Our directory lists health, legal, and social service providers as well as programs that have expressed a commitment to providing competent and welcoming care to LGBTQ parents, prospective parents, and their children.
While the emphasis is on listings within the greater Toronto area, it includes listings from across Ontario.
Many families are unsure where to start to find LGBTQ competent lawyers, family doctors, fertility clinics, adoption professionals, doulas, midwives, or child care workers. This directory allows LGBTQ people to search for providers within their geographic area who have experience working with our communities.
Rainbow Health Ontario provides a similar directory which includes only health and social service providers across Ontario.
Kenta Asakura, MSW, RSW, is a gay man of colour who has over a decade of experience providing theoretically and empirically grounded, relationship-based, and culturally relevant individual and family therapy. Through my extensive clinical practice in agencies serving queer people in NYC, Seattle, and Toronto, I have develop a expertise in working with adolescents and their families, parents, people of colour, and newcomers within queer communities. My therapeutic approaches include: psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment-focused family therapy, and trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy. I provide individual therapy, parent guidance, and/or family therapy (long- or short-term) to meet your unique needs and challenges.
Education & Training:
I received my Master of Clinical Social Work (MSW) at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and subsequently completed a post-MSW program in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy at Seattle Psychoanalytic Institute.
Teaching & Scholarly Work:
In addition to my practice, I teach clinical interviewing/assessment as well as individual, couple, and family therapy at University of Toronto's MSW program. I have also published and/or presented my work in the following areas: resilience of queer youth, gay men's body image, identity construction of gay men of colour, anti-racism/oppression practice, and contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Office Location & Hours:
My office is located in the Annex/U of Toronto area.
Individual and Family Therapy and Counselling (Adults and youth) I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) who provides counselling and psychotherapy to adults, youth and families in Toronto. I also provide parent coaching/consultation services.
Areas of specialization include: working with adolescents; working with individuals and families around issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity; working with parents of LGBTQ youth and young adults (including parents who are struggling to understand/accept their child's sexual orientation and/or gender identity); working around issues of depression, anxiety and healing from abuse; working with families who have come together through adoption; strengthening parent-child relationships / addressing family conflict; working with youth who are struggling with depression, suicidal feelings and self-harming behaviours; working around issues of sexuality and sexual health.
I am trained in multiple therapeutic modalities - the approach we take will be responsive to your unique needs and goals. I am particularly influenced by attachment-informed therapies, trauma-focused therapies, mindfulness-based therapy, and emotion-focused therapy (EFT). Since 2013 I have been pursuing certification in Attachment Based Family Therapy (Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA), which is an evidence-based approach for working with depressed youth and their families, and which has been researched with LGBTQ youth/young adults, and their families. I work from an anti-oppressive, harm reduction framework.
I would be honoured to support you and/or your family through life’s challenges and transitions. Please do not hesitate to contact me for a free telephone consultation to discuss how I can be of support to you.
Lindsey White is a practicing Naturopathic Doctor in Toronto. As a member of the LGBQT community I have a strong passion and understanding for the communities health needs. I have worked with members of the community in different contexts. I have also had the opportunity to attend Dykes planning Tykes course.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary care that addresses the root cause of illness or disease and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. While Naturopathic care helps to alleviate specific symptoms and improve quality of life, Naturopathic Doctors are primarily concerned with thoroughly understanding a patient’s health and addressing the root cause of an illness by providing individualized treatment plans.
Naturopathic Doctors approach individuals or couples from a more holistic and integrative perspective and aim to understand the health of the patient through physical and functional assessments which help develop a deeper understanding of the patient’s health concerns – in addition, naturopathic doctors will explore the mental, emotional, environmental, occupational, and physical factors that contribute to the health concerns and make recommendations to treat specific diseases and promote health and well-being
About Lindsey White
I am a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and
I specialize in mental health and mind-body integrative medicine. I started studying naturopathic after completing my Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and my yoga teacher training. Health and, more important, improving ones quality of life are at the forefront of both my professional and personal life. I was specifically drawn to naturopathic medicine because of its holistic approach to ones health and well being. I will work with you to create a space that is safe to examine your physical and mental wellbeing and help you make changes appropriate to your own life and circumstances.
As a member of the community I understand the specific health needs. I take a holistic approach, which allows individuals and couples to explore their own health including LGBQT issues. Specific issues can be related to but not limited to mental health (stress, anxiety, depression, weight loss), fertility issues (hormone support) and general lifestyle improvements (digestion, sleep, pain). I use individualized treatment plans that will include nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture and counseling.
Individual counselling, couple or relationship counselling by appointment. Telephone counselling by prior arrangement.
Personal growth is unique to each individual. Sometimes this work happens in a conventional therapy setting; others experience it through movement. We always have the opportunity to learn more about ourselves, our relationships, and patterns in our lives. We can explore the impact of family history and oppressive social structures, and how they may have hampered our ability to be fully ourselves.
Using a client-centred approach and an anti-oppression perspective, Lainie uses her own experiences as well as her personal strength, sensitivity, humour and intuition to support you on your journey of growth and healing.
She sees both her work as a Nia instructor and as a counsellor, as an opportunity to learn more about our lives, our bodies, our relationships, and our ability to be fully ourselves.
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Rainbow Health Ontario
This directory lists health and social service providers as well as programs that have expressed a commitment to providing competent and welcoming care to LGBTQ people in Ontario.
Trans Birth is a directory created to connect trans* and gender non-conforming people and their families to midwives, OBGYNs, and doulas who provide welcoming care to our communities. Includes listings from across Canada and the US.