Find the Best 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.
LGBTQ Friendly Therapists in Flatiron
Barbara Warren, PsyD
Dr. Barbara E. Warren is a psychologist with a practice in the Chelsea/Flatiron District of New York City specializing in gender identity, sexual orientation, minority stress, anxiety, relationships, and career development. She is an expert in LGBTQ-related issues, including transgender identities and sexual orientation, and works with many Trans*, non-binary, and gender non-conforming adults. She is currently Director for LGBT Programs and Policies in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Mount Sinai Health System, where she is spearheading the institution’s implementation of LGBT affirmative and culturally competent health care. She was previously at Hunter College as Founding Director of the Hunter Center for LGBT Social Science and Public Policy. She also spent over 20 years on the senior management team of the LGBT Community Center of New York, where she helped implement many local and national health and public policy initiatives.
Lilly Pavlinovic, PhD
Dr. Lilly Pavlinovic is a psychologist in the Flatiron District of New York specializing in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, trauma, LGBTQ and sexuality topics, identity development, and creative inhibitions. Having been been extensively trained in trauma treatment and previously conducted a trauma group, her particular area of expertise is in trauma recovery. She is committed to creating a safe environment, allowing her clients to share and heal at their own pace. She is also passionate about working with individuals navigating the intricacies of identity development, particularly that of second generation immigrants, as they balance progressive values with that of their cultural backgrounds. Her focus is to maintain an open-minded, LGBTQ affirming practice, open to all genders and sexualities. She sees many emerging artists and writers, helping them to overcome creative inhibitions.
Languages: English, Croatian
Jennifer Benetato, LCSW, LMT, C-IAYT, R-DMT
Jennifer Benetato is an integrative, mind-body-spirit oriented therapist in Flatiron, Manhattan. She specializes in trauma resolution and addiction recovery and also sees clients for depression, anxiety, pain management, and chronic illness. She is on the faculty of NYU's Silver School of Social Work and is a teaching assistant at The Upledger Institute for CranioSacral Therapy. Jen tends to see clients who have tried talk therapy in the past but have not reached a satisfactory resolution, and are seeking an integrative, holistic approach to healing.
Britt Jagodnik, LCSW
Britt Jagodnik is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Flatiron, Manhattan specializing in sexuality and LGBQ topics, body image concerns, substance use, life transitions, depression, and anxiety. Having worked in a substance use facility, her particular area of expertise is addiction and substance use recovery. She works collaboratively with clients to take an in-depth examination into reasons initially leading to the substance use, explore these unresolved traumas, and build healthier coping mechanisms. She also has a special interest in working with members of the LGBQ community, guiding each client toward achieving self-acceptance and authenticity.
Stephanie Syfert, LCAT
Stephanie Syfert is a Board Certified and State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in the Flatiron District of New York specializing in young adults, college students, adolescents, life transitions, anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress. She is especially excited about supporting young adults as they navigate formative life transitions including starting a new job, moving, and starting a new family. She also enjoys working with members of the LGBTQ community and helping them explore topics of gender identity and sexuality. Stephanie draws upon cognitive behavioral methods and mindfulness practices within an evidence-based framework. In addition to talk therapy, she offers art making as one approach to help clients explore their feelings.
Claudia Giolitti, LMFT
Claudia Giolitti is a Licensed Psychotherapist in New York, NY specializing in helping young women who are struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sexual abuse, life transitions, academic/work stress, or trauma. She has particular expertise in helping clients to reinvent themselves by examining their past and present experiences, and creating a "step by step" plan, in a safe and compassionate environment that also holds space for the discussion of different types of social oppression
Languages: English, Spanish
LGBTQ Friendly Therapists in Greenwich Village
Anthony Cianci, LCSW
Anthony Cianci is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greenwich Village. He specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults and from a wide range of backgrounds as they navigate questions related to identity, relationships, and psychological well-being. A major focus of Anthony's practice is in seeing individuals for long-term, insight-oriented therapy to address anxiety, depression, trauma and other difficulties in living. Anthony has a special interest in personal identity and the ways in which various aspects of personhood, such as race, gender and sexuality, influence experiences in relationships and the world at large. He also explores with clients the ongoing influence of intergenerational trauma on their upbringing, family relationships, and worldview.
Calla Jo, LCSW
Calla Jo is a Licensed Psychoanalyst and Licensed Clinical Social Worker with two offices in Greenwich Village and East Village, New York, specializing in issues of alienation, anxiety, depression, relationships, identity formation, and emotional fluency. Calla works to provide culturally-sensitive care, and her practice is affirming of LGBTQ+ clients, people of color, and individuals with marginalized identities.
