LGBTQ Issues

Individuals who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning sometimes face challenges unique to the LGBTQ community. Although there is a much wider cultural acceptance of the LGBTQ community than there was twenty years ago, discrimination is still frequent in some areas. Rejection by friends and family is a very real fear facing people coming out for the first time. Additionally, sometimes LGBTQ youth (and even adults) face violence, bullying, or hate crimes. All of these factors can lead to stress, depression, anxiety, identity issues, and poor self-esteem. Seeing a qualified mental health professional can be enormously beneficial for an individual facing any emotional stress. Therapists can offer strategies for coming out, ways to deal with discrimination, and help to address any other issues faced by a member of the LGBTQ community, including relationships, marriage and parenting.

Local Experts in LGBTQ Issues

I provide an LGBTQ affirmative approach to psychotherapy which recognizes the immense value of each LGBTQ person’s well-being and creates a supportive environment for personal acceptance and growth. Experienced working with youth and adults, I work to provide a supportive environment to serve as a counter-force to issues regarding minority status and to help liberate your full potential.

LGBT people have unique challenges that they face every day. Whether you live in an open and accepting environment or a conservative one, there are issues that you need to cope with well for life to feel more livable. Talking about these challenges with a mental health professional that is queer identified can be especially helpful and validating. Let's start talking!

As someone on the trans spectrum that has integrated my masculine and feminine selves, I help you navigate the waters of being a gender-blessed being, calling in support from our queer and trans ancestors.

I am queer and trans and committed to working in my communities. I understand these labels broadly and I know that sharing them does not mean we have the same experience. I want to make room for the different experiences of LGBTQIATSGNC people, particularly as they relate to your race, gender, abilities, size, sexuality, and socioeconomic status.

I love working with members of the queer community, including individuals as well as couples who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans, non-binary, poly, and kink. Although times are changing, queer voices are still silenced in our culture, so my office provides a safe space. I have years of experience and specialized training in cultural competency specific to the LGBTQ population.

People striving to live authentic lives outside of mainstream sexualities have additional complexities that often need addressed in therapy. Our wounds in these areas can also be our greatest gold in the world. We have special gifts and refined abilities, as do all segments of the human family, that with nurturance can flower to make our lives rich and meaningful.

The concept of two-spirit is paramount in working with these issues. Embodying the spirit of electrical male and magnetic female is a gift and must be recognized as such. As a gay male myself much empowerment and strength has come from uniting these polarities and owning the power of uniqueness. We are something far beyond what pop culture and religion designate us.

I provide a safe space for LGBTQ clients and a large proportion of the clients I work with at any given time identify as LGBTQ.

I understand that there can be challenges with \'coming out,\' being accepted, and understood when someone identifies as LGBTQ. In addition, abuse occurs at an alarming rate for people in the LGBTQ community, more so than those who identify as cisgendered, or heterosexual.

My experience includes helping clients explore issues related to their gender identity or sexual orientation.

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.

More than half of my clients identify as LBGTQ+ and I welcome them, as I welcome all couples who want to do the hard work of relationship with another human being(s).

Personally, I identify as a queer woman and I\'ve been a loud and proud member of queer communities in Detroit, Ann Arbor, San Francisco, and Portland. Clinically, I have worked with queer, poly, and kink folks for three years. I don\'t claim to be an expert, but I feel at home outside of the box.

I care deeply about the rights, struggles and needs of gay, lesbian and transgender people. It is important to me to provide a place that is safe, supportive and attuned to the needs of all who experience and express their gender and sexuality in any way that they are most comfortable.

Working with individuals and couples from the LGBTQ community is especially important to me, given the marginalization and oppression throughout history suffered by these groups. I tend to specialize in working with men from a non-heterosexual background, but welcome all members of this community.

I am both personally and professionally involved with LGBTQ & Trans community and am very aware of the daily micro-aggressions that occur within families, at work, and socially. You will not have to provide me with Trans 101 basics. We can start right away with what you are bringing into therapy. I also provide letters that are acquired for hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgery.

I know it can be helpful for many LGBTQ persons to seek a counseling relationship with someone gay-identified like myself, who can personally understand our unique minority status and its myriad impacts w/i the larger culture. I've spent over 20+ years working w/ our community, helping individuals and couples w/ their unique challenges and goals, in a supportive, affirming and safe space.

As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am dedicated to helping my peers rise from the destructive forces of stigma and oppression. Using strengths-based and person-centered foundations, I believe that you are beautiful and powerful at your core.

I have been a part of the LGBT community personally and professionally for many years. I offer non-judgemental therapy regardless of your sexual orientation or relationship configuration.

Beside the emotional issues that crop up around being a member of a socially, politically, and economically marginalized community, the expression of gender and sexuality are remarkably intimate and personal parts of life that brings with them significant psychological dynamics. I work with the LGBTQ community whether or not your gender or sexuality is currently an issue for you.

