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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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

All across the country,

— Roman Haas, Counselor in , CO
 

Identity exploration and support, relationship challenges and interpersonal conflicts, LGBTQ family building & parenting, and ambiguous loss.

— Erin Mooney-Simkus, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in La Grange Park, IL

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
 

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

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 have long worked with teens with issues relating to self identity and discovery. My work was in assisting teens discover who they are in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. My approach was also to respect the lead of my client when determining if they wished to share their identity with their family. My goal was to establish support in learning more about who they were and creating a supportive community.

— Alena Garcia, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

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 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 queer person of color, I combine my lived experience as non-binary individual with training and education around working clinically with the LGBTQIA+ population to best serve and nurture healing and growth within the queer community.

— Augustino-Chloe Tierramar, Counselor in Boulder, CO
 

Every therapist at my practice is affirming and informed in LGBTQ+ issues and culture I identify as a bisexual person but did not come out until I was older, due to going to school in a small, rural, highly conservative town. My personal experience lead me down a path of wanting to help others in our community. We work with same sex couples, gender and/or sexual identity exploration, gender affirming surgery letters, poly couples, sex/ kink positive and informed, asexuality/ aromatic, etc.

— Tayler Clark, Clinical Social Worker in Shorewood, WI

Using a deeply empathetic, feminist/social justice orientation, we will explore themes of identity wounding, societal/community rejection, safety and survival, and internalized bias. I have a plethora of resources to share and am committed to being a trusted witness.

— Lacey Stewart, Counselor in Manhattan, KS
 

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

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 gay man myself, I know what it is like to be 'other' and I also know the joys of learning to accept myself as I am and thrive! For the past 15 years I have worked extensively with the LGBTQIA community from receiving specialist training and supervision at an LGBTQIA clinic early in my therapy career. If you are LGBTQ and looking for a therapist who gets it, let's talk.

— CBT Gym: Justin Miller, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Honolulu, HI

I am an activist member of the LGBTQ+ communities and have provided group and individual vocational counseling for people related to the Ingersoll Gender Center in Seattle for over 5 years. I further worked with many community folks in my vocational rehabilitiation counseling position with the state. I understand the added barriers to community and to access to economic strength that LGBTQ+ people face and how to manage those barriers.

— MAGGIE METCALFE, Counselor
 

I have worked extensively with folks identifying under the LGBTQI+ umbrella and their loved ones, including providing WPATH letters for gender confirming surgery. I also provide therapy to long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS and senior members of our community seeking therapy for aging-related concerns. I also provide trauma therapy to our community, understanding and affirming that the LGBTQI+ journey is unique for each client's lived experience and doesn't fit into a cookie cutter mold.

— Jordan Nodelman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wilton Manors, FL

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 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, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR