LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Louisville, KY

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Dr. Natalie Burke
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40205
Hello! I'm a queer clinical psychologist who specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community and treating Eating disorders, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, and Mind-body and Health psychology-related concerns. Given that our identities shape all of our life experiences, I strive to understand clients’ cultural backgrounds and integrate this into the therapeutic process. If you are struggling with navigating minority stress, gender and/or sexual identity development, anxiety, disordered eating, negative body image, or OCD and your mental health is not where you want it to be, you are not alone and I am here to help.
Hello! I'm a queer clinical psychologist who specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community and treating Eating disorders, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, and Mind-body and Health psychology-related concerns. Given that our identities shape all of our life experiences, I strive to understand clients’ cultural backgrounds and integrate this into the therapeutic process. If you are struggling with navigating minority stress, gender and/or sexual identity development, anxiety, disordered eating, negative body image, or OCD and your mental health is not where you want it to be, you are not alone and I am here to help.
(502) 738-1611 View (502) 738-1611
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Natalie Criss
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPC, NCC, ALPS, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40291  (Online Only)
Being a Lesbian gives me a better understanding for what queer clients are experiencing.
My ideal client is anyone who feels ready to work. If you are transgender and ready to start accepting yourself or maybe you are ready to transition and need some guidance, I am a good counselor for you. If you are someone who has been struggling with panic attacks, or maybe feels like your emotional response to things is out of proportion for what 'the thing' is, I am a good counselor for you. If you are someone who is really hard on yourself or maybe you are going through something and simply need someone to talk to, I am a good counselor for you. I would love to hear from you.
Being a Lesbian gives me a better understanding for what queer clients are experiencing.
My ideal client is anyone who feels ready to work. If you are transgender and ready to start accepting yourself or maybe you are ready to transition and need some guidance, I am a good counselor for you. If you are someone who has been struggling with panic attacks, or maybe feels like your emotional response to things is out of proportion for what 'the thing' is, I am a good counselor for you. If you are someone who is really hard on yourself or maybe you are going through something and simply need someone to talk to, I am a good counselor for you. I would love to hear from you.
(606) 708-8641 View (606) 708-8641
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Live Proud LGBT Mental Health Svcs
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Are you a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person trying to find someone who understands your unique struggles and needs ? Have you struggled to communicate and develop the loving relationship you so strongly desire? Do loneliness, anger, and fear disrupt your closeness with others? I can help. I offer practical and personal guidance in finding the solutions you need to live free and love proud. Being a LGBT person and/or couple is often challenging- but it can ultimately be an exciting and rewarding life with the support and guidance you need.
Are you a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person trying to find someone who understands your unique struggles and needs ? Have you struggled to communicate and develop the loving relationship you so strongly desire? Do loneliness, anger, and fear disrupt your closeness with others? I can help. I offer practical and personal guidance in finding the solutions you need to live free and love proud. Being a LGBT person and/or couple is often challenging- but it can ultimately be an exciting and rewarding life with the support and guidance you need.
(502) 494-6631 View (502) 494-6631
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Jessica Turner
Counselor, LPCA, NCC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in trauma, neurodivergent issues, and LGBT+ issues.
I enjoy working with clients who have symptoms of depression, anxiety, burnout, and/or trauma. We will work collaboratively to set and work toward treatment goals. I love seeing clients thrive when they learn and implement healthy coping skills, self-care, and an improved relationship with themselves. There's a reason for behaviors and habits; in therapy, we will explore the root of these coping tactics that may have helped at one time but may not be working for you anymore. At this time, I accept Medicaid-insured and self-pay clients.
I specialize in trauma, neurodivergent issues, and LGBT+ issues.
I enjoy working with clients who have symptoms of depression, anxiety, burnout, and/or trauma. We will work collaboratively to set and work toward treatment goals. I love seeing clients thrive when they learn and implement healthy coping skills, self-care, and an improved relationship with themselves. There's a reason for behaviors and habits; in therapy, we will explore the root of these coping tactics that may have helped at one time but may not be working for you anymore. At this time, I accept Medicaid-insured and self-pay clients.
(502) 237-7978 View (502) 237-7978
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Shelby Hill
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40222
I have experience in working with all different populations including individuals, couples, children, adolescents, LGBTQ and diverse cultural backgrounds.
Wanting to move toward being the best and most authentic version of yourself? Just needing a bit of help or push? I'm here to do just that in an open-minded, welcoming, and nonjudgmental environment! I believe the counselor and client relationship is a collaboration where the client’s experiences and feelings are combined with the counselor’s tools and knowledge- to help facilitate movement forward while processing the client’s past. I do this utilizing a multitude of evidence based approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and person-centered therapy; among others!
