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We can help you through virtual therapy.

INCLUSIVE VIRTUAL THERAPY

Do you need support, but can’t make it to an in-person appointment? Are you a busy stay-at-home or working parent, and don’t have the time to drive across town for an appointment?

Do you live in a more rural area, or maybe you prefer to just do things virtually? If so, we can help you through virtual therapy, or telehealth.

Telehealth allows us to provide counseling and therapy to our clients via live video conferencing. This can be done anywhere you have a computer or smartphone.

Telehealth appointments can be very beneficial if getting to a traditional in-person appointment is not convenient, or you simply just don’t want to.

Our telehealth solution allows you to schedule an appointment directly online and have the entire therapy session take place digitally. While you don’t need a video camera, we do recommend you use one. To learn more and get started with virtual therapy, please contact us today.

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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

After working with you, I’m as confident in my gender as it’s possible to be.
I believe you held a sacred role in my life.
Alicia Elan Harkum
She/They
Therapist Intern

Alicia Elan Harkum

I’m currently a graduate student in the Clinical Behavioral Health Master of Social Work program at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and my expected date of graduation is May 2023. In my personal time, I spend as much time as I can outside, ideally with my dog Picard.

I am here to support you in dealing with the things in your life that feel hard, confusing, or painful so that you can find clarity and calm. In our sessions, we can identify what is causing you distress and find a path to a more fulfilling and authentic life.

Working with me: I specialize in clients who are experiencing grief from all types of loss, along with caretaking, dying, and death. My specialties also include clients working through issues of anxiety & depression, sex & relationships, and gender & sexuality. No matter what you are seeking support for, know that I have personal experience and professional expertise in supporting queer and gender-diverse folks, people who are non-monogamous, and those in kink communities.

I work from a strength-based therapeutic approach, rooted in a framework of liberation. I believe that you are the most knowledgeable about your experiences.

They/She
MSW Intern

Sarah (ˈSah-ˌrah) Ghatineh

I am a queer, non-binary, Middle Eastern therapist whose pronouns are they/she. I am currently a graduate student in the Clinical Master of Social Work Program at Saint Leo University and my expected graduation date is August 2022. I like to hike, read poetry, watch movies, hang out in used bookstores, and while I cherish my solitude, cultivate relationships with my community and family (blood and chosen).

My previous experience includes working with children in educational spaces, providing family-based care to asylees, immigrants, and refugees, including 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, and working with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children to develop anti-racist, child-centered, gender-affirming, and trauma-informed care for missing children. Currently I work with adolescents and adults.

Identity Based Work: We can process your racial, sexual, and/or gender identities and how your understanding of yourself might have changed or grown. We can consider the ways your identities influence your day to day experiences and identify the ways you want to express yourself in the world. You may also have life experience as an immigrant or refugee and we can process how this has affected and transformed you. I speak Farsi fluently, in addition to English, and I can get by conversationally in Dari.

My practice is rooted in anti-racist, gender-affirming, and sex-positive perspectives that center on holistic empowerment and healing. I am consistently working to broaden my awareness surrounding the intersection of my privilege and impacting identities.

I use integrative methods, utilizing existential, narrative, person-centered, and strengths-based techniques and incorporating mindfulness methods. That being said, everyone is different in their needs and their path, and I strive to individualize my approach to care and meet clients where they are. I believe clients are the experts of their own lives and hope to provide a non-judgmental and empathetic space to acknowledge the harmful impacts of oppressive systems, while helping clients uncover their authentic potential and celebrating their growth along the way. As someone who experiences and expresses their gender, ethnic, and sexual identifies differently at different times, I will hold space for clients to explore their infinite ways of being.

Session fee: $50 per Session (Self Pay, no insurance)

She/They
LMSW, Gender Therapist

Gianna Rico

I am a queer, cis-gender, femme human that uses she/her pronouns. I spend my personal time honoring my body through intentional movement, connecting with nature, filling my living space with too many plants and cats (it’s only 3 but I swear it feels like more sometimes!), and reading the endings of books before I even start them.

I center my care around building a safe and strong therapeutic relationship with each individual that I work with. I firmly believe that human connection and support can be the first step in healing and exploration. I draw from a broad variety of techniques and approaches and, in the true spirit of collaboration, always encourage my clients to let me know how best I can support them. As a queer, body-positive, and sex-positive clinician, I believe that therapy should be a place to celebrate and discover the complexities of being a human.

Areas of Interest: I enjoy working with clients who may be experiencing issues surrounding shame, self-esteem, body image, grief, depression, anxiety, 2SLGBTQ+ concerns, relationship struggles, and life transitions. This includes children and adolescents navigating the gender spectrum.

I have a particular interest in working with those who may be carrying a child or thinking about conceiving. Taking that step can feel scary and particularly polarizing in our binary filled world. I am here to hold and honor your space.

When working with me you can expect a laid back and gentle approach fueled by my genuine curiosity to get to know you. My sessions are casual, interactive, and always affirming. In my space, there’s no pressure to act a certain way – I’m here to be with the true you.

Individual sessions: The first session is $150 (Code 90791). Sessions after that are $140 (Code 90837). You will receive monthly superbills (special receipts) in case you want to submit them to your insurance or FSA for reimbursement. If you have out of network benefits, you will end up paying out of pocket likely $40-$100 per session.

Supervisor: David Avruch, LCSW-C

She/Her/Hers
LCSW-C, Team Lead

Jasmine Holland

I’m a Black, pansexual therapist whose pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m looking forward to meeting you.

Couples/Relationship/Family Therapy: Relationships are hard, okay?! The healthiest, happiest connections still need tune-ups and adjustments now and then. I’m trained in PACT couples therapy method and utilize that in family sessions and with alternative family and relationship structures as well. Here’s what you can expect in a PACT session:

Sex Positive Therapy: Most of us have challenges related to our sex lives at some point. It’s not something that’s openly talked about in society in healthy ways and a lot of times it feels taboo to bring up in therapy. Sometimes difficulties related to sex can be due to traumatic experiences, relationship problems, or health conditions. I believe that if you