Mimi Spiro, LCSW, JD
Mimi Spiro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a certified psychoanalyst in Greenwich Village, NY, specializing in working through relationship challenges, such as unhealthy patterns in intimate, family, friendship and/or work relationships, difficulty attaching or remaining attached in relationships, feeling unsatisfied in one’s relationships, and communication breakdowns. She helps to identify how one’s past relational experiences may inform present expectations and choices in current relationships. She also works with issues of self-esteem, shame and perfectionism that may keep people from finding their own voice to make choices that feel authentic for them. She believes that part of healing often involves managing one’s own inner critic and changing old narratives, while also harnessing the strengths that have helped through difficult times.
LGBTQ Friendly Therapists in Union Square
Cathay Che, LCSW
Cathay Che is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Union Square of New York City specializing in addiction, pet loss support, and identity development. Cathay supports individuals with both behavioral and substance use challenges and addictions, including gambling, excessing shopping, and hypersexuality. Viewing addiction as a symptom of other underlying issues, she gently guides each client toward uncovering the root of the problem, developing sustainable coping skills, and reaching a safe place of healing and fulfillment. Cathay has deep expertise in helping LGBTQ, biracial, and first- or second-generation individuals navigate the intricacies of identity formation from an intersectional perspective. She also has a special sensitivity to the powerful bond people can form with their pets, and helps clients process difficult losses of all kinds.
Joanna Rosenblatt, LCSW
Joanna Rosenblatt is a therapist with offices in Union Square and Midtown, Manhattan specializing in treating anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), postpartum depression and anxiety, as well as infertility counseling. She also sees individuals struggling with grief and loss and sex and intimacy concerns. Joanna has particular expertise in supporting undergraduate and graduate students and new and expecting mothers. She helps students through common challengs such as identity formation, imposter syndrome, creative inhibitions, and academic issues. Having previously worked as a therapist at NYU’s Counseling and Wellness Center, she is experienced in helping young adults tackle the unique stressors of living in the modern world. For new mothers, Joanna helps clients navigate the complex emotions involved during and after pregnancy, including postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, sleep issues, and loss during pregnancy.
Rachel Bilgrei, PsyD
Dr. Rachel Bilgrei is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in the village in Manhattan specializing in anxiety, chronic illness, depression, existential crises, relationships, and trauma. She sees a diverse range of patients from young adults to seniors, with a special interest in young adults in their 20s and 30s. Dr. Bilgrei supports young professionals who are looking to develop more meaningful, fulfilling relationships, navigate formative life transitions (graduating, entering the work force), develop their personal identity, and invest in their overall wellbeing and quality of life.
LGBTQ Friendly Therapists in Midtown West
Angel Caraballo, MD
Dr. Angel Caraballo is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Medical Center and served as Medical Director of the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital School Based Mental Health Program. He is also the President for the New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Caraballo specializes in adult and child ADHD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, cross-cultural issues, child development, parenting, and school related issues. He has a particular passion for serving LGBTQ youth and persons of color, and offers sessions in English and Spanish.
Languages: English, Spanish
Nicoletta Skoufalos, PhD
Dr. Nicoletta Skoufalos is a licensed psychologist in Midtown West specializing in chronic illnesses, women's counseling, and couples counseling. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University and completed her doctoral training at hospitals in New York City, including Lenox Hill Hospital and Long Island Jewish Hospital’s Eating Disorder’s Program. As a Greek-American woman from New York City, Dr. Skoufalos is also interested in the societal expectations of women, whether cultural, body image related, or professional. She is passionate about women's counseling, and has particular training and research experience in the areas of maternal mental health and eating disorders. She supports women in balancing work and family, managing postpartum stress, self-image and body issues, female sexuality, pregnancy, and workplace discrimination.
Languages: English, Greek
How much does LGBTQ therapy in NYC cost?
LGBTQ therapy sessions in New York City can cost between $50 - $600 per session. Most therapists and psychiatrists are not in-network with any health insurances. 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 NYC?
In New York City, most therapists and psychiatrists are not in-network with any health insurances. However, it is possible to find LGBTQ therapists who accept insurances in-network. These include Consolidated Health Plan and NYU Student Health Insurance; 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 NYC
What LGBTQ 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 LGBTQ 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
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 LGBTQ community in NYC?
Location: 208 W 13 St, New York, NY 10011
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 LGBTQ 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.