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

Katie Eichner (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Ph.D

I am a queer-identified cis woman, and as a member of the queer community am passionate about helping folx explore their identities, navigate systems of oppression, and grow and heal from trauma. I specialize in helping folx to explore their gender identities, which can include supporting them through transitions. I also provide letters in support of gender affirming care (e.g., WPATH letters).

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Eric Goodwin (He/They)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC, MS

Homophobia and related trauma can leave you feeling shame, isolated and unsafe even in spaces thought to be welcoming for the LGBTQ community. Seeking help can be a series of frustrations trying to establish a connection not knowing if it is safe to open up about experiences with anti-LGBTQ violence or abuse. As a queer therapist, I want to understand your story and walk beside you as you take the bold steps to heal. Call me at 585.233.3308 for your free consultation!

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Joaquin Lopez (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

M.S.

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.

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Amanda Best (she/her/hers)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

LMFT-A

I offer expertise in supporting transgender and non-binary individuals in their journey, including discussions around gender identity, transitioning, and sexual health. I specialize in working with LGBTQI+ couples and families, helping you navigate the complexities of relationships, communication, and intimacy within a supportive and affirming context. I understand the diverse experiences within the LGBTQI+ community and provide a safe, inclusive, and nonjudgmental space.

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Kaysey Crump (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, PMH-C

As a queer wife and mother I have also experienced the unique challenges (and beauty!) that come with family creation and parenting. I love working with queer families to navigate family formation and parenting.

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Ajay Dheer (He/They)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy

First and foremost, I want to be explicit that I don’t consider LGBTQ+ identities to be ‘issues.’ That being said, I enjoy and specialize in working with the impact of these identities on day to day life. In addition to being a member of LGBTQ+ communities, I’ve received specialized education in working with queer folx. Over the past two years have gained expertise through both individual and group therapy settings.

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Portland Therapy Project

Licensed Professional Counselor

We create a supportive, caring place for all community members.

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Sam Skye (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

ATR, LPC

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, kinky, BDSM, vanilla, monogamous, polyamorous, and more.

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Matthew Geraths (They/Him)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

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

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Christopher Boothby (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

As an Out Gay man who lived most of his life in a hetero lifestyle, I have personally traversed the landscape of coming to terms with self-acceptance of the person I really am in a world often less than accepting. This journey has given me deep empathy for those navigating both sexual orientation and gender spectrums. I feel confident in holding a safe space to process and explore all points on the spectrum of LBGTQIA issues.

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Kelly Arthur, LMFT, LPC, CADC I

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

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.

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Carrie Ivy (she/her)

Professional Counselor

I am passionate about serving fellow queer folks. Regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, we deserve to bring our whole selves to all areas of our lives, and I offer extra support navigating issues that may arise in mainstream society as well as within the LBGTQIAP2+ community.

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Benita Munson (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CRC, CADC I

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 worked with many LGBTQ+ relationships and continue to pursue training in this area.

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Caitlin Keitel (she/her)

Professional Counselor

M.A. Process Oriented Facilitation

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.

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Gillian Callahan (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, MA

Our sexuality and gender can be the source of our greatest joy and our greatest pain. I want to help people accept themselves, find connection with supportive community and celebrate the magic of queerness in all its gorgeous forms.

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Daniel Maher, LCSW (He / Him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

As a gay cis male therapist, I bring empathy and lived experience to my work with people in the LGBTQIA community. Creating safety, affirmation, and attunement, providing support and undoing aloneness are central to my work with LGBTQIA people impacted by oppression, isolation, homophobia and transphobia. I am also aware of and sensitive to issues that are unique to same-sex and mixed-gendered couples.

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Healing Tides Counseling

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Anti-oppressive LGBTQIAS2+ care from a trauma informed, intersectionality, culturally humble lens.

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Gary Conachan III (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC

As an LGBTQ person, I have lived experience and knowledge around coming out, navigating non-affirming family relationships and faith communities, exploring sexuality, and more. I actively pursue my own learning about topics involving gender and sexuality to expand my own knowledge and fill in the gaps where my lived and professional experiences fall short.

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Gary Alexander (he/him)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MFT, CADC III, NCC

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

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Congruent Therapy: Italia Hensley (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MS, LMFT, CNM-Certified

I work with many LGBTQIA2S+ around a variety of concerns. My approach is affirming and I create a safe place for you to be or learn who your authentic self is in a nonjudgmental environment. Our work is always going to be centered around empathy and safety, but also be challenging and rewarding.

