Mental Health Services (By Region)

Capital Region Mental Health Services

John Allegretti-Freeman, LCSW-R
Albany: 747 Madison Avenue
(518) 427-5004
Private Practitioner, LGBT-friendly therapist (recommended by Rainbow Access Initiative, inc.)

Family & Children's Service of the Capital Region: Capital Counseling1
To Make an Appointment: (518) 462-6531
Albany: 650 Warren Street
Schenectady: 246 Union Street
Clifton Park: 100 Sitterly Road
Saratoga Springs: 100 West Avenue
LGBT-Friendly New York State-licensed counseling service through Family & Children's Service of the Capital Region. Provides counseling that is reimbursable by public and private health insurers. Counselors are both master's degree and doctorate trained professionals, and work with a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, anger, relationship difficulties, parenting challenges, drug use, and more.

Choices Counseling and Consulting13
Albany: 523 Western Ave. Suite 2A
(518) 438-2222
Choices Counseling and Consulting provides traditional and holistic psychotherapies for healing and growth with the goal of providing competent psychotherapeutic care to all individuals and families that respects people’s unique racial, ethnic, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and disabilities. All three associates at Choices are LGBT-friendly, trained and interested in LGBT issues.

Capital Pride Center: Center Support Counseling Services1
Albany: 332 Hudson Ave
(518) 462-6138, ex. 12
This is a program of the CDGLCC (Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council,) Choices Counseling and Consulting (the practice of Arlene Istar Lev,) and SUNY Albany’s School of Social Welfare. Second-year MSW interns see GLBT and straight individuals, couples, and families on a low cost sliding scale.

Sean M. Endress, LCSW
Albany Healing Arts
Albany: 747 Madison Avenue
(646) 600-9229

Equinox Mental Health Services1
Albany: 500 Central Ave; (518) 435-9931
Equinox Mental Health Services are available to adults (18 years and older) and their families who are struggling with serious mental illness, as well as youth mental health services (ages 12-18). Equinox offers a multi-faceted, holistic, client-centered approach to treatment, with a number of services including residential programs, individual therapy and group treatment, medication therapy, case management, family resources, and vocational, social, and community connections. Many of Equinox's counseling services have LGBTQ-specific options.

Jewish Family Services: Counseling
Albany: 877 Madison Ave; (518) 482-8856
Jewish Family Services, deemed LGBT-Friendly by the Capital Pride Center, provides counseling services in which licensed therapists work with individuals, couples and families to help them resolve a range of life challenges. Specifically, they can help with relationship issues, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, self-identity, sexuality, abuse and trauma, and life changes.

Moonhawk River Stone, MS, LMHC13
Connections Psychotherapy Associates
Schenectady, NY 12309
moc.loa|enotSRkwaH#moc.loa|enotSRkwaH; (518) 506-1261
Specializing in transgender/gender variant related psychotherapy; consultation, education of transgender issues; provides consultation and supervision for people working with gender variant clients.

David Rossetti, LCSW
Albany: 10 McKnown Road
(518) 588-5922
Couples counseling, sexual/gender identity, family therapy

Caroline Russell Smith, LCSW-R
Saratoga Springs: 58 Henry Street
(518) 857-9361
Food/body image, GLBT clients and families

Central New York Mental Health Services

Deb Coolhart, PhD, LMFT
Fayetteville, NY 13066
Phone: 315-445-2154

Dara Shipman, LMFT
528 Oak Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
(315) 744- 8279

Sara Farmer, MA
Weldum Family Therapy
Offices in Syracuse & Rome.
Phone: 315-492-1390

Donna Dallal-Ferne, MA
Change in Motion Healing Arts
Yoga Instructor
Licensed Massage Therapist
Personal Consulting
7030 E. Genesee St
Fayetteville, NY 13066
Phone: 315-885-3057
Email: moc.oohay|tmlarhaz#moc.oohay|tmlarhaz

Linda J. Stein, LCSW-R, PC
Cazenovia: 132 Albany Street
(315) 655-0699
Linda J. Stein is a holistic psychotherapist whose treatment approach is to provide support and feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. Stein works with a range of issues, including LGBTQ concerns (website also features a small directory of mental health resources for LGBTQ people).

