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LGBTQ Therapy + Affirming Therapy

LGBT Therapist NYC: Therapy By and For LGBTQ+ People

You don’t have to explain yourself, unless you want to.

Setting the standard for mental health care in NYC and beyond
Our Approach

We take the guesswork out of it.

While we ensure that all of our New York therapists are affirming of and skilled in working with the nuances of your gender and sexual identities, the large majority of our therapists also have lived experiences as LGBTQ+ individuals. No need to guess what our therapists’ identities are, and we don’t hide them. You can learn more about our therapists’ identities, specialties, clinical experience and lived experiences by browsing the bios on our Therapists page.

Why seek LGBTQ-Affirming therapy at Kip?

A professional LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist is able to create a safe environment where young adults can discuss their relationship issues and other aspects of their lives without fear of rejection or judgment.

Kip has been dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ community for over 10 years. Kip’s foundation is grounded in active participation in LGBTQ+ mental health and well-being–through practice, education, and research–for over three decades. Through our work, we aim to make it simpler and safer for people dealing with LGBTQ issues.

"This is the first therapy practice where I feel like I can completely be myself; where I can choose a therapist who is not only queer-affirming, but also potentially queer themselves."
"It was important that as a queer person that I be able to select a queer therapist."
"My therapist being trans was critical to me as a trans person. The quality of my therapy here at Kip has honestly saved me."
"Kip has a great selection of TGNC therapists and I found the person who I felt would understand my experiences most, it was nice to have that choice."
Our Approach
Our Approach

But I'm not LGBTQ+!!

We’re cool with that! In fact, we think there are good reasons to see an LGBTQ+/affirming therapist. Therapy through a queer lens means that your LGBTQ therapist NYC thinks outside of the box. Too often the cultures that we live in don’t allow space for our true selves to be expressed and expanded into our full potential. What you’ll get in a Kip therapist is someone who is non-judgmental about all aspects of your life, will be tapped into the ways your experience and thinking keep you stuck, and help you find out who you were meant to be.

Finding the right LGBTQ therapist can be difficult for gay men and women, or transgender individuals. Our therapists are here to provide a supportive and inclusive space for individuals who identify anywhere under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Our approach is all about honoring your unique experiences and providing affirming care that validates your identity. We are here to help you navigate life’s challenges, feel comfortable in your own skin, celebrate your authentic self, and empower you to lead a fulfilling and happy life. Our affirmative therapists will guide you on your journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, self-love, and growth in a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment. We provide an open and supportive environment in which you are free to talk about your romantic relationships and experiences without fear of judgment or social stigma.🌈

We provide effective treatment for the associated psychological concerns prevalent in the LGBTQIA+ community. At Kip, our approach is largely informed by Queer Theory–a field of study that challenges traditional notions of gender and sexuality. It aims to deconstruct binary gender and heteronormativity, and instead, promote the acceptance of marginalized identities, such as the non-binary gender identities and non-heterosexual sexual orientations. Queer theory also seeks to understand the social and political structures that shape our understanding of gender.

Queer psychotherapy is grounded in the principles of queer theory and draws on a range of therapeutic approaches, including psychoanalysis. Queer psychotherapy seeks to understand the impact of social and political structures on queer individuals and to provide support for their unique challenges. The LGBTQ+ community often experiences trauma related to their sexuality or gender identity (due to the sociopolitical structures that value heteronormativity), and it is essential that they feel safe and supported by a licensed psychoanalyst who understands their LGBTQ identities.

We think the success of your mental health treatment depends on your therapeutic relationship. Especially if you’re struggling with discrimination, working with a queer-identified LGBT therapist in NYC in a supportive therapeutic setting is a great way to establish a sense of safety.

Many of LGBTQ individuals are struggling with mental health issues like anxiety disorders, depression and low self esteem, suicidal ideation, substance use, disordered eating or body image issues.

As an LGBTQ+ individual, seeing an LGBTQ+ therapist can provide you with specialized care that understands and validates your unique experiences. Our LGBTQ+ therapists in New York can reassure you that you don’t have to explain yourself, and can create a safe and inclusive space where you can openly discuss your thoughts and concerns. They can provide supportive advocacy, promote self-acceptance, and help you build resilience in navigating the challenges of being LGBTQ+. Working with an LGBTQ+ therapist in New York can provide you with a sense of connection and belonging, and be a powerful step towards your emotional well-being and personal growth.

Transgender clients seeking help for sexual identity & gender transition issues may benefit from online therapy since it provides more privacy and alleviates some of the emotional stressors associated with in-person treatment. We deliver therapy services for our new clients providing scheduling and billing services through our online video platform.