LGBTQ Issues

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

Local Experts in LGBTQ Issues

I 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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 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.

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.

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

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

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 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.

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\'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.

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.

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

I 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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

I 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 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.

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

Training specific to LGBTQ issues in Sexual Health Certificate Program

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 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.

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.

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 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 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.

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

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 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 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 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.

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