Transgender Therapists in Brentwood, TN

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Tynya Patton
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, MHSP, SP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
Are you depressed or anxious or both? You’ve tried a lot of things but nothing seems to help. You’re not fully accepted by your family and friends because of your gender expression or sexuality. Anxiety only adds to your distress. Gender dysphoria may manifest as depression, anxiety, or feeling disgust at the way your body looks. You can learn ways to cope with dysphoria. We can work together to use coping skills.
Are you depressed or anxious or both? You’ve tried a lot of things but nothing seems to help. You’re not fully accepted by your family and friends because of your gender expression or sexuality. Anxiety only adds to your distress. Gender dysphoria may manifest as depression, anxiety, or feeling disgust at the way your body looks. You can learn ways to cope with dysphoria. We can work together to use coping skills.
(615) 492-2647 View (615) 492-2647
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Julia A McAninch
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37024
My specialty areas include trauma and PTSD (rape, child abuse, domestic violence, neglect, emotional abuse, car accidents and other accidents, combat exposure, and other violent crimes); relationship issues (couples therapy, recovering from affairs, LGBT couples, family conflict); sexuality (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning concerns, sexual performance, diverse sexual expression); gender (women's issues, men's issues, transgender issues); identity exploration (college students, multicultural populations, career changes); mood disorders (depression and anxiety); along with other areas of concern. Please go to www.mcaninchpsychological.com to see more.
My specialty areas include trauma and PTSD (rape, child abuse, domestic violence, neglect, emotional abuse, car accidents and other accidents, combat exposure, and other violent crimes); relationship issues (couples therapy, recovering from affairs, LGBT couples, family conflict); sexuality (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning concerns, sexual performance, diverse sexual expression); gender (women's issues, men's issues, transgender issues); identity exploration (college students, multicultural populations, career changes); mood disorders (depression and anxiety); along with other areas of concern. Please go to www.mcaninchpsychological.com to see more.
(615) 208-7104 View (615) 208-7104
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Stephen Lockridge
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MTS, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
Each of us has our own unique path and challenges to navigate in this life. Many of us struggle to find the freedom to live out our truth and to follow our hearts because we are bound by societal and/or familial conditioning and programming that pressures us to fit into a certain mold that may not align with who we are and what we find to be true. This binding can often show up as anxiety or unhappiness, and many of us have trauma that continues to live in our bodies influencing the ways in which we react to what we encounter in life. We can work together to understand and alleviate what is keeping you from being more free.
Each of us has our own unique path and challenges to navigate in this life. Many of us struggle to find the freedom to live out our truth and to follow our hearts because we are bound by societal and/or familial conditioning and programming that pressures us to fit into a certain mold that may not align with who we are and what we find to be true. This binding can often show up as anxiety or unhappiness, and many of us have trauma that continues to live in our bodies influencing the ways in which we react to what we encounter in life. We can work together to understand and alleviate what is keeping you from being more free.
(615) 398-6645 View (615) 398-6645
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Dr. D. Lee McGahey
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC, NCC, CISD
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hey there, most of my patients just call me "Doc" to keep it simple. My specialty areas include anxiety, relationship issues for couples, PTSD, & gastric bypass evaluations. Listen, life does not have to hurt ALL the time, & it is way too short to STAY unhappy & overwhelmed. You have the power to take back control of your life, job, family, & future. Rome, as great a city as it was in its prime, was not built in a day; it took time & a "plan". Together, we can develop a "plan" to get to the greatness inside you. Success is achievable; you just need the right coach. Call or email today & let me help you.
Hey there, most of my patients just call me "Doc" to keep it simple. My specialty areas include anxiety, relationship issues for couples, PTSD, & gastric bypass evaluations. Listen, life does not have to hurt ALL the time, & it is way too short to STAY unhappy & overwhelmed. You have the power to take back control of your life, job, family, & future. Rome, as great a city as it was in its prime, was not built in a day; it took time & a "plan". Together, we can develop a "plan" to get to the greatness inside you. Success is achievable; you just need the right coach. Call or email today & let me help you.
(615) 257-8457 View (615) 257-8457
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Amanda Mills
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Amanda Mills is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she earned dual Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Sociology, followed by a Master's degree in Professional Counseling. Amanda is a licensed professional counseling and a mental health service provider in the state of Tennessee. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor, as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Amanda has extensive experience in various mental health and substance abuse treatment settings.
Amanda Mills is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she earned dual Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Sociology, followed by a Master's degree in Professional Counseling. Amanda is a licensed professional counseling and a mental health service provider in the state of Tennessee. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor, as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Amanda has extensive experience in various mental health and substance abuse treatment settings.
