Find the Best LGBT+ Therapists in NYC

The following therapists are some of the best LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ 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. LGBT+ therapy sessions are usually 45 - 70 minutes long. The following therapist have offices in Flatiron, Greenwich Village, Union Square, and Midtown West. Find LGBT+ therapists below, as well as local resources for the LGBT+ community in NYC.

Find the Best Therapists for LGBT+ Issues in NYC

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How to find an LGBT+ therapist in NYC

How much does therapy for LGBT+ in NYC cost?

LGBT+ therapy sessions in New York City can cost between $50 - $250 per session. Many therapists and psychiatrists in the city are not in-network with any health insurances.

If you do 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.

Does insurance in NYC cover LGBT+ issues?

While it is possible to find LGBT+ therapists who are in-network with insurances (like Consolidated Health Plan and NYU Health Insurance), note that in order to qualify for coverage, your therapist will need to diagnose you with a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression.

That said, many in-network, highly trained LGBT+ therapists in NYC have long waitlists, so it’s 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.

What should I look for in a therapist for LGBT+ issues?

If you’re looking for help with a specific issue (e.g., anxiety, depression), check out the therapists’s education and experience to ensure they are directly related to whatever challenge or issues you’re facing. Ask the therapist(s) about their approach and what you can expect in sessions, so you can see whether a certain approach appeals to you.

As for credentials, therapists who work with you on LGBT+ issues may be social workers, counselors, psychologists, or psychiatrists. If you think you want or need medication, look for a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner.

What LGBT+ therapy treatment centers exist in NYC?

Pride Health Center at NYC + Hospitals/Metropolitan
Location: 1901 First Avenue, New York, NY 10029
Contact: 212.423.7292 or metlgbt@nychhc.org

The Pride Health Center at NYC Health + Hospitals, located in Manhattan, specifically focuses on the physical and mental health needs and disparities of the LGBT+ community. They see patients on Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday evenings, and Saturdays by appointments only. The services provided include hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgery for transgender health, women’s health, men’s health, young adult, geriatric, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), HIV/STD screening and treatment, OB/GYN, general medical / specialty referrals, immunizations, preventive care services, and social work. All of their staff members are culturally competent and trained and provide a safe and welcoming environment.

Realization Center - Dignity Program
Location: 19 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003
Contact: 212.627.9600

The Dignity Program at the Realization Center is an outpatient program that offers support in the recovery and sobriety of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. A key part of their program is their 12-Step philosophy. They provide individual counseling, group therapy, chemical dependency education, and partner involvement. They offer services for alcohol and other drug dependency, AIDS / HIV positive issues, compulsive sexual behaviors, sexuality issues, relationship issues for addicts and the co-addict, incest / child abuse / PTSD, food addiction and eating disorders, couples conflict resolution and intimacy issues, sexual identity and crossover issues, psychiatric evaluations, and medication management. Their staff includes Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASACs), and MDs who are experts in treating addiction, mental health, and sexuality.

What support groups exist for the LGBT+ community in NYC?

The Center
Location: 208 W 13 St, New York, NY 10011
Contact: 212.620.7310

The Center is a community center located in Manhattan for lesbians, bisexuals, gays, transgenders, and queers. They offer health and wellness program, arts, entertainment, cultural events, and family support services to the LGBT+ community. The Center is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9:00am to 10:00pm and Sundays from 9:00am to 9:00pm. They also host over 400 community groups that specialize in a variety of topics for those interested in attending. Topics include public speaking with Toastmasters, Sirens Women’s Motorcycle Club, networking with OutProfessionals, and many more.