Pride Therapy DC

LGBT-Therapy in a Safe Space

Michael Mancilla LICSW

LGBTQ- Supportive Therapy-providing a empathetic ear and concrete solutions in a  gentle and candid manner.

More than your Therapist -Your Biographer

If every life is a book on a shelf -are you happy how  your story is going so far?   It is  in sharing your story  you get a sense  of  Perspective, Power and Peace . Let me help you write the next page to get you closer to the happy ending you deserve.

Contact and Location

 Call   202-656-7132  or email at  to arrange a free 10 minute consultation to see how I can best meet your needs.  Evening Hours also available at 1629 K St NW  Suite  300 located near Farragut  North and West Metro Stops 


Michael Mancilla LICSW-Psychotherapist

Michael Mancilla LICSW has over 20 years’ experience providing services to the LGBTQ community . As a gay therapist, trained in Cognitive Behavioral techniques  he has the skills to help you change the self defeating thoughts running in your head  and challenge  you to become the best version of yourself .  

He has been profiled in multiple media outlets including Slate Magazine,  and the Washington Post  for  his work with Transgender youth and HIV+ Children  and two documentaries by CNN. He has served as a board member for Whitman Walker Clinic  and as a field instructor for  Howard and Catholic University . Mr. Mancilla has extensive experience speaking and presenting research and is able to offer LGBT Clinical Cultural Competency Training  to other Healthcare Providers  as required by DC Law.


 He is proud to be an “Out” provider in the  Youth Pride Clinic at Childrens Hospital and  can be contacted  to see patients there at 202-476-4976  where he works with a medical team with special focus on LGBT Youth and  gender affirming care .  He was nominated for the Lambda Literary award for his book "Love in The Time of HIV: The Gay Mans Guide To Sex, Dating and Relationships.

Therapist As Biographer

I believe the role of a good therapist is to be a biographer of our patients lives-and see what ways your past life story may be negatively impacting you -while helping you create a new narrative in the present to ensure a happier future.  As an author  and former literary agent  I understand the power of one's personal  story.

  Sensitive to issues of the unique impact of health on clients functioning

In Person Online or Youth Pride Clinic

 "It Gets Better "But That Doesn’t Mean You Need to Go it Alone

According to the National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI), LGBT individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder. Reach out Today by calling 202-656-7132  

  Online Video sessions  are also available as we recognize that sometimes getting to an office can be a challenge in our busy lives. Many people people find these sessions are as effective or even more so as they are able to do it in the convenience of their home, traveling or lunchtime . Telehealth is covered by most insurance companies as well.

Fees and Insurance

Rates  $140- Individual Couple or Family therapy session    *All sessions are typically 50 minutes in length.  Most sessions will take place once a week, unless your needs call for additional or reduced sessions. ** sliding scale is also available for  writers and non-profit workers

    Insurance  I am a provider for Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield  HMO PPO and Federal  Plans  and Medicare   and on multiple insurance companies at Childrens Hospital.

My Role in Transgender Care

  30 seconds on why working with a Gender  Therapist is important and required if you want  insurance to pay for your  gender confirmation surgery .  Proud to be a WPATH Member 2018 (World Professional  Assoc. for Transgender  Health)