LGBTQ DIVISION 

Are you looking for an LGBTQ-identified and affirming psychotherapist? Have you had negative experiences with health or mental health providers who just don’t get you?

Welcome to KIP’s LGBTQ Division!

We provide a wide range of mental health services specifically tailored to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. All of our services–whether it’s individual, couple, or group therapy–place a specific focus on the unique aspects of growing up and living as a sexual and/or gender minority. We use an affirmative, empathic approach that helps people of all backgrounds understand how stigmatizing and marginalizing experiences shape the ways that they feel about themselves and others. Getting in touch with these experiences can be a daunting and emotional process, and all of our therapists have the specialized training and experience necessary to help you along the way.

KIP’s LGBTQ THERAPISTS

  • Nicholas Bakalov, LMSW
      Nicholas Bakalov, LMSWKIP Therapist
    • Joie DeRitis, LMSW
        Joie DeRitis, LMSWKIP Fellow
      • Nicholas Rysyk, LMSW
        Nicholas Rysyk, LMSWKIP Fellow
      • Jared Bardugone
          Jared BardugoneGraduate Intern
        • Jack Haines, MHC-LP
            Jack Haines, MHC-LPKIP Therapist
          • Racquel Reid, LMSW
              Racquel Reid, LMSWKIP Therapist

            PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY

            Individuals

            LGBTQ people often struggle with unique issues–such as internalized homophobia or transphobia, body image, coming out, HIV/AIDS, and gender identity–which may prevent them from seeking psychotherapy because of concerns that their psychotherapist will not empathize with their experience, or may even re-enact discriminatory and stigmatizing experiences that they’ve struggled with throughout their lives.

             

            Our therapists at KIP get it. Many of us are LGBTQ-identified, and we all receive ongoing training and consultation in practicing LGBTQ-affirming psychotherapy. We are in tune with current health and mental health issues facing LGBTQ people, work tirelessly to hone our skills and compassion in addressing these concerns, and strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ people of all backgrounds.

            Couples

            LGBTQ couples deal with many of the issues that all couples deal with, but there can be specific issues that arise for LGBTQ people that make intimacy, sex, communication, and trust more challenging. Our couples therapists at KIP have the awareness of and training in these unique issues that LGBTQ couples face so that you and your partner can feel confident that your counselor will understand what you’re struggling with.

            Groups

            We offer a number of support groups throughout the year that specifically address the unique issues that LGBTQ people face, such as:

            • Gay Men and Intimacy
            • Body Image Concerns
            • Beyond the Binary: A Group for Gender Nonconforming People
            • Gay Men and Addictions in Mid-Life
            • Lesbian, Bi, and Queer Women Embracing Sexuality
            • Aging in the Gay Community

            Please contact us if you would like to join one of our groups or to learn more about other groups that we offer.