LGBTQ Issues

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

Local Experts in LGBTQ Issues

As 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.

Training specific to LGBTQ issues in Sexual Health Certificate Program

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.

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

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

I am queer and trans and committed to working in these communities. I understand these labels broadly and I know that sharing them does not mean we have the same experience. I want to make room for your experience under this beautifully broad and messy queer umbrella, including as it relates to race, gender, ability, size, sexuality, culture and class background.

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

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.

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 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 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

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 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.

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 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 have worked with numerous LGBTQ clients with varying issues over the course of my career, and am extremely comfortable with appropriate language, and offering a climate of total support without judgement. All parts of you are welcome here.

As 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

A member of the LGBTQ community since 1993, I understand intimately the social, cultural and gender-based challenges of living an affirming LGBTQ life within the dominant culture. I have extensive experience providing both individual and group therapy for LGBTQ concerns, and am committed to social justice for this community.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

I 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.

Working with individuals and couples from the LGBTQ community is especially important to me, given the marginalization and oppression throughout history suffered by these groups. I tend to specialize in working with men from a non-heterosexual background, but welcome all members of this community.

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

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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 am passionate about serving fellow queer folks. Regardless of sexual orientation, 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 LBGTQIAP+ community.

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.

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 have worked with those experiencing issues related to LGBTQ, but also those who are part of the LGBTQ community who simply want a therapist who is affirming and understanding. BOTH are welcome here.

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 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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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\'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.

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.

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

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

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.

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