Counseling Unconditionally

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The map shown above represents mental health providers in Tennessee who provide affirmative services, especially in regards to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Please click on the top right of the map to make it larger so you can search your address/location to find counselors close to you and more information about them (e.g., website, e-mail address, insurance options, etc.).

The "Counseling Discrimination Law" (formerly HB1840) passed in 2016 highlights the need for counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health providers to speak out for inclusive and affirmative practices.  We urge any mental health provider to endorse the statement at the bottom of the page. 

As counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers serving clients in Tennessee, we affirm that we do not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity and we will not use our own sincerely held principles as a reason to turn clients away. 

Note:  The Tennessee Equality Project and the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation reserve the right to refuse membership to any provider or revoke a provider's listing.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to [email protected]

Who's endorsing

Rheame Ali Rheame Ali - Symmetry Counseling
Jennifer Valli Jennifer Valli, PhD, AASECT sex therapist
Jill Shrum Nashville Center for Trauma and Pyschotherapy
Edith Love Reverend Edith A. Love
Faith Stevens Faith Stevens, LPC-MHSP
Michael Samis Healing Umbrella Psychotherapy LLC
Laura Knapp Open Door Counseling
Shannon Brown Psychotherapy & Forensic Services
Ray White Whitewood Counseling & Consultation
Leslie Wilson-Charles, M.S., LMFT Knox Family Therapy
Hope Burbine Foothills Counseling and Wellness
Claude Robinson CLAUDE ROBINSON
Sarah Grove Sarah Elizabeth Grove, LCSW
Stefanie Hynds Healing Steps with Stefanie
Pam Kelner Jewish Family Service of Nashville and Middle TN
Brooke Bagley Brooke Bagley, LPC-MHSP
Tristan Petty Hope In Healing, Inc.
William Braswell William Braswell, LMSW
Faith Stevens Faith Stevens, LPC-MHSP

1,154 endorsements

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  • Hannah Pollok
    endorsed 2022-08-11 15:37:59 -0500
  • Rheame Ali
    Rheame Ali - Symmetry Counseling endorsed 2022-07-29 15:41:06 -0500
    SPECIALTIES include: Trauma, Childhood Trauma, Neglect & Abuse, Trauma Related to Body Size, LGBTQIA Issues, Identity Development, Anxiety, Depression, Non-traditional Relationship Structures, Sex Work Allied (Including survival based sex work), Chronic illness, Substance Misuse, Racial Trauma, Sexuality, Self-esteem, ADHD, Neuro-divergence
  • Jennifer Valli
    Jennifer Valli, PhD, AASECT sex therapist endorsed 2022-06-29 21:07:07 -0500
  • Jill Shrum
    Nashville Center for Trauma and Pyschotherapy endorsed 2022-05-05 09:51:17 -0500
  • deborah Ray
    endorsed 2022-04-22 11:27:07 -0500
  • Barbara Woody
    endorsed 2022-04-10 09:36:41 -0500
    I provide affirmative services, especially in regards to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
  • Edith Love
    Reverend Edith A. Love endorsed 2022-02-05 18:28:56 -0600
    Unitarian Universalist minister, offering pastoral counseling to all people, especially LGBTQ+
  • Caitlin Williams
    endorsed 2021-11-18 17:31:43 -0600
  • Laura Fieser
    endorsed via 2021-11-18 10:30:45 -0600
  • Faith Stevens
    Faith Stevens, LPC-MHSP endorsed 2021-11-12 09:06:10 -0600
  • Michael Samis
    Healing Umbrella Psychotherapy LLC endorsed 2021-11-07 12:21:32 -0600
    I’m an openly queer therapist specializing in LGBTQ+ issues, gender-affirming care, and healing from trauma, anxiety, and depression. I also offer poly-affirming LGBTQ+ relationship counseling.
  • Nicole Saylor
    endorsed 2021-10-09 16:10:28 -0500
    I am a psychologist who approaches my work from a relational psychotherapy lens. I provide a welcoming space for clients ages 16 and up. I have extensive experience in parenting, adoption, and special needs in children, as well as in supporting higher education professionals in the mental health journeys. I invite clients of all genders, races, sexualities, faiths, into a safe, therapeutic space for healing, growth, and identity formation.
  • Laura Knapp
    Open Door Counseling endorsed 2021-08-24 11:24:38 -0500
    Whether you are a new mom, in the early stages of transitioning or coming out, in the middle of a personal or family crisis, or simply someone who wants a place to talk and a person to listen, my virtual office door is always open. I’m also available to write letters for trans folks; simply call and we’ll discuss what we can work on together.
  • Dayle Stewart, M. Ed., NCC
    endorsed 2021-08-10 09:41:30 -0500
  • Shannon Brown
    Psychotherapy & Forensic Services endorsed 2021-05-05 13:07:00 -0500
    We are a safe and affirming practice that is staffed with knowledgeable, experienced LGBTQ+ mental health therapists who also advocate for our community members and their civil rights. We help all LGBTQ+ Tennesseeans.
  • Ray White
    Whitewood Counseling & Consultation endorsed 2021-04-18 12:36:26 -0500
  • Leslie Wilson-Charles, M.S., LMFT
    Knox Family Therapy endorsed 2021-03-23 12:26:30 -0500
  • Hope Burbine
    Foothills Counseling and Wellness endorsed 2021-03-23 00:07:16 -0500
  • Claude Robinson
    CLAUDE ROBINSON endorsed 2021-03-20 20:38:40 -0500
  • Sarah Grove
    Sarah Elizabeth Grove, LCSW endorsed 2021-02-21 12:16:15 -0600
    I am able to provide letters after appropriate assessment. I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Laura Fieser
    endorsed 2021-02-08 11:43:43 -0600
  • Stefanie Hynds
    Healing Steps with Stefanie endorsed 2021-02-03 11:50:15 -0600
  • Pam Kelner
    Jewish Family Service of Nashville and Middle TN endorsed 2020-11-11 14:12:21 -0600
    Pam Kelner is the ED, but the provider who should be listed is Toni Jacobsen, LCSW Clinical Director

    615-354-1672
  • Brooke Bagley
    Brooke Bagley, LPC-MHSP endorsed 2020-10-05 20:45:56 -0500
  • Tristan Petty
    Hope In Healing, Inc. endorsed 2020-09-23 09:43:13 -0500
  • William Braswell
    William Braswell, LMSW endorsed 2020-09-21 09:06:07 -0500
    Good day to all! I have started a new therapy and counseling program here in Knoxville, TN. The program is Affirmative Therapy, working with LGBTQIA+. This program consists of individual (Teletherapy) sessions, couples sessions, and group sessions.

    Affirmative therapy is: an approach to therapy that embraces a positive view of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identities and relationships and addresses the negative influences that homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism have on the lives of LGBTQ clients.
  • Megan Thomas
    endorsed 2020-09-18 21:58:07 -0500
    I am an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist and specialize in trauma and anxiety. I primarily work with adolescents and adults.
  • Faith Stevens
    Faith Stevens, LPC-MHSP endorsed 2020-09-18 09:18:49 -0500
  • Deanna Candeloro
    endorsed 2020-08-11 19:34:46 -0500
  • Destiny White
    endorsed 2020-07-02 12:14:24 -0500

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