LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Asheville, NC

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Eric J Davis
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, LCMHC
Verified
I am passionate about working with marginalized persons, including the LGBTQ and BIPOC communities.
Life is a funny thing. And often terribly complicated. During our journey in this world, we often face challenges that can feel too big or ongoing. Whether it’s with chronic feelings of anxiousness, depression, emptiness, issues about sexual orientation, gender, or ethnicity, relationship conflict, sleep disturbances, substance misuse, school or work issues, or any combination of those, many of us struggle silently. But you don't have to. It can help to work with a therapist with a deep understanding of what it’s like with some of those struggles and who is passionate about helping others learn to thrive despite these adversities.
(828) 490-4137 
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Taylor Moeller
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, MA, LCMHC-A, NCC
Verified
The counseling space is capable of sifting past "shoulds" or learned behaviors in order to explore your core values and beliefs. My aim is to serve as a prismatic mirror into all of your layers: internally as well as relationally (with others). I identify as sex-positive, poly-aware, LGBTQ -celebrating, kink-supportive, and sex worker-affirming, and work with individuals as well as intimate relational constellations involving two or more people. Humans are abundantly capable of flourishing with boundaries, differentiation, and self-compassion. These can develop with books, pets, friends, nature, and/or... a counselor!
(828) 521-0517 
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Blake Crooks
Counselor, MA, LCMHCA, NCC
Verified
Topics that I enjoy supporting others in navigating include but are not limited to adjustment to life transitions and stress management, LGBTQIA + identities, young adulthood and college, anxiety and depression, identity development, interpersonal relationships, grief, trauma, shame, and self-compassion.
Being human can be tough! While experiencing life's challenges, I believe you deserve to be heard, understood, and accepted. I aim to create a compassionate, non-judgmental space for you to share, explore, heal, and make sense of your story and experiences. For me, it is a deep honor to be a part of your journey as we work together with curiosity to create intentional and meaningful steps towards making changes in your life.
(828) 332-5769 
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Asheville, NC 28803
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Monisha Berkowski
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
My work is rooted in psychological science and an LGBTQ +-affirming, anti-racist, sex-positive framework.
Therapy can help you understand how past experiences impact your daily life and relationships. By recognizing these patterns, we can begin cultivating lasting change in our interactions and relationships. I can work with you and your partner(s) to enrich your relationship, improve communication, and enhance your sexual satisfaction. I provide therapy to individuals and partners who struggle with emotional, identity, relational, and sexual issues.
(828) 827-4794 
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Brittany Bate
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
As an LGBTQIA + therapist, I help clients explore their gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and/or romantic orientation in pursuit of the life they deserve.
Do you feel alone, scared, or unsupported as you navigate various changes, challenges, or identities? Are you, or a loved one, exploring your gender identity, gender expression, or transitioning? Are you stressed, anxious, or concerned with one or more relationships in your life? Are you, or a loved one, struggling with grief, loss, addiction, or healing after a traumatic event? Maybe pandemic stress and grief has just gotten to be too much? If you answered yes to any of the above, then you've made the right choice by being here. And I know this is hard, but you're brave. Just being here shows that!
(919) 849-8018 
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Asheville, NC 28803
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Caroline Swindell
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC-A
Verified
I have experience working with LGBTQIA + youth and adults who may need extra support for their journey.
Taking steps towards change can be scary and hard, but you are here and I'm already so proud of you. I practice total acceptance where I completely accept my clients for who they are and where they are at so they can too. I believe that you are your own expert, so as your therapist I am here to assist you in finding and accepting your true self. My goal is to create a supportive space for you to dig deep into any traumas that may be holding you back. Together we can develop tools and establish boundaries that may be lacking now from thriving as your best self.
(704) 288-0912 
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Mary Monaghan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Verified
My clients are teens, young adults, and LGBTQ individual who are struggling with emotional health.
