LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Indianapolis, IN

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Bradley Wantz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW, LCAC-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46201  (Online Only)
I am passionate about working with the LGBTQIA+ community and applying feminist, queer, and systems theory into my clinical practice.
I believe people are full of inherent strengths, waiting to be unlocked. My goal is to help you become the best version of yourself and accomplish your goals. By identifying your strengths, we can work together to overcome issues in your life. I don't fix people, and I don't tell them what to do. I believe in a therapeutic relationship that is built on empathy and equity. Whether you are working through a substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, relationships conflicts, grief, or low self-esteem, I'd love to be part of your healing journey.
I am passionate about working with the LGBTQIA+ community and applying feminist, queer, and systems theory into my clinical practice.
I believe people are full of inherent strengths, waiting to be unlocked. My goal is to help you become the best version of yourself and accomplish your goals. By identifying your strengths, we can work together to overcome issues in your life. I don't fix people, and I don't tell them what to do. I believe in a therapeutic relationship that is built on empathy and equity. Whether you are working through a substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, relationships conflicts, grief, or low self-esteem, I'd love to be part of your healing journey.
(317) 754-7703 View (317) 754-7703
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Carlin Henderson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Not accepting new clients
My speciality is working with LGBTQIA+ utilizing a trauma informed lens while also holding space for other intersectional identities.
Welcome to Rad Therapy Services. The mission of this practice is radical acceptance of yourself as well as the radical deconstruction of the systems around you that may be impacting you. I work specifically with the LGBTQIA+ population on navigating life changes and managing the stress of living in our late stage capitalistic society. I also enjoy helping clients navigate past traumas and understand how these experiences continue to show up today.
My speciality is working with LGBTQIA+ utilizing a trauma informed lens while also holding space for other intersectional identities.
Welcome to Rad Therapy Services. The mission of this practice is radical acceptance of yourself as well as the radical deconstruction of the systems around you that may be impacting you. I work specifically with the LGBTQIA+ population on navigating life changes and managing the stress of living in our late stage capitalistic society. I also enjoy helping clients navigate past traumas and understand how these experiences continue to show up today.
(317) 527-1200 View (317) 527-1200
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KP Puckett
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, LMFTA
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46216
Waitlist for new clients
I have worked with many clients who have felt that something was wrong with them for most of their lives, and these messages have caused deep pain. Through my training and through building connection, trust, and comfort, we better identify where these painful narratives come from. Clients are more able to then choose alternative narratives and experience themselves and their lives differently. My specialization lies in working with individual adults and couples who are LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent, and non-monogamous. I am passionate about supporting people during periods of change, exploration, and healing from complex trauma.
I have worked with many clients who have felt that something was wrong with them for most of their lives, and these messages have caused deep pain. Through my training and through building connection, trust, and comfort, we better identify where these painful narratives come from. Clients are more able to then choose alternative narratives and experience themselves and their lives differently. My specialization lies in working with individual adults and couples who are LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent, and non-monogamous. I am passionate about supporting people during periods of change, exploration, and healing from complex trauma.
(317) 754-7038 View (317) 754-7038
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Trillium Celestial Abyss
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Not accepting new clients
I offer individual therapy to people of all ages. I offer relationship (commonly called couples) therapy for queer and polyamorous clients. I have mostly worked with people who are exploring their identity or navigating the stress of living within communities who do not accept them. I also often support individuals who are exploring their sensory, self-care, community-care, or access needs.
I offer individual therapy to people of all ages. I offer relationship (commonly called couples) therapy for queer and polyamorous clients. I have mostly worked with people who are exploring their identity or navigating the stress of living within communities who do not accept them. I also often support individuals who are exploring their sensory, self-care, community-care, or access needs.
(317) 300-6834 View (317) 300-6834
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Cat Salladin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46250
I help adolescent and young adults, particularly those within in the LGBTQ+ community, who are struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness/rejection, identity and trauma related symptoms. Throughout our time together, you will feel heard, supported and connected so that you can create a meaningful life.
I help adolescent and young adults, particularly those within in the LGBTQ+ community, who are struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness/rejection, identity and trauma related symptoms. Throughout our time together, you will feel heard, supported and connected so that you can create a meaningful life.
(463) 270-4747 View (463) 270-4747
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Christin Collins
