LGBT Services Offered:
Individual, Couple, Family and Group Therapy
LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. The term has been used since the early 90s. It is a general term used when pertaining to topics involving sexuality and gender identity, It emphasizes the diversities of human sexualities and gender-identity based cultures. The letter "Q" is added to stand for queer, those individuals who identify as queer or who are questioning their sexuality. In recent years, the letter and symbols IA+ were added to the traditional LGBTQ acronym to represent those who are intersex and asexual. The + symbolizes the many sexual and gender identities that exist as well as those that continue to be discovered and understood by both members and allies of the community.
While some theorists adhere to this definitional view of a unified LGBTQI+
A+ community, at the other end of the continuum are those who feel that sexual identity such as lesbian and gay differ from transgender and transexual definitions and therefore should be considered separately.
Others believe that grouping any people together with a non-heterosexual (cis) identity simply perpetuates the myth that people who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community are fundamentally different.
At NYMFT, we feel the above defines LGBTQIA+ individuals as a research population instead of those seeking therapy. At NYMFT, we also feel that differences in thought in regards to how LGBTQIA+ individuals fit into society and view themselves is a valuable area for continued research.
We also believe that human beings share the same issues, values, and goals, with the ultimate goal to love and be loved. Therefore, NYMFT strives to provide an open, safe environment for all people. Therapy is therefore geared at the specific individual issues that individuals, couples and families bring to therapy.
Nicole O'Brien, M.A., MFT. Nicole's LGBT experience and interests include: Discovering sexuality, sexuality and labels, stigma, sexuality and social supports (friends, family, peers, co-workers), sexuality vs. gender, kinks, fetishes, sexual exploration, abstinence, asexuality.
Antonio Carratelli, M.A., MFT Candidate. Antonio's LGBT interests include: guilt and shame, internalized homophobia, sexual dysfunctions, seroconversion, parenting and couples therapy. He is sex-positive and interested in working with those in non-traditional arrangements: kink orientation, open, polyamorous, and swingers.