LGBTQIA+ Therapist In Chicago, IL

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Best Therapies welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) folks who want support. It’s getting scary out there for these communities — that’s why it’s more important than ever that we’re committed to and value diversity for our practitioners, families and communities.

LGBTQIA+, gender non-conforming (GNC), and nonbinary (enby) as well as queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) folks continue to experience stigma, harassment, discrimination and violence. If you need affirming support surrounding your experience as someone who is questioning their sexuality, gender expression or identity within the LGBTQIA+ community and are interested in connecting with a practitioner at Best Therapies, please reach out.

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Our team strives to validate and support individuals working through issues including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The impacts of stigma (prejudice, discrimination and violence)
  • Those affected by religious trauma
  • Folks who have been harmed by diet culture
  • Previous experiences with therapists who were not LGBTQIA+ affirming and/ or actively caused harm due to their bias against LGBTQIA+ persons
  • Differentiating sexual orientation from their gender identity
  • Challenges experienced within LGBTQIA+ relationships
  • Family of origin conflicts, concerns and traumas
  • Incongruent values, norms and beliefs within lesbian, gay and bisexual members of racial and ethnic minority groups and QTPOC
  • Challenges and risks specific to LGBTQIA+ youth


Therapy can be a powerful tool for LGBTQ+ people who are facing challenges related to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Some of the ways therapy can help include:

  • Reducing anxiety and depression: LGBTQ+ people are more likely to experience anxiety and depression due to discrimination, stigma and the stress of navigating life as a marginalized person. Therapy can help them learn coping strategies and develop resilience in the face of these challenges.
  • Improving relationships: Many LGBTQ+ people struggle with relationship issues, whether they are related to romantic partners, family members or friends. Therapy can help people navigate these relationships more effectively, set boundaries and communicate more clearly.
  • Exploring gender identity: Gender identity is a complex and personal topic, and many LGBTQ+ people struggle to understand and express their gender in a way that feels authentic. Gender identity therapy can provide a safe space for someone to explore these feelings and work toward greater self-awareness and acceptance.
  • Coping with discrimination: As we are seeing with the proliferation of anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ+ bills and violence against the community, discrimination and bigotry are still a reality for many LGBTQ+ people. Therapy can help people learn how to cope with these experiences, whether by developing better self-care practices, finding supportive communities or advocating for themselves.
  • Supporting coming out: Coming out can be a difficult and emotional process for many LGBTQ+ folks. An LGBT therapist can provide a space for someone to process their feelings, explore their options and work through the challenges of coming out to friends, family and colleagues.
  • Addressing excessive substance use: People in the LGBTQ+ community are at higher risk for substance use issues than the general population. Therapy can help people identify and address the underlying issues, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and create a plan for recovery or harm reduction.
  • Finding community: Many LGBTQ+ people feel isolated or alone, particularly if they live in areas without a strong LGBTQ+ community. Therapy can help someone connect with others who share their experiences and find a sense of belonging and acceptance.


LGBT therapy may use a variety of techniques, depending on the individual’s needs and goals. Some common techniques used in LGBT therapy include:

Gender identity therapy

This type of therapy can help folks explore and affirm their gender identity. It can be especially helpful for transgender and nonbinary folks who may be questioning their gender identity or considering medical interventions such as hormone therapy or surgery. An LGBT counselor may use a variety of techniques, such as talk therapy, mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral therapy, to help the person gain clarity about their gender identity and develop coping skills to navigate any challenges that may arise.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps a person identify and replace negative thought patterns and behaviors. This can be especially helpful for someone struggling with depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns.

Mindfulness-based therapy

Mindfulness-based therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on being present in the moment and cultivating a non-judgmental attitude toward thoughts and feelings. This can be especially helpful for individuals who are struggling with stress and anxiety.


Best Therapies believes in providing affirming care, and we have several therapists on staff who identify as LGBTQ+ who are here to support you on your healing journey.

What we offer:

  • Individual, couples and family sessions
  • Family sessions centered on providing support to the individual in their coming out process
  • LGBTQ+ affirming resources for folks at any point in their journey
  • LGBTQ+ support/process groups
  • Queer-identified therapists on staff
  • In-person or virtual groups/sessions to meet the needs of our community

We want to help. Please reach out to talk to someone who gets it.


LGBT+ REsources

Trans Lifeline

Hotline for trans people staffed by trans people

PFLAG Chicago

Great resource for parents and families of LGBT+ folks. .

GLBT National Youth Talk Line

Hotline for youth (up to age 25) with peer-counseling and local resources.

GLBT National Help Center

Hotline with peer-counseling and local resources

Howard Brown Health Center

Great reduced cost health care resources..

Northwestern Medicine Gender Pathways Program

Committed to providing gender-affirming care to transgender and gender nonbinary patients.

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