I have helped younger and older queer couples and individuals. I welcome people with any gender or sexual identity and expression. I am completely affirming of LGBTQIA+ individuals and couples. You are safe with me.

I have graduate training with LGBTQ clients in San Antonio, a city with a large LGBTQ population. I use queer theory, narrative therapy, feminist theory and Gottman's relationship research to assist my clients in their partnered and family relationships. Research shows gay and lesbian couples have uniquely positive relationship traits and I utilize these strengths.

I\'ve counseling countless people in the LGBTQ community. I\'m also kink knowledgeable and comfortable counseling people in alternative relationships including polyamory.

I am a queer-indentified and LGBTQ affirming therapist. I have experience working with LGBTQ individuals, couples & their families across a wide range of issues, including: coming out, family acceptance, questioning gender identity or sexual orientation, improving dating patterns & strengthening long-term relationships, healing trauma & increasing self-acceptance.

I am a genderqueer and queer individual, and have been participating in and teaching about LGBTQ issues for many years.

I wrote my thesis on integrating sexual and cultural identities together for Latina Lesbians. I was trained at the LA LGBTQ cente. I am also queer myself, I understand the challenges of being LGTBQ. Wether you are struggling with coming out, dealing with internalized heterosexism, needing support for your transition or needing support. I can help you.

As a queer identified woman, it is my goal to create a safe space for people who identify as LGBTQ.

If you are gay, bisexual, straight, or queer; if you are cisgendered, trans, or gender fluid; if you identify in a way that you do not see named here-- I want you to feel welcome and respected in my practice.

I offer decision coaching and creative problem solving for big lifestyle and relationship decisions.

Since my undergraduate years, I've focused on developing my knowledge & skills for working with LGBTQ individuals, couples, & families. This passion extends to my graduate research with lesbian co-mother families, my clinical experience & training, and the focus of my practice. LGBTQ individuals have unique experiences, needs, strengths, & concerns. I strive to honor & incorporate these in therapy

Healthcare at the Pearl Health Center is always safe and affirming. Our providers are passionate about advocacy and use a collaborative approach to therapeutic services and community resources.

With a strong background in social justice and a personal connection to the LGBTQ community, I am dedicated to working with issues around LGBTQ identity development and navigating relationships and the world within this context.

I understand the dynamics and challenges of being a part of this community and offer a GLBTQ friendly environment for counseling. Additionally, I have helped many teenagers and adults undergoing gender transitions (including non-binary) and have helped many families learn how to support and advocate for their loved one while they undertake their exciting journey.

As a member of the queer community, it's been part of my personal and professional journey to seek training, supervision and experience to become equipped to meet the counseling needs of LGBTQ individuals and couples. I continually seek professional development opportunities to stay informed on issues facing sexual and gender minorities.

Working with the queer, poly, lifestyle, and sexual minority communities to develop healthy, happy lives and relationships.

As a member of the community, I am committed to providing competent and culturally sensitive services to a frequently marginalized and underserved population. My approach is person-centered; I work to learn from you what you most need, then walk beside you as you grow into your ideal self.

I\'m a member of your community, experienced in treating the unique relationship, sexuality, and interpersonal challenges that come from a minorty sexual orientation or expression. I want to empower and support you, and facilitate a more fulfilling personal journey long term. I can also treat gender dysphoria including writing letters of recommendation and supporting transitions.

Young people aged 21 to 25 who experience \'sexual marginalization\' are 8 times more likely to complete suicide than those who don\'t feel marginalized. Have you internalized some of the hate/judgment/shunning amok in our culture for being your fabulous Queer self? Don\'t let sexual shame hurt you. Come wipe it off and re-embrace your sex positive values in sacred conversation dedicated to you.

I\'ve worked for many years with the LGBTQ population. I provide a very safe open and affirming environment for those who are coming to therapy because of stressors related to gender identity or coming out. I also provide safe place of those who identify as LGBTQ or other identies that want to focus on other areas, but want be assured they have a safe place to be themselves and feel understood.

I have worked with numerous LGBTQ clients with varying issues over the course of my career, and am extremely comfortable with appropriate language, and offering a climate of total support without judgement. All parts of you are welcome here.

I am a counselor who walks a fine line of androgyny. I offer a personal insight to clients who are questioning their own gender and/or sexuality. In my practice, \'judgement free\' is always foremost.

This is a funky category in my opinion as LGBTQ issues aren't usually very different from everyone else's issues, but with the added component of systemic oppression historically and currently. I include this category as a signal that I am hopefully a 'safe' person for you to talk to, who has had many LGBTQ people in my life who have shaped who I am.

Initial session is free. You decide if I can be your therapist.

