Resources for the LGBT Community

Kink Friendly Professionals – Psychologists

Kink Friendly Professionals

Kink Friendly Professionals

Kink Friendly Therapy

San Diego, CA

John McConnell is a San Diego psychotherapist who has worked with members of the kink, polyamory, and gender-diverse communities for 25 years. Clients have called him warm, caring, and practical. He is licensed both as a Psychologist (PSY10673) and as Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT 23675). He provides counseling services for individuals, couples, and families.

Denis Bridoux

Halifax, UK

Swift Changes for Personal Growth and Professional Evolution, formerly known as Post-Graduate Professional Education A Neuro-Semantics® Institute for Therapy, Coaching, Training and Consultancy NLP, Neuro-Semantics®, Time-Line Therapy, Accelerated Learning Training.

Dulcinea Pitagora, MA, LMSW

New York City

Dulcinea Pitagora holds a Master of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Social Work, and is currently pursuing AASECT certification in sex therapy and a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. Pitagora has a practice in New York City that includes individual, couples, poly/leather family, and group therapy. Pitagora’s practice is person-centered and strengths-based, and focuses on self-determination and empowerment. Pitagora has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences on the topics of alternative sexuality and gender diversity. Pitagora also conducts research, lectures, and seminars pertaining to these communities.

Lee M. Faver, PhD, ABPP

Westmoreland, NH

I am an openly gay licensed and board certified psychologist, experienced with a broad population of 15-75 year old people. I provide individual and couple therapy from a highly integrated, self-psychology based approach.

My experience in the arenas of sexuality, orientation, gender-reassignment, BDSM and polyamory spans 20 years. I am a sex-positive professional with experience helping people in opposite-sex and same-sex relationships.

I am an experienced trainer and teach about sexual orientation, therapy with GLBTQ people, sexuality, HIV and HIV prevention in a variety of settings. For a decade, I was a program development consultant at AIDS Community Services of Western NY, and I continue to remain active in prevention. Additionally, I supervise other mental health and sexuality professionals, and I am a family/divorce mediator.

Other expertise includes: Depression, Trauma, Interpersonal & Relationship Difficulties, Coupling, Uncoupling & Divorce, Pre-marital counseling, Affairs, Healthy and Destructive Sexuality, Major Life Transitions, Loss & Grief, Substance Use & Abuse, and Health-Related Behavior Change (life style changes associated with health risks, follow through with challenging medical treatment, HIV, environmental/ food allergies, HIV & STD Prevention, Managing Chronic Illness to cope with the emotional toll of chronic illness and practical management of illness).

Michael A. Giordano, LICSW

Washington, DC

I provide kink- & poly-friendly psychotherapy for individuals, partners, and families.  I identify as a gay man, am sex-positive, and non-judgmental about the diverse ways we express our love and desires. I have been working and volunteering in the DC LGBTQ community since 1996.

I strive to create a space where you can feel safe speaking of any concern or thought. I won’t judge you.  We can work on concerns regarding your kinks, desires and lifestyle or explore other unrelated issues.  Together, we’ll find ways to enhance your creative thinking, express authentic emotions, and make effective actions. We will explore your life and your opportunities for growth and satisfaction.

Richard S. Horowitz, LCSW

New York, NY

Richard Horowitz provides services to clients of all lifestyles, career paths and financial abilities; however, his background in theater, French/German languages and committed relationship with NYC’s GLBT community has developed added insight into the issues faced by entertainers, European newcomers and GLBT adult/youth.

Joe James, PhD

Washington, DC

I’ve been working with members of the BDSM, poly, swinging, fetish and GLBT communities since 1989. Many of my clients see me because of issues related to the lifestyles, but many also see me for things unrelated or quasi-related to their lifestyle because they know that I will not make it an issue if it is not posing one in their life. My theoretical background is dynamic and humanistic and I strive to create a non-judgmental environment in which you can comfortably explore whatever concerns have caused you to seek therapy. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or for more information.

Marta Helliesen, PhD

New York, NY

I have been in private practice in New York City since 1995, and have developed unique inter-disciplinary treatment approaches to sexual problems, based on my background in neuroscience, Gestalt therapy and sexology. I provide a safe and supportive therapeutic environment for clients to heal sexual wounds and expand and integrate their sexuality.  I have vast experience with alternative lifestyles including: LGBT, BDSM, fetishes, cross dressing, and more.  I work with individuals and couples of all genders and sexual orientations.  I am Scandinavian with academic training in both Europe and the US.

Twila L. Preston, PhD

South Sioux City, NE

Twila L. Preston, Ph.D. has been serving individuals and families in northeast Nebraska since 1997.  She provides psychological evaluations, consultations, and psychotherapy.  She has experience working with individuals of varying cultural, economic, lifestyle, and spiritual backgrounds.  She is aware and supportive of the kink community.

