Find LGBTQ Therapists in NYC
The following therapists are some of the best LGBTQ therapists in NYC. Find therapists whose practices serve the gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and queer community. 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.
In NYC, 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 Consolidated Health Plan and NYU Student Health Insurance. However, most therapists are not in-network with any insurance plans, and may charge fees over $400 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 - 70 minutes long. The following therapist have offices in Flatiron, Greenwich Village, Union Square, and Midtown West. Find LGBTQ therapists below, as well as local resources for the LGBTQ community in NYC.
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Tips for finding an LGBTQ therapists in NYC
What questions should I ask a potential LGBTQ therapist?
In addition to the questions that you should ask any potential therapist, you’ll also want to get a sense of the therapist’s background. Their answers can help you get a sense of how comfortable you might be discussing your own personal gender and/or sexual identity with the therapist, as well as their perspective on how these aspects of your identity could inform your treatment. Some questions you might ask include:
How long have you been working with clients from the LGBTQ community?
What are some of the treatments that you’ve found to be effective in working on issues related to LGBTQ identity?
Do you have any particular training or expertise that you’ve found to be helpful in working with LGBTQ clients?
How do you stay up-to-date with the most recent research and information about mental health in the LGBTQ community?
What should I consider when seeking an LGBTQ therapist?
As you search for a LGBTQ therapist, you’ll also want to keep the following factors in mind:
Timing: Which days and times can you commit to therapy? Don’t be shy about finding sessions that fit your schedule; making therapy a manageable part of your day-to-day life can help you stick to your commitment and get the most out of your sessions.
Location: Consider the commute to, and from, the therapist’s office. If possible, it may be easier to see a therapist who has offices close to your home or your job. You can also consider expanding your search to include therapists who offerremote therapy sessions, which can make scheduling easier.
Price: Whether you plan to pay through your insurance or out of pocket, it’s important to know how much you can afford to budget for therapy, since even visits covered by insurance can come with copays. That said, therapy doesn’t have to be an overwhelming expense, even if you’re paying out of pocket. Many therapists offer sliding scale fees, so be sure to talk to potential therapists about whether their fees are flexible and what the cost to you would be for each session.
Race and cultural identity: It can also be helpful consider how your racial and cultural identity and/or that of your therapist might affect your therapeutic relationship. Especially because LGBTQ identities and racial and/or cultural identities can intersect in complex and nuanced ways, you may want to look for a therapist who either shares your unique combination of identities (a queer-identified woman of color, for example) or who has comfort and experience working with clients with identities like yours.
Where can I find mental health resources for members of the LGBTQ community?
In addition to therapy, there are also a variety of other available mental health resources for members of the LGBTQ community, both online and in-person. A few resources that you may want to check out include:
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center has an extensive resource center in New York City, as well a variety of online resources.
GLAAD also offers connections to a range of online resources.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a helpful overview of mental health information for the LGBT+ community.
To find in-person resources in your area, Try searching the internet for “LGBT resource center” and your zip code to see what’s available near you.
If you’re having thoughts of suicide or need immediate support, you can always call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
The Trevor Project also offers a hotline and other resources for LGBT+ young people.