Health in Boston and am a member of WPATH. I also provide letters of support for folks seeking HRT but need documentation for their insurance or medical provider.

— Aimee Whaley, Counselor in Indian Trail, NC

I explore with queer folx a number of different areas from issues around coming out, questions around sexual identity and expression, finding community, dating, gender expression and gender identity and internalized homophobia and internalized transphobia. I have a special interest in working with those living in rural environments and the unique experience this brings when being LGBTQIA

— Samuel Borroff, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Monroe, WA

Being a member of the LGBT community and also someone with an academic background in gender and LGBT issues, I understand both the personal and societal toll having a marginalized sexuality or gender identity can take on you. Despite this, I take a strengths-based perspective to highlight the available resiliency and community resources available to those in the LGBT community.

— Corinne (Kyriaki) Galatulas, Therapist in Garden City, NY

As an out queer therapist, I have been specializing in therapy with clients who identify along the LGBTQ+ spectrum for over eight years. Whether you're exploring your identity or already know who you are in that way and want to focus on other life issues, you can trust that I am LGBTQ-knowledgeable and affirming.

— Colin Wolf, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I love working with members of the queer community, including individuals as well as couples who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans, non-binary, poly, and kink. Although times are changing, queer voices are still silenced in our culture, so my office provides a safe space. I have years of experience and specialized training in cultural competency specific to the LGBTQ population.

— Kelly Arthur, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR

The LGBTQ+ community can often times feel isolated, ashamed, and yearning to feel like they belong and are understood. Ways to navigating LGBTQ+ issues include: Learning to be comfortable and confident with yourself, embracing one's queer identity, educating the LGBTQ+ individual's family members, processing the effects of coming out or transitioning on the individual and the family, exploring one's identity in regards to their gender and sexual orientation.

— Rae Amirian, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Agoura Hills, CA

I am affiliated with The Association for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling, as well as The Trevor Project. I have more than 50 hours of class training on LGBTQ issues in counseling. I have worked with LGBTQ clients at every stage of the lifespan, from children to older adults. I treat transgender and gender nonconforming clients in adherence to the standards of care set by The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). I also use the Informed Consent for Access to Trans Heath (ICATH) model where appropriate. I have written more than 100 letters for gender affirming medical procedures. I also work with transgender children and adolescents and their families.

— Lilyan Moore, Counselor in Portland, OR

Those within the LGBTQ+ community often face discrimination and prejudice. Many have experienced domestic violence or abuse that goes unrecognized or unacknowledged in a heteronormative society. Oppressive attitudes or micro-agressions from others can be internalized into low self-esteem, feelings of alienation or shame. Having a trusted and identity-affirming therapist can help you take the steps needed to feel a sense of safety, healing, and belonging.

— Arianna Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Littleton, CO

Everyone should experience love and acceptance. I am well-versed and supportive on LGBT issues, and currently am involved in volunteering with multiple LGBT organizations. You are welcome to come and experience care in a safe and affirming place.

— Lisa Epstein, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Rockwall, TX

I became a therapist to specifically help the LGBTQ community. I know what it is like to grow up in the South. Many people refer to this area as the Bible belt. Sometimes it may seem that most people here are either trying to convert you or condemn you. This is especially true when LGBTQ seek relationship counseling or therapy. The last thing anyone wants to hear is that all their problems are happening just because of who they are and who they love.

— Philip Justice, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Jacksonville, FL

Using integrative, feminist, and systemic approaches we can work together to explore issues related to sexual orientation and identity.

— Esther Benoit, Licensed Professional Counselor in Newport News, VA

I have specialized training (in addition to life experience!) in working with the LGBTQ++ communities. I have had specialized training in working with trans and nonbinary folks, including youth. I evaluate and write letters for gender confirmation surgeries and hormones for children, adolescents and adults.

— Elana Story, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

From adolescents on a gender journey to seniors finally escaping Narnia, I take pride in helping my LGBTQ siblings navigate wherever they need to go to live their authentic lives. I work on individual and communal impact in all things LGBTQ through counseling, consulting fellow clinicians, and holding presentations.

— Chelsea Fry, Counselor in Gaithersburg, MD

I work with people who are coming to terms with gender identity, sexual orientation, or who have associated concerns such as how to come out to family, steps in gender transition, implications of religious faith in the coming out process, and other areas.

— Lori Magnuson, Counselor

Majority of my practicum training (pre-degree internship) was spent working at an LGBTQ+ community center that also provides mental health treatment. Not only have I provided therapeutic services to the community, I actively participate in the center's programmatic planning that allowed me the unique opportunity to see more than just mental health issues within the community.

— Men Chun Wong, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Mateo, CA

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 Professional Counselor in Tacoma, WA

I want to help all people feel comfortable in their own skin and feel safe loving whomever they love .

— Christine Lynch MA,LPC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in New Hope, PA

I am queer and have focused my work with the LGBTQ community. I have worked with transgender clients who are considering or are transitioning or needing support in navigating this world

— Stacy Sheffler, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Are you in a mixed orientation marriage? Do you question your sexual orientation? Are you struggling with how to come out to family or your employer? Do you wish to get coaching or counseling from someone you will feel safe with? I can help you sort through your concerns related to being anywhere on the LGBTQ spectrum and beyond. This is the population of amazing people that I have built my private practice around for the past 20 years, with special emphasis on lesbian relationship counseling.

— Michele OMara, Counselor in Plainfield, IN

Multiple staff members of the Crosby Counseling Center are members of the LGBTQIA+ community or are LGBTQIA+ friendly. We are advocates and have stayed current in regards to updates and research impacting LGBTQIA+ individuals and the community.

— Jessica Sullivan, Psychologist in Sarasota, FL

I work with LGBTQ+ folks on issues related to gender identity, sexual orientation, coming out, and finding/building support systems. You may be looking for support around these issues or you may just want a space where you know your identity will be accepted while you work on other issues.

— Laura Schoff, Counselor in Santa Fe, NM