LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Knoxville, TN

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Amber Byrge
Pre-Licensed Professional, TLPC
Verified
I specialize in LGBTQIA + issues.
My ideal client is someone coming forward with the intent to learn and change with an open mind and heart. In counseling I can give all the resources the client needs to succeed but unless they reach out and take it there won't be any changes.
(865) 327-2110 
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Knoxville, TN 37923
Offers online therapy
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Hannah Kristian Monarch
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, MHSP
Verified
I work with a range of clients and issues, but specialize in dissociation and complex trauma in addition to work with teens, young adults, and the LGBTQIA + community. My biggest strengths as a counselor are my empathy and open-mindedness. I meet clients where they are at, tailoring our work to your preferences and needs, whether you would benefit most from talk therapy, skill building, trauma processing, or a combination of these. This supports building individualized treatment plans and applying creative, validating techniques.
(865) 309-9418 
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Knoxville, TN 37919
Offers online therapy
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Christina R Perkins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LCSW
Verified
I especially enjoy working with the LGBTQIA + community and consider it my specialty.
Ideally, I work with individuals who are 16 years of age and older who are struggling to tell their story, those who need someone safe to listen to them, or those who have had a difficult time articulating all their menu of options might contain. Folks who are best fit are those who have perhaps tried talk therapy over and over and are ready to do some work to look at and address the roots of the issues that continue to show up. I have experience treating clients with childhood and adult trauma and received training in EMDR in 2019.
(865) 270-5276 
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Knoxville, TN 37919
Not accepting new clients
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Nicolette Tomaszewski
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified
I provide a safe space for LGBTQIA , SWers, and alternative lifestyles.
No matter what you do, it's never enough. Everyone thinks you have it together, but they have no idea. Inside, you are struggling. You say it's no big deal, other people have it worse. You stay busy so you don't have to think about it or feel it. Yet, it won't go away. And now it's starting to impact your relationships and work. You're tired of pushing through. You can't keep putting yourself last. By working together, you will learn how to prioritize your needs, trust yourself, build healthy relationships, and believe you are enough. The work we do will be highly unique to you and your needs. You don't have to do this alone.
(931) 218-7794 
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Knoxville, TN 37902
Offers online therapy
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Whitney Stephens
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, NCC
Verified
I specialize in Autism, ADHD, and behavioral issues. I also specialize in LGBTQ +. I have several years experience in substance abuse, dual diagnosis, and trauma as well. I have a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and in Mental Health Counseling.
(865) 328-1941 
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Knoxville, TN 37901
Offers online therapy
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Justin Friel
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
I'm a trained sex therapist specializing in concerns relating to sex, sexuality, gender identity, & LGBT + concerns.
Life is hard. It can be confusing and full of pain and loss, as well as growth and joy. Our pasts too often crowd into our present, and our fear of the future too often holds us hostage. Sometimes we’re just at a loss, asking questions like “who am I anyway,” “why does this keep happening” or “why do I keep doing this.” Or maybe you are facing some inner conflict between parts of yourself, and it is getting in the way of how they want to live their lives. These and many other things are the sorts of things that often bring someone to counseling, and they are the things that many of my clients face. I’m here to help with that.
(865) 234-9514 
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Knoxville, TN 37919
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
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Aaron M Free
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSSW
Verified
I am a queer therapist specializing in LGB and transgender /non-binary identities, survivors of acute and complex trauma, grief, men’s issues, and suicidal ideation. I’m passionate about my work with survivors of all types of traumas. I am particularly interested in helping survivors of sexual abuse find safety and healing. My priority is ensuring you feel safe, supported, and comfortable diving into topics that might be difficult. We will go at your pace and welcome any parts of you that come up in session. I work as a guide, walking beside you on your journey and observing what is on the path and what directions we could take.
(865) 327-2011 
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Knoxville, TN 37919
Offers online therapy
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Logan Mahan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I'm an LGBT + friendly therapist and especially enjoy working with gay men and other sexual minority men navigating addiction, religious trauma, identity issues, grieving fractured relationships, navigating sex and intimacy, dealing with anxiety and existential confusion surrounding faith & sexuality.
I help clients struggling with identity issues, trauma, anxiety, grief, life transitions, and substance abuse issues using a promising new approach called Acceptance & Integration Training (AAIT). What you'll love most about AAIT is its ability to help you quickly resolve the layers of conditioning, self-judgment, loss, and regrets and access a greater sense of wholeness and peace.
(865) 337-8396 
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Knoxville, TN 37919
Offers online therapy
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Gender Dysphoria Assessments & Counseling TN
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
You do not have to explain yourself here. As someone who identifies as Queer and GNC, I admire your journey and celebrate the places you are heading. I’m here to help you make decisions that will lead to your best life.
(773) 875-0928 
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Knoxville, TN 37902
Offers online therapy
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Rebecca Deardorff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, ADHD, OCD, LGBTQ issues, gender-affirming, and women's issues.
Have you struggled to find a therapist who respects your individuality while challenging you to grow? My name is Rebecca, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social work with eight years of experience in Tennessee. I am passionate about supporting people through their lives' ups and downs. My counseling style is focused on the client. I believe they are the expert in their own life, and I am here to support them make the changes they want to make for their life. I enjoy working with and have experience with LGBTQ + clients, and I am poly, sex, and kink knowledgeable.
(629) 201-7754 
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Knoxville, TN 37912
Offers online therapy
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Scott Hendrix
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW
Verified
I love diversity, focus on the LGBTQ community, but feel everyone deserves therapy! I have specific experience working with law enforcement/public safety professionals and in programs specifically designed for individuals from the healthcare, transportation/railroad, and aviation industries with mental health/substance use disorders. I treat most conditions, but typically treat individuals, couples, students, and adolescents living with trauma/PTSD, ADHD/ADD, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, religious trauma, sexual addictions, and anger management concerns. Visit www.truthlightcounseling.com to see if we're a good fit!
(865) 205-8606 
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Knoxville, TN 37923
Offers online therapy
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Aleana Young
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I provide services that are holistic and focus on the mind, body, and spirit connection to optimize healing and wellness. My passion is guiding others to help them understand their authentic self and empower them to find their inner strengths. I have extensive experience working with PTSD and trauma related disorders. I assist clients exploring their inner selves to get to the root of any traumatic experiences and negative cognitions. I love helping women empower themselves, serving the LGBTQ community, and utilizing additional healing practices.
(865) 234-9336 
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Knoxville, TN 37922
Offers online therapy
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Meirav Matityahou
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified
We all differ in meaningful ways, and therefore, therapy is different with each person. With careful, non-judgmental, and respectful listening, I hope you will feel deeply understood and hopeful, and we will be able to work together in a genuine, collaborative way. I work with adults with different difficulties and emotional struggles like depression, anxiety, trauma, identity, relationship issues, LGBT , cancer, life transitions and losses. Being of an international background and past military service, I value diversity and am deeply attuned to your unique background (cultural, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation) and its effect on your individuality.
(865) 622-9450 
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Knoxville, TN 37919
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Alexa Borrows
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, MHSP
Verified
In addition, I also work with transgender individuals.
***IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY FOR NEW CLIENTS*** My goal is to empower you to identify and overcome personal obstacles that are preventing you from getting the most out of life. I strive to create a warm, empathetic, understanding and, most importantly, collaborative environment. Working together, we will tackle life’s challenges—whether they may be problems of anxiety, self-esteem, or unhealthy patterns of behavior. I specialize in treating anxiety, OCD, phobias, eating disorders, and life transitions. My background is in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and my hope is to help you live a more meaningful life.
(865) 205-0788 
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Knoxville, TN 37934
Offers online therapy
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Mariah Williams Wooldridge
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, NCC
Verified
I am also passionate about working with LGBTQ + populations, as well as other marginalized community members.
I'm only taking telehealth clients at this time. I help clients honor their past, find their voice, and create their future. It's important that my clients feel valued and respected. My commitment to you is simple: to hold an open non-judgmental space where you may reflect, learn, and grow while feeling supported, safe, and gently challenged. Eventually our discoveries will become a part of your inner voice. You'll be able to notice patterns, challenge your thoughts, and consistently live according to your ideal values. You will become your own advocate. Our work will be together, but your success will be yours.
(423) 403-3956 
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Knoxville, TN 37930
Offers online therapy
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Jaema Hayes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Please note: You will get a faster response by emailing rather than calling. I work individually with adults to provide empathy, guidance, and support as they navigate through difficult times in life. I have worked with clients suffering from a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, relationship conflict, parenting problems, unresolved trauma, grief/loss, addictions, LGBT issues, sexual/physical abuse, and more.
(865) 290-2870 
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Knoxville, TN 37923
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
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Michele Aguilar
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified
I greatly enjoy working with the LGBTQIA + community, young adults, and couples in my practice.
Are you feeling burnt out or having issues struggling with all of life’s obstacles? I get that. Let’s work through it together. I hope to help assist and support you in gaining the skills needed to successfully overcome the obstacles that you are facing as we are on this healing journey together.
(865) 346-3857 
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Knoxville, TN 37919
Offers online therapy
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Marci S Burroughs
Psychologist, PhD, CST
Verified
My main clinical focus is on sexual concerns and sexuality including gender identity, sexual orientation, mismatched libidos, ED and more. I provide a non-judgmental environment for people who identify as LGBTQ +, poly, nonmonogamous and kink to explore their concerns within the context of their lifestyle. With over 20 years of experience, I find it rewarding to work with clients to address their concerns whether it be a common problem of living, concerns with their sexuality/sex life, relationship issues, a mental health disorder or any combination of the above.
(865) 213-7517 
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Knoxville, TN 37923
Offers online therapy
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Bethany Townsend
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I AM NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. "I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your being." This quote from Hafiz sums up how I feel about my clients and how I approach our work together. No one is perfect, but everyone has value. I work to cultivate a space where people feel valued and feel safe. I am LGBT affirmative. I am currently offering therapy by telehealth only.
(865) 269-2570 
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Knoxville, TN 37940
Offers online therapy
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Christopher Burns
MS
Chris aims to provide a client-centered, solution-focused approach when working with clients. His focus is to identify interventions and strategies to assist clients in meeting their own goals. He is LGBTQ + affirmative and works with multiple diverse populations. Chris also is experienced in sports performance counseling working with athletes in multiple divisions with mental and athletic abilities.
(865) 344-5144 
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Knoxville, TN 37923
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients


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LGBTQ+ Therapists
These therapists specialize in providing supportive, LGBTQ-affirming therapy in Knoxville. 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.