Maggie D. Waldron, MA, MFT
Fayetteville, NY 13066
Phone: 492-2503
Email: moc.rr.yncwt|300nordlaWM#moc.rr.yncwt|300nordlaWM

Lisa Ziobro, MA, MFT
PO Box 282
72 S. Main St
Homer, NY 13077
Phone: 607-749-3011

Dr. Wanda Freemont – Adolescent Psychiatry1
SUNY Upstate Medical Center
Psychiatric Clinic
Syracuse, NY
Phone: 315-464-3175

Goldberg Couple and Family Therapy Center
Syracuse University
Peck Hall
601 E. Genesee
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 443-3023

Southern Tier & Finger Lakes

Kate Halliday, CSW1
Ithaca: 122 W. Court Street
(607) 279-5439
Works with individuals, families, and couples. Ages served are from 10 to 100. Committed to serving Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and otherwise Queer people. Specializing in EMDR. Insurance reimbursable, sliding fee when possible.

David Mordovanec, MSW, CSW
Ithaca: 427 North Tioga Street
(607) 273-3520
LGBT friendly and knowledgeable therapist. Specializes in working with young adults, adults, and couples on issues of anxiety, depression, stress reduction, and issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Mr. Mordovanec is an out and active gay identified man.

Linda Roessler, MSW, RN, CS
Elmira, NY
(607) 737-4040

Karen Suskin, CSW
Ithaca: 309 N. Aurora St.
(607) 245-0652

Kathleen Webster, LCSW-R
407 W. Water St., Elmira, NY 14901
(607) 734-0980
Transgender knowledgeable and friendly therapist.

Joanne Zager (Ph.D)
118 Park Lane, Ithaca, NY, USA, 14850
(607) 272-6353
Counsels individuals, couples, families, and children with GLBT issues. Works with trans* people through all phases of their transition. Specializes in trauma (PTSD) both in adulthood and childhood, trans* and LBG issues, relationship concerns.

Lisa Ziobro, MA, LMFC
Homer, NY, (607) 749-3011

Hudson Valley Mental Health Services

Sean M. Endress, LCSW
ACCESS Counseling & Wellness Services
New Paltz: 113 N. Chestnut St.
(718) 887-1378

Gateway Program of Integrated Health Services for LGBT People1
Westchester County Medical Center
Valhalla, NY: 100 Woods Rd.
(914) 493-1753
Individual, family, couple, group, and substance abuse treatment specifically for LGBT people. Pre-teens through seniors. Linkages to primary care and specialty health services provided.

Elijah Nealy, MDiv, LCSW1
Westchester County Office: Bronxville, NY; (917) 509-6242
Elijah Nealy maintains a private psychotherapy practice in New York City and Bronxville, New York (Westchester County) seeing both adolescents and adults. Offers individual, couples and family sessions. Also available for cultural competence training and consulting around LGBT concerns, retreat facilitation, and preaching.

Kathleen O'Brien, LMSW
New Windsor: 10 Kayleen Drive; (845) 565-6888
Middletown: 31 Ruth Court; (845) 800-2454
Kathleen O'Brien specializes in individual therapy, group therapy, and personal and family counseling. She is LGBT friendly and works with the entire LGBT spectrum.

Long Island Mental Health Services

Nicole Borzelleca, MHC, M.S., RYT
Mental Health Counselor
(631) 505-3769
28 Jones St., Suite 208, Setuaket, NY 11733 -Long Island
From Nicole: "I offer individual, family and couple therapy offered on a generous sliding-scale. I have a deep and personal commitment to working with the LGBTQ community and their families. Every individual has their own story and their own unique issues and I value all of them. Finding support, especially outside of an urban area, is not always an easy task. I hope to be an accessible resource for the community on Long Island."

Dennis Damato, M.Ed LCSW - Psychotherapy
Holtsville: 221 Woodycrest Dr.
(631) 758-0418

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) - Family Wellness Center13
Main Office - Bethpage: 191 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road, (516) 870-1600
Family Wellness & Community Service - Hauppauge: 120 Plant Ave, (631) 273-1300
Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) is a large not-for-profit headquartered in Bethpage, NY but whose services reach areas from East Hampton to Queens. FREE offers residential, mental health, general health services, employment, and other general support services to people with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and traumatic brain injury. Staff are regularly trained in LGBT issues, and some staff identify as trans. FREE also has a an LGBT advocacy group (Free to Be) that meets on a monthly basis, which includes LGBT clients and staff.
Family Wellness Center provides full medical and mental health services, including psychotherapy and psychiatry services.

