Culturally competent therapists

By matching clients with culturally competent therapists through our marketplace, Violet saw 87%  retention at 8 weeks. That's 2.5x better than marketplaces not matching for cultural competence. Below are some of the therapists we worked with and would continue to recommend to the community.

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Adam Weitz

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Adam Weitz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He practices contemporary gestalt psychotherapy. This means that you’ll work in a relational, present, and mindful manner to address your needs. Gestalt psychotherapy is a holistic and humanistic approach. It is embodied, experiential, and relational. Additionally, Adam is trauma certified, so your therapy is informed by current research on the effects, and healing possibilities, after traumatic life experiences.

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Alex Brousset

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Alex Brousset is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He believes in using Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing as the base of his work while providing a sex-positive and non-judgmental environment. The theoretical frameworks Alex uses to better understand the concerns at hand are Object Relations and Self-Psychology, both are considered Relational Psychodynamic approaches.

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Amanda Frey

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Amanda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with the LGBTQ+ population her entire career. Her goal a mental health and wellness treatment focused on queer-specific issues and concerns. Amanda has worked as a case manager, emergency medicine social worker, and now as a clinical social worker, providing psychotherapy services to individuals, groups, and couples.

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Anny Hsu

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Anny is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Their work in the mental health field has always been targeted/focused on the LGBTQ+ experience. Prior to establishing their own private practice, Anny worked at GMHC and Mount Sinai Hospital, working with/for those who identify in the LGBTQ+ population around issues of HIV/AIDS, relationships, grief, aging, etc.

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Caroline Bauer

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Bauer is a Licensed Master Social Worker. Her work is focused on competencies with the queer, LGBT, asexual, trans/non-binary, polyamorous, ethically non-monogamous, relationship anarchy, and relationship communism communities, in sex and body-positive environment. As a white therapist, Bauer promises to do the work of educating myself on communities of color outside of our sessions.

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Beth Gladstone

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Beth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As a clinician, Beth cultivated a variety of clinical and queer specialties and her practice is open to all prospective patients.

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Bobby Cox

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Bobby is a Licensed Doctor of Psychology. He created, recruited for, and co-led a therapy group for gay men. Bobby has worked with the LGBTQ+ population in all clinical placements in public hospitals throughout NYC. Bobby has served on committees within academic institutions and public hospitals focused to represent and advocate for this population. His research focuses almost exclusively on this population.

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Bree Loethen

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Bree is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She worked for 2 years in the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. The clients she worked with there were mainly bisexual, trans, and/or non-binary. Bree also worked with LGBTQ+ clients throughout her clinical internship at Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. Bree currently works at a private group practice, North Brooklyn MFT, and has seen LGBTQ+ clients throughout her time there.

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Brie Scolaro

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Brie Scolaro is a Licensed Master Social Worker. Brie’s experience includes using individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help LGBTQ+ folx ages 21 and over navigate anxiety, stress, depression, and panic to work towards a rich, fulfilling life.

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Brittany Velardi

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Brittany is a Licensed Doctor of Psychology. She has worked both in school settings and outpatient clinics with adolescents who identify within the LGBTQ+ community.

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Chris Anderson

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Chris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has been practicing psychotherapy since 2002 and has always had a significant number of LGBTQ+ people in his practice, including large numbers of BIPOC people, monolingual Spanish speakers (and several Portuguese speakers), and undocumented folx. Chris has extensive experience working with first-generation teens and adults around issues relating to the convergence of queer identity and family/cultural norms, and the navigating of important relationships while exploring and growing a positive sense of self. He also has significant experience working with couples of all orientations.

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Chris Panzica

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Chris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Working actively and collaboratively, he utilizes a present-centered and holistic approach to support clients to move through stuckness toward improved relationships and greater overall life satisfaction. He incorporates mindfulness and body and movement awareness where appropriate. He has extensive experience working with LGBTQ+ people, which began when he first volunteered for GMHC and the Ali Forney Center, which caters to homeless LGBTQ+ youth.

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Christine Malossi

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Christine is a Mental Health Counseling Student working under supervision. She has worked at Mount Sinai Hospital's Institute for Advanced Medicine, where she designed a yoga and mindfulness practice specifically tailored to patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Christine developed relationships with many of the LGBTQ+ patients of the clinic while working there. During her career as a yoga teacher, many of her students have been from the LBGTQ+ community.

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Corey Bryant

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Corey Bryant is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He has extensive experience working with the LGBTQ+ population. He received his MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University and is certified in motivational interviewing as well as a variety of training related to power dynamics, oppression, and aging with HIV/AIDS.

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Danielle Robbins

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Danielle is a Mental Health Counseling Student working under supervision.