I have experience in working with all different populations including individuals, couples, children, adolescents, LGBTQ and diverse cultural backgrounds.
Wanting to move toward being the best and most authentic version of yourself? Just needing a bit of help or push? I'm here to do just that in an open-minded, welcoming, and nonjudgmental environment! I believe the counselor and client relationship is a collaboration where the client’s experiences and feelings are combined with the counselor’s tools and knowledge- to help facilitate movement forward while processing the client’s past. I do this utilizing a multitude of evidence based approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and person-centered therapy; among others!
(859) 208-1247 View (859) 208-1247
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Donisha Moore
Counselor, MEd, LPCA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40220
Accepting new clients beginning August 2024. Sex therapist focused on increasing intimacy and connections. I support individuals struggling with many intimacy challenges including: performance worries, partner desire discrepancy, low/no desire, sexual shame, relational stress, exploration of sexual and/or gender identities, kink, sexual trauma histories, and interpersonal communication difficulties. Specializing in LGBTQIA+ and Non Monogamy Communities, including polyamory, open, and more. I also support those whose lives have been negatively impacted by anxiety, low self-esteem, body image issues, and loss.
Accepting new clients beginning August 2024. Sex therapist focused on increasing intimacy and connections. I support individuals struggling with many intimacy challenges including: performance worries, partner desire discrepancy, low/no desire, sexual shame, relational stress, exploration of sexual and/or gender identities, kink, sexual trauma histories, and interpersonal communication difficulties. Specializing in LGBTQIA+ and Non Monogamy Communities, including polyamory, open, and more. I also support those whose lives have been negatively impacted by anxiety, low self-esteem, body image issues, and loss.
(502) 586-4093 View (502) 586-4093
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Mandy Huff
Marriage & Family Therapist, MAMFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40207
I specialize in working with adults and couples who are dealing with issues related to attachment, identity, and trauma. This includes intergenerational trauma, racial trauma, PTSD, and other related concerns. I also work with clients who have a diagnosis or symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, and depression, or experience high stress. I am passionate about providing an affirming and inclusive space for historically marginalized groups, including but not limited to BIPOC, interracial couples, and women. I also enjoy working with fellow members of the queer community.
I specialize in working with adults and couples who are dealing with issues related to attachment, identity, and trauma. This includes intergenerational trauma, racial trauma, PTSD, and other related concerns. I also work with clients who have a diagnosis or symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, and depression, or experience high stress. I am passionate about providing an affirming and inclusive space for historically marginalized groups, including but not limited to BIPOC, interracial couples, and women. I also enjoy working with fellow members of the queer community.
(502) 771-8662 View (502) 771-8662
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Jan Rudd
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40223
Hello! I specialize in working with young adults, children and women, as well as those in the LGBTQ+ community. In-person when working with children, I utilize Play Therapy, Expressive therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I believe in letting your child express themselves so they can heal from anxiety, depression, or trauma. I will create a safe space for them to learn to share their inner most thoughts and feelings. I often work with parents alongside their children so they can journey with us and learn helpful parenting techniques.
Hello! I specialize in working with young adults, children and women, as well as those in the LGBTQ+ community. In-person when working with children, I utilize Play Therapy, Expressive therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I believe in letting your child express themselves so they can heal from anxiety, depression, or trauma. I will create a safe space for them to learn to share their inner most thoughts and feelings. I often work with parents alongside their children so they can journey with us and learn helpful parenting techniques.
(502) 251-9180 View (502) 251-9180
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Kayla Brock-Provencher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, CSW, MFT-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40291
Additionally, I have a unique understanding of the LGBTQ community and their experiences.
I view therapy as a collaborative process to help a client grow, see the changes they want to see, and accomplish the goals they have set for themselves. I strive to ensure that each client feels that my office is safe and a comforting space in which they can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I believe everyone should have a choice in who they have as a therapist, and that the therapeutic relationship is essential for any change to occur. I accept all Medicaid's, Anthem and Aetna insurance at this time.
Additionally, I have a unique understanding of the LGBTQ community and their experiences.
I view therapy as a collaborative process to help a client grow, see the changes they want to see, and accomplish the goals they have set for themselves. I strive to ensure that each client feels that my office is safe and a comforting space in which they can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I believe everyone should have a choice in who they have as a therapist, and that the therapeutic relationship is essential for any change to occur. I accept all Medicaid's, Anthem and Aetna insurance at this time.
(502) 699-3728 View (502) 699-3728
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Dr. Ghazel Tellawi
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40205
Hi! I am a queer, Syrian clinical psychologist who specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community and treating folks dealing with OCD, minority stress, depression, anxiety, and phobias. I also provide gender affirming care for individuals 12 and older who are at various stages in their gender journey. I enjoy working with folks navigating gender identity exploration/transition, as well as sexual and racial identity development. I write letters of support for gender affirming surgery, and can typically get folks in within a week. I also provide ADHD testing and diagnostic assessments for folks 12 and up.
