LGBTQIA+ Therapy

Identity Affirming Care for the
LGBTQIA+ Community
in New York State

You deserve a safe, supported space to be you.

Humans are complex. Gender and sexuality are also complex. I see all of my clients as unique individuals with experiences that have helped shape how they see themselves and who they are. Working with an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist can make your therapy sessions safer, allowing you to feel more supported because you know your therapist supports your sexual and gender identity.

Having a safe space to unpack your fear and discomfort around your sexual desires and existence is essential to healing, with the ultimate goal of accepting yourself for who you are. Even if your gender or sexual identity is not the intended reason for your therapy sessions, an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist is knowledgeable of the diverse issues that impact the LGBTQIA+ community, making them capable of helping their LGBTQIA+ clients with their mental health.

Explore your identity with support.

You’re a magnificent human being and while New York may be a bubble where people are free to be who they are and love whomever they want to love – not everyone feels that way and there are members of the LGBTQIA+ community who have past trauma affecting them, or experience disrespect from their loved ones and within the world. You should be allowed to explore your identity and heal in a validating environment where you feel understood. You deserve to feel supported as you become more comfortable with who you are and how you want to present yourself to the world. 

Getting help shouldn't be isolating.

It can feel lonely to live in a world where you feel like you don’t belong because of the beliefs of others. When you’re ready to work on your growth, I’ll help you find ways to feel more included in this world. While my clients see me for a wide variety of reasons, inevitably, my LGBTQIA+ identifying clients need a space where they can express their feelings around their identity and how living their authentic lives affects others – even when it shouldn’t. 

Gender or Sexual Identity
gender or sexual identity
Coming out to yourself can involve a lot of conflicted feelings. Safely explore them here.
Disapproval from Family Members
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"Who cares what others think" doesn't always help here. Learning to accept yourself does.
Trauma and Traumatic Experiences
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You are not alone and you do not have to hide who you are any longer.
Intimacy, Dating, and Sexual Relationships
Sex is complex. Any topic you think is taboo is welcome here.
LGBTQIA+ Community Stress
LGBTQIA Community
Build positive relationships that lift you up and make you feel like you belong.
Psychotherapy - Paige Rechtman

Meet Your New Therapist

Hi! I'm Paige.

Although I live in the NYC bubble where people are free to be who they are and love who they love, members of the LGBTQIA+ community still experience disrespect, misunderstanding, and violence out in the world – even in New York State.

Coming out to others, and even yourself, can feel scary, and bring up a lot of conflicting emotions. I am not here to tell you what to do, or who you should be. I’m here to show you that you are worthy of love and belonging. Period. 

I want to make sure that whoever I work with feels validated, understood, and comfortable exploring who they are and who they love. Get to know me and what I stand for. 

FAQs about LGBTQIA+ Affirming Therapy

When it comes to seeking therapy, the choice of who to work with is 100% yours. Choosing an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist gives you a safe space to unpack your fear and discomfort around your sexual desires with the support of someone who will validate your feelings.

Yes! Many of the individuals I’ve worked with identify as LGBTQIA+ and have struggled with their sexual or gender identity. One of my goals for you in therapy may be accepting yourself for who you are and helping you grow more comfortable with yourself.

Just like anyone else who seeks therapy, you may seek a therapist for reasons that have nothing to do with being in the LGBTQIA+ community and that’s OK! I’m here to work with you through things like anxiety, life stressors, and anything else that comes up along the way at a pace that’s comfortable for you.

Yes! If you live anywhere within New York State, we can still work together through telehealth therapy.

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