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, LMHCA
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46237  (Online Only)
Are you exhausted, struggling, longing for more, constantly committing to "get your life together?" Do you feel like you're constantly dropping loose ends and wonder how everyone else does it? Or are you overwhelmed, overstimulated, and overextended, jittery during the day and not sleeping at night? Has a moment in time caught you in its web and you are ready to become untangled? Are you "different" (LGBTQIA+, ethically non-monogamous, Pagan or pagan-friendly, etc.) and looking for a therapist who "gets it"? Whatever the journey has brought you, your courageous heart has led you here.
Are you exhausted, struggling, longing for more, constantly committing to "get your life together?" Do you feel like you're constantly dropping loose ends and wonder how everyone else does it? Or are you overwhelmed, overstimulated, and overextended, jittery during the day and not sleeping at night? Has a moment in time caught you in its web and you are ready to become untangled? Are you "different" (LGBTQIA+, ethically non-monogamous, Pagan or pagan-friendly, etc.) and looking for a therapist who "gets it"? Whatever the journey has brought you, your courageous heart has led you here.
(317) 516-0280 View (317) 516-0280
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Lydia Spencer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46201
I help adolescent and young adults, particularly those within in the LGBTQ+ community, who are struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness/rejection, identity and trauma related symptoms. Throughout our time together, you will feel heard, supported and connected so that you can create a meaningful life.
I help adolescent and young adults, particularly those within in the LGBTQ+ community, who are struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness/rejection, identity and trauma related symptoms. Throughout our time together, you will feel heard, supported and connected so that you can create a meaningful life.
(317) 671-8825 View (317) 671-8825
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Staci A Striegel-Stikeleather
Pre-Licensed Professional, MAMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46250  (Online Only)
Hello! Are you ready to feel more peace in your life, but you need some support to get there? Are you ready to change patterns in your relationships or improve communication? I am happy to help you! I would love to be your advocate. I am LGBT+ affirming and see clients ages 14 and up. I also have special training in couples and family therapy. Please reach out to see if I am a good fit!
Hello! Are you ready to feel more peace in your life, but you need some support to get there? Are you ready to change patterns in your relationships or improve communication? I am happy to help you! I would love to be your advocate. I am LGBT+ affirming and see clients ages 14 and up. I also have special training in couples and family therapy. Please reach out to see if I am a good fit!
(463) 218-7612 View (463) 218-7612
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Heather Street
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46202
I provide therapy for LGBTQ+ adults and individuals processing trauma. I have experience working with a wide range of clients, including transgender and nonbinary individuals, couples, older teens and college-age adults, and survivors of domestic abuse. I also facilitate the Healing Religious Trauma Group.
I provide therapy for LGBTQ+ adults and individuals processing trauma. I have experience working with a wide range of clients, including transgender and nonbinary individuals, couples, older teens and college-age adults, and survivors of domestic abuse. I also facilitate the Healing Religious Trauma Group.
(463) 500-1831 View (463) 500-1831
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Katherine Murphy
Counselor, MA , MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46204  (Online Only)
Are you feeling distressed and looking for a change? My name is Katherine Murphy and I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor dedicated to providing a safe space for my clients to realize peace and happiness. I have a lot of experience working in the mental health field - from corrections to private practice, and I’ve learned through service that regardless of your history, change is possible. I work with all kinds of clients, and I particularly enjoy working with people who feel "other" or like they don't fit in. I'm also deeply familiar with men's mental health issues, LGBTQIA issues, and issues of trauma.
Are you feeling distressed and looking for a change? My name is Katherine Murphy and I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor dedicated to providing a safe space for my clients to realize peace and happiness. I have a lot of experience working in the mental health field - from corrections to private practice, and I’ve learned through service that regardless of your history, change is possible. I work with all kinds of clients, and I particularly enjoy working with people who feel "other" or like they don't fit in. I'm also deeply familiar with men's mental health issues, LGBTQIA issues, and issues of trauma.
(260) 782-1734 View (260) 782-1734
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Abby Bastnagel
Psychologist, PhD, HSPP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
I have a passion for working with clients with concerns unique to the LGBTQ+ community.
I believe in a safe and open relationship between client and therapist is the foundation of change, and I value getting to know each of my clients to best understand your experiences. I believe in identifying and using your strengths and values to help you progress toward your therapy goals. Social justice is an important value of mine, and I work with clients to identify systemic factors that impact you, your relationships, and your mental health, to view the bigger picture of client problems and avoid over-pathologizing clients, especially those from marginalized communities.
I have a passion for working with clients with concerns unique to the LGBTQ+ community.