LGB individuals and partners are always welcome in my practice for individual and relational work. While my speciality is working with the greater trans* community, you certainly have a home here as well.

Joe moved to PDX 25 years ago to become Clinical Director of Phoenix Rising, one of only 4 state certified mental health clinics serving the GLBTQ community at that time. He developed his private practice to specialize in GLBTQ issues and has also taught at the graduate and post-graduate level in this area.

I have specific education and expertise working with the LGBTQ population as well as open/poly folks. My graduate research focused on non-normative sexualities, relationship dynamics, and how to best support these folks in therapy.

I have worked extensively for more than 10 years in the LGBTQ community, on issues related to coming out, including working with trans individuals, and couples counseling. I have completed related trainings as well as experience.

A member of the LGBTQ community since 1993, I understand intimately the social, cultural and gender-based challenges of living an affirming LGBTQ life within the dominant culture. I have extensive experience providing both individual and group therapy for LGBTQ concerns, and am committed to social justice for this community.

I deeply enjoy working with lesbian, gay, bi, trans*, queer, polyamorous, kinky, pansexual and many other diverse sexual and romantic identified clients. I work from a sex positive, gender affirming, socially nuanced position and welcome all orientations and genders into my practice.

I have several years of experience working with gay, bi, and trans youth. My approach is to help these youth become clear about their identities, acknowledge the cultural prejudice that have been directed toward them, connect them with appropriate parts of the LGBT communities, and help them develop a realistic and positive stories of their futures.

I have worked with youth across the gender and sexual identity spectrum. I provide a safe space for people identify however they are comfortable, to explore their identity, and any associated issues related to LGBTQ+ status.

I have both studied and worked with the LGBTQ community in all aspects of my career. As a gay woman I have also personally experienced many of the issues my clients might bring to my office.

Affirmative psychotherapy works to heal the wounds of internalized homophobia, biphobia, or transphobia that can be an underlying cause for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, unsafe sex, relationship or intimacy problems and other difficult challenges faced by many LGBTQ individuals.\n

I have extensive experience working with individuals who identify as LGBQTI, addressing such issues as establishing their identity, coming out, transitioning, interpersonal relationships, discrimination, and oppression.

As a Latino gay male in his 40s, my compassion is informed by my survival as an out teenager during the late 80s and 90s during the time of AIDS. LGBTQ issues include self-esteem, code switching, family attachments, feeling safe, forging your own identity, and being seen. I create a loving and safe environment that embraces every aspect of the LBGTQ client.

There are no LGBTQ issues, cis and heteronormativity are our issues. Regardless, most queer folks have struggled with internalized homophobia and shame. Even if you are not in therapy to talk explicitly about your sexuality or gender related issues, having a queer therapist can provide a sense of emotional safety - to feel you are understood, accepted, and Celebrated for All of who you are.

Young people aged 21 to 25 who experience 'sexual marginalization' are 8 times more likely to complete suicide than those who don't feel marginalized. Have you internalized some of the hate/judgment/shunning amok in our culture for being your fabulous Queer self? Don't let sexual shame hurt you. Come wipe it off and re-embrace your sex positive values in sacred conversation dedicated to you.

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.

Training specific to LGBTQ issues in Sexual Health Certificate Program

I have a passion for working with female identified and non-binary GLBTQIA individuals and couples, helping you to develop strong and healthy relationships with yourselves and with with others.

As a Portlander, I'm fortunate to live in a diverse and open culture. As a therapist, I've been deeply honored to be a consistent source of trust and understanding within the LGBTQ community

You are the expert on your own identity. I provide identity-affirming therapy to support your process and struggles with being yourself in this world.

As a LGBTIQ person, I am passionate about providing safe and welcoming therapy to sexual and gender minorities. Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a queer and transgender health advocate. In recent years, I developed an LGBTIQ support group for formally incarcerated folks at the Women\'s Resource Center in S.F., CA. Currently, much of my client base is queer, trans, and gender non-conforming.

My practice is informed by an anti-oppressive, sex-positive, and feminist systems approach that seeks to bring empowerment and respect to the individual. My practice includes those who identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, pansexual, asexual, transgender/gender nonconforming, detransitioner, kinky, BDSM, vanilla, monogamous, polyamorous, and more.

Finding a LGTBQ friendly and knowledgeable therapist can be difficult. I welcome all consensual expressions of love and sexuality and all gender identities. Through a social justice lens I offer a safe and non-judgmental space to navigate LGBTQ identity development, relationships, family dynamics, and transitions.

I have had various LGBTQIA+ identities since 1998. I practice affirmative therapy with queer folks, and I have worked with many LGBTQIA+ clients, including lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, trans*, queer, and intersex folks. I am also a founding member of the Oregon chapter of LGBT Issues in Counseling (a division of the American Counseling Association).

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