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Faith Bowen

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Faith is a Licensed Creative Arts. Art therapy is a unique and groundbreaking modality that can be used in conjunction with, or as an alternative to, traditional talk therapy. The best part is that everyone can access the benefits of art therapy, regardless of age or artistic inclination. This kind of therapy focuses on the use of creative outlets to cope with the difficulties you're facing.

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Gabriel DeCicco

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Gabriel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has over 16 years of clinical social work experience with the LGBTQ+ community and launched his private practice in 2014. He utilizes a relational framework, which means you'll use your relationship in the room to understand how you relate to others in your life.

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Gary Michael Prottas

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Gary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Psychoanalysis. He has over 20 years of experience working with the LGBTQIA+ community as well as extensive volunteered work with AIDS patients in the 1980's & 1990's.

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Ida Hammer

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Ida is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been working as a counselor and therapist with the LGBTQ+ community for nearly decade. In addition to her years of work as a licensed therapist, she previously provided community members peer counseling. Her counseling and therapy work has evolved out of her life-long advocacy for the rights and well-being of people in the LGBTQ+ community.

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James Vining

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James Vining is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has specialized training and expertise in working with: gender, sexuality, poly/non-monogamy, kink, complex trauma, self-esteem, relationships, relationship conflict, depression, anxiety, queer and trans youth, coming out and issues related to biculturalism, bilingualism, acculturation, and trauma and loss related to migration.

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Jesse Duncan

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Jesse is a Master of Management in Health Care. Not only is she a member of the LGBTQ community (lesbian and genderqueer) with lived experience, but Jesse has helped lead multiple LGBTQ organizations providing support and education over 5 years. Jesse has also provided individual counseling to clients in the community with identities such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender (mostly FTM), genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and nonbinary.

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Jonathan Leitch

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Jonathan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has worked with LGBTQ+ adolescents and young adults in a variety of clinical and nonclinical settings throughout the last decade.

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Julissa Almonte

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Julissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who uses multiple creative modalities to provide a positive experience for her clients. Some modalities she has a particular focus on include mindfulness, yoga, somatic techniques, movement, breathwork, and writing. Julissa prides herself on providing non-judgmental care for sexual and gender expansive folx with a trauma-informed and racial equity lens. Julissa began working with trans youth and adults in 2001 and can provide letters for gender confirmation treatment and procedures according to WPATH standards of care. She is also a featured therapist on the QTPOC Mental Health Practitioner Directory.

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Justin Laird

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Justin is a Licensed Psychoanalyst. He has worked with members of the LGBTQ+ community in several capacities. This includes working with individual clients and couples, training other therapists, and helping professionals on best practices, as well as leading research on improving the higher education curriculum.

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Kateri Berasi

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Dr. Kateri Berasi is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She is extremely collaborative and has strong experience working with LGBTQIA+ individuals in the creative industries. She is also an excellent match for individuals who subscribe to alternative lifestyles (e.g. kink, multiple-partner relationships, etc.).

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Katrina Balovlenkov

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Katrina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Katrina has worked in several community-based organizations and health care settings that focus on providing gender-confirming, queer affirming, culturally competent services to LGBT+ individuals. She has worked with both English speakers and monolingual Spanish speakers. Katrina has worked in the field of harm reduction and substance use which has greatly impacted LGBTQ+ communities. She has significant experience working with individuals with HIV and the confluence of stigma, shame, guilt, and self-identity post-diagnosis. Katrina has worked with PrEP and PEP uptake for LGBTQ+ individuals.

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Kelsey Bickford

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Kelsey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She began my career interning at the LGBT Center in Chelsea, providing couples counseling, psychoeducational groups, therapy groups, and organizing community events. Since then, in every context Kelsey has worked in, she has made clear that she is an ally and has a passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community, and has gained extensive experience in several contexts.

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Kevin Salazar

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Kevin is a Licensed Master Social Worker. They have 1.5 years of counseling and crisis work experience at an LGBTQ agency and in LGBTQ communities, lived LGB and GNC experience.

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Konata Stallings

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Dr. Konata Stallings is a Doctor of Psychology. For over a decade he has worked with various members of the LGBTQ+ community in college counseling, outpatient, and inpatient settings. Dr. Stallings has had the honor of working with those in varying stages of functioning and across the LGBTQ+ spectrum.

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Lee Zevy

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Lee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been working, writing, and teaching about issues relating to the LGBTQIA+ community her whole professional life. Lee is one of the founders of Identity House, founded in 1973 as a walk-in Peer Counseling and Psychotherapy Community Mental Health Center for the LGBTQIA+ community and is still providing services today. Lee was Clinical Director for many years and has always provided supervision and training for Peers and Therapists.

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Lena DeLeo

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Lena is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She treats everyone as an individual with their own unique lived experiences and she will meet them where they are at. She listens to understand. Lena has worked with and advocated for many LGBTQ+ kids and teens in residential settings and now in private practice, she specializes in working with Bi+ adults who are navigating their sexuality for maybe the first time and figuring out their place in the world as a bisexual or pansexual person.