(865) 658-8867 View (865) 658-8867
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Penny Reif
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
My life was changed when someone took the time to listen to me without judgement. I hope I can be that person for you! I am here help you relearn how to listen to your intuition and focus on your needs using empathy, unconditional positive regard, and practical tools (as needed) for you to meet your goals. My clients tend to fall under the neurodivergent umbrella, and benefit from a sensory-aware environment that also aims to support executive function. I also specialize in depression, nerd-culture, spiritual deconstruction, and LGBTQIA+ concerns.
My life was changed when someone took the time to listen to me without judgement. I hope I can be that person for you! I am here help you relearn how to listen to your intuition and focus on your needs using empathy, unconditional positive regard, and practical tools (as needed) for you to meet your goals. My clients tend to fall under the neurodivergent umbrella, and benefit from a sensory-aware environment that also aims to support executive function. I also specialize in depression, nerd-culture, spiritual deconstruction, and LGBTQIA+ concerns.
(629) 263-7984 View (629) 263-7984
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Brock Searcy
Counselor, LPC, MHSP, CST
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
My background includes advanced training in Sexual Disorders, Depression, Anxiety and Trauma. I'm a Licensed Psychotherapist & Certified Sex Therapist in private practice located in Brentwood. I would love to hear your story and be available to help. No two peoples' experiences are ever the same and whether your issue is emotional, behavioral or just life circumstances I'm ready to walk down that path with you (Couples and Individuals). Areas of focus include victims of sexual abuse. I am EMDR trained (Level 1 & Level 2), Gottman Level 1 trained and TF-CBT Certified.
My background includes advanced training in Sexual Disorders, Depression, Anxiety and Trauma. I'm a Licensed Psychotherapist & Certified Sex Therapist in private practice located in Brentwood. I would love to hear your story and be available to help. No two peoples' experiences are ever the same and whether your issue is emotional, behavioral or just life circumstances I'm ready to walk down that path with you (Couples and Individuals). Areas of focus include victims of sexual abuse. I am EMDR trained (Level 1 & Level 2), Gottman Level 1 trained and TF-CBT Certified.
(615) 209-9034 View (615) 209-9034
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Hilary King-Werthan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
I hope to create a safe space where vulnerability and honesty can be practiced and valued. My therapeutic relationship with my clients is most important to me; I develop and maintain meaningful therapeutic relationships full of genuine discussion, rigorous honesty and self-reflection. I enjoy working with couples who are feeling disconnected and unheard, parents struggling to understand and effectively guide and influence their child, women who want to learn healthy boundaries in order to achieve relationships with themselves and others that are authentic, and families struggling with codependency and enmeshment.
I hope to create a safe space where vulnerability and honesty can be practiced and valued. My therapeutic relationship with my clients is most important to me; I develop and maintain meaningful therapeutic relationships full of genuine discussion, rigorous honesty and self-reflection. I enjoy working with couples who are feeling disconnected and unheard, parents struggling to understand and effectively guide and influence their child, women who want to learn healthy boundaries in order to achieve relationships with themselves and others that are authentic, and families struggling with codependency and enmeshment.
(615) 358-5434 View (615) 358-5434
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Nashville OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center
Psychologist, PhD, HSP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
As a licensed clinical psychologist and faculty member for the International OCD Foundation, I'm proud to lead as the Founding Director of the Nashville OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center (NOATC). We provide individual, group, and family therapy for people all across the lifespan. Our specialties include the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, panic, and OC spectrum disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder. Our approach to therapy is grounded in research-based techniques and a belief that individuals are most open to change when they feel that their unique traits are respected.
As a licensed clinical psychologist and faculty member for the International OCD Foundation, I'm proud to lead as the Founding Director of the Nashville OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center (NOATC). We provide individual, group, and family therapy for people all across the lifespan. Our specialties include the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, panic, and OC spectrum disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder. Our approach to therapy is grounded in research-based techniques and a belief that individuals are most open to change when they feel that their unique traits are respected.
(615) 398-6860 View (615) 398-6860
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Laurie Cooper
Psychologist, PsyD, HSP, CEDS-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
There are many reasons why we enter therapy. Sometimes we are in need of healing from immense hurt. Sometimes, we are at a crossroad in our lives where we know we need to change direction. Whatever your reason for seeking therapy, I want you to know that I approach therapy humbly; knowing that while the hard work of change is up to you, I am fully committed to bringing respect, hopefulness and the best of my knowledge to our work together. I believe there is great power in self-awareness, authenticity and acceptance. They give us the courage to take the next step toward more fulfilling and happier lives.
