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

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

A focus of my work is supporting gender and/or sexually diverse individuals across the lifespan. Everyone's journey of discovery is unique, and it is my privilege to partner with children, adolescents, and adults in living a more fully authentic life and overcoming obstacles that interfere with their ability to access joy, peace, and fulfillment.

— Alycia Smith @ C.H.E.R.I.I.S.H. Counseling LLC, Clinical Social Worker in Gresham, OR

A core focus of my work is supporting gender and/or sexually diverse adolescents and adults. I meet them wherever they are at on their journey through their own process of coming into their authentic selves, and support them in moving past any obstructions that are interrupting their access to joy and fulfillment.

— Adam Cohen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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 Oakland, CA

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

I've worked with the queer community since beginning my clinical career and am part of the community myself as a queer/bisexual woman. I use an affirming care model and actively counter the cis-het default. I welcome individuals and couples of all genders and orientations. I partner with Building Allies to help educate others about providing affirming care for trans and gender nonconforming folks. The majority of my clients identify as trans or gender-nonconforming.

— Sara Stanizai, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

I have a strong focus on the LGBTQ* community, and offer a safe space to explore and better understand personal identity and expression, and help support individuals in identifying how they can live authentically and wholeheartedly.

— Amy Emery, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Southington, CT

I specialize in working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and couples and subspecialize in working with intersex individuals. I am also a member of WPATH and can assist those individuals requiring a pre-surgical assessment for gender affirming surgeries. My approach to such letters is to assume that you know yourself best (unless you are asking for assistance exploring your identity) and that my role is to focus on assessing medical decision making capacity and to advocate for medical necessity.

— Matthew Malouf, Psychologist in Baltimore, MD

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 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

Members of the LGBTQ+ community encounter microagressions and discrimination frequently in our society. These can lead to internalized shame, anxiety and depression. I'll work with you to develop a mindfulness approach so you can sort out the queerphobic reactions of others and have a safe place to look at any internalized attitudes that you have been taught or have learned in our society.

— Melody Jones, Associate Professional Counselor in Centennial, CO

I interned at the Institute for Human Identity from 2018-2019, where I worked largely with LGBTQIA+ clients and received additional training on working with this community, in addition to being a member of the community myself. While in grad school, I co-lead the Gender and Sexuality Coalition on campus, and spent a semester writing a proposal on how my program could better serve TGNC students and clients.

— Julia Koerwer, Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

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 Burlington, MA

My expertise with LGBTQ issues includes the following: I identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community; and my year-long internship was with Seattle Counseling Service, the oldest LGBTQ-focused community mental health agency in the world. In addition to these experiences, the majority of my clients in my private practice have identified as LGBTQ+.

— Kelley O'Hanlon, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Redmond, WA

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