The Freedman Center for Clinical Social Work
Lake Grove: 2233 Nesconset Highway, Suite 104
(631) 737-5559
The Freedman Center for Clinical Social Work is a group clinical social work practice serving the mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of Long Islanders. The group continues to treat clients (through individual, couples, and group therapy) who experience anxiety, depression, trauma, issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, reproductive and sexual health issues, domestic and sexual violence, relationship/marital discord, alcoholism and substance abuse, grief and loss, and chronic illness.

Veronica Harkins, Psychotherapist
Bayport: 360 Ira Place
(631) 332-1288

Long Island LGBT Center Mental Health Services1
Bay Shore: 34 Park Avenue
Garden City: 400 Garden City Plaza
(631) 665-2300, gro.retnectblgil|onarazlabr#gro.retnectblgil|onarazlabr
The Long Island LGBT Center offers professional counseling services provided by experienced and licensed professionals to LGBT individuals, couples, and families for all ages in relation to the vast areas of life issues and struggles. Provided on a sliding scale for adults and free for youth.

Pride for Youth: Support Groups & Individual Counseling1
Bellmore: 2050 Bellmore Ave
(516) 679-9000
A Project of Long Island Crisis Center. All of PFY's services are: open to LGBTQ youth or those questioning their sexual identity between the ages of 13 and 20 (individual counseling to age 24), free and confidential, and professionally supervised. PFY services include support groups (several different kinds, including Trans and young adult groups - call for details) and individual counseling (short-term counseling for LGBTQ youth ages 12-24, available to acutely depressed/nonpsychotic youth and requires screening interview).

Trans Affirmations Therapy Group1
Information from Psychology Today
Donna B Riley, LCSW
Freedman Center for Clinical Social Work
Lake Grove: 2233 Nesconset Highway, Suite 104
(516) 537-9608
Trans-Affirmations is a transgender support group that an inclusive peer-support, discussion, and social group for those who question the gender binary and their placement in the spectrum. The meetings are open and welcoming to anyone who identifies within the Trans spectrum, regardless of what peoples' thoughts are on transition. The group is a good area to explore the many facets of being transgender in our society. There is no cost for this group, but donations are encouraged, to help supplement program expenses. A $10 donation is suggested, but no one is turned away.

Trans-Sister Journey Therapy Group
Information from Psychology Today
Donna B Riley, LCSW
Freedman Center for Clinical Social Work
Lake Grove: 2233 Nesconset Highway, Suite 104
(516) 537-9608
Trans-Sister Journey Group (still reforming) is a therapeutic group for all exploring their feminine side as they transition. Trans-Sister Journey Group is a monthly group for those assigned male at birth that now identify as trans-femme, trans-women, trans-female, transsexual, femme queen, gender queer exploring, and so forth. This group is designed for all people exploring their feminine side as they transition journey. Participants are encouraged to give input and provide discussion topics. Some of the suggested discussion topics include: * Workplace dynamics * Blending/Living Out * Social Gender Construct * Relationships and sexuality * Fears/Successes There will be a $20 fee for each meeting.

New York City Mental Health Services

Ackerman Institute for the Family
Manhattan: 149 East 78th St.
(212) 879-4900
Couples, and family counseling. Gender and Family Project provides groups and family therapy to families with trans* children and adolescents.

Association of Lesbian & Gay Affirmative Psychotherapists (ALGAP)1
(646) 486-3430
Referral service to a small network of LGBT affirmative psychotherapists. Therapists work on sliding scale only.

Roberto Clemente
Manhattan: 540 E. 13th St.
(212) 387-7400
Bilingual & bicultural (English-Spanish) outpatient mental health including therapy, psychiatry, social work, and a day treatment program. Not LGBT-specific.

