LGBTQ+ Therapist Spotlight (2024)

Here at Mentaya, we are committed to increasing access to quality mental health care to the LGBTQ+ community.
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Breaking down two major barriers:

1. Lack of visibility of strong therapists who provide LGBTQ+ affirming care. Below are some wonderful therapists who specialize in working with the LGBTQ+ community.

2. The financial burden therapy can represent. We provide LGBTQ+ clients free access to our benefits calculator this month. Simply enter your insurance info to see whether you have OON benefits and how much you can get reimbursed per session.

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See what reimbursement options your health insurance provides for out-of-network therapists.
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Edgar Fabián Frías
✨ Authentic ✨ Creative ✨ Validating ✨
Serving clients in: California
Specializes in: LGBTQ+ highly sensitive artists & creatives
I specialize in working with highly sensitive artists and creatives in the LGBTQ+ community.
My #1 tip to create a safe and affirming environment for LGBTQ+ clients: Honor us and our lived experience and offer us care, support, and the presence we need to flourish and grow.
Brittany Bate
✨ Authentic ✨ Non-Judgemental ✨ Perceptive ✨
Serving clients in: NC + any of the 40 PSYPACT states
Specializes in: Celebratory care + holding space for community
Brittany Bate, PhD (she/her) is a queer, cis, femme woman and psychologist, who loves offering celebratory care and holding space for members of the community she belongs to! Her practice keeps a resource page for trans and gender-diverse clients and their family members who are seeking to learn more here:
My #1 tip: Be a curious, open human and life long learner about this beautifully diverse community.
Megan Ingraham
✨ Collaborative ✨ Validating ✨ Open ✨
Serving clients in: Pennsylvania & PsyPact Authorized
Specializes in: Intersections of identity
I specialize in intersections of identity and concerns that impact our community, including fat liberation, sex positivity, body image, emotional regulation, and unpacking associated forms of discrimination like racism and ableism.
My #1 Tip is to set an affirming first impression with your forms, such as by asking pronouns and leaving relationship questions open-ended for individuals practicing CNM/polyamory.
Glen Bradley
✨ Curious ✨ Calm ✨ Open ✨
Serving clients in: Washington, DC
Specializes in: Trauma focused somatic therapy
I offer trauma focused somatic therapy and specialize in affirming therapy for those in queer, neurodivergent, kink, and polyamorous  communities. I also have over 10 years experience developing and presenting queer cultural competency trainings.
My #1 tip: For those new to working with queer clients… Spend time in queer spaces; confront your discomfort in those spaces.
Ryan DeVane, LCSW (he/him)
✨ Authentic ✨ Non-Judgemental ✨ Validating ✨
Serving clients in: Georgia, South Carolina, Florida & Wisconsin
Specializes in: Queer, trans, and gender-expansive folx
I enjoy working with people from all walks of life though I specialize in working with queer, trans, and gender-expansive folx (11+). As a psychodynamic therapist, I love diving into the past, exploring childhood wounds, and doing inner-child work. Through my own healing journey, I’ve learned the importance of being your own “inner parent” and loving all parts of you, even the ones that are harder to sit with.
My #1 tip: I believe it’s important for me to bring my whole self to the work that I do which means leading with my queerness. Like you (or your kiddo), I know what it’s like to be shoved into a box that wasn’t meant for me. I also know what it’s like to navigate the world as a neurodivergent human. These experiences have shaped who I am as a person and as a therapist, and they have allowed me to connect with folx on a deeper level.  
Nirmala Bijraj
✨ Collaborative ✨ Non-Judgemental ✨ Open ✨
Serving clients in: NY and FL
Specializes in: Non-traditional, open, and non-monogamous relationships
I focus on non-traditional, open, and non-monogamous relationships, with additional specialization in transgender individuals and queer people of color. As a practice we strive to honor and respect the uniqueness of each person. My personal philosophy is that there is no such thing as normal, and we should all embrace our uniqueness.
My #1 tip: I aim to create a safe, non-judgmental space that is supportive and inclusive through affirming language and values, providing identity-affirming, culturally responsive care to all people with all abilities in all bodies.
Meghan Garcia
(they / them)
✨ Playful ✨ Caring ✨ Collaborative ✨
