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

As a lesbian, queer-identified woman, who has been out with dignity for decades, I have direct experience navigating issues of gender identity, sexual orientation, sexuality, non-conventional relationships, trauma and oppression. I also work at Quest Center for Integrative Health primarily with LGBTQ-identified clients, as well as starting and running a transgender/genderqueer support group.

I am a member of the LGBTQIA community and have extensive training and experience working with LGBTQIA clients on wide-ranging issues and topics of focus, including trauma, anxiety, gender identity, mood disorders, self esteem, eating disorders, creative blocks, and body issues. I welcome you and look forward to meeting with you.

I have extensive experience working with LGBTQ people and those living with HIV, and can provide supportive and culturally competent therapy around these issues.

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.

As an affirming counselor, I have worked with many clients within the LGBTQI+ community on issues such as gender identity and dysphoria, discrimination and harassment, sexuality, low self-esteem, transitioning, unhealthy coping mechanisms, family issues, relationship dynamics (poly- and non-monogamous couples welcome), depression, anxiety, addiction, empowerment, career issues, etc.

My clients come from all walks of life, but I especially enjoy serving my clients from the queer community. For me, queerness is just another part of who you are, not part of 'the problem.' I aim to understand your unique story, but I won't need you to teach me the basics. Or, if you are still exploring, I can provide an open, non-pressuring environment to do so.

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

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 am queer and trans and committed to working in these 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 your experience under this beautifully broad and messy queer umbrella, including as it relates to race, gender, ability, size, sexuality, culture and class background.

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.

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.

I offer affirmative counseling to persons with LGBTQ issues, and strive to demonstrate genuine respect and interest in working with this population. My education and work experience is continually growing in meeting the needs of those who have the courage and the dignity to be heard and supported.

As a member of the LGBTQ community, I have extensive personal and professional experience address the impacts of oppression, marginalization, and othering. An area of specific interest is supporting folks impacted by authoritarian religions because of their LGBTQ+ identity.

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.

I am aware that gender and sexuality work on a spectrum and that we are all on our own personal journey towards what works for each of us. I work to be an ally to all genders and sexual expressions: lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and the asexuality spectrum.

I am passionate about issues in the LGBTQ community and have taken courses in gender and sexuality. I specialize in adolescent and teen LGBTQ issues such as orientation, gender expression and gender roles, transitioning, and the coming out process.

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.

Living in a Cis world, LGBTQ people experience the world in a different lense and often have to navigate through those microdifferences that can cause pain, discomfort, anxiety or depression. Being able to assert and affirm your experience are necessary to feeling confident in your identity and how you experience this world and this world experiencing you.

I identify as queer and work with many trans, GNC, NB, lesbian, bi and gay clients.

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.

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.

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

Personally, I identify as a 'faggy dyke' and I've been a loud and proud member of queer communities in Detroit, Ann Arbor, San Francisco, and Portland since the 90s. Clinically, I have worked with queer, poly, and kink folks for six years. I don't claim to be an expert, but I feel at home outside of the box.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

I have worked with sexual minority youth in the juvenile justice system in LA as well as LGBTQ communities of color during the height of the AIDS crisis in NYC.

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.

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.

I am an LGBTQ2A+, and sex-positivity affirming counselor. There is safe and welcoming space in my office for all of your identities and ways of expressing yourself!

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.

Individuals who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning sometimes face challenges unique to the LGBTQ community. I strive to provide an open, safe and affirming space to those who are coming to therapy to talk about the challenges that are directly related to their identity as a queer, trans or non-binary person.

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I know how hard it is to find a therapist who is the right fit. I can offer a supportive, affirming environment regardless of sexuality, gender, and primary concern. I can help with identity exploration, coming out, and other LGBTQ concerns. I have training an experience working with trans and non-binary individuals, including teens and their families.

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 worked with many adults in navigating the realization they are in a mixed orientation relationship after one partner or spouse comes out as LGBTQ. Together, we address the feelings they are experiencing as well as how they wish to move forward either independently or as a couple.

We have specific education and expertise working with the LGBTQIA+ population as well as open/poly individuals, couples, or polycules.

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 have personal and professional experience with the LGBT community and have provided counseling to individuals navigating the coming out process, relationship issues and family dynamics.

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.

Over 8 years of experience working with LGBTQ+ clients on a variety of issues and concerns, including developing authentic identity, strength through vulnerability, life beyond trauma and resilient, loving relationships, as well as queer family planning.

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.

I am passionate about working with LGBTQ-identified adults, teens, and families. I work from an affirmative framework with these populations. This means I believe it is essential to go beyond “accepting” to help individuals and families to fully understand and embrace all aspects of identity and diversity, to improve self-esteem and confidence, as well as cultivate growth and support.

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.

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

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.

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 support the transgender, non-binary, and LGB community with living in the world as their authentic selves. I will also work with their families and loved ones to foster deeper connection and understanding of one another.

My practice is queer inclusive and my therapeutic approach incorporates queer theory/ activism.

I specialize in working with women identified, non-binary and queer people to rewrite the stories we have been told, and tell ourselves, about our self-power, lovability, competence, beauty, bodies, and societal worth.

I am a lesbian and have provided social services to the broader LGBTQ+ community since the mid-1990s. I can help with questioning identity/ coming out, or offer a safe space to focus on other therapy goals where your identity is not an issue. I have training & experience supporting transgender/ non-binary/ genderqueer people since 2013, including assessments for gender-affirming procedures.

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.

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.

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

I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families who are LGBTQ+ or have a family member who is and would like help integrating a better understanding of their loved one.

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.

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.

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