Gay and Lesbian Affirmative Psychotherapy @ ICP
Manhattan: 1841 Broadway
(212) 333-3444
LGBT affirmative psychotherapy 1-3 sessions a week.

Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) Group Therapy: Positively Trans1
Contacts: Omar Torres, gro.chmg|tramo#gro.chmg|tramo, (212) 367-1315; Jesse Kahn, gro.chmg|kessej#gro.chmg|kessej, (212) 367-1205
A 10-week therapeutic group for HIV positive individuals that consider themselves on the Gender-nonconforming, Transmasculine, and Transfeminine spectrum. This process oriented group, with the purpose of building support and community, will discuss issues such as; employment, dating, disclosing, body image, shame and their unique effect on the community.

Heights Hill Mental Health—LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy Program
Brooklyn: 25 Flatbush Ave.
(718) 875-1420
Outpatient program with dedicated services for LGBT people living with major mental illness. Psychiatric/psychological assessment; medication management; individual, family, and group therapy; educational groups; and social services. Takes Medicaid, Medicare, all Medicaid managed Care Plans.

Heights Hill Mental Health - Rainbow Heights Club
Brooklyn: 25 Flatbush Ave. 4th Fl.
(718) 852-2584
LGBT-focused psychosocial club and advocacy for adults who experience major mental illness. Psychotherapy, psychiatry, and substance use treatment available through Heights Hills. Rainbow Heights Club also runs a support group called "Transgender Explorers."

Heather Himes, PsyD
New York: 19 W 34th Street, Penthouse
(347) 897-0315
Relational and multicultural psychologist. Areas of expertise include those specific to the LGBTQ community (including psychotherapy around gender issues and gender-affirmative evaluations), the intersection of religion/spirituality and identity, and the college-age experience.

Institute for Human Identity (IHI) Psychotherapy and Training Institute1
New York: 322 Eight Avenue
(212) 243-2830
IHI aims to provide affirmative professional mental health services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and to all persons stigmatized and labeled because their lifestyles may not conform to social norms. IHI offers individual therapy, group counseling, family therapy, psychological testing and evaluations, and workshops and trainings.

Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services—GLBTQ Counseling Unit
Manhattan: 135 West 50th St.
(212) 632-4482
Individual, group, couples and family therapy addressing issues relevant to the GLBTQ community such as identity formation, coming out, HIV/AIDS and the impact of homophobia, as well as general mental health problems; Psychiatry and medication management available.

Ami Kaplan, LCSW
New York: 113 University Place, Suite 1008
(646) 583-1185
Specialties in relationships, assertion, LGBT issues (specifically gender identity). Works with people going through major life transitions such as coming out or transition. Also runs transgender support groups (call for details). Ami currently runs a Thursday night (twice monthly) psychotherapy/support group for newly transitioning transgender people.

Our Collective Mental Health1
Manhattan: 817 Broadway
LGBT-affirmative individual, couples, and family therapy. Sliding scale from $40-150.

Kelli Knabe, LCSW
Brooklyn: 32 Court Street
(646) 583-3379
Works with individuals, couples, and families. Specializes in working with adolescent clients (especially LGBTQ adolescents), which includes providing support and guidance to their parents. Also specializes in working with transgender and gender queer adults, individually or with their partners.

Diana M. Kramer, MA, MHC-LP
NY Therapy Suite
1 (800) 707-8095 ext. 3

Great Neck Counseling Center
1 (800) 707-8095 ext. 3

Therapist and Relationship Specialist - "I have experience treating a multitude of issues, I am particularly passionate about providing therapy that addresses relationship issues affecting individuals, couples and families."

Lynda Lapertosa (College Point Wellness & Counseling)1
College Point (Queens County): 1814 College Point Blvd.
(646) 732-1418
Trans-friendly mental health provider located in Queens County, NY. Accepts most insurances and those without pay on a sliding scale.

Arien Muzacz (LMHC)
New York: 841 Broadway, Suite 302, Office 5
(646) 580-3129
Therapist who focuses on depression, anxiety, compulsion, or life adjustments (career, retirement, bereavement). Clients identify across LGBTQ spectrum, from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural groups, and from various socioeconomic circumstances. [Information from Psychology Today profile.]