Serving clients in: Texas
Specializes in: Ethical non-monogamy & kink
I'm a neurodivergent queer therapist who specializes in helping sensitive, LGBTQIA+ professionals heal relational trauma, learn to manage their high-functioning anxiety, and cultivate healthy communication in their relationships while living through minority stress and systemic barriers.
My #1 tip: Actively validate the client's identity by using their correct name and pronouns, especially as it changes through their transition.
Ana Lopez
✨ Curious ✨ Non-Judgemental ✨ Warm ✨
Serving clients in: California
Specializes in: Identity exploration, relationship dynamics, psychedelics
As an LCSW in California, I specialize in providing affirming and inclusive therapy tailored to the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ community, focusing on issues such as identity exploration, mental health, and relationship dynamics. I am also a Psychedelic-Assisted Therapist, specializing in KAP (Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy) and Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy.
My #1 tip: Actively listen without judgment, validating their unique experiences and identities to foster trust and openness.
Amanda Etienne, PsyD
(she / her)
✨ Authentic ✨ Collaborative ✨ Open ✨
Serving clients in: Colorado and all 40 PSYPACT states
Specializes in: Complex and relational trauma
I provide affirming and inclusive care to clients over telehealth. I specialize in trauma, particularly in complex and relational trauma, which disproportionately affects the LGBTQ+ community.
My #1 tip: I strive to be as authentic and transparent as possible with my client, and to validate their experiences and affirm their identities, in order to allow a safe relationship to form.
Sasha Toscano
✨ Authentic ✨ Non-Judgemental ✨ Collaborative ✨
Serving clients in: California
Specializes in: Trauma, relationships, grief and loss
I provide trauma-informed and affirming care to the LGBTQ+ community in areas of trauma, discrimination, oppression, minority stress, exploration of intersecting identities, family building, grief and loss, and other experiences at Relucent Psychology Group.
My #1 tip: I deeply value authentic connection and co-creating a safe, accepting, and compassionate space with clients that honors all their identities and unique experiences, where they can feel seen, respected, supported, validated, and understood.
Matthew Keller
✨ Collaborative ✨ Caring ✨ Curious ✨
Serving clients in: California, Texas, Ohio
Specializes in: Working with gay men & couples
Focuses on Individual gay men and gay couples. Specialize in sexual issues, concerns and relationship distress. Matthew specializes in personally having lived experience as a gay individual.
My #1 tip:
Being fully present with them in their experience
Lila Low-Beinart
✨ Authentic ✨ Collaborative ✨ Validating ✨
Serving clients in: Boulder, Colorado - in person (online for accessibility needs)
Specializes in: Femme & LGTBQIA+ sensory neurodivergent adults and teens
Lila Low-Beinart (she/her) is an autistic, queer, mostly-cis therapist who loves supporting femme sensory neurodivergent folxs (autistic, ADHDer, gifted, highly sensitive) who are struggling with trauma, depression, and/or executive function. She offers a neurodiversity affirming resources page and also trains therapists on how to provide neurodiversity affirming care.
My #1 tip: I find that the only way safety is possible is if conflict and repair are 100% on the table. This requires me to be a deep listener, radically open-hearted, and great at owning my sh*t.
L DeFelice
✨ Authentic ✨ Non-Judgemental ✨ Insightful ✨
Serving clients in: Pennsylvania
Specializes in: Queer /Trans POC, polyamorous and non-monogamous couples
Rooted in my lived experience with these identities, I prioritize work with Queer/Trans people of color, polyamorous and non-monogamous individuals and couples!
My #1 tip: I create a warm, silly, challenging, non-judgmental space for clients to explore their identities, desires, and relationships, all while reminding them that who they are is enough, is valid, and is valuable.
Claudia Linares
✨ Authentic ✨ Caring ✨ Calm ✨
Serving clients in: Washington
Specializes in: QTBIPOC, attachment wounds, relational trauma
I am a daughter of immigrants; a daughter of the diaspora; a wounded healer; an intellectual, spiritual, and queer Chingon@. As a therapist, I am nourished by the belief that everyone has the inner capacity for healing ignited through self-discovery and community. I specialize in supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ and BIPOC to heal from trauma and attachment wounds.
My #1 tip: Healing is a collective action; we are not meant to do it alone.