There are many reasons why we enter therapy. Sometimes we are in need of healing from immense hurt. Sometimes, we are at a crossroad in our lives where we know we need to change direction. Whatever your reason for seeking therapy, I want you to know that I approach therapy humbly; knowing that while the hard work of change is up to you, I am fully committed to bringing respect, hopefulness and the best of my knowledge to our work together. I believe there is great power in self-awareness, authenticity and acceptance. They give us the courage to take the next step toward more fulfilling and happier lives.
(615) 544-6971 View (615) 544-6971
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Taylor Eades
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPC, MHSP(T), NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
My approach as a therapist is to first reduce any distress that is showing up in the present in order to provide a more immediate sense of relief before walking alongside you to the places of pain in the past. Once we are able to step into past pain, we can work together to rewrite any false narratives and process through your individual experiences in order to create lasting healing. I have experience working with teenagers as young as 15, to adults in their late 70s. My specialties include working with trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, chronic health issues and I have experience working with those who have a TBI.
My approach as a therapist is to first reduce any distress that is showing up in the present in order to provide a more immediate sense of relief before walking alongside you to the places of pain in the past. Once we are able to step into past pain, we can work together to rewrite any false narratives and process through your individual experiences in order to create lasting healing. I have experience working with teenagers as young as 15, to adults in their late 70s. My specialties include working with trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, chronic health issues and I have experience working with those who have a TBI.
(615) 488-3573 View (615) 488-3573
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Courtney S Peterson
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Not one of us is immune to struggles in life. You may be experiencing stress or a life transition. Perhaps you struggle with anxiety or depression. Eating disorders or personality disorders. You may be having trouble communicating with your partner. Maybe you’ve experienced infidelity. It might be that your family needs therapy to heal. We could all use a little help from time to time. I’m here to support you no matter the issue. I specialize in depression, anxiety, bipolar, eating disorders, relationship struggles, and LGBTQ mental health.
Not one of us is immune to struggles in life. You may be experiencing stress or a life transition. Perhaps you struggle with anxiety or depression. Eating disorders or personality disorders. You may be having trouble communicating with your partner. Maybe you’ve experienced infidelity. It might be that your family needs therapy to heal. We could all use a little help from time to time. I’m here to support you no matter the issue. I specialize in depression, anxiety, bipolar, eating disorders, relationship struggles, and LGBTQ mental health.
(615) 265-1613 View (615) 265-1613
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Music Therapy Nashville
MD, MT-BC, NMT
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
I offer clients wellness services, mental health therapy, and medical and neurological rehabilitation services that use traditional talk therapy as well as music and the creative arts as treatment tools. My goal is to help you, or your child, develop the skills and abilities to feel your best physically, mentally, and emotionally. Sessions may include education around the role of trauma, past experience, and neurochemistry in how we feel and act now, mindfulness exercises, relaxation practices, creativity-based activities, and the development of individualized plans to help practice healthier thought and behavior patterns.
I offer clients wellness services, mental health therapy, and medical and neurological rehabilitation services that use traditional talk therapy as well as music and the creative arts as treatment tools. My goal is to help you, or your child, develop the skills and abilities to feel your best physically, mentally, and emotionally. Sessions may include education around the role of trauma, past experience, and neurochemistry in how we feel and act now, mindfulness exercises, relaxation practices, creativity-based activities, and the development of individualized plans to help practice healthier thought and behavior patterns.
(629) 205-6433 View (629) 205-6433
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Polly Douse
Pre-Licensed Professional, MMFTC
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Are you tired of feeling stuck? Maybe you find anxiety and stress following you around too much. Perhaps you long for a sincere relationship but continue to stumble in and out of difficult relationships. What would it take for you to try therapy and see what happens? You may be surprised at what it could hold for you.
Are you tired of feeling stuck? Maybe you find anxiety and stress following you around too much. Perhaps you long for a sincere relationship but continue to stumble in and out of difficult relationships. What would it take for you to try therapy and see what happens? You may be surprised at what it could hold for you.
(615) 288-5688 View (615) 288-5688
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Susan Hyatt-Birnholz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
Sometimes life gives you more than you can manage and you need someone to talk to who can really listen without judgement, can empathize and give you the right tools to help you work your way through a crisis. I want to be that person for you. Whether you are going through a personal crisis, divorce/marital problems, you're single in dead-end relationships, you're a caregiver to a special needs child or dying elderly parent or you are a band or musician needing career counseling - we will walk through your journey together and create a healthier you.
Sometimes life gives you more than you can manage and you need someone to talk to who can really listen without judgement, can empathize and give you the right tools to help you work your way through a crisis. I want to be that person for you. Whether you are going through a personal crisis, divorce/marital problems, you're single in dead-end relationships, you're a caregiver to a special needs child or dying elderly parent or you are a band or musician needing career counseling - we will walk through your journey together and create a healthier you.