Elijah Nealy, MDiv, LCSW
New York City Office: 311A West 50th Street, (917) 509-6242
Elijah Nealy maintains a private psychotherapy practice in New York City and Bronxville, New York (Westchester County) seeing both adolescents and adults. Offers individual, couples and family sessions. Also available for cultural competence training and consulting around LGBT concerns, retreat facilitation, and preaching.

NYC LGBT Center: Gender Identity Project (GIP)12
The Center's Gender Identity Project (GIP) works to foster the healthy development of transgender and gender non-conforming people, partners, family and community. Through the delivery of a range of transgender-driven supportive services, advocacy, outreach, education and capacity-building, the GIP creates a safe and productive atmosphere for community-building, wellness and self-care, and leadership development.  The GIP provides an opportunity for trans-identified individuals to interact with other trans-identified and allied service providers, who serve as both powerful role models as well as supportive agents in the process of normalizing a person’s trans-identity

Louis Pansulla (LCSW)
New York: 49 West 24th Street, Suite 910
(646) 699-3904
LGBTQ-focused therapist with expertise in relationship issues, sexuality and gender identity (particularly transgender identity), stress/anxiety, depressive disorders, addictions, and life transitions and challenges. [Information from Psychology Today profile.]

Angelo Pezzote (MA, NCC, CCMHC, LPCC, LMHC)
Empowering Men
New York: 19 W 34th Street
(917) 673-5003
Works with gay, bisexual, transgender, and curious men in order to empower them (particularly through triumph over challenges - specialty in Trauma/PTSD).

Post Graduate Center for Mental Health: Center for Adult Psychotherapy
Manhattan: 71 West 23rd St., 7th Floor
(212) 576-4195
Client-centered outpatient mental health services including therapy, group therapy, psychiatry, and medication management. Experience working with LGBT people. Other Postgraduate sites offer additional services.

Queens Pride House
Queens: 76-11 37th Ave., St. 206, Jackson Heights
(718) 429-5309
Tuesday - Thursday: 1pm - 9pm, Friday and Saturday, 1pm - 6pm.
Free supportive counseling specializing in: coming out, relationships, stress, substance abuse, family & youth, bereavement, unemployment.
Social and support groups, including Transgender Discussion Group, health education, and referrals.

Shara Sand, PsyD
New York: 900 West End Avenue, #1C
(212) 666-5376
Licensed clinical psychologist, interests in psychology, music, gender, and sexuality. Focuses on mood disorders, stress, relational conflicts, symptom reduction (anxiety, depression, self-harm), and issues pertaining to gender and sexuality.

Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program - Mt. Sinai Hospital
Manhattan: 1468 Madison Ave.
(212) 423-2140
Counseling for survivors of rape, sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, and intimate partner violence and support services for friends and families of survivors; Takanot Project, counseling and support services for Orthodox Jewish survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence; Legal advocacy; Education and training; Not LGBT-specific. Emergency Room Advocacy at:
Manhattan: Harlem Hospital; Lenox Hill Hospital; Metropolitan Hospital; The Mount Sinai Hospital;
Queens: Elmhurst Hospital Center; Queens Hospital Center; The Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens

St. Lukes Roosevelt—Child and Family Institute
Manhattan: 411 W. 114th St.
Manhattan: 1090 Amsterdam Ave.
(212) 523-4885
Outpatient long-term individual, family, and group psychotherapy for young people ages 10-18 with health insurance. Offers DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) program and a trans-inclusive therapy group for LGBT youth ages 15-18.

The Staten Island LGBT Community Center1
Staten Island: 25 Victory Blvd, 3rd Floor
(718) 808-1361
FREE and CONFIDENTIAL Mental Health Services are available at the Center for: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning individuals, LGBTQ persons living with HIV/AIDS, Parents, family members and caregivers concerned about a child or loved one who is LGBTQ.
The Staten Island LGBT Community Center offers individual, couples and group psychotherapy as well as psycho educational discussion groups for people who are having difficulties (i.e. depression, trauma, sexual orientation and gender identity issues, relationship issues, HIV/AIDS related issues) and want to be seen by a LGBT-friendly, affirming and knowledgeable provider. Services are provided in a discrete, non-judgmental environment.

