Sexual Identity

The term sexual identity typically refers to how one thinks of oneself in terms of to whom one is romantically or sexually attracted. Gender identity, sexual orientation and romantic orientation play interconnected roles in a person’s sexual identity. While your sexual identity might match your sexual orientation, this is not always the case. There are endless possibilities for sexual identity, all of which natural expressions of human sexuality. However, questioning or evaluating your sexual identity can be confusing and overwhelming process. If you are working through questions about your sexual identity, a qualified mental health professional can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s sexual identity experts today.

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Despite being a member of the LGBTQ community, I sought specific training to become a competent therapist for same. I have worked as a clinician in two LGBTQ centers and served as an advisor to a high school LGBTQ club. I am a member of Gaylesta, the Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity.

— Cole Rennix, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redding, CA

I hold experience with the LGBTQ2IA+ community both professionally and personally. In a professional context, this has included support for clients in discovering and affirming their sexualities and gender identities, support through life transitions such as coming out to friends or family, and support working through internalized homophobia or transphobia. I have also attended numerous trainings on sexual and gender identity and have completed several years of academic coursework.

— Bridge Condron, Student Therapist in Seattle, WA
 

Texas can be a really tough place to be an LGBTQ+ person. I’m an accomplice and ally to the LGBTQ+ community and try to be mindful at all times of my privileged experiences as a cisgender, heterosexual white woman when working with LGBTQ+ folx. I provide gender affirming care services for those 18 and support LGBTQ+ individuals to live their fullest life possible.

— Linda Louden, Psychologist

Prior to becoming a licensed therapist, I was a Peer Counselor to others living with HIV. I have been HIV positive for 22 years and have worked with all kinds of folx around sexual health and sexual identity.

— Kelly Hill, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

Nothing is so nefarious as the bully that we find installed inside ourselves. I have experience working with people in the coming out process and working to resolve the internalized homophobia that we're not often aware of. I also have lived experience in this area.

— Gregory Gooden, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in POMONA, CA

I have worked in an LGBT community center that was committed to raising awareness and diminishing stereotypes regarding those of the LGBTQIA community. It is a personal mission of mine to take the stigma out of sex and sexuality as well as to serve the communities that get prejudged, including the poly/swinger/kink/sex worker communities.

— Alejandro Rodriguez, Mental Health Counselor in Lake Mary, FL
 

I take a Sex-Positive approach, and can help you explore issues related to sexuality and gender. I have experience helping clients with the coming out process, and learning to accept and embrace their sexuality. I am LGBTQIA+ affirming, and have with extensive training in sex therapy, including working with concerns around sexual identity. I am also Kink-aware and Poly/Ethical-non-monogamy friendly. By living an authentic life, you open up the door for greater joy and intimacy in your life.

— Meghan Cleveland, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

I work with women who are trying to deconstruct and recover from purity culture messages and conditioning about sexual and body shame. Women are not adequately taught about sexual health, so our bodies are shrouded in mystery for years, resulting in feeling confused or broken due to what our bodies are or are not doing in a sexual context. "Come As You Are" by Emily Nagoski is the book I work through with clients to help them learn about themselves and reclaim their sexual identity.

— Kirsten Cannon, Counselor in Memphis, TN
 

Our work will revolve around the question - what do you want? Not as a question to be answered simply, but a question to be asked again and again, a question to grow together. Trauma and loss obscure and sever connection to desire. We will get to know the stories that have led to a loss of desire and begin to rebuild connection to what it is you are longing for.

— Andrew Fontana, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Before we are even born, our families tell us who we are. As we develop into adolescents, for some, our sexual identity does not match up to the expectations of those who care for us. This is often confusing for us and for them. I work with clients experiencing these challenges by creating a safe environment to process feelings and building a healthy community to nurture their true selves.

— Janice Leonard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Plano, TX
 

Sex positive and experienced in helping clients explore their sexual identity, attractions, kinks, and unmet interpersonal needs

— Amanda Earle, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

For clients who don't necessarily identify with "mainstream" ideas about sexuality, having a therapist who understands where they are coming from and brings sex positivity can make all the difference.

— Megan McDavid, Sex Therapist in Portland, OR
 

Many of us in the LGB community have felt alone in our feelings, or unable to verbalize our truth out of fear of rejection, shame, and violence. Art Therapy and Sex Therapy are empowering. The art says what we sometimes cannot. Developing a healthy therapeutic relationship with your counselor is validating and can serve to help you find the courage to be your true self in the world.

— Marie Ragona, Creative Art Therapist in , NY

Our work will revolve around the question - what do you want? Not as a question to be answered simply, but a question to be asked again and again, a question to grow together. Trauma and loss obscure and sever connection to desire. We will get to know the stories that have led to a loss of desire and begin to rebuild connection to what it is you are longing for.

— Andrew Fontana, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

I help others better understand who they are through curiosity and exploration. Binaries are often challenged if not completely broken in the shedding and unlearning of the world's views and beliefs of one's sexuality.

— Lily Zehner, Sex Therapist in Denver, CO

A client's sexuality is a key component in many relational and individual issues. Whether you identify as lesbian, gay, straight, bi, trans, queer, asexual or any variation thereof, your sexuality is a major factor in determining your preferences and sexual behaviors. Sexuality is about your sexual identity, about the gender roles you carry with you, and the "scripts" you learned from family, religion, society and significant others. All of these factors have contributed to your understanding of sexual expression. Sometimes, these interconnecting parts do not fit well together and can cause distress in your life. I believe one of my primary roles is to help you find out how to rework pieces of your sexual identity, your social conditioning and your sexual preferences so that you can feel integrated and content in your experience of your sexuality.

— Alana Ogilvie, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
 

Questioning your sexual orientation as an adult can be confusing and terrifying. You can feel the pent-up energy and longing in your body, and yet you're so afraid of what this might mean. I offer a safe, open-minded, and private space to connect with your body and explore your desires and identities. Then, we'll work together to figure out how you want to integrate your truth into your life and relationships.

— Lauren Pass Erickson, Psychotherapist in Boulder, CO

I am a part of the LGBTQIA+ population myself and I have a passion for helping clients explore and define their sexuality and be their most authentic selves.

— Ruth Millican, Psychologist in San diego, CA