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

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!

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 have 20+ years of experience living, working and volunteering within the queer community. I am familiar with many of the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals and their families, and I also understand that your LGBTQ+ identity may have nothing at all to do with why you are seeking therapy. Either way, you and your relationships will be seen, valued and respected without exception.

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 am trans and non-binary affirming and dedicated to staying informed on the needs and struggles of the entire queer community.

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.

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.

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'm passionate about working with children and adults 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 struggles related to LGBTQ+ identity. I aim to support every person to feel confident as their identified self and safe to share that self with the world.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

I\'ve worked with LGBTQ issues for over a decade and love work with these populations. As a non-binary, bisexual/queer person, I understand the gifts and challenges of LGBTQ+ communities. Exploration of sexuality and gender is core to my practice.

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.

I have a wealth of experience in working with individuals within the LGBTQ community. At times my clients' sexual orientations and gender identities have been a focus of our work together and at other times these identities have just been part of who they are in the world. I am committed to respecting and honoring diversity in all its forms.

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.

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 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.

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.

As a member of the LGBT community, my hope is to bring a culturally-competent, safe and affirming space for all people.

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

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.

Are you queer, or in the LGBTQIA2S+ community umbrella? Me too! I practice affirmative therapy with queer folks, and I have worked with all sorts of clients, including lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, trans*, queer, poly, kinky, and intersex folks. I love working with my community. I'm also a founding member of the Oregon Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling.

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.

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

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

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.

Aside from formal education on the topic, as a member of the LGBTQIA community, I have intimate knowledge of the struggles involved, including the trauma we often experience(d) by friends and family as our identities are/were developing, as well as the trauma of contunual systemic oppression.

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

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.

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.

A focus of my work is supporting gender and/or sexually diverse individuals across the lifespan. Everyone\'s journey of discovery is unique, and it is my privilege to partner with children, adolescents, and adults in living a more fully authentic life and overcoming obstacles that interfere with their ability to access joy, peace, and fulfillment.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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 bring with them significant psychological dynamics. I work with the LGBTQ community whether or not you are seeking therapy for gender or sexuality issues.

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 specialize in working with LGBTQ+ adults, teens and relationships. Whether you come to counseling specifically for issues around gender identity or sexuality, or are seeking a counselor who shares an LGBTQ+ perspective, I provide a safe, affirming, body-positive and sex-positive space where you are welcomed for who you are. Learn more about my practice at www.relationshipcounselingportland.com

I am both personally and professionally involved with LGBTQ community and am very aware of the dynamics of being part of those communities. I find that, like so many oppressed groups, it is important to find support with someone who you don\'t have to teach the basics of your experience to along the way.

I completed my clinical training at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and specialize in LGBTQIPK populations.

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

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 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.

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.

I have specific education and expertise working with the LGBTQIA+ population as well as open/poly individuals, couples, or polycules. My graduate research focused on non-normative sexuality and relationship dynamics. I am always learning more about how to best support the kink, sex positive, and sworker communities.

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.

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