Katherine Rachlin, PhD

New York, NY

Many people do not tell their therapists the whole truth about their sex lives or fantasies.  My office is a kink-friendly place and you can bring your whole self to therapy.  I am a licensed psychologist, experienced psychotherapist, and certified sex therapist.  People come to see me because they want a therapist who has an expanded awareness of sexuality and gender.  I welcome individuals and partners, whether, they want to work on challenges related to fetish, fantasy or lifestyle; or want to address issues that are completely unrelated.  Fantasies which cause distress and problems for some people are a source of joy and strength for others. An advantage in seeing a specialist is that I will not make it an issue if it is not a problem for you. Many people may seek out a Kink-Aware therapist because they want to find ways of making the relationship more compatible. Sometimes people come to counseling to explore the meaning of sexual fantasies in their life. And sometimes they want a therapist who can affirm their sexuality or lifestyle and help them with life challenges such as family, work, relationship, emotional problems, and major decisions.  I work with people who live private and conservative lives as well as people who are out in alternative communities.

Gregory Wells, PhD

San Francisco, CA

I believe psychotherapy offers an opportunity for growth and change. My goal is to work collaboratively with my clients to support them in identifying their core values in life and then setting goals to help them create a life that is rich and meaningful. I have experience working with individuals, couples, and those in multiple relationships as well. I am proud to work with the LGBTQ and BDSM/Kink communities. Please contact me for an initial phone consultation free of charge.

Geri Weitzman PhD

Sunnyvale, CA

I offer a warm and supportive environment which affirms the diversity of each individual, and I enjoy helping people to find creative ways to solve problems and become more fully themselves. I am experienced in working with members of the poly, kink/bdsm, bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, HIV+, and sex work communities, as well as people from a variety of faiths. Other specialties include relationship work, depression, anxiety, substance and internet addictions, codependency, anger management, and self-acceptance. I am the author of What Psychology Professionals Should Know About Polyamory ( http://www.polyamory.org/joe/polypaper.htm ) and I have given many lectures about working with clients from the leather/kink and poly cultures.

For those with insurance, I am a provider with Blue Shield, UBH, UHC, US Behavioral Health Plan, Pacificare, Aetna, and Medicare. If you are on a different plan (such as Blue Cross Anthem PPO) that reimburses for sessions with out-of-network providers, I am happy to provide you with a statement reflecting your payments that you can submit to them in turn. For those without insurance, I offer a sliding scale and a free initial consultation upon request.

If you wish to make an appointment, please leave me an email or voice mail stating clearly that you are looking for a kink-aware professional, as I often will accept clients from the kink community when my practice is otherwise on the full side.

Diane Hughes, LCSW, PhD

Atlanta, GA

I have provided psychotherapy and counseling to individuals, couples, and families for 30 years. I have worked with anxiety disorders, mood disorders,personality disorders, eating disorders, and relationship issues. I also have extensive experience in working with people who choose to live in alternative life styles including GLBTQI individuals, couples and families. I have years of experience working with people who choose polyamory as a lifestyle and  years of experience working with people who are involved in BDSM and in the leather community.  I have been familiar and involved with the GLBTQI, poly, and BDSM communities for over 30 years.

Maria Cristina Martins

Every individual is unique, therefore, no single type of therapy will be effective for everyone. That is why I evaluate each person’s specific needs and personality before selecting the most appropriate form of treatment (Prescriptive Eclectic Therapy), This therapy can be short or long-term, depending on your specific needs and goals.

Specialties:

Depression, Anxiety of Fears, Eating Disorders, Stress Management, Personality Disorders, Sex Therapy, GLBT and BDSM issues, Individual and Couples Therapy.

Kate Thomas, PhD

Lutherville, MD

I am a clinical sexologist in private practice with over 25 years of experience working with individuals who have a host of sexual and gender issues or concerns.  The scope of my practice includes work with individuals, couples, families and groups.  My aim is to provide sensitive and non judgmental care to all individuals regardless of orientation, sexual interest or gender expression.  Over my years of practice I have worked with people who:

  • Complain of a sexual dysfunction
  • Report dissatisfaction with their sexual relationships
  • Have a paraphilic sexual interest
  • Are in a Sexual Minority including those with alternative sexual interests
  • Are gender variant
  • Are intersexed
  • Have a wide range of sexual or gender concerns not included above
  • Have a relationship issue

In addition I am a sexuality educator involved in the training of mental health practitioners at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels as well as medical students and psychiatric residents.  I also provide consultation to other providers and conduct workshops nationally and internationally on topics of sexuality and gender.

Mark N. Wind, M.A., PhD

New York, NY

I’m a Psychologist who specializes in Substance Abuse and Dom-Sub individual and couple therapy.