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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 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 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 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.

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 identify as queer, and I have direct experience working with LGBTQ+ teens and adults. My work focuses on queer sex-drug linked behavior; the impact of heterosexism and transphobia on mental health; and the impact of systemic oppression on mental health for queer and trans folks.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 am a nerd for everything pleasure centered, gender affirming, and body positive. I know how complicated those things can be as we swim upstream against the polluted current of social marginalization, relationship ideals, and gender norms. I serve this community above all else because our gifts are many and we deserve to have them flourish without fighting for our basic rights, pleasure and love.

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 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 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 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 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.

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 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\'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 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\'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 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 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'm passionate about working with children and young 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 issues related to LGBTQ+ status. I care deeply about every person feeling confident in their identified self and learning how to share that with the world.

Having witnessed the covert and overt treatment of family members in my community, I began to understand the greater need for advocacy and affirmation of the LGBT+ community members. As a therapist, I feel fortunate in helping my clients, as well as taking my knowledge into the community to decrease the existing stigmatization of the LGBT+ community.\n

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 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 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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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