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How to find a LGBTQIA+ Affirming Therapist

Finding an affirmative therapist who is supportive and understanding of LGBTQ+ issues is essential for many individuals within the community. Here are some steps to help find an affirmative therapist:

  • Research Therapist’s Websites: When searching for a therapist, read their online bios to learn if they specialize in affirming care, any training(s) they have required, or how they describe their approach to working with the LGBQTIA community. 

  • Search Online Directories : Utilizing platforms like Psychology Today or Therapy Den can be used for searching therapists with specific specialties or focus areas that are important to you, such as affirmative therapy. 

  • Personal recommendations: You can reach out to friends and family for recommendations. People that you already trust and feel safe with may already see providers they know are affirming from personal experience. 

  • Seek Community Resources: LGBTQ+ community centers or organizations often have resources and referrals for affirmative therapists in your area. They may also offer support groups or counseling services themselves.

  • Schedule Consultations : Before beginning your first session with a potential therapist, you can schedule a free consultation to get a sense of the therapist’s style, approach, and ask questions that will help you learn if they are best suited for you.

  • Consider Telehealth Services: If you're in an area where it's challenging to find an affirmative therapist locally, consider teletherapy options. Many therapists offer online counseling services, allowing you to connect with an affirmative therapist regardless of your location.

  • Check for Licensure: Ensure that any therapist you consider is licensed and in good standing with their licensing board. You can typically verify a therapist's license through your state's licensing board website.

  • Continued Assessment: Even after finding a therapist, continue to assess whether they are meeting your needs and providing affirming care. If you feel uncomfortable or misunderstood, don't hesitate to seek out a different therapist who is a better fit for you.

Finding an affirmative therapist who respects and affirms your identity is crucial for a positive therapeutic experience. Take your time, do your research, and don't settle for anything less than affirming and supportive care.


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