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Lucy Brock

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Lucy is a Mental Health Counseling Student working under supervision. Growing up in a Unitarian Universalist faith, I feel lucky to have been introduced as a child to non-binary gender and sexual identity experiences and challenges. It is a sensitivity and awareness that has been a vein in my professional experience throughout my career. I participate in Alliance groups in all jobs and promoted representation and care through recruiting and career development.

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Marcus Leaks

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Marcus Leaks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His clinical practice utilizes cognitive-behavioral, somatic, and relational techniques to explore how your concerns have developed and helps you build skills to interrupt the cycles that are detracting from your quality of life. He integrates a psychodynamic approach to provide you space to unpack both present-day issues and their underlying causes, which can often be found in early life experiences.

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Matt Poon

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Matt is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He has worked with the LGBTQ+ community in both individual and group therapy modalities. Matt has also done extensive outreach on university campuses to the LGBTQ+ community regarding access to mental health services.

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Matt Rohrer

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Matt is a Licensed Master Social Worker. He has over 10 years of work experience supporting BIPOC adolescents in the LGBTQ population as a school social worker, counselor, and teacher.

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Melissa Zola

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Melissa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has been working with the LGBTQ+ community throughout her career. Through her professional and lived experience, Melissa has a deep understanding of the unique experiences members of our community face, including implicit and overt biases held by healthcare practitioners. She has experienced first-hand how these biases can negatively impact clients’ ability to obtain quality mental or medical health care.

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Michael Kaltenbach

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Dr. Michael Kaltenbach is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has been providing psychotherapy services for individuals, groups, and couples within the LGBTQ+ community for the past twenty years in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City.

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Missy Fogarty

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Missy is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She personally understands what it's like to deal with internalized/externalized homophobia. When she works with clients, Missy helps them work through those issues, and supports them in feeling, discovering, honoring, and celebrating their true selves. They are seen and in being seen they heal and grow.

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Nicholas Moran

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Nick is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. They are a queer and non-binary/genderqueer New York State psychotherapist, who is passionate about working with individuals, couples, and groups who are struggling with various issues, including but not limited to: trauma/abuse, gender/sexual identity, anxiety, depression, substance use, acculturation, racial identity exploration, and dismantling internalized inferiority and/or superiority.

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Nick Jackson

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Dr. Nick Jackson is a Clinical Psychologist. He has received training and clinical experience in a variety of LGTBQ+ focused settings, including community centers (e.g. GMHC, Center on Halsted, Project SOL, Trevor Lifeline) as well as in private practice, college mental health counseling centers, and outpatient substance abuse settings.

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Opher Shamir

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Opher is a Creative Arts Therapist with a Limited Permit. He specializes in the mind-body connection, relationships, and cultural humility. Opher earned his master’s degree from New York University and is a published and award-winning researcher. He has experience supporting people with mental health challenges (anxiety, depression, trauma, disorganized thinking, behavior dysregulation); somatic issues (sleep, pain, eating); and identity exploration (LGBTQ+, immigration, life transitions).

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Patrick Abrams

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Patrick Abrams is a Licensed Master Social Worker. Through his lived experience as a Gay man, he has worked with LGBTQ+ populations in professional, academic, and personal endeavors for years. Patrick has worked with LGBTQ+-identifying children & adolescents involved with the foster care system. He also worked with LGBTQ+ individuals at a university health center. In both settings, Patrick offered crisis and individual supportive counseling, as well as group therapy, case management, and interdisciplinary team work.

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Rachel Vetter

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Rachel Vetter is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She has worked individually and with non-profit agencies to combat the mental health issues & trauma that plague the LGBTQIA+ community. She has experience with clients that are active sex workers, survivors of intimate partner violence, and clients experiencing general anxiety & depression in direct relation to their sexuality and relationships.

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Rebecca Elkin

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Rebecca is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. Rebecca works with members of the LGBTQ+ community in her private practice. It is a community she is passionate about supporting. Rebecca used to facilitate and create programming for a gender & sexualities alliance (aka gay-straight alliance aka GSA) at the public high school where she was a therapist for 5 years, provided LGBTQ+ competency professional development workshops to high school staff at that same public school, brought drama therapy programming to Harvey Milk HS in conjunction with a theatre piece on the theme of suicide/bullying in LGBTQ+ adolescent community, participation in and support of queer and trans wellness initiatives & advocacy

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Rebecca Shubert

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Rebecca is a Licenced Master Social Worker. They are a queer, nonbinary therapist who has specialized for years in working with trans and gender-nonconforming folks. Rebecca also has a high level of comfort serving cis LBGTQ+ folks.