Dr. Laurel Steinberg
(917) 574-0825
Practicing in: Midtown Manhattan and Great Neck (Long Island)
Therapist (and Clinical Sexologist) working in private practice treating Individuals, Couples and Families, whose work focuses on anxiety, relationships, adjustment issues, gender identity and sexual orientation. Patients identify across LGBTQ spectrum and from diverse backgrounds - experienced at working with patients at all stages of transition (including those who are youths). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy).

Barbara Warren, PsyD, LMHC, CASAC
New York: 49 West 24th Street, Suite 606
(646) 783-1653
New York City-based mental health counselor with experience working with clients of all backgrounds to take action on a variety of health, mental health, and life issues. Expertise in facilitating behavior change and with LGBT issues, transgender transition, and HIV-related support.

Zoe Williams, PhD
Brooklyn: 164 20th Street, Suite 3C
Rockville Centre: 189 Sunrise Highway, Suite 207
(516) 606-4261
Specialties include anxiety disorders, including panic, OCD, specific phobias and social anxiety. Specializes in therapy with LGBT individuals, including issues of coming out, questioning, transitioning, family concerns, relationship dynamics, and self-esteem.

Kelly J. Wise, PhD, LCSW
(917) 727-0522
Brooklyn: 36 Plaza Street, Suite #1A
New York: 817 Broadway, 10th Floor
Areas of specialization include sexual identity/orientation concerns, gender identity concerns, parent/child sexuality communication, avoidance of intimacy, sexual dysfunctions, and sexual anxiety. Individuals and couples therapy available. Office hours on Sundays and Mondays.

North Country Mental Health Services

Andrea Johnston, LCSW-R
Mountain River Counseling
Saranac Lake: 88 Woodruff Street
(518) 767-1504
Malone: 65 Park Street
(518) 767-1504
Provides counseling and psychotherapy in the North Country. Specialties in depression, anxiety, fears, and relationships. Experience with gay, lesbian, and trans clients [Information from Psychology Today profile].

Theresa W. Samways, MSW, LCSW
Potsdam: 59 Main Street, Suite 301B
(315) 405-7306
Specializes in mood disorders, behavioral issues, and coping skills. Experience working with LGBT clients [Information from Psychology Today profile].

Western New York Mental Health Services


Lisa Anllo, Ph.D, LLC
Buffalo: 406 Linwood Avenue
(716) 886-7304
Specialties: Marital/Sex Therapy, Cancer Survivorship, General Psychotherapy (Adults only, 18 +) Ms. Anllo has been recommended as a transgender welcoming and knowledgeable therapist.

LeReine Hungerford (CSW)
Buffalo: 415 Ashland Avenue
(716) 881-2296
Specialties: Couple/Marital Therapists, Depressed Adolescents, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Sex Therapy, Women's Issues. Ms. Hungerford has been recommended as a transgender welcoming and knowledgeable therapist.

Tom Mazur, Psy.D.
Buffalo: 219 Bryant Street
(716) 878-7093
Tom Mazur is a clinical psychologist in Buffalo, New York. Mr. Mazur is licensed in the state of New York. He has been recommended as a transgender welcoming and knowledgeable therapist.

Joe Scibetta, A.C.S.W.
Buffalo: 142 Bidwell Pkwy
(716) 886-4492
Joseph Scibetta is a psychologist in Buffalo, New York. Mr. Scibetta is licensed in the state of New York. He has been recommended as a transgender welcoming and knowledgeable therapist.

John M. Wadsworth, M.D.
Buffalo: 313 Summer St
(716) 883-5367
Dr. Wadsworth has been recommended as a transgender welcoming and knowledgeable therapist.


Center for Adolescent Health
Rochester: 1081 Long Pond Road, Suite 240
(585) 225-2600
Rochester's Center for Adolescent Health is a full-service, free-standing office specializing in the medical and mental health care of adolescents and young adults (ages 10-30). Dr. Jeffrey Alberts, MD, an adolescent and young adult health care specialist, provides care in a comfortable environment separate from the pediatric clinic. The Center provides comprehensive medical, social, and psychological screening and care with every annual physical examination or as indicated for health concern visits and consultations. Dr. Alberts as been recommended as transgender knowledgeable and friendly according to the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley Online Directory.