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Jack Marvin (She/They)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, CSWA

In working with the LGBTQIA2S+ community, I know how difficult this world can be to navigate. Unfortunately, due to historically oppressive systems, experiences of trauma are an all too common occurrence among our community. Yet, the resilience of our community is inspiring and healing. Utilizing intersectional-feminist and systems lens, as well as elements of popular education, I am passionate about working with our community to both grieve the systemic harm and co-create resilience!

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Graham Borgman (He/him/his)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Paula Emerick (she/they)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

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.

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Sprout Therapy PDX

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMFT, LCSW, Associates

Many clinicians at our practice identify on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, and all of us at Sprout have experience working with queer folks. We all consider ourselves lifelong allies to our LGBTQIA+ community.

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Caitlin "Caity" Lynch (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

As a queer and genderqueer clinician, I bring personal and professional experience into my therapy work with the LGBTQ2SIA+ community. I offer WPATH gender-affirming care assessments and support letters as part of your care. If you're exploring parts of your identity: welcome! I know that path personally, and I am very happy to be with folks on that journey. If you want to talk about anything BUT your LGBTQ+ identity, I get that, too. Bring your whole self, and let me know your goals.

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Ashley Adler (she/her/hers)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Master of Arts in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy

As LGBTQ+ folks, we are often taught to take up less space to make other people more comfortable, and I know how painful that can be. I want to support you in feeling empowered to take up all the space that you deserve (which, is a lot, actually!). I’m passionate about helping all of you to feel welcome, not only in our work together, but also in the world. You deserve to be celebrated!

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Luke Allen (he/him)

Clinical Psychologist

PhD

I am openly queer/gay. I practice from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach. This approach focuses on helping you learn to react differently to unwanted thoughts and feelings and live your life based what's important to you even if society pressures you to do otherwise. I have taught, published, and training frequently on working sexual and gender diversity.

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Joshua Bogart (He/Him/His)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

As a member of the LGBT+ community, I know what it's like to feel unaccepted and unwanted in society. These negative messages can seep into our souls and make us feel unloveable and out of place. As a gay man, I provide a safe space for candid conversations about LGBT+ issues with someone who understands the unique challenges of our marginalized group. Together, we can find strength in our community and embrace our true selves.

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Becca Dorn-Medeiros (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Ed.S., LPC

I identify as queer. For years I have worked both in my professional and personal life to support and better the lives of the community. I have run school QSA groups, trans groups, Queer Jewish Youth programs, as well as provided individual therapy, advocacy, and gender affirmation letters/documentation.

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Saren Craig (They/Them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

M.A. Counseling and Guidance

Whether it's coming out to family, or maintaining relationships. I'm here to help you along the way. Coming out can be a challenging experience, but with the right support, you can feel empowered and accepted for who you are.

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Del Likins (he/they)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA

◦ Artistic & Activist Collaborators. From visioning eras, co-creation, rupture and conflict; and navigating endings. ◦ Attachment wounds in community: Conflict related to family of origin traumas, reparenting, addiction issues. ◦ Relationship transformations in community: Boundaries & belonging; consequences & cancel culture; liberatory approaches to relationship. ◦ Roommate/Household dynamics: Conflict, communication, and needs of a shared Home.

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Kasey Serdar (She/Her)

Clinical Psychologist

Ph.D.

I have always been passionate about providing affirming care to LGBTQ+ individuals. During my internship, I co-lead the first group for LGBTQ+ veterans within the Los Angeles VA Healthcare System. Before entering private practice, I worked at Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore, Maryland. Chase Brexton Healthcare is a federally qualified health center that began as a gay men's health clinic in 1978 and has been known since that time as a leader in providing LGBTQ+ care.

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Jonathan Joebgen

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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.

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Katya Stark (She/They)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC

As a queer-affirming counselor, I understand the extra pressures and challenges LGBTQIA+ folks face. I focus on processing religious trauma, fear of rejection, minority stress, and the negative impact of heteronormativity, cisnormativity, internalized homophobia, and minority stress on mental health. As a polyamory-affirmative counselor, I am dedicated to expanding my knowledge and counseling skills to work with people in polyamorous relationship structures.

