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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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
 

I came out queer in 1995 at age 17. I have been an active member of LGBTQ+ communities in several states and many local areas since then. My immediate family currently includes a transman, transwomen, and nonbinary people in addition to gay, lesbian, and bi/pansexual people. I am happy to support LGBTQ+ clients through various challenges, including: navigating family of origin, creating or expanding chosen family, building or rebuilding support systems, work-life balance, isolation, etc.

— Caera Gramore, Mental Health Practitioner in Arlington, WA

I completed my postdoctoral residency at AIDS Care Group/Mosaic Medical Center for LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness where I gained experience with Queer and Trans* Integrative Health.

— Mimiko Watanabe, Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA
 

My specialization is LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy. I am the author of Gay Dads: A Celebration of Fatherhood. This critically acclaimed book features 24 gay-dad families throughout the United States and tells the stories of how they formed their families through adoption, foster care, surrogacy and co-parenting with women. Check out my instagram @gaytherapistLA to see the many books, movies and articles I highlight celebrating LGBT queerdom.

— David Strah, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

As a member of the LGBTQ community myself, I not only feel a professional but also a personal responsibility to support this often under-served community, to provide a space of safety and security to explore issues connected to sexual identity, and of course issues NOT related to sexual identity that can be made that much more challenging for people who are in sexual minority communities. Providing an empowered space for clients to explore content is a cornerstone in my work.

— Joey Salvatore, Counselor in Baltimore, MD
 

One of the most common reasons I see LGBTQIA clients is family non-acceptance. This is such a unfortunately common experience this community deals with, even in 2020. I also have seen many LGBTQ couples who are dealing with communication issues. I have also worked with gender non-conforming and trans clients. I will be here to lend a nonjudgmental and compassionate ear, and create space for you that maybe some people in your life simply refuse to.

— Charleen Gonzalez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Miami, FL

This was my focus throughout my schooling as well as the focus of my continued education training. I am truly passionate about working with this population and affirming not only the person, but their family and community as well. As an active member of the community, I strive to provide support in as many ways as I can, including testifying in front of congress to change laws when necessary.

— Lindsay Callahan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO
 

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

As a queer therapist who has studied and been immersed in queer community and resources, I take a non judgmental approach to being with all of the intersecting issues our community faces. This includes issues around gender, sex work, racism, classism, misogyny, ableism, fatphobia, etc.

— Erica Berman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, 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

While belonging to the LGBTQ community can be a source of strength and belonging, it can also bring unique challenges and adversity. Each person has a unique experience of gender identity and sexual orientation; the degree to which they are comfortable claiming and expressing these identities can take time to sort through. I completed a 2-year internship at Queer LifeSpace, a low-cost therapy practice serving the Queer Community of San Francisco, and remain active in the Queer community.

— David Johnson, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Mateo, CA
 

I am a member of this community and have completed various trainings to include Queer and non-binary counseling, Trans counseling, LBGTQ+ affirming counseling practices, trans health barriers, suicide interventions, and trauma-informed care practices.

— Michele Yurgin, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rainier, OR

At my internship sites I worked with LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and families. With primary focus on trans youth, teens, and adults as individuals, couples/relationships and as part of their family systems. I quickly moved from grad school to group private practice settings continuing my working with LGBTQ+ communities, their relationships, and families. l

— Birch Snogles, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Ann Arbor, MI
 

I have been apart of the LGBTQ community since I was 16 and has been familiar with the challenges that face this community. It could also be a number of different issues, from learning how to navigate the different social norms of being in the community to learning how to live stealth as a trans person. Since I was able to be apart of the culture, I'm aware of the struggles and how to navigate through those struggles and challenges.

— Chase Tucker, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lakewood, CO

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 Associate in Denton, TX
 

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 Associate in Denton, TX

I approach my work with LGBTQ+ folx with the understanding that these identities may have wide-ranging influences on one's presenting symptoms from being the focal point of what is going on to having very little impact. I work to explore LGBTQ+ issues and identites with folx from an ecological perspective, where we consider how these identities are impacted by and manifest at varying levels within ourselves, relationships, community, and wider culture.

— Ben Hearn, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in West Chester, OH
 

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, Counselor in North Hollywood, CA