Best Therapists for the LGBTQ+ Community in Boston
The following therapists are some of the best therapists for the LGBTQ+ community in Boston. These therapists have expertise in helping individuals navigate challenges related to identity, relationships, coming out, and family and cultural pressures. In order to be listed on this directory, therapists must demonstrate their ongoing training and dedication to cultural competency, including understanding of the difference between gender and sexuality, being affirming of diverse identities, expressing a willingness to learn more, and focusing on identity only when it benefits the client. The following therapist have offices in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, Belmont, Newton, Lexington, Jamaica Plain, and Roslindale. Some also offer remote video sessions for patients' convenience.
In Boston, it is possible to find therapists with extensive training in working with the LGBTQ+ community who are also in-network with health insurances such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts, Aetna, and some college insurance plans. Some psychiatrists do not accept insurance and typically charge fees over $300 per session. Psychiatric nurse practitioners may be able to provide medication management as an adjunct to therapy, and they tend to accept health insurances and offer lower fees than psychiatrists.
LGBTQ+ therapy sessions are usually 30 minutes - 120 minutes long. Find LGBTQ+ therapists below, as well as local resources for the LGBTQ+ community in Boston.
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How to find a therapist for LGBTQ+ issues in Boston
How much does LGBTQ+ therapy in Boston cost?
LGBTQ+ therapy sessions in Boston can cost between $80 - $500 per session. If you find an in-network therapist, you may only need to pay a copay, which is typically between $20-$40 per session; however, it is also important to check whether you have a deductible that needs to be met first.
What insurances are covered for LGBTQ+ therapy sessions in Boston?
In Boston, it is possible to find LGBTQ+ therapists who accept insurances in-network. These include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts, Aetna, and some student insurances; however, many highly trained LGBTQ+ therapists often have long waitlists, so it is important to check their availability before reaching out. If a therapist seems like a particularly good fit, you may also consider asking to be placed on a waitlist.
LGBTQ+ resources and support groups in Boston
What LGBTQ+ therapy treatment centers exist in Boston?
Ansin Building: 1340 Boylston St, 9th floor, Boston, MA 02215
South End: 142 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116
Sidney Borum Jr Health Center: 75 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02116
Fenway Health provides behavioral health services at all three of their clinics. They offer individual therapy, group therapy, couple therapy, family therapy, psychiatric consultations, and more. For the LGBT+ community, Fenway Health’s providers and therapists provide high-quality care that is sensitive to LGBT+ concerns, such as coming out, coping with self-esteem issues, seeking more satisfying relationships, living with HIV, trying to stop drinking, and grieving the death of a partner. Their services include evaluations and referrals, counseling for a variety of topics, therapy and support groups, psychiatric evaluation and treatment, and daily acupuncture for alcohol and drug addiction. They also have walk-in information and resources for trans health care. Appointments are available with the Trans Health Patient Advocate from 4:00pm - 7:00pm on Wednesdays. Resources are also available on their website for hormone therapy for adults and minors, available in both English and Spanish.
Location: Copley Square (185 Dartmouth St, Suite 603, Boston, MA 02116) and Government Center (28 State St, Suite 2860, Boston, MA 02109)
One Medical offers same-day and next-day appointments, a mobile app, and also a 24/7 virtual team. All of their providers are highly trained to recognize and treat health challenges that the LGBT+ community might face. They welcome people of all identities, including gay, straight, transgender, queer, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer. They manage topics such as depression, anxiety, weight management, cancer prevention and screening, HIV management, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), substance use, and more. They provide and manage transgender care and have expertise in hormone management, surgical referrals, and interpreting lab results.
What support groups exist for the LGBTQ+ community in Boston?
Location: 565 Boylston St, Boston, MA
BAGLY is the Boston Alliance of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Youth. It is a youth-led, adult-supported organization dedicated to creating a safe and comfortable environment for the LGBT+ community. Every Wednesday evening from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at BAGLY, they offer a program called Social Support and Community Building that is led by LBGTQ youth. The program offers leadership opportunities and health information for LGBT+ youth every week. If new to BAGLY, an orientation to the organization is provided from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The last 2 hours are dedicated to a different activity each Wednesday.
1st Wednesday: HEARRT: Health Education and Risk Reduction Team Workshop
2nd Wednesday: OutSpoken: BAGLY’s Queer Youth Open Mic Night
3rd Wednesday: Family Dinner & Queer Activist College Class
4th Wednesday: Go Get ‘Em Wednesdays! - BAGLY’s Mini-Function!
5th Wednesday: Queer Activist College Class
Fenway Health - Transgender Health
Location: 1340 Boylston St, 9th floor, Boston, MA 02215
Fenway Health offers a transgender peer support group that meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6:00pm - 7:30pm.