I believe in a safe and open relationship between client and therapist is the foundation of change, and I value getting to know each of my clients to best understand your experiences. I believe in identifying and using your strengths and values to help you progress toward your therapy goals. Social justice is an important value of mine, and I work with clients to identify systemic factors that impact you, your relationships, and your mental health, to view the bigger picture of client problems and avoid over-pathologizing clients, especially those from marginalized communities.
(317) 458-5115 View (317) 458-5115
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Madallyn Warner Bagley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, IMH-E
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Waitlist for new clients
My practice affirms LGBTQIA+, queer, the gender diverse community, and provides a safe space for any person who needs to process, explore, and grow.
Are you seeking support for your child? I work with families who are ready to make changes and work towards healing. My expertise is with youth and their families, using play based interventions to best meet the needs of children. I utilize play therapy to support parents and caregivers in deepening their connection with their children, and supporting children in expressing feelings, self regulation and accepting limits. I have experience with addressing trauma, depression, anxiety, attachment and relationship problems, nuances and challenges of parenting and exploration of gender and sexual identity.
My practice affirms LGBTQIA+, queer, the gender diverse community, and provides a safe space for any person who needs to process, explore, and grow.
Are you seeking support for your child? I work with families who are ready to make changes and work towards healing. My expertise is with youth and their families, using play based interventions to best meet the needs of children. I utilize play therapy to support parents and caregivers in deepening their connection with their children, and supporting children in expressing feelings, self regulation and accepting limits. I have experience with addressing trauma, depression, anxiety, attachment and relationship problems, nuances and challenges of parenting and exploration of gender and sexual identity.
(317) 779-7574 View (317) 779-7574
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Kyle P. Stepler
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46227
I work best with people who are feeling chained down by their self-esteem, whether that be from their self-talk or external factors such as family, friends, or society. Anyone who is looking to improve their life overall, even if they do not know what that looks like. People who are seeking to heighten their intuition and prioritize growth. I have a special passion for the LGBTQ+ community and am a gay-identifying therapist. I also specialize in mindfulness, grief, and oncology. I am trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy which allows people to quickly process trauma and other negative experiences in a short amount of time.
I work best with people who are feeling chained down by their self-esteem, whether that be from their self-talk or external factors such as family, friends, or society. Anyone who is looking to improve their life overall, even if they do not know what that looks like. People who are seeking to heighten their intuition and prioritize growth. I have a special passion for the LGBTQ+ community and am a gay-identifying therapist. I also specialize in mindfulness, grief, and oncology. I am trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy which allows people to quickly process trauma and other negative experiences in a short amount of time.
(317) 494-7599 View (317) 494-7599
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Hannah Weaver
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46202
I am passionate about working with humans who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, or are interested in exploring their gender or sexuality. I have worked with children for many years in non-social-work settings, and was also mentored by a Play Therapist during my internship for my Master’s degree. I am open to working with children, teens, and adults.
I am passionate about working with humans who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, or are interested in exploring their gender or sexuality. I have worked with children for many years in non-social-work settings, and was also mentored by a Play Therapist during my internship for my Master’s degree. I am open to working with children, teens, and adults.
(463) 259-7385 View (463) 259-7385
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Dr. Lorna Martinez-Guzman
Psychologist, PsyD, HSPP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
I primarily work with adolescents, adults, and older adults, providing individual and couples therapy. My goal is to provide a safe environment where we can explore your lived experience within the context of identity, culture, and social context. I have experience helping people work through concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, lifestyle changes, identity exploration, health problems, or just feeling “stuck”. I am also committed to maintaining an environment affirming of intersecting cultural identities, with an emphasis on social justice, anti-racism, anti-colonialism, and promotion of LGBTQIA+ and sex positive values.
I primarily work with adolescents, adults, and older adults, providing individual and couples therapy. My goal is to provide a safe environment where we can explore your lived experience within the context of identity, culture, and social context. I have experience helping people work through concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, lifestyle changes, identity exploration, health problems, or just feeling “stuck”. I am also committed to maintaining an environment affirming of intersecting cultural identities, with an emphasis on social justice, anti-racism, anti-colonialism, and promotion of LGBTQIA+ and sex positive values.
(317) 751-7375 View (317) 751-7375
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Valerie K Darling
Counselor, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240  (Online Only)
I'm passionate about serving communities of people who have been underserved, and possibly harmed, by the fields of counseling and psychology in the past including: the LGBTQ+ population, those with non-traditional relationship structures such as polyamory, the kink community, and neurodivergent individuals. I strive to make therapy a comfortable and safe environment for people of all cultures, gender expressions, and sexual orientations. I am trauma-informed, sex and kink- positive, and body-neutral. I value social justice and hold anti-racist, disability-informed, feminist values, that I carry through my work.
