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LGBTQ Affirmative Therapist in O.C

by Marlene Klarborg Larsen, M.S.  - CALL TODAY (949) 287 3415 ask for "Mar-lei-na" 

Currently accepting new clients

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My office is NOT the place for conversion therapy nor reparative therapy...

- so PLEASE don't ask me to repair or convert your friend, family member or child.



Daytime - Afternoon and Evening Available

Bruises of the heart that can't be seen... UPHILL BOTH WAYS - Just Existing, Not Living? When things happen in life, it is easy for friends to try and come to your rescue, but sometimes they just don't understand.

As an unbiased third party and LGBTQ Affirmative Therapist I can provide support and help you get along in your trans*, queer, non-binary, gay or lesbian relationship with your partner and family. I am glad you found me - I am on your side...

BROKEN PROMISES... Painful lies. Discovering the person you thought you knew - you never knew at all. What's under the hood? Overheard words, family conflict, chaos, a void - silence... Is a toxic relationship, nasty break up, co-parenting, dealing with an ex or talking "below the belt" or lack of collaboration getting to you?

You and I know that relationships change over time. It may feel like you are out of sync...

On any given day, week or month 95% of my clients are from the LGBTQ community.

This is what I do...You are not alone! I am also part of the community myself. I have been where you are. I get it.

I can guide and assist you in sorting through all the emotions and figure out where to go from here. I have a calm office with soothing music - a place where you can reclaim yourself.

Counseling Office: 5020 Campus Dr. Newport Beach, CA 92660

Th office is located close to John Wayne Airport in Newport Beach - on the stretch of Campus Drive between Jamboree and MacArthur (or more precisely between the streets of Teller and Von Karman).

Lots of free parking!



English, Danish, German, Norwegian & Swedish

I Do NOT Judge

As a therapist, advocate and ally who is also part of the community, you will notice that: I'm on your side!


Guest lecturer Chapman University "Marriage & Diversity" (Oct 2017)

Guest lecturer Chapman University "Marriage & Family" (March 2017)

Guest lecturer Chapman University "Human Sexuality" (Jan 2017)

TDOR "Transgender Day of Remembrance" Orange County (Nov 2016)

Panel & Guest Speaker on Trans* Issues (Sept 2016)

LGBT sensitivity speaker at an Outpatient Health Clinic (Aug 2016)

MAAT Meeting (Men's Association for Addiction Treatment) July 2016

Trans* Pride OC 7/2/16

WAAT Meeting (Women's Association for Addiction Treatment) June 2016

What is an LGBTQ FRIENDLY (versus LGBTQ AFFIRMATIVE) therapist?

My answer: "An LGBTQ friendly therapist is okay having a person from that community on their couch" - however, the therapist might never have done therapy with the LGBT community or only here and there, maybe had 1-2 clients in a year, 5 years or decade.

Of course I am "LGBTQ Friendly" because you are welcome on my couch - but moreover I am LGBTQ AFFIRMING/AFFIRMATIVE. I do not judge, I do NOT believe there is something wrong by being LGBTQ (insert all letters).

NO conversion therapy - but LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy.


I am part of the community

If you would like to inquire about LGBTQ affirmative counseling and support from a multilingual therapist in O.C. who is part of the community or set an appointment for trans*, non-binary, gay, lesbian, same sex counseling and therapy, contact me today by calling: (949) 287 3415 or you can send me an email. I'd like to hear your story.

I am a multilingual therapist: English, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and German. As an immigrant myself and a multilingual therapist I get other nuances and aspects that might affect your daily life. Some of my clients are immigrants, cross-cultural, bi-national couples, blended families or multicultural from all over the world. As a multilingual LGBT/GLBT affirmative therapist I aid adults, parents and children through individual, couples, partner, marriage and family counseling (also called "talk therapy") in Orange County, Southern California. Furthermore, in 2011 I provided counseling and therapy at The LGBT Center OC in Santa Ana, CA and as of October 2016 I am back with my LGBT family at The Center providing therapy and other volunteer work as part of my outreach to the community.

I am part of the community! I do not judge. Marlene Klarborg Larsen associate marriage and family therapist oc long beach lesbian couples


I have a special interest in researching and helping gay fathers, lesbian moms, non gestational parents (NGP) and have especially researched the "Experience of Non-Biological Lesbian Mothers"  and the "Effect of Gay and Lesbian Parenting on Children".

Whereas, lesbian, gay parents and same sex couples raise children similarly to heterosexual couples and face similar problems, you may also have a different experience because of society's attitude and beliefs surrounding the non-biological lesbian mother, non-biological gay father, motherhood, gay rights and same sex lifestyle.

For the children of Same Sex couples it can appear to be the "wild west" as each state has different protective laws. This is especially true when it comes to Family Building and Toxic Relationships or Nasty Divorces.

We all want what is best for the children - no matter what partner, spouse, husband or wife the parents love.

Call Today 949 287 3415



About "mar-lei-na"

Find out more about me, my background and education. I'm the LGBT Affirmative therapist on your side. My office is your safe space and an opportunity to grow.

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Still got Questions

Ready for the next step? Contact me via email or phone about availability, scheduling a counseling appointment or other unanswered questions.

A good person in DEEP PAIN who nobody knows how to help... Your journey might be imperfect and total CHAOS. You are NOT ALONE. If you need some LGBT support or have been searching for an "LGBTQ therapist", a "gay friendly counselor", "same sex psychotherapy" - or maybe having some concerns about marriage, dating, sexuality or gender issues - Let me help you with your unresolved goal(s). I am on your side. 



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