Tansy Deutsch, PsyD
Rochester: 36 Westchester Ave
(585) 288-8266
Individual & Group Therapy. Licensed Psychologist Specialties: Anxiety & Depression, Abuse & Trauma, DBT, Relationships, Grief, Gender & Sexuality Issues. Dr. Deutsch has been recommended to us as a transgender friendly and knowledgeable therapist. She also runs a transgender therapy group. Call for information.

Dennis J. Foley, PhD
Rochester: 247 Park Avenue
(585) 244-0613, ext. 5
Licensed psychologist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the U. of R. Specializes in individual and couples therapy, multicultural/diversity consultations, LGBTQI concerns, HIV/AIDS and chronic illness, trauma and relationship violence, grief and bereavement, recovery issues, and depression/anxiety/self-concept issues. Transgender knowledgeable and friendly.

Golisano Children's Hospital: Adolescent Transgender Healthcare Team
Rochester: 601 Elmwood Avenue
(585) 275-2964
The Division of Adolescent Medicine at Golisano Children’s Hospital has formed a team of specialists to help young people through the process of considering a different gender identity. The team, which currently consists of adolescent medicine specialists and pediatric endocrinologists, and will eventually encompass mental health professionals and social workers, can provide the social, emotional and medical care young people need as they move through adolescence – and transition to life as a new gender, if they choose.

Ann E. Z. Griepp, MD
Fairport: 1387 Fairport Road, Suite 650
(585) 388-8030
Rochester: 89 Genesee Street, Fl 2
(585) 368-3120
Transgender friendly and knowledgeable psychiatrist.

William Kelly, CSW
Rochester: 496 White Spruce Blvd.
(585) 327-2121
Psychologist and certified sex therapist.

James Wallace, MD
Pittsford: 10 Office Park Way, Tobey Village Office Park
(585) 249-6220
Child psychiatrist, transgender friendly.

Pamela A. Walter, LCSW, ACSW, BD
Fairport: 768 CrossKeys Office Park
(585) 425-4750
Transgender knowledgeable and friendly social worker.

Lisa K. Willis, PhD, CGP
Rochester: 877 Elmwood Avenue
(585) 454-9448
Dr. Willis is a licensed psychologist who works with adolescents, adults, couples and groups and provides psychotherapy and life-coaching. She is proactive, transparent, collaborative and flexible offering honest feedback and insightful challenges as well as support. Attachment and relationship concerns are a focus of her work. She specializes in working with LGBTQ individuals and clients struggling with all aspects of identity. She has expertise treating people who have concerns about: sexual dysfunction and addiction, trauma and abuse, grief, HIV/AIDS, depression, anxiety, creative blocks, life transitions and difficulty managing their feelings. She has 10+ years working with transgender individuals.

Kitty Wolfsong, MSW, LCSW
(585) 224-5732
Serving gay, lesbian, transgender and intersex clients in the Rochester, Monroe and Wayne County areas. Using tools such as meditation, hypnotherapy and traditional talk therapy, Kitty Wolfsong has created "Journeys to Joy," which recognizes therapy as a journey embarked upon by both client and therapist. Kitty Wolfsong is an active member of the Gay Alliance Speakers Bureau.

Other Resources

Finding a Trans-Friendly Therapist Finding a Trans-Friendly Therapist, a FTM blog, describes the process of finding a trans-friendly therapist, describing what questions to ask providers and what to look for in a therapist.

WPATH: Find a Provider
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) provides a way for individuals to search for trans-friendly healthcare (including mental health) providers.

Peer Mental Health Support Resources

The Icarus Project
Network of people living with and/or affected by experiences that are diagnosed as psychiatric conditions. Offers a website community, distributes publications on personal mental health care, offers tools, shares skills, creates art, engages in advocacy and activism, enhances community capacity, and offers technical assistance. Local and campus groups in many areas.

Queer Mental Health
Community-based support and resource site for queer/people with mental health issues and their partners/family/friends. We welcome anybody including (but by no means limited to) people who are LGB, TGNC, two-spirited, intersex, queer, questioning, and/or allies.

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