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Ricky Kriete

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Ricky's a psychotherapist specializing in clients who have experienced multiple failed therapies and treatment non-response. He speaks English and Spanish with native fluency. Ricky’s approach is collaborative and attuned - helping you remain focused, while staying flexible within yourself and in relationships. He helps clients with depression/anxiety, persistent interpersonal problems, self-defeating behaviors, somatic issues, complex trauma, personality spectrum disorders, and dissociative disorders (including DID).

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Ryan Grace

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Ryan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Being part of the LGBTQ+ population, Ryan has been providing services to the community throughout his career thus far. Ryan worked in the non-profit sector providing therapy to the community, a majority of whom were individuals living with HIV/AIDS--Ryan has extensive knowledge and experience providing post-diagnosis support, medication adherence, and PrEP and PEP uptake (via hands-on experience and research). Ryan has also worked in the field of substance use and harm reduction. Ryan has recently switched to private practice where he has made it his purpose to provide accessible therapy to the BIPOC and LGBTQ population(s).

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Ryan Jacobs

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Ryan Jacobs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He utilizes evidence-based treatments from various modalities. Ryan incorporates various modalities including CBT, AEDP, Psychodynamic, and Relational psychotherapy. Ryan's experience is with individuals, couples, and group therapy addressing a variety of interpersonal issues and mental health concerns.

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Ryan Rifkin

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Ryan Rifkin is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Having worked alongside agencies including the LGBT Center, the Ali Forney Center, and Callen Lorde, Ryan understands the unique and complex mental health needs of LGBTQ+ people from a variety of cultural and social backgrounds. With this in mind, he offers practice amenities including full-time office assistance and expeditious prescription services.

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Sabrina Sarro

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Sabrina is a Licensed Master Social Worker. They have extensive experience working with the LGBTQIAA* population. They completed their social work internship at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in 2017, and ever since, have spearheaded queer/LGBTQIAA*/GSM initiatives in their professional work. They are also a queer trans/non-binary person themselves.

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Sadi Fox

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Dr. Sadi Fox has a variety of specializations and interest areas within the LGBTQ+community. She has lead multiple therapy groups with the community and can provide gender-affirming surgery letters and consults on HRT. Sadi is a specialist in eating disorders and body image issues as well.

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Sean Hershey

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Sean is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has experience working with LGBTQ+ folks as a case manager and therapist - teens through adults. Sean has built strong working alliances with many trans and non-binary clients as well as gay, lesbian, and bisexual identified clients through his years serving in outpatient clinics and school clinics.

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Seth Walker

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Seth is a Licensed Master Social Worker. He has worked with queer youth, perpetrators of harm, and persons who have experienced traumas of all kinds for more than 5 years.

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Simone LaVerne

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Simone is a Licensed Psychoanalyst (LP). She has extensive experience with the LGBTQ+ community and identifies as non-binary. Most of Simone's practice is made up of LGBTQ+ clients. She is a clinical supervisor of LGBTQ+ peer counselors seeing LGBTQ+ clients in support groups and a walk-in center at the organization Identity House. Simone was a therapist intern at Streetwork Safe Horizon, a shelter for homeless youth, and many of the clients there had left homes and other unsafe situations because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Prior to starting her private practice 2 years ago, Simone was a therapist in training at a postgraduate institute for 5 years where they worked with many LGBTQ+ clients as well. Simone lives her life in the queer community and is also a queer parent.

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Sonia Martin

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Sonia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has worked with the LGBTQ+ population for most of her career. While most of Sonia's experience is non-traditional therapy she has learned a great deal about the population and has had great success working with them and creating accepting spaces. A lot of her experience has involved education with colleagues on how best to serve this population.

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Symonne Kennedy

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Symonne Kennedy is a Licensed Master Social Worker. Using a person-centered framework, her goal is to establish an open, accepting, and compassionate space for you to feel comfortable sharing your experiences. By drawing on your lived experiences and relationships with others, together Symonne and you can work to create a sustainable, healthy, and enjoyable life.

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William Chum

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William Chum is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He is an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist specialized in working with individuals coping with anxiety, depression, and trauma (acute, chronic, or complex.) He takes pride in providing a safe and zero judgment space for individuals dealing with issues related to self-esteem, coming out, exploring gender expression and gender identity, and other related issues.

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Yoni Mandelbaum

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Dr. Yoni Mandelbaum is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He specializes in working with adolescents, college students, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and related concerns. He utilizes a cognitive-behavioral (CBT) approach.

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Zach Rawlings

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Zach Rawlings is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Zach has worked in a variety of hospital and research settings to help LGBTQIA+ individuals who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma. Zach’s clinical work is informed by his theoretical orientations, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral. Working with Zach in therapy would include a blend of deeply exploring your current situation, past and present significant relationships, and practical skills to help experience your emotions and relationships in a more fulfilling way.

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