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LGBT-Friendly Therapists: A Curated Directory for Ventura, Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo Counties


The pro-choice movement to protect health and bodily autonomy is inseparable from the LGBT movement. LGBT people continue to face higher stress and trauma – yet when LGBT patients try to access health services, 24% report discrimination. So we developed this directory of queer-friendly therapists for the Central Coast!

Psychology Today is the most popular platform for finding therapists. Whilst one can search therapists with "LGBTQ+" as an Expertise, we set a higher bar with two criteria: A therapist must 1) explain explicitly in their profile how they support LGBT patients, and 2) prove they live in Ventura, Santa Barbara, or San Luis Obispo County by offering in-person sessions.

The two criteria above are simple but set an unexpectedly high bar. For example, of the 400 search results for Ventura County who claim "LGBTQ+" as an Expertise, a mere 4% explain how they support queer communities and offer in-person sessions! Luckily we update the directory below each quarter, most recently Q1 2024.


Westlake Village


Lindsey Cooper
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT (she, her)

"If you're dealing with relationship stuff, navigating neurodivergence, or facing anxiety, depression, or LGBTQ+ stressors, you're not alone."


Gabriel Cooper
Marriage & Family Therapist, MPhil, MS, LMFT (he, him)

"I have a specialty and passion for working with LGBTQ folks and gifted individuals."


 


Lauren Barth
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT , MS (she, her)
 
"I have built solid navigating tools and hope to help you in these and many other complex areas: divorce, blended families, rethinking infidelity, coparenting, LGBTQIA challenges, gender and sexual identity, romantic relationship challenges, performance pressure, creative challenges, neurodivergent experiences and trauma."


Cameron Reis
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT

"I have experience working with Individuals, Families, Couples, Teens, LGBTQ+, & Trauma."

 


Samuel C. Morrow
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT


"I work with a wide range of clinical issues including anxiety, depression, family conflict, self-esteem, coming out, trauma and crisis management and am passionate about working with young people, and the LGBTQ+ community."


Carol Bishop, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT


"Working with the HIV(+) and LGBT community, emphasizes my belief, that all people are born, 'good enough'."




 


Thousand Oaks


Sarah Fultz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, APCC (she, her)

"I’ve treated those dealing with severe trauma, anger management, anxiety, depression, and online romance scams, as well as at-risk youth, LGBTQ+, and those dealing with addiction."


Audrey Hu
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, ASW

"I also provide LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy."


Sarah Alethea De Los Santos
Psychologist, PsyD, BCBA-D (she, her)
 
"I have expertise in anxiety, stress, anger, social skills, autism, ADHD, self-esteem, life transitions, LGBTQ+, trichotillomania, highly sensitive people, relationships, parenting and behavior management."


Danny Chulack
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT


"As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am passionate about providing a safe and affirming space for clients from diverse backgrounds."


Darilyn McElfresh
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
 
"With sexually related issues, they can show up as relationship problems, infidelity, arousal discrepancy, or LGBT matters."


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Camarillo


The New Beginnings Center - Sean Baker
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, SEP

"I specialize in addressing emotional health/well-being and relationship concerns of the queer community."


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Ventura


Joshua Sage Kendrick
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT (he, him)


"I have extensive experience working with lgbtq+ issues surrounding gender identity & sexual orientation."


Melanie Moir
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC, MA (she, her)

"I treat individuals, families, youth, couples, adults and LGBTQ+."
 


Port Hueneme


Savannah Malerstein
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT

"I have particular experience with LGBTQ+ populations, neurodivergence, and the myriad forms of life’s stressors."


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Ojai


Rowan Octavia Lommel
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, C-IAYT

"I also support folx in the LGBTQIA+ community."


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Santa Barbara


Rebekah D Lovejoy
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, PhD, AMFT (she, they)

"I am BIPOC safe, culturally diverse, sex positive, kink, queer, and non-monogamy informed and allied."
 


Michaela Mujica-Steiner
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT

"I support those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as adults who are on the autism spectrum or identify as neurodivergent."
 


Dahkotahv Beckham
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT (he, him)

"As an openly transgender therapist, I know it can be difficult to find the right person to confide in."
 


Jenn Kennedy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CSAT, EMDR

"I also have significant experience in working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients and their families on a variety of issues including coming out, building identity, strengthening intimate relationships and finding community."


Kattie Bachar
Marriage & Family Therapist, BFA, MA, LMFT (she, they)

"I specialize in providing LGBTQ+ competent psychotherapy, with a focus on transgender adolescents, adults, and the families/friends that love them."


Talia Tzouris
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT (she, her)
 
"Although I am open to and affirming of all ages, genders, sexualities, and cultures, I particularly love working with women, LGBTQIA+ folx, and young adults."


Natalie Alderson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT (she, her)

"I support adults and couples/partnerships with navigating addiction recovery, trauma, LGBTQ+, infidelity, codependency, polyamory, ethical non-monogamy, and communication skills."


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Arroyo Grande


Elexia Estrada
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT (she, her)

"As a member of the LGBT+ community, I am passionate about my work."


Brianna Larsen
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT

"As an inclusive therapist, I seek to help any and all adolescents ages 12 to 18 and adults from ages 18 to 65 ( LGBTQ+ friendly)."


Grover Beach


Megan Payer
Psychologist, PhD, RYT, BCBA, SEP(t)

"I am highly motivated to work with individuals that identify as part of the LGBTQ+ and neurodiverse communities."
 


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San Luis Obispo


Gino Memoli
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, CATC-IV, MA-MFT (he, him)
 
"I am a part of and have a passion for working with members of the LGBTQ+ community and creating an authentic space for navigating areas of discomfort for healing."


Emma Sturm
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT (she, her)
 
"I have experience working with teens, adults, and couples and strive to be a multicultural, LGBTQ+, disability, and neurodivergent affirming therapist."


Kristin Koller
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT (she, her)
 
"As an LGBTQ ally, I have a particular interest in providing a safe space for those who identify as gay, queer, trans and/or gender non-conforming and continue to learn and grow my skills in this area."


Thrive San Luis Obispo
Psychologist

"We are a queer woman-owned practice."
 


Sarah Medzyk
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT

"I am LGBT+ affirmative, sex + kink positive(NO CCKC members), polyamory positive, nerd friendly, and an intersectional feminist."
 


Kimberli Andridge
Psychologist, PsyD (she, them)
 

"Queer, and gender-fluid, I have extensive experience working with queer, trans, ENM, and kinky clients."


Kris Roudebush
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT


"I am a Sex Therapist, and specialize in working with: clients with sexual traumas and PTSD, queer, trans and nonbinary folx, and those experiencing sexual difficulties, whether personally or in their relationship."


Juniper S Hobson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT

"I am also strongly LGBTQIA+ affirming and body positive."


Atascadero


Wendy Giggy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT

"I work with individuals, women, men or trans."


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