LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Durham, NC

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WaterYourFire Wellness Collective- Dr. Winley K.
Psychologist, PsyD, LP, HSP-P
Verified
WaterYourFire Wellness Collective specializes in working with Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ -GNC+ individuals, and folks navigating trauma related to ethno-racial identity, class, sexuality, gender identity and expression, and sexual violence.
*NOW ACCEPTING CLIENTS* The decision to pursue counseling can be a tough but courageous step. People choose to seek out therapy for a variety of reasons, whether it is to explore and better understand parts of self or to address specific areas of concerns. WaterYourFire Wellness Collective works with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and presenting concerns. WYFWC currently operates via Telehealth Therapy (online). WYFWC also provides services in any PsyPact state- see participating states here: https://psypact.site-ym.com/page/psypactmap)
(910) 519-1877 
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Durham, NC 27713
Offers online therapy
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Phil Horn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, MPH, LCSW-A
Verified
I also work with LGBTQ individuals navigating sexuality and life as a queer person, students, young adults and professionals, and older adults transitioning into a new stage of life.
Accepting New Clients - I believe we all have deep strengths and strong values that guide everything we do. Many times, life tries to get in the way, but we can choose to be mindful and present to the positives and negatives in life. How do we become more mindful? It's important to pause sometimes and decide what we care about, and if our actions take us closer to or further away from where we want to go. I'm here to help you discover what is meaningful for you, and how to move toward what you want in life.
(919) 849-8508 
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Durham, NC 27705
Offers online therapy
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Justin Johnson-Bradshaw
Counselor, MA, LCMHCA, NCC
Verified
As a gay & mixed therapist I love working with LGBTQ + persons dealing with managing their emotions.
You feel inadequate, weak, and misunderstood as if your feelings and voice do not matter. You are feeling emotionally and mentally unstable. Your attempts to feel grounded and lay down roots have been met with unbearable stress and loneliness. You begin feeling angry because it seems like others around you has it all figured out. You are left wondering if there is something wrong with you. You are eager for a change, but you’re unsure where to ask for help. You have heard about therapy on social media and through word of mouth, but you find it risky opening up to a stranger. I am here to let you know those feelings are normal.
(704) 459-4861 
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Durham, NC 27707
Offers online therapy
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Kaitlin Duren
Counselor, LCMHCA
Verified
Accepting new client appointments for online counseling! I am on a mission to meet your counseling needs! My goal is to help you understand the influences in your life and create goals to dismantle and navigate any barriers to living authentically, I am here to help you clients discover a healthy perception of yourself and strengthen your interpersonal relationships. I am particularly interested in working with young adults and individuals who identify as LGBTQ +.
(984) 207-5904 
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Durham, NC 27701
Offers online therapy
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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.
Asking for help and being vulerable in therapy can be scary, but my goal is to create a support space for you to heal and make a change. For all clients I use an anti-racist theoretical foundation to ensure equity in my practice. When establishing a therapeutic relationship with my clients, my goal is for clients to see themselves as the experts of their own lives. By following a child/person centered strategy, we work together to dig deep and develop tools to understand their needs and boundaries so my clients can be successful.
(704) 288-0912 
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Durham, NC 27701
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Jay Jayaraman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified
I am passionate about working with queer and trans adults and kids (age 9+) and anyone navigating identity, burnout, body image and eating, relationship uncertainty, the school/work system, depression, anxiety, and substance use.
I am a queer , nonbinary person of color who provides therapy services in the Triangle. My goal is to provide affirming care that centers your unique experiences, challenges, and resiliency. I believe that each person is the expert of their own experience; my work is to provide support and tools to aid your healing process while building our genuine trust and connection. As an advocate for social justice, I am grounded in the understanding that institutional and social forces influence mental health. My approach welcomes clients to explore these in session along with everyday issues.
(919) 351-6923 
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Durham, NC 27708
Offers online therapy
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Hayden Dawes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS
Verified
As an LGBTQIA + person of color, you may feel distressed living in a hostile world to people who look and love as you do.
Coming into therapy can be daunting; however, with your motivation and with a well-suited therapeutic partnership, healing is possible. People pursue therapy for different reasons. Often due to feeling overwhelmed, helpless, depressed or stressed. Others attend during life transitions or when looking for new ways to communicate their needs in their relationships. Whether your goal is to focus on challenges that you are currently facing or issues from the past, our work will focus on whatever is most central for you. I aim always to provide a safe and comfortable environment for you to bring any of your concerns.
(336) 872-2631 
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Durham, NC 27703
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Nick Harper
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LAC
Verified
I am an openly gay man, trauma-informed, and sex-positive Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)/psychotherapist with over ten years of experience specializing in clinical work with people living with HIV, individuals struggling with substance use disorders, as well as working with a diverse range of relationship styles.
Do you struggle to understand or name your feelings, needs, or desires? Would you like a better relationship with yourself and others? Maybe you’re looking for an open, safe, and positive space to heal and grow from past trauma? Inclusive Therapy and Consulting Services LLC strives to create access to compassionate and quality psychotherapy services for the LGBTQIA + community, individuals living with HIV, and their supports.
(720) 637-4942 
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Durham, NC 27701
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Cat Salemi
Counselor, LCMHCA
Verified
Cat Salemi (they/them) is experienced in treating clients struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and trauma. They also have experience counseling people with ADHD and people on the autism spectrum, using a non-pathological and neurodiversity-based approach. Cat is especially passionate about helping transgender , nonbinary, and gender diverse individuals find happiness and live life as their authentic selves. Cat identifies as nonbinary and is a proud part of the LGBTQIA + community. They are kink-affirming, polyamorous-allied, use a Health At Every Size (HAES) approach, and are committed to anti-racist practice.
(919) 298-8740 
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Durham, NC 27705
Offers online therapy
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Esmay Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
Now accepting new clients! (telehealth only) Ian Esmay is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has been working in the field of counseling for over 10 years in a variety of settings. His specialties include anxiety, depression, trauma, LGBTQ + issues, stress, gender identity, schizophrenia, and more. He has come to learn that counseling can benefit anyone and help everyone find their true self. It isn’t about being perfect, just the best version of yourself. Ian's role as your therapist is to provide non-judgmental support in a safe space where you can explore your genuine feelings and individuality.
(919) 261-5078 
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Durham, NC 27713
Offers online therapy
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Anna Weber
Counselor, LCMHCA
Verified
I am a White, pan-sexual, queer , non-binary counselor who grew up in the Midwest.
My counseling experience stems from working with womxn with substance use disorders and TLGBQ+ folx. The mental health experiences that we have worked through together include complex PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger management, borderline, bipolar, ADHD, identity exploration, gender-affirming services, relationship issues, life transitions, and grief/loss. I identify as an anti-oppressive therapist who believes healing is a crucial form of intra- and interpersonal justice. I recognize systems and communities as factors that underlay mental health concerns and as spaces that we can reclaim to heal together.
(984) 422-3610 
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Durham, NC 27707
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Phil Stillman
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
I’m queer , nonbinary, and joyfully committed to anti-racism, anti-ableism, and body positivity.
For many, these last few years have been exceptionally difficult, and in one way or another most of us are struggling right now. I (they/them) believe that developing a deeper understanding of what you’re going through and how you’re coping can help you get to a better mental place. I strive to be a careful listener who will treat you as the expert of your own experience and endeavor to help you understand and overcome the things that are hurting you or holding you back.
(984) 600-6177 
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Durham, NC 27701
Offers online therapy
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Melissa Sheri Rakowitz
Counselor, MA, LCMHCA
Verified
Much of my experience has been centered around adult members of the LGBTQIA + community and individuals who practice consensual non-monogamy.
As a therapist, I approach my work with a reverence for the uniqueness of each individual’s experience. It is my hope to create a therapeutic relationship based on compassion, trust, and respect while providing a warm, non-judgmental space for clients. My style is patient, grounding, and contemplative. I draw from various approaches to meet each client's needs. As a yoga teacher, I additionally enjoy integrating elements of mindfulness and somatic work into my practice. I am invested in helping clients live in a way that is aligned with their values and aspirations.
(919) 372-0413 
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Durham, NC 27707
Offers online therapy
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Cameron Hollister
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA, CH
Verified
I love working with other members of the LGBTQIA + community and have expertise in topics of orientation and gender identity.
It's easy to feel like you have little to no control. Those of us belonging to marginalized groups spend every day living in a society that was explicitly not built for us. As if systemic problems and oppression aren't enough, many of us have individual concerns that generate a huge impact on our day-to-day functioning and vitality. With all the thoughts and emotions it can generate, having a human brain is simultaneously an exhilarating and exhausting experience. While we work to change the world we live in, we also need tools to live worthwhile and fulfilling lives in the present. That is where therapy comes in.
(919) 899-1761 
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Durham, NC 27707
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Therapy for Queer People of Color
Psychologist, PsyD, LPC
Verified
Therapy for Queer People of Color centers itself exclusively around the mental health and wellness needs of queer and trans people of color. Our 100% virtual practice offers relief from traffic, zero travel expenses, and convenient hours.
(678) 329-8259 
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Durham, NC 27707
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Michelle Topal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
I am a cisgender woman (she/her) who has been helping & part of the queer community for over 30 years.
Are you struggling with life in these stressful, divisive & uncertain political times or just feeling down in general? Are you along the sexual or gender continuum ( LGBTQ +) & looking for someone who gets it? Or are you & your partner/spouse struggling in your relationship? I'd like to help. I've been committed to helping kids, parents, couples & the LGBTQ + community feel heard, cared for & understood for over 25 years. So, if you or a teen who identifies as LGBTQ +, are coming out or questioning their sexuality/identity/gender, I am here to help. I also help parents & couples improve their relationships, including ex’s co-parent.
(919) 885-1200 
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Durham, NC 27713
Offers online therapy
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Holly Rae Culton
Psychologist, MA, LPA
Verified
I specialize in LGBTQ + affirmative therapy and welcome clients from all backgrounds.
We all get stuck and need support from a therapist to grow into a happier place. Though it is a universal experience, it can be difficult to navigate alone. During sessions you will receive unconditional acceptance and the support you need to heal and grow. New ways of thinking and relating then lead to emotional well being. In my practice I work with adults age 21 and older.
(919) 666-3793 
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Durham, NC 27701
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Marley Toben
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
I love helping folx adopt an empowered & compassionate lens through which to reflect on difficult life experiences & how they are being managed. My areas of speciality are anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma. Helping LGBTQ + folx unburden themselves of minority stress, attachment wounds, & family dysfunction so that they may lead more meaningful & authentic lives is also a great passion of mine. I believe that we all possess the internal resources necessary to create a new status quo that prioritizes our psychological freedom, self-knowing, and passions. My job is to help my clients uncover & utilize those innate skills.
(919) 343-5133 
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Durham, NC 27701
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Louise Bell
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate, LCSWA
Verified
Please note that I am currently in the process of becoming paneled with BCBS. I am able to provide a superbill to submit for reimbursement from your insurance agency... I have especially enjoyed working with folks in emerging and young adulthood who are seeking satisfaction and fulfillment in their lives. Many of those that I have worked with have faced challenges with life transitions, LGBTQIA + identity, systemic oppression, interpersonal relationships, and trauma. I believe that the therapeutic relationship as a collaboration between client and therapist; ultimately, that you, the client, are the experts of their own life.
 
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Durham, NC 27707
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Rachel Maguire
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWA
Verified
I myself am a member of the LGBTQIA + community, am committed to anti-racist, intersectional work, and practice from a space of cultural humility.
I work well with anyone struggling with symptoms of mental illness (including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder), processing trauma or grief, undergoing transitions, exploring their gender or sexual identity, or is a survivor of gender violence. I also understand the emotional impact of online relationships, friendships, and community building, and enjoy working with folks immersed in online culture or who have online/long-distance support systems.
 
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Durham, NC 27703
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LGBTQ+ Therapists
These therapists specialize in providing supportive, LGBTQ-affirming therapy in Durham. 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.