(615) 667-8218 View (615) 667-8218
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Tina Adornato
Pre-Licensed Professional, MMF, RN, MBA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
Are you looking a child therapist for your child age 4- 17 ? Are you looking for a way to build a healthier relationship with your teenager or family member along with creating stronger connections? If you are in need of learning coping skills or help with anxiety or depression please reach out? I am a Family Therapist in the Brentwood area. I have experience teaching Montessori children, directing a preschool and a background in human development from my Registered Degree.
Are you looking a child therapist for your child age 4- 17 ? Are you looking for a way to build a healthier relationship with your teenager or family member along with creating stronger connections? If you are in need of learning coping skills or help with anxiety or depression please reach out? I am a Family Therapist in the Brentwood area. I have experience teaching Montessori children, directing a preschool and a background in human development from my Registered Degree.
(629) 265-9791 View (629) 265-9791
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Chelsea Nixon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Clients often come to me because they have relational goals or challenges that have them feeling stuck and overwhelmed. Whether navigating the complexities of non-monogamy, figuring out relationships in the context of your sexual or gender identity, struggling with communication and conflict, working through relational traumas, or trying to achieve more sexual fulfillment, you deserve a therapist who is competent and respectful and who will partner with you in your work to be a happier human. That is what I strive to do.
Clients often come to me because they have relational goals or challenges that have them feeling stuck and overwhelmed. Whether navigating the complexities of non-monogamy, figuring out relationships in the context of your sexual or gender identity, struggling with communication and conflict, working through relational traumas, or trying to achieve more sexual fulfillment, you deserve a therapist who is competent and respectful and who will partner with you in your work to be a happier human. That is what I strive to do.
(615) 200-1197 View (615) 200-1197
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Caitlin Coile
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMHSP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
People start to heal the moment they feel heard. That is my goal in sitting with clients - to move towards healing by hearing their stories, strifes, and successes. I incorporate multiple modalities of treatment to give each client a unique experience that meets their specific needs. My hope is to join my clients in achieving meaningful and deep healing, identifying resources for continued growth, and developing secure attachments in their relationships. I am passionate about working with individuals and families of all ages who are processing through life transitions, identity, relationship issues, trauma, and grief and loss.
People start to heal the moment they feel heard. That is my goal in sitting with clients - to move towards healing by hearing their stories, strifes, and successes. I incorporate multiple modalities of treatment to give each client a unique experience that meets their specific needs. My hope is to join my clients in achieving meaningful and deep healing, identifying resources for continued growth, and developing secure attachments in their relationships. I am passionate about working with individuals and families of all ages who are processing through life transitions, identity, relationship issues, trauma, and grief and loss.
(615) 471-7684 View (615) 471-7684
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Alyssa Pesavento
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
You may be seeking therapy because you constantly feel overwhelmed and on edge. It’ feels like you’re walking on a tightrope and one false move spells disaster. Or you may be feeling so low it’s as if you’re moving through quicksand, pulling you deeper into despair. These days you spend all your energy trying to avoid further pain instead of living out your true purpose. Anxiety and depression often come as a package deal, especially if you’re a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). If you feel like your life is being ruled by overwhelming emotions, know that it doesn’t always have to feel this way. Peace is possible, and therapy can help.
You may be seeking therapy because you constantly feel overwhelmed and on edge. It’ feels like you’re walking on a tightrope and one false move spells disaster. Or you may be feeling so low it’s as if you’re moving through quicksand, pulling you deeper into despair. These days you spend all your energy trying to avoid further pain instead of living out your true purpose. Anxiety and depression often come as a package deal, especially if you’re a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). If you feel like your life is being ruled by overwhelming emotions, know that it doesn’t always have to feel this way. Peace is possible, and therapy can help.
(615) 412-5406 View (615) 412-5406
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Travis Moore
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
As humans, we develop physically, emotionally, spiritually, and relationally throughout our lives. During our life our development becomes tested by typical and/or atypical challenges. How we respond to these challenges impacts our continued growth. I love working with people across the lifespan addressing these challenges during which learning, growth, and empowerment stem. I have a particular interest in working with children, adolescents, and young adults in their process of ‘becoming’.
As humans, we develop physically, emotionally, spiritually, and relationally throughout our lives. During our life our development becomes tested by typical and/or atypical challenges. How we respond to these challenges impacts our continued growth. I love working with people across the lifespan addressing these challenges during which learning, growth, and empowerment stem. I have a particular interest in working with children, adolescents, and young adults in their process of ‘becoming’.
(629) 258-7137 View (629) 258-7137
Transgender Therapists