Hi! I am a queer, Syrian clinical psychologist who specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community and treating folks dealing with OCD, minority stress, depression, anxiety, and phobias. I also provide gender affirming care for individuals 12 and older who are at various stages in their gender journey. I enjoy working with folks navigating gender identity exploration/transition, as well as sexual and racial identity development. I write letters of support for gender affirming surgery, and can typically get folks in within a week. I also provide ADHD testing and diagnostic assessments for folks 12 and up.
(502) 673-1744 View (502) 673-1744
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Dawn Pendleton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40222
Not accepting new clients
Do negative self-thoughts keep you from accepting yourself or achieving accomplishments? Have you struggled with feelings of shame? Are you tired of past experiences, including trauma, dictating how you approach life & relationships today? Are you critical of yourself? Have you been stuck on an artistic endeavor or project? Are you ready to break through to a new athletic level? Is fear holding you back? By shifting how you view and talk to yourself, you can achieve these goals and much, much more. I work with teenagers age 14+ and adults & am particularly invested in the healing of members/families of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Do negative self-thoughts keep you from accepting yourself or achieving accomplishments? Have you struggled with feelings of shame? Are you tired of past experiences, including trauma, dictating how you approach life & relationships today? Are you critical of yourself? Have you been stuck on an artistic endeavor or project? Are you ready to break through to a new athletic level? Is fear holding you back? By shifting how you view and talk to yourself, you can achieve these goals and much, much more. I work with teenagers age 14+ and adults & am particularly invested in the healing of members/families of the LGBTQIA+ community.
(502) 385-0236 View (502) 385-0236
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Sierra Hancock
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, CSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40220
Now accepting new clients! In my practice, I work with individuals across different age groups, including children, adolescents, and adults. My primary goal is to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can freely explore your experiences and emotions. Through a collaborative approach, I aim to empower you to achieve your goals and promote your overall well-being. I offer guidance and support to those seeking to improve their coping skills, address past or present experiences, prioritize self-care, manage mental health concerns, or navigate LGBTQ+ issues.
Now accepting new clients! In my practice, I work with individuals across different age groups, including children, adolescents, and adults. My primary goal is to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can freely explore your experiences and emotions. Through a collaborative approach, I aim to empower you to achieve your goals and promote your overall well-being. I offer guidance and support to those seeking to improve their coping skills, address past or present experiences, prioritize self-care, manage mental health concerns, or navigate LGBTQ+ issues.
(502) 653-0214 x701 View (502) 653-0214 x701
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Maria Cristal Encarnación
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MAMFT, MDiv
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
My specialties include supporting LGBTQ+ individuals, those with intergenerational religious or cultural trauma, and those who struggle with depression or anxiety.
Working with you means having someone who truly listens to your pain, no matter its form. Whether it's anxiety, depression, shame, or fear, I'm here to walk beside you, helping you not just cope - but thrive. In a world that often tells us to bear our burdens alone, especially under the pressures of society, culture, or family, it can all become overwhelming. This pain can seep into every facet of our lives. You deserve a compassionate, empathetic space to release the pain you've been carrying for so long.
My specialties include supporting LGBTQ+ individuals, those with intergenerational religious or cultural trauma, and those who struggle with depression or anxiety.
Working with you means having someone who truly listens to your pain, no matter its form. Whether it's anxiety, depression, shame, or fear, I'm here to walk beside you, helping you not just cope - but thrive. In a world that often tells us to bear our burdens alone, especially under the pressures of society, culture, or family, it can all become overwhelming. This pain can seep into every facet of our lives. You deserve a compassionate, empathetic space to release the pain you've been carrying for so long.
(502) 399-4108 View (502) 399-4108
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Ellie Stigger
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MFTA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40207
If you're seeking a therapist, I offer a welcoming and inclusive space for clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTQIA+ population. I understand the unique challenges and dynamics that LGBTQIA+ individuals and relationship. My ideal clients are those who are facing various challenges in their interpersonal connections, such as communication breakdowns, unresolved conflicts, trust issues, and emotional disconnection. They may be experiencing feelings of loneliness, frustration, or dissatisfaction within their relationships and are seeking space to explore and address these issues. Their needs revolve around finding effect
If you're seeking a therapist, I offer a welcoming and inclusive space for clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTQIA+ population. I understand the unique challenges and dynamics that LGBTQIA+ individuals and relationship. My ideal clients are those who are facing various challenges in their interpersonal connections, such as communication breakdowns, unresolved conflicts, trust issues, and emotional disconnection. They may be experiencing feelings of loneliness, frustration, or dissatisfaction within their relationships and are seeking space to explore and address these issues. Their needs revolve around finding effect
(502) 837-7712 View (502) 837-7712
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Brenda Morris-Huntoon
Psychological Associate, MA, LPA, she/her
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40204  (Online Only)
Brenda spends many hours at transgender conferences and continuing education events.
