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.

Meet the specialists

For anyone who is experiencing a transition in their gender and/or sexual identity. Our culture still operates under a binary view of female or male gender and a limited understanding of sexual identities. The reality is that both gender and sexuality are fluid for most people. We can work together to help understand your identities and how they interrelate. I also work with sexual concerns.

— Natalie Stemati, Psychologist 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

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 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 Pasadena, CA

Issues around sexual identity bring up many different thoughts, emotions and reactions. We all have a story around our sexuality. That story influences our way of being in this world. Therapy that is respectful, curious, and open to hearing all that is part of your story of sexuality is a gift to your journey. I believe that there is JOY to be found in this story. There is WONDER and LIFE to be experienced in this journey. This story is yours. YOURS. I can help you in the journey of writing it.

— Emily Stone, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
 

Sexuality and gender are fluid. We may have been raised to believe we are something that we know deep inside we are not. I work with clients find and embrace their true identity

— Rachael Lastoff, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Newport, KY

Growing up as a preacher's kid in a sex-negative home, I understand the struggle of trying to reconcile sexual feelings & attractions that the church labels as "sexual sins" & "abominations" with your identity as a Christian or person of faith. You either make a choice to walk in your truth, whatever that may be or continue to live in the bondage of emotional & mental untruths. I want to help you finally discover & embrace your truth & live in it freely & unapologetically.

— Monique Randle, Clinical Social Worker in North Little Rock, AR
 

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

I have experience with clients who are in the process of discovering their sexual identity, their gender identity and those who are having sexual challenges. We can work together to help you process what you are feeling, and navigate the world with the identity you choose.

— Nicole Ruttenberg, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Shoreline, WA
 

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 American Canyon, CA

I have a passion and extensive post-graduate training in helping people explore their sexuality, gender, and identity. Understanding these important aspects of oneself is vital to living a genuine and fulfilling life and improves self esteem, relationships, overall quality of life.

— Caitlin Minniear, Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

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

Since the beginning of my career in 2000, I have worked specifically with the LGBTQA+ community. I worked for 8+ years at Fenway Health Center specifically serving the community I identify with. I have run many groups for individuals seeking better understanding of their experiences as gay men, individuals coming out as gay, lesbian, trans or non-binary

— Guy Croteau, Psychotherapist in Boston, MA
 

My graduate studies in clinical psychology was centered around LGBTQ Affirmative Psychology, and as a member of that community myself, I have insight into the unique challenges that queer people face.

— Jin S. Kim, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Sexuality is one of the basic ways humans express themselves and come to know who they are. Contemporary culture is grossly inhospitable to many styles of sexual self-expression, and this is a source of great distress for many of us. I work with individuals and couples to support them as they explore themselves as sexual beings. We look at comfort levels acknowledging sexual orientations, which may shift; opening to new practices; kink and BDSM; how sexuality and gender identity interact.

— Philip Andrew Libby, Psychoanalyst in New York City, NY