If you live with a mental health condition and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning or a related identity (LGBTQ+), it’s important to prioritize your mental health. Not all members of the LGBTQ+ community will have the same experiences. However, discrimination, prejudice, denial of civil and human rights, harassment and family rejection are still tragically common for people with these identities.
LGBTQ+ people with mental health conditions may also find themselves fighting a double stigma. Many will experience prejudice based on their sexual and/or gender identity as well as the stigma associated with mental illness. Confronting these challenges and mental health symptoms with an LGBTQ-inclusive therapist can lead to better outcomes, and even recovery.
LGBTQ Connection (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) is a youth-led initiative mobilizing the community to increase awareness, inclusion and support of LGBTQ people of all ages and races. Each year, LGBTQ Connection engages 3,500 LGBTQ people, their families and community, and trains 500 providers from local organizations across Northern California to increase the safety, visibility and well being of LGBTQ residents. In Napa and Sonoma Counties the program operates local LGBTQ community centers, supporting underserved LGBTQ youth and elders. The Napa and Sonoma offices of LGBTQ Connection each provide a safe and trusted space to cultivate hubs of vibrant activities and caring community.
Learn about their services and hours here: Location and Hours
LGBTQ Connection of Napa & Sonoma County has created a directory LGBTQ+ friendly mental health care providers in the region. The list includes information on the therapists, their level of experience working with LGBTQ+ people, location, language, and insurance accepted.
View the list here or call (707) 595-6640 for more information.
Positive Images provides support and advocacy to Sonoma County’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, and intersex youth and young adults, ages 12-24, and educates the greater community. We envision a Sonoma County where all youth are valued, compassionate community members, creating a just society.
Sonoma County Pride is dedicated to enhancing the lives and well being of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI) community and allies throughout Sonoma County. We promote equality for all through education and activism, while serving as a liaison with government, businesses and other organizations on behalf of our community. We recognize and celebrate the history, achievements and contributions of the LGBTQI community of Sonoma County.
Visit their directory of community resources here: Community Resources
Spectrum is the only non-profit organization in Marin County focused solely on LGBT issues. Our programs include support for LGBT and questioning youth and seniors; school and community-based anti-bias programs; LGBT cultural competency training for health and social service providers; community mobilization and advocacy which is responsive to current and emerging issues; and our counseling referral service, focused on providing support to individuals, families, and couples who seek support around issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Call (415) 472-1945.
This regularly-updated directory lists Santa Rosa-area Transgender-Affirming therapists and psychiatrists as a service to the gender-expansive community. Acronyms are spelled out at the end of the list. These therapists’ experience with trans people/gender concerns varies widely, so please note their level of experience and choose according to your need. Ask the therapist questions before you meet with them! Let Kris Spangler (below) know if you have feedback or recommendations regarding therapists with whom you interact. A listing in this directory is not an endorsement.
Questions? Contact Kris Spangler, MFT at their site: krisspanglermft.com
This support group offers a welcoming place for adults (18+) who identify on the female side of the Male-to-Female (MtF) spectrum. As an inclusive group, participants range from those who do not want to transition but take a small dose of estrogen to those who define themselves as cross-dressers or transvestites, or those who prefer to attend in male guise. Attendees are free to use any name or pronoun they choose. Since March 2020, due to COVID-19, the group is meeting via Zoom. To be notified of meetings or ask a question, please email Jacque Nugent at email@example.com.
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