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

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

You deserve less anxiety and fear about being LGBTQ in a world that views heterosexuality and monogamy as the only ways to be. Shame arises from our fear and appears in our relationships as well as ourselves. Let's work together to help form a healthier, more fulfilling path for you.

— Patrick Tully, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, 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 have been an out lesbian since 1986. I worked at Stonewall Recovery Services for the last few years it existed, providing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning communities alcohol and drug treatment services in Seattle. I love to work with people who are either wanting someone who needs no explanations when they are talking about their lives as who they are or with those who are still finding their way through all the issues that may come up.

— Deb Dettman, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

LGBTQI youth who experience family rejection, bullying and violence in school, work, or their community are at an increased rate of engaging in suicidal behavior. Older LGBTQI persons, regarded as an invisible population, report experiences of grief, isolation, elder abuse, and barriers in accessing health care. Acts of violence occur towards transgender persons in the United States of American every two minutes. Many of these acts of violence go unreported due to the sense of fear.

— Alyx MacTernan, Counselor in , CA

I'm a LGBT communjty member, have volunteered with gay rights non-profits, and centered my clinical specialty on LGBT studies as I earned my Master's degree.

— Andrew Amick, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Valley Village, CA

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

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 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

Navigating our identities is challenging for us all, but made even more challenging in a world that does not affirm who we are. I have worked with the queer community throughout my career- running coming-out and trans support groups, and providing individual therapy . I work to support folks as they navigate, explore, and perform who they are in a world that can be damaging. We also work together to celebrate their innate strengths and resilience.

— Alison Gurley, Clinical Psychologist in New York, 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 Woburn, MA

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 Albuquerque, NM

I practice affirmative psychotherapy with LGBTQ identified individuals, couples and families. This way of practicing considers the stigma associated with holding an LGBTQ identity while also considering both individual and systemic forces which have caused stressors resulting in mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Practicing affirmative psychotherapy recognizes that holding an LGBTQ identity cannot (and should not) be considered the "presenting problem," unless it is identified as such.

— Jeff Levy, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

As lesbian and parent, I bring my own experiences and sensitivity to the task of providing members of our community the support they need to tackle the challenges of life. I provide couples counseling and ongoing psychotherapy.

— Amy Hecht, Clinical Psychologist in Charlotte, NC

I'm in the LGBT community, worked with gay rights advocacy groups in Los Angeles, and specialized my clinical education in LGBT studies.

— Andrew Amick, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Valley Village, CA

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

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 Mental Health Counselor in Tacoma, WA

As a queer person in a straight-passing relationship, I recognize the privilege that I bring to the therapy room. In response, I work to continuously develop my knowledge base and "expertise" about both queer issues as well expansive relationships by engaging in continuing education, consultation and my clinical work. I see a large number of LGBTQ individuals and work to expand my personal network of friends and colleagues.

— Olivia Carollo, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

As a member of the LGBTQ community, I realize the great need for empathetic and competent therapists who focus on our unique needs and perspectives. Many of us have been overwhelmed by shame, tried to compensate for that shame, and are now trying to cultivate the authenticity of who we are. I am able to help with Issues such as coming-out, transitioning, relationships, addiction, HIV, abuse, and social factors, and addiction. I have actively supported the LGBTQ community for the past 30 years.

— Alan Zupka, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ORLANDO, FL