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Practitioners Specializing in LGBTO+- Related Work 

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Frank S. Abate, LPCP, LPC
3000 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 136

Washington, DC 20008
Business Phone: (703) 998-5292

I have served the LGBTQ+ Community in my private practice and in corrections since 1980. Currently, I provide therapy for LGBTQ+ individuals and couples.
I recently completed the American Counseling Association’s Training on LGBTQ+ and received the following 
certificates: LGBTQ Counseling Competencies: College and Career Readiness, LGBTQ College and Career Readiness Case Studies, Transgender & Gender-Expansive Counseling Issues, LGBTQ Youth & Young Adults in School, College, Careers, LGBTQ Preparing for Conversations with LGBTQ Youth.

Dr. Kathryn Campana, Ph.D.

Vinita Mehta PhD PLLC and Associates

2000 P St NW Suite #610

Washington, DC 20036

(202) 681-8681


I view healthy relationships as vital to mental health, and work with clients in individual and group therapies using an interpersonal/relational and strengths-based perspective.  I am an ally and advocate for the LGBTQ+ communities, and provide supportive and affirmative counseling and therapy for people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.  I frequently integrate cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness techniques into my work, especially when working with anxiety and substance misuse.  Areas of specialty include group therapy (e.g., interpersonal process, substance misuse and risk reduction, mindfulness, trauma, LGBT issues and support), gender and sexual identities, mood and anxiety disorders, phase of life and transition issues, relationship counseling and enrichment, women’s issues, and substance misuse. I enjoy travel, yoga, museums, and spending time with loved ones and my dog, Bowser.

Dr. Doug Favero
3000 Connecticut Ave. NW #330
Washington DC 20008

Dr. Doug Favero, a private practice psychotherapist, has long and deep experience working with the lgbtq community, of which he is a part. He sees clients in individual and couples work and he facilitates an ongoing gay men’s psychotherapy group. He also does presentations and organizational consultations on the lgbtq community. Dr. Favero aims to help clients work through issues to a full development of their talents and a full celebration of their lives.

Dr. N. GiGi Giordano, Ph.D LLC

3000 Connecticut Ave NW building #339



I am a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in Washington D.C.  I have extensive training working with individuals of the LGB, queer, and transgender diverse communities. I see individuals and couples, and also will be hosting a  group for significant others of transgender/gender diverse partners. I value the integration of social-justice, feminist, and multicultural frameworks in therapy. I work with clients to understand how an individual's varied identities influence their well-being. It is important to reflect on the importance of these identities and address how these identities intersect with systemic barriers. As a member of the LGBTQ community, it is important to me to provide an affirming and competent space to LGBQ and gender diverse communities.

    Thank You to All Who Marched with DCPA at Capital Pride! 

    Upcoming Workshop: 

    Beyond Trans 101:

    Mental Health Practice and Advocacy with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Clients

    Michael L. Hendricks, Ph.D., ABPP


    In this continuing education presentation, Dr. Hendricks discusses mental health practice with transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) clients beyond a Trans 101 introductory perspective. He discusses the typical issues TGNC clients present, in addition to the accompanying challenges and opportunities in mental health practice with TGNC people. The workshop will provide participants with a theoretical framework that addresses both the health disparities of TGNC people and ways to foster resilience, with particular emphasis on the assessment of internalized transprejudice and lifespan concerns. Case examples and strategies clinicians may use to advocate on behalf of their patients/clients will be utilized to highlight application of clinical skills.


    Dr. Michael L. Hendricks is a clinical psychologist in private practice at the Washington Psychological Center, P.C., in Washington, D.C. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a past president of APA’s Division 44 (Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity), and of Section VII (Clinical Emergencies and Crises) of APA’s Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology). He served on the APA Task Force that developed the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People. He has conducted research with TGNC people and is the lead author on the seminal paper on the minority stress model for transgender individuals. In 2015, he was awarded an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for his work on minority stress and suicide risk among TGNC individuals. He currently represents Division 44 on the APA Council of Representatives. A primary focus of his clinical practice involves work with TGNC adolescents and adults.

    Community Resources: 

    A Guide for Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming Terps-- University of Maryland 




         National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education

         National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

         Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network

         LGBTQ Student Resources and Support

         The Trevor Project (Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386)

         The American Military Partner Association


          LGBTQ Page on the SAMSHA Website (https://www.samhsa.gov/behavioral-health-equity/lgbt)

         National Alliance on Mental Illness

         The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender issues in Counseling (http://www.algbtic.org)

         Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists (http://www.aglp.org)

         Center for American Progress (https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/view/?tag=lgbt-health)

         The GLBT National Help Center (http://www.glbtnationalhelpcenter.org/)

         GLBT National Hotline (888-843-4565)

         Trans Lifeline (877-565-8860)

         Fenway Health Helpline (888-340-4528)

         National School Climate Survey (report provided by GLSEN)

         Pride Institute (https://pride-institute.com/programs/residential-treatment/)

         The Rainbow Access Initiative (http://www.rainbowaccess.org/index.html)

         Gaylesta: The Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity (https://gaylesta.org/find-a-therapist/)

         The DC Center

         Sexual Minority Youth League (SMYAL)

         The DC Center: Transgender Community Events

         Whitman Walker Health Clinic

         GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland Groups

         Mautner Project

         Transgender Health Empowerment

         Us Helping Us, People Into Living

         NAMI DC (http://www.namidc.org/)

         NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore (http://www.namibaltimore.org/)

         NAMI Montgomery County MD (https://namimc.org/)

         NAMI Prince George’s County (https://www.namipgc.org/)

         NAMI Northern Virginia (http://www.nami-northernvirginia.org/)

         Carl Vogel Center www.carlvogelcenter.org

         La Clínica del Pueblo www.lcdp.org

         The Campbell Center http://www.thecampbellcenter.org

          The Cherry Fund http://www.cherryfund.org

          The Lambda Center http://www.thelambdacenter.com

          The Department of Mental Health
    Telephone: (202) 673-7440 | Web: http://dmh.dc.gov
    24-Hour Access Helpline: (888) 793-4357 | Para Español: (888) 793-4357

         The Respect Online Course (http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/programs/safe-supportive/training/respect-online-course.aspx)



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