LGBTQ Issues

Individuals who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning may face unique challenges in the community. LBGTQ individuals are often faced with a number of problems because of their identity. Although there appears to be more cultural acceptance of diverse sexual and gender identifications, discrimination, oppression and marginalization persists. Coping with discrimination, coming out to family and friends, and trying to fit in with heterosexual social expectations can lead to mental health concerns. Depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidal ideation may often result. Seeing a qualified mental health professional who embraces a positive view of LBGTQ indivduals and relationships can be hugely beneficial for emotional healing and growth.

Local Experts in LGBTQ Issues

Dr. Kristen Beau Howard

Couples Therapy, Individual Therapy, Family Therapy

Many places around the world are becoming accepting of the LGBTQAI community, but that doesn’t mean that individuals in this community feel safe or connected. Coming out is a rite of passage that LGBTQAI often go alone, into a homophobic and heteronormative society, and without mentors to guide them. I specialize in working with this community. I am here to remind you, that things can get better.

Emily Frank

Individual Therapy, Group Therapy

Many queer folks face discrimination in work and the job search. We can work together to find a workplace that fits.

Kristen Lewis

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy

Are you struggling with coming out? Or feeling rejected or unsupported by others for just being who you are? Or perhaps you are questioning your sexuality or gender. Regardless of what you are struggling with, I am here for you. You deserve to feel free to be yourself and to have others surround you with love, acceptance, and support.

Mariana Iurcovich

Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy

I have been working with the LGBTQ community for many years, developed curricula for HIV Prevention for many years, trained them to train their peers.

Gretchen Seefried

Child Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Individual Therapy

Coming to terms with one's sexual orientation and gender identity can be a long and complicated process. Having an open, caring, knowledgeable therapist can make a difference in reducing anxiety, and improving self-concept Gender non-conforming children and LGBTQ +teens and their families benefit from psycho-education, and especially a safe place to share hopes and fears.

Dr. Stacie Freudenberg

Individual Therapy

As a queer identified therapist who works with the LGBTQ+ community, I have both personal and professional experience in providing LGBTQ+ affirming therapy.

Candice Dow

Individual Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy

I am a proud ally and I am passionate about serving the LBGTQQIA+ community.  I have experience working with adolescents and adults who are exploring their gender and/or sexual identity as well as those who have come out and are navigating their identities in the world. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Arianna Smith

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy

Those within the LGBTQ community often face discrimination and prejudice. Many have experienced domestic violence or abuse that goes unrecognized or unacknowledged in a heteronormative society. I have specialized training and experience in working with survivors of domestic violence/intimate partner violence within the LGBTQ community.

Stephanie Boulton

Individual Therapy, Group Therapy

I am passionate about providing affirming care to the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ community is very diverse and each person's experience is unique, however navigating our cis-biased, heteronormative society impacts the mental health of many people. I especially focus on serving transgender/gender expansive and gender questioning clients.

Lauren Northrup

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy

I have worked whit LGBTQ++ clients to resolve issues and concerns within their daily life and as a response to traumatic events. It is no surprise that LGBTQ++ faces unique challenges and fears in our world. I am experienced in responding to these challenges while also considering the systemic and oppressive structures of our society.

Lauren Lottino

Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy

It can feel challenging to find a comfortable fit for a therapist when you identify as LGBTQ+ . Because of this, my work with those who identify within the community aims to provide safety, respect, and gentle exploration around your unique experiences. Gender and Sexuality Identity are important aspects to who you are and your experiences, and I acknowledge they’re not the full story of who you a

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