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Melissa Hartley (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

NCC, LPC

I am an LGBTQ2IA+ affirming counselor. What that looks like in practice is acknowledging and learning from my mistakes, checking with my clients about whether they feel safe and affirmed in the counseling relationship, and continuing my education and growth in practicing inclusivity in my professional and personal life. There is safe and welcoming space in my office for all of your identities and ways of expressing yourself!

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Erin Fettes (She/Her)

Clinical Psychologist

Psy.D.

Issues may include support with coming out, needs around social and medical transition, resiliency as an LGBTQIA+ person in work/school settings, within family, culture or society. Exploration of gender presentation, understanding sexuality, attraction and desire, sexual health and navigating an affirming and joyful sex life. Support with LGBTQIA+ family building, infertility, navigating medical systems, addressing internalized negative messaging. Assessments for gender affirming medical care.

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David Hanna (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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.

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Morgan Fitz Gibbon (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

OR #T1128

My graduate training focused on LGBT Affirmative Therapy. 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.

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Gemma Baumer (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor, M.A. in Counseling

I am passionate about working with people with queer identities. I, myself, hold a queer identity as well, and I value being there for others and aim to create a safe space in which to explore all facets of life.

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Pearl Health Center

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Elizabeth Ellisan (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

As a member of the LGBTQIA+ 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, microaggressions, and other aspects of a queer experience. I have training and experience working with trans and non-binary individuals, including teens and their families.

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Sonia Holdaway (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS

I specialize in working with fellow LGBTQ+ adults 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 counseling for couples and individuals on my website: www.relationshipcounselingportland.com

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Colin Wolf (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

Over 10 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.

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Rhys Pasimio (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

C3730

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.

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Dmitri Dosamantes (he/him)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

I've worked with the LGBTQ community for many years. Wherever you are in your journey, you are included and welcome.

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Garrison Cox (he/him)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

As a gay man with a background in sex therapy, I am well-suited to personally understand the challenges that gay men face. I am an ally to the rest of the LGBTQ+ community and feel deep connection to the history of queer marginalization and its ties to racism, heterosexism, and transphobia.

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Connective Therapy Collective

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMFT, LCSW, LMFTI, CSWA, QMHA

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.

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Megan McDavid, LCSW, MEd

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

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Nicole Kammerlocher (she/her/hers)

Professional Counselor Associate

As a queer person, it is important to me to create space in my practice to serve my community. Being queer myself does not mean that I share your experience - I almost certainly do not - but as I have trained to grow my abilities as a counselor, I have always focused my efforts around how I can use my knowledge to help my community with both general and LGBTQ specific struggles.

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Amanda Ball (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC

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.

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Melissa Ellsworth

Clinical Psychologist

Ph.D.

My expertise encompasses a range of issues including identity exploration, coming out, gender transition, relationship dynamics, and the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in various life stages. I provide a safe space for clients to embrace their true selves and navigate the unique complexities of LGBTQ+ experiences. My commitment is to help each individual achieve self-acceptance and well-being. I have specialized training in providing trans-affirming letters of support for medical care.

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Kate Madden (she/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, NCC

I have training and experience working with LGBTQ+ community and so many of my clients report that therapist have insisted on centering their queer identity to the exclusion of the rest of their humanity...while our queerness is a gift (that can come with challenges), I recognize in my work that it is just a part of who you are and choose work with ALL of you towards your goals and healing.

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Neil Panchmatia (he/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor

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 identify as nonbinary (genderfluid) and use he/they pronouns.

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Liz Powell (they/them)

Clinical Psychologist

CA PSY 27871; OR PSY 3068

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.

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Sarah Hardin

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

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.

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Lesley Smith (they/she)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I am a member of the LGBTQ community and have experience treating folks who are questioning and transitioning. I attend a weekly consult group with other providers who work with LGBTQ-identified folks.

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Madilyn Long (she/they)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I am a queer therapist with over 7 years of experience working clinically with the LGBTQIA+/Queer community including trans-competent and affirming care that includes free assessments and letters for gender-affirming procedures. I am a member of WPATH and GALAP as well as several LGBTQIA+ affirmative organizations in both Utah and Oregon. I am passionate about making my practice a comforting and affirming space in the midst of the massive amount of discrimination being leveraged at this time.

