Therapy for Lesbians and Other Female-Identified Clients

Tanya Gaum, M.Ed., AMFT, APCC

For therapy or coaching services with female-identified clients, including therapy for lesbians, GayTherapyLA has an associate clinician, Tanya Gaum, M.Ed., AMFT, APCC. 

Tanya is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. She has been practicing clinical psychotherapy with individuals and couples for 10 years and she has worked within the fields of counseling, social justice, and community development for over 15 years. Her interest in these areas prompted her to pursue education and training in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada, as well as here in Los Angeles. Tanya worked as a psychotherapist in private practice from 2010 – 2016 in Toronto, Canada.

Tanya earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from University of Victoria, which focused on stigma, power/oppression, and the politics of recognition. She also has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology for Community and Educational Settings from University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from California Southern University.

While in Toronto, Tanya completed a clinical counseling internship at York University’s Counseling and Disabilities Center. She also completed a clinical counseling practicum at Southern California Counseling Center, in Los Angeles. During her years in private practice, she has gained particular expertise for working with clients who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender non-conforming, and queer (LGBTQ+) communities. She also has an affinity for woking with creatives, those embarking on significant life transitions, high-conflict couples, and those exiting or recovering from toxic relationships. Tanya employs techniques from a number of different counseling models and approaches, including: solution-focused brief therapynarrative therapy, emotionally focused couples therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy. 

Tanya understands how systemic oppression (e.g. racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia) contribute to symptoms related to anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and substance dependency. She approaches these issues by working with clients from within feminist, LGBTQ+-affirmative, and trauma-informed frameworks, which helps to facilitate the re-discovery of strengths and the courage to challenge oppression with empowerment, self-love, and confidence. 

Tanya offers individual and couples counseling for adults. Her fee is $185 per 50-minute session, with a few spaces reserved within her schedule for clients requiring a lower fee due to new or on-going financial strain.

For more information, a free 15-minute consultation, or to book an appointment with Tanya, call/text 323-875-6674, or email