I'm passionate about serving communities of people who have been underserved, and possibly harmed, by the fields of counseling and psychology in the past including: the LGBTQ+ population, those with non-traditional relationship structures such as polyamory, the kink community, and neurodivergent individuals. I strive to make therapy a comfortable and safe environment for people of all cultures, gender expressions, and sexual orientations. I am trauma-informed, sex and kink- positive, and body-neutral. I value social justice and hold anti-racist, disability-informed, feminist values, that I carry through my work.
(317) 676-9294 View (317) 676-9294
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Hope Moreland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46220  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Hope! I am a therapist trained at Indiana University, with a focus on affirming the resilience and uniqueness of young adults and the LGBTQ+ community. My expertise lies in providing compassionate care for youth, young adults, individuals managing anxiety, and those exploring gender diversity. As a Black, queer, cis-woman, I am passionate about creating a welcoming space for virtual clients!
Hello, I'm Hope! I am a therapist trained at Indiana University, with a focus on affirming the resilience and uniqueness of young adults and the LGBTQ+ community. My expertise lies in providing compassionate care for youth, young adults, individuals managing anxiety, and those exploring gender diversity. As a Black, queer, cis-woman, I am passionate about creating a welcoming space for virtual clients!
(317) 751-9658 View (317) 751-9658
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Tyler Oswald
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Additionally I have experience working with those who have anxiety, mood disorders, relationship problems, and those needing support in the LGBTQ+ community.
I work to help individuals regain control, connection, and fulfillment in their lives. As an EMDR-trained therapist, my main specialty is working with those who have experienced trauma and are looking for help doing the work of healing. I take the time to understand what your needs are and collaborate with you to help you grow and meet your goals. I want to help you see noticeable changes in your life and remove barriers that are standing in your way. Therapy is your unique time to focus on your own needs where I can help you learn effective tools to cope in life and provide a safe space to experience and alleviate heavy emotions.
Additionally I have experience working with those who have anxiety, mood disorders, relationship problems, and those needing support in the LGBTQ+ community.
I work to help individuals regain control, connection, and fulfillment in their lives. As an EMDR-trained therapist, my main specialty is working with those who have experienced trauma and are looking for help doing the work of healing. I take the time to understand what your needs are and collaborate with you to help you grow and meet your goals. I want to help you see noticeable changes in your life and remove barriers that are standing in your way. Therapy is your unique time to focus on your own needs where I can help you learn effective tools to cope in life and provide a safe space to experience and alleviate heavy emotions.
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Kinsley Castro
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46260
I work with children ages 3 and up and their caregivers at a private practice specializing in play therapy, under the supervision of a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. My training includes group therapy, sandtray therapy, and restorative practices. My background involves supporting youth who struggle with various challenges. I particularly enjoy working with Queer and Neurodivergent youth. The concerns I often address with clients include anxiety, depression, peer relationships, self-esteem, ADHD, gender identity, gender expression, effective communication, and family conflict.
I work with children ages 3 and up and their caregivers at a private practice specializing in play therapy, under the supervision of a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. My training includes group therapy, sandtray therapy, and restorative practices. My background involves supporting youth who struggle with various challenges. I particularly enjoy working with Queer and Neurodivergent youth. The concerns I often address with clients include anxiety, depression, peer relationships, self-esteem, ADHD, gender identity, gender expression, effective communication, and family conflict.
(463) 465-5277 View (463) 465-5277
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Megan Waters
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CCTP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46240  (Online Only)
Do you often feel overwhelmed with life? Or do you feel that something from your past is keeping you stuck? Or maybe you just had a baby and need help transitioning into parenthood? I can help with anxiety, depression, past trauma, negative self talk, goal setting and more. I have found great success with walking along side the people I work with to help them move from where they are to where they want to be…wherever that might be! I’m nonjudgmental and accepting of all walks of life- LGBTQIA+ individuals are welcome. I am not currently taking on any couples.
Do you often feel overwhelmed with life? Or do you feel that something from your past is keeping you stuck? Or maybe you just had a baby and need help transitioning into parenthood? I can help with anxiety, depression, past trauma, negative self talk, goal setting and more. I have found great success with walking along side the people I work with to help them move from where they are to where they want to be…wherever that might be! I’m nonjudgmental and accepting of all walks of life- LGBTQIA+ individuals are welcome. I am not currently taking on any couples.
(317) 449-7174 View (317) 449-7174
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LGBTQ+ Therapists