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Hunter Vaughn (He/Him)

Clinical Psychologist

PsyD

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

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Jason Durtschi

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Heather Rensmith (she, her, hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, CST

Training specific to LGBTQ issues in Sexual Health Certificate Program

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Nina Landey (she/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Leslie Yeargers (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LPC, LMFT, Certified Sex Informed Couples Counselor

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

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Robin Friedman, LCSW (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

L5164

I've worked for many years with the LGBTQ+ population. I provide a safe, open and affirming environment for those who are coming to therapy because of stressors or challenges me related to gender or sexual identity, or who are working to understand their identity. I also provide a safe place for those who identify as LGBTQ+ or other identities who want to focus on other areas, but want be assured they have a safe place to be themselves and feel understood.

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Kate Sturges, MA, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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

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Jamie Krahulec (she/they)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, BA, #R7573

My training in topics related to human growth and development has provided me with physiological knowledge that has helped people learn the language to help them bridge relationship barriers within themselves and with others. Especially for youth the interwoven narratives of identity can be confusing and can cause distress and my role is to help untangle. My lived experience has given me the confidence and awareness of resources to advocate for and support people in whatever capacity is needed.

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Erin Davis (They/Them)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

L8580

As a queer identified therapist I have the privilege of understanding the perspectives of my clients as it relates to gender identity, sexual orientation and gender expression. Religious trauma, family trauma and rejection are common challenges queer individuals face at all walks of life. I have helped people understand their gender identity more, grow beyond childhood wounds of rejection and abandonment and explore new sexual identities.

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Heather Simpson (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA MFT Associate

With previous degrees in Women's and Gender Studies and a background in sexuality I can affirm not only an understanding of LGBTQ issues from an academic perspective but also from a lived experience.

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Lara D'Amore

Licensed Professional Counselor

As the parent of a transgender child, am aware of the unique needs that present themselves to those who are adjusting to a family member's transition. It is important for the support people to have access to their own supports to be able to process emotions, fears, values and beliefs. I provide a safe place to process your own transition through a family member's transition.

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Amy Beene (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

As a queer therapist, myself, I take special care to stay up to date on current events, research, & cultural impacts of the queer community. When choosing continuing education, I always include courses or conferences with strong emphasis on mental health considerations for the LGBTQ community. I am plugged into local queer communities and have created relationships with queer affirming. I have training and experience supporting trans folx through gender affirming care using WPATH standards.

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Terra Anderson (they/them)

Somatic Practitioner

MA, R-DMT

Whether it be gender exploration, navigating transition, building confidence in who you are, creating more satisfying and expansive sexual experiences, or navigating polyamory, I've got you.

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Kat Canada (they/them)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, LiCSW

I am a queer n.b. provider who offers LGBTQIA+ affirming care, and can help create space to honor the nuance, turmoil, confusion, and expansive joy that can come with holding one or many of these identities. I can support clients in recognizing, resisting, and responding to effects of heterosexism, cis-sexism, misogyny and support families and other natural supports in being effective advocates.

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Nicole Craig (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

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.

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Steve Hohenboken, LPC, LAT (he/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

If you are gay, bisexual, straight, or queer; if you are cisgender, 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.

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Lilyan Smith-Moore, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am affiliated with The Association for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling. 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 also provide consulting to other professionals.

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Sylas Veit (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy

In addition to being part of the queer and trans community, I have worked specifically with LGBTQ+ clients for a range of concerns, from exploring gender identity and pronouns, to navigating dysphoria and discrimination, to identifying and celebrating what makes them feel most empowered. I have taken specific coursework during my graduate school training for trans and genderqueer therapy concerns. I love discussing ways to build chosen family and how to advocate for your needs.

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HEATHER MATHEWSON (She/Her/Hers)

Professional Counselor Associate

Masters in Education in School Counseling

During the ages of 11-14, adolescents are frequently looking to their peers to understand where they fit, or do not fit. When one is experiencing issues related with LGBTQIA+, this can be extra challenging. I have experience is with helping youth navigate their gender identity and sexual orientation, and helping normalize their experience, while acknowledging the inherent challenges they may be experiencing.

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Kendyl Watts

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Alex Bardole (he/they)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW/LICSW

As a self-identified gender-nonconforming pansexual person, I know from personal experience how hard it is to fit in when it feels like others are judging you. Sometimes having someone to talk to is the most helpful thing for you. I have had training on how to work with LGBTQ+ clients, provide gender affirming assessments and letters for medical intervention, and it is my passion to work with people in the Queer community.