As a psychotherapist, Brenda forms a collaborative relationship with clients empowering them to find their own truth. She views her role as one of support and guidance to facilitate client self-exploration, recognition of values, and goal-setting. My goal is to assist and support you as you navigate your gender journey.
Brenda spends many hours at transgender conferences and continuing education events.
As a psychotherapist, Brenda forms a collaborative relationship with clients empowering them to find their own truth. She views her role as one of support and guidance to facilitate client self-exploration, recognition of values, and goal-setting. My goal is to assist and support you as you navigate your gender journey.
(502) 490-2757 View (502) 490-2757
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Cara Taylor
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MSCFT, MSSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40218  (Online Only)
I'm LGBTQIA+ affirming and I specialize in working with families and relationships of all kinds.
I most enjoy helping clients build insight and connections in their personal lives. I work collaboratively with clients because I prioritize client autonomy and respect.
I'm LGBTQIA+ affirming and I specialize in working with families and relationships of all kinds.
I most enjoy helping clients build insight and connections in their personal lives. I work collaboratively with clients because I prioritize client autonomy and respect.
(502) 747-9897 View (502) 747-9897
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Joanna Morse
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40213
Our practice is dedicated to serving marginalized and diverse people, especially LGBTQ+ individuals. We provide gender transition-related support, including referral letters for hormones and surgeries when needed. People are often nervous about their first therapy session. If that's you, take a deep breath, and imagine what you could get out of therapy! Almost everyone feels more relaxed by the end of the first session. It just takes getting started.
Our practice is dedicated to serving marginalized and diverse people, especially LGBTQ+ individuals. We provide gender transition-related support, including referral letters for hormones and surgeries when needed. People are often nervous about their first therapy session. If that's you, take a deep breath, and imagine what you could get out of therapy! Almost everyone feels more relaxed by the end of the first session. It just takes getting started.
(502) 208-1678 View (502) 208-1678
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Maren Schikler
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MAMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40220
I believe that you know your life best and that I am here as a companion as we move towards growth. I work collaboratively with my clients, holding compassion and my client's needs at the center of our work. I enjoy working with late adolescents and adults. I specialize in issues such as anxiety, stress, burnout, relationship struggles, exploring sexual orientation/expression, religious trauma, and those in the LGBTQIA+ community. My job as a therapist is to support, engage with empathy and wonder, offer hope, and acknowledge the stories and experiences clients express as they reflect.
I believe that you know your life best and that I am here as a companion as we move towards growth. I work collaboratively with my clients, holding compassion and my client's needs at the center of our work. I enjoy working with late adolescents and adults. I specialize in issues such as anxiety, stress, burnout, relationship struggles, exploring sexual orientation/expression, religious trauma, and those in the LGBTQIA+ community. My job as a therapist is to support, engage with empathy and wonder, offer hope, and acknowledge the stories and experiences clients express as they reflect.
(502) 335-4067 View (502) 335-4067
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Matthew T. Harris
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSSW, MSCFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40206
Are you tired of arguing with your partner? Did you find out your partner has cheated? Are you thinking of ending your relationship? I can help you reconnect with your partner by rebuilding trust and closeness using the most effective method of couple therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy. Is anxiety, depression, or trauma getting in the way of your relationships, work, or life? I can help you get to the root of the problem and give you tools to feel better. Are you struggling with the unique difficulties of being LGBTQ? I can help you develop the confidence and skills to live as your authentic self.
Are you tired of arguing with your partner? Did you find out your partner has cheated? Are you thinking of ending your relationship? I can help you reconnect with your partner by rebuilding trust and closeness using the most effective method of couple therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy. Is anxiety, depression, or trauma getting in the way of your relationships, work, or life? I can help you get to the root of the problem and give you tools to feel better. Are you struggling with the unique difficulties of being LGBTQ? I can help you develop the confidence and skills to live as your authentic self.
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Jacob Kiper
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40223  (Online Only)
I have 9 years of experience working with adults living with HIV/AIDS. I am very familiar with the LGBTQ community. I'm very comfortable working with those who experience trauma, depression, and anxiety. Prior to working with adults living with HIV/AIDS, I worked with children for 7 years.
I have 9 years of experience working with adults living with HIV/AIDS. I am very familiar with the LGBTQ community. I'm very comfortable working with those who experience trauma, depression, and anxiety. Prior to working with adults living with HIV/AIDS, I worked with children for 7 years.
(859) 354-3951 View (859) 354-3951
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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.