Do LGBTQ-affirmative therapists receive special training?

Yes. Many therapists who practice LGBTQ-affirmative therapy have completed specialized training, either during their degree program or as continuing education, to learn the core principles of affirmative therapy and how to best support their LGBTQ clients; some have received certifications in LGBTQ-affirmative therapy. Prospective clients should inquire as to a clinician’s background and training to ensure a good fit.

Why might I want to see an LGBTQ-affirming or LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

Queer and gender-non-conforming individuals frequently experience bias and marginalization in day-to-day life. Working with a therapist who understands these unique challenges, as well as accepts and affirms their identity, can help LGBTQ clients feel safe and supported during therapy—allowing them to better navigate their relationships, mental health, and anything else that they wish to explore during therapy. It is important to note that many therapists can be effective in their work with LGBTQ+ individuals, even in the absence of specific training or background knowledge. The most important component in therapy is the alliance between therapist and client, and this alliance can exist between individuals with very different backgrounds.

How can I find an LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

You may wish to inquire about a therapist’s expertise with your specific challenges or concerns—depression, for example, or relationship strife—as well as their past experiences treating LGBTQ+ clients. Prospective clients may also ask whether a therapist has obtained additional training and/or certification in LGBTQ-affirmative techniques.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience with LGBTQ issues?

Prospective clients should feel empowered to directly ask therapists whether they have received training or been certified in LGBTQ-affirming therapy; competent therapists will be happy to explain their educational background and preferred approach(es) to help a client find the best match for them. Clients may also wish to ask how a therapist has treated clients with their particular challenges in the past and what they expect treatment to look like.

Are all the therapists listed in the LGBTQ directory themselves members of the LGBTQ community?

While therapists may choose to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity in their profiles, the LGBTQ directory features not only those who have shared this information but also those who assert specialized training or experience in providing support to queer individuals, couples or families.