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Brandon Huffman (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

NCC, CADC-I

I have advanced training in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, adhering to all WPATH standards of care. I am competent and capable of working with members of the transgender community in providing letters of support for gender affirming surgeries.

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Kimberlee Harrison

Licensed Professional Counselor

CGP, CCTP-II

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.

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Caitlin Truitt (she/her/hers)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, LSWAIC, MHCA

As a member of the LGBTQ community, I have a particular passion for working with queer and trans folks. I have a background in LGBTQ community-based work and HIV services work, and anti-oppressive practice is at the heart of my approach. I offer referral letter sessions for trans folks seeking HRT or gender-affirming procedures. In order to mitigate gatekeeping practices, I adhere to the Informed Consent Model and offer a "pay-what-you-can" rate for letter-related sessions.

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Catherine Cooney (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC, CSAT

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.

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Stacy Sheffler (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Emily Berry (she/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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.

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Michael Viola (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, MA, BA

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 as our energy runs along the diversity of this spectrum. We are something far beyond what pop culture and religion designate us.

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Renee Fitzpatrick (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMHC, LPC, CST

The 2SLGBTQIA+ community is broad and diverse, including sexually and gender diverse people. I work with clients to help them explore their sexuality, ranging from identity to expression, to transitioning, pod-mapping and accessing affirming healthcare and community services. Additionally, I provide a safe, affirming space for processing and treatment for clients who wish to work on issues unrelated to their 2SLGBTQIA+ identities.

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Quinn Francis (they/them)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, NCC

Whether gender identity or sexual orientation is what brings you to therapy or simply a part of your identity, you deserve to work with a provider who deeply understands your experience. In addition to wisdom gained from my own experiences as a queer & trans person, I have specialty training in helping clients explore their gender and sexuality, relationship styles, and diverse sexual practices

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Brittany Kleinschnitz (they/them)

Clinical Social Work Associate

CSWA, PPSC

As a queer non-binary therapist I have first hand, lived experience with gender issues. Approximately 50-60% of my clientele is LGBTQIA+ and/or gender nonconforming. I have experience working with folks who are currently transitioning socially and physically.

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PK Foss (She/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

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.

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Celine Redfield

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA, LMFT, Certified Havening Practitioner, EFT Master, Practitioner

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.

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Amy Hughes (She/Her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I have professional experience working with adolescents and young adults presenting with sexuality and gender identity issues.

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Otoniel "Toni" Calderon (He/They)

Professional Counselor Associate

M.A.

As a gay member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have experienced the various issues that can arise from being a member of the LGBTQ+ community, including but not limited to the coming out process, shame, and homophobia/hostility/hatred due to being sexual orientation minority.

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Sasha Strong (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

PhD, LPC

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, non-binary, queer, genderqueer, poly, and kinky folks. I love working with my community. I'm a founding member of the Oregon Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling and a member of WPATH and TPATH.

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Vedalia Zellers (she/they)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, CSWA

I'm queer, and I enjoy working with queer, trans, and non-binary clients. Maybe you want to discuss barriers to coming out or transitioning, strain in family of origin relationships, religious trauma, or nervousness about dating. Maybe you want a place to celebrate your growth, self-definition, and efforts to build a life and relationships of your choosing. All of this and more has a place in therapy!

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McKenzie Brock (she/they)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

As a queer community member, it is my joy and calling to support LGBTQIA+ members. We experience unique trauma because of our identities and I can bring compassion and understanding with this unique lens. I have also taken many courses in queer theory and supporting folks from this lens.

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Michael D. Jolliffe (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS

Special education and personal experience with LGBTQ issues, particularly the gay male experience and the cis-gender experience of trans loved ones and family.

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Micah Hala

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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.

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Haleigh Yurecko (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, MSW

I specialize in helping individuals in the LGBTQ+ population. This is true of those questioning their gender or sexuality, as well as those that have passed that stage but are struggling with their identity, whether this is due to personal/family/society beliefs and values. Additionally, clients secure in their gender and sexual identity deserve to work with someone who understands how their life can be impacted ongoing by stigma and culture. I do write WPATH letters for gender affirming care.

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Tori Morrison (she/they)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA, LMFT

I have special training in gender & sexuality as well as queer & trans care and have primarily worked with queer or trans clients here in Portland.

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