Struggling with Mental Health Issues?

 LGBTQ Community

Compared with their counterparts, LGBTQ individuals can have higher rates of depression, anxiety, substance use & suicidal thoughts.

Our Therapists Meet You Where You Are

There are many different places you could be in as a person in the LGBTQ community.  We recognize that. Whether you are just beginning the process of accepting your true self, or have been secure in your identity and are looking for help with other issues, our therapists can meet you wherever you are.

“Anxiety is the most silently painful experience. It makes no sense and you sit alone and suffer for an unknown reason. You can’t explain it. You can’t stop it, It is horrible.” /Anonymous

We’re Here For You

Dr. Aletta and the Explore What’s Next therapists provide office hours in a private comfortable setting as well as sessions via video or by phone. 716.308.6683

Stuck In Fight-Flight?

Often confused with fear, a healthy, normal reaction to a threat, anxiety is our fight-flight reaction stuck in overdrive. Anxiety triggers a physical reaction that stops our ability to think clearly and function reasonably.

“Psychotherapy works, and some types of therapy have been shown to be much more effective than antidepressants over the long run.”

/Irving Kirsch

At EWN Your Are Safe & Welcomed

Many LGBTQ individuals experience discrimination/judgment in their daily lives.  This can fuel distress and negatively affect many areas of a person’s life: relationships, work, school, family…  

The good news is that these challenges can be explored with therapists who are understanding and authentic.  Hope, positivity, and empowerment can become a person’s “new normal.”

“In my experience, psychotherapy at its best is like dual meditation – it’s like a container in which you can be compassionate and mindful toward yourself.” /Jack Kornfield

A Good Therapist Knows

Deciding, choosing and then actually going to see a therapist are acts of great courage. Before you even say a word a good therapist knows the bravery it took just to show up.

Benefits of Therapy

1. Reality Check

“A good therapist helps you problem solve, reality check and be accountable with nurturance in an environment of emotionally safety.” /Dr. Aletta

2. Self Awareness

“Good therapy encourages increased self-awareness.” /Emily Becker, LMSW

3. Reflection

“Time out of your busy life to reflect on what’s happening to you and in you!” /Nicole Brown, LCSW

4. Support

“Having someone there just for you, to listen, provide support in an unbiased way.” / Collen Conjerti PsyD


Learn how to feel the best you under any circumstance.” /Kate Maleski, LCSW-R

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Explore What’s Next Therapists

EWN therapists have expertise in effective treatment utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Solution, Supportive, Mindfulness or Trauma based therapy.
We stand by your side problem solving. We’re interactive compassionate & nonjudgmental. We provide the guidance, you provide the motivation.
You are the ultimate agent of change in your life!

Elvira G. Aletta, PhD

Founder & CEO Life gave Dr. Aletta the opportunity to know what it’s like to hurt physically and emotionally. After an episode of serious depression in her mid-twenties, Dr. Aletta was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease that relapsed throughout her adulthood. While treatable, the cure was often as hard to bear as the disease. Later she was diagnosed with scleroderma, another chronic illness. Throughout, Dr. Aletta battled with anxiety. Despite all this, Dr. Aletta wants you to know, you can learn to engage in life again on your terms. Good therapy helped Dr. Aletta. She knows good therapy can help you. That’s why she created Explore What’s Next.

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We’re Here to Help

Call or email. You reach us directly. An EWN therapist returns your call or responds to your email by the following business day.

Free Initial Consultation


We schedule a free initial consultation for you to meet your potential therapist. You can visit the office or we can talk on the phone. Let’s discuss your needs, answer your questions and make a plan. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by taking this little step.

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