**Currently unable to accept new clients** Stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and fear can feel overwhelming. You may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol, unhealthy eating patterns, self-harm, or other harmful behaviors to cope with your emotions. You may be struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, or fear. Maybe you are in recovery from addiction or an eating disorder, and are having trouble maintaining your progress. Or perhaps you are concerned that your teenager is dealing with some of these issues. Whatever you are facing, you are not alone! I am here to provide support, guidance, and encouragement!
 
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Sarah Elisabeth Hacker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Verified
I am a licensed LCSW, LCAS, and CCS, and have been a social worker for 8 years. I have worked with many individuals, to include people struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse. As a queer cis woman, I specialize in serving the LBGTQ+ population. I have a laid back approach, and believe in the importance of building rapport with the people I serve. Life on life's terms can be challenging, and you do not have to face it alone.
(828) 268-3678 
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Asheville, NC 28806
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Melissa Wilson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
I have extensive experience working with folks in the LGBTQ + community.
Currently accepting new clients. We all hold the capacity to thrive in our lives. At times, we feel stuck or face obstacles that stump us. My goal in working with you is to meet you where you are, support you in identifying the root of your difficulties, and help you unearth your inner strength and wisdom to build resilience.
 
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Candace Margulies, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW
Verified
I work with people in the areas of : depression, anxiety, self-esteem, childhood issues, artistic blocks, parenting, grief, loss, lesbian and gay issues, men's issues, feminist issues, rumination, work/academic issues including Phd and dissertation difficulties, isolation and emotional intimacy.
I believe in the ability of psychotherapy to bring us to greater understanding of ourselves. A skilled therapist can provide the means to respond to the past and enable individuals to identify what they want and what their obstacles are. With a foundation based on a strong therapeutic relationship, a belief in the unconscious and respect for your own pace, I will help you examine who you are, what you want and what stands in the way of reaching your potential for happiness, meaning and satisfaction.
(828) 970-1113 
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Asheville, NC 28804
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Melissa Leonhardt
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LCMHC
Verified
As part of the LGBT community I have a dedication to help with all kinds of issues including everyday issues.
I welcome clients of all genders. I respect that gender identity may not be the central issue, I also help you work on things such as anxiety and depression. I welcome clients who are working to better understand their gender identity or those seeking gender transition. I can help with related to gender, including social isolation and family issues. If transitioning, I provide therapy for hormone treatment and gender transition-related surgeries. I also provide therapy for Depression and Anxiety. Please email- brandnewdaycounseling@gmail.com
(828) 266-0467 
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Kate Brockett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
LGBTQ + affirming and culturally competent.
I am passionate about helping folks on their journey towards authenticity. Depression, emotion dysregulation, a history of trauma and chronic invalidation, anxiety, negative self-talk, unhelpful patterns of behavior, chronic stress, and difficulty navigating complicated interpersonal dynamics are all barriers to living as our true selves. I will join with you to overcome these barriers so that you can live in accord with your own values. I see you as the expert on your own life. I am here to provide a new perspective, encourage self-compassion, and hold a safe space where you can learn skills to move through emotional pain.
(828) 649-5016 
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Asheville, NC 28804
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Keith Idell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
As a member of the Gay community, I offer my professional training and experience, as well as my personal experience and insight into the obstacles that face LBGTQ men and women. I have extensive experience working with LBGTQ individuals with a variety of concerns. I am an affirming, accepting and non-judgmental therapist who offers a place for you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your personal strengths, learn new and more effective problem solving skills and increase your sense of power.
(828) 592-2078 
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Asheville, NC 28801
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David M Karesh
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
My specialties are relationship problems, anxiety, managing stress, difficult depression, sexual addiction, problems of gay men.
Are you feeling stuck, or that your life isn't right? Possibly your relationship is not working? Perhaps worrying is preventing you from reaching your potential? Maybe you have tried medications, but are still unhappy? My psychotherapy approach enables you to fix problems so they will not come back. For example, I help you learn to manage your emotions so they don't control you, to become more assertive, to be less co-dependent. I treat depression, anxiety problems, marriage conflicts, alcohol problems, sexual addiction, and GLBTQ issues.
(828) 423-0365 
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Asheville, NC 28804
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Cole Armbrust
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, MAEd, LCSW
Verified
As a trans man, I really enjoy working with people in my LGBTQ + community, surrounding LGBTQ + issues as well as challenges connected to anxiety, depression, and life transitional periods.
I am casual and tattooed, and that tends to work for most people... even if it's vastly different from how people picture a typical 'therapist'. I feel very privileged to work with members of the LGBTQ + community and believe I offer a unique perspective as a trans man (that also happens to be a therapist). I really enjoy providing support to folks while they explore components of their authentic identities. I am comfortable working with folks that identify with being poly and/or kinky (No shaming here!).
(828) 333-5004 
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Mark S Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW, PhD
Verified
For over 30 years I have been helping people overcome life obstacles and interpersonal struggles. Clients report significant benefit when they seek help dealing with transforming ideas of self that result from trauma, relationship changes, chronic illness, grief & loss, gender dysphoria, and coming out as LGBTQ . I utilize a variety of approaches including narrative, DBT, ACT, attachment-focused therapy, internal family systems and trauma informed practices. I now am seeing clients in person as well as virtually.
(754) 212-8793 
Asheville, NC 28801
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Mark S Ackerman Jr
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and I have worked with children and families for nearly 16 years. I have worked primarily in the public school setting and specialize in working with children and families who struggle with social skills, ODD behavior, conduct disorder, self-esteem, trauma, and emotional regulation. I work with children and families that may exhibit some adjustment difficulties including but not limited to divorce, grief, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, and other issues facing the LGBTQ + community. I believe relationship building is the key to healing and growth.
(828) 332-5361 
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Allison Becker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
With more than two decades of work supporting LGBTQ + youth, I particularly enjoy helping young people and their families navigate the coming out and gender transition processes.
Adolescence and young adulthood are challenging times, full of growth and transition for individuals and families. I love supporting adolescents and emerging adults as they explore their identities and light their paths into adulthood. I am skilled at working with families through these transitional times, and also enjoy supporting couples in achieving healthy communication and partnership. My clinical experience runs the gamut from in-home work with court mandated youth, residential work with adolescent girls, and community-based outpatient therapy with high school students and kids in foster care.
(828) 481-8514 
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Asheville, NC 28803
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Jeffrey Gianelli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Whether you are new to therapy or someone who is looking to explore a deeper, more profound approach, I am here to help you learn the tools and skills to create positive change in your life. My practice is about creating a safe space where clients are able to heal from anxieties, past difficulties, and traumas by increasing their awareness and acceptance of the different parts that make up who we are as human beings. In doing so, clients are able to release the burdens of the past and find new direction in their lives. I specialize in treating Trauma/ PTSD, Anxiety, Self-Esteem, LGBTQIA + populations and more.
(910) 504-9948 
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Stacia Thompson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, MEd, LCSW
Verified
Accepting referrals for Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) group for adult women and trans folx Mondays 6/6 - 8/8/22 5-6 pm at The Mountain Light Sanctuary in Barnardsville, NC.
You feel disconnected. Old stories flood back in. You're ensnared in the same push-pull or retreating patterns. Unsure how much to let others in. You're exhausted. You want to feel love. Connected to tears and laughter. Connected to yourself, your loved ones, your community. You want to belong. You're ready to invite, work, reclaim and live your story. You want to give thanks to what has gotten you to this point, honor it, and compost what no longer serves you. You're ready for the next step. You are the hero(ine) of this story.
(828) 382-8764 
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Asheville, NC 28801
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LGBTQ+ Therapists
These therapists specialize in providing supportive, LGBTQ-affirming therapy in Asheville. Many offer personal insights as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender therapists themselves. Others are allies of the LGBTQIA community with specialized training and experience working with LGBTQ+ clients. All have chosen to include the LGBTQIA community as an area of specialization and client focus.