As a gender-diverse individual, why might I want to see a therapist who is also gender diverse?

A trans or gender-diverse client may want to see a therapist who is also trans or gender diverse because the client may feel safer sharing their experiences and more confident that the therapist will understand, validate, and support them. But trans or gender-diverse clients can also benefit from therapy with cisgender therapists; this is a personal decision based on the connection between the client and the therapist, and if that connection is strong, therapy will be successful.

What if I cannot find a therapist who shares my gender identity?

Therapy can still be effective if a therapist does not share a client’s gender identity; a large body of research indicates that the most important factor in successful therapy is the therapeutic alliance. A therapist can also be interviewed for sensitivity and competence on gender identity and expression to ensure they possess appropriate knowledge and skills. Many therapists have excellent training and extensive experience working with gender-diverse clients, and that expertise can be invaluable despite a therapist not sharing the same firsthand experiences.

How can I recognize a good therapist for working with gender-diverse clients?

An experienced therapist should be able to help clients explore their gender identity and expression, alleviate discomfort related to their gender identity, treat mental health challenges and trauma, address existing relationships and communication with family members and loved ones, and determine the next steps pertaining to nonmedical or medical gender-affirming interventions. To recognize a good therapist, clients can ask about these topics and explore their comfort and connection with the clinician.

How might I inquire about a therapist’s experience working with transgender clients?

Clients should feel comfortable asking therapists directly about their experience working with transgender or gender-diverse clientele. For example, clients may ask about the therapist’s training and education with regard to gender identity, how many trans clients they’ve worked with in the past, and what sorts of matters were discussed. You may wish to inquire how a therapist specifically supports the needs of transgender clients or clients questioning their gender identity. A good clinician who is nonetheless not the right fit for you is often happy to make referrals to others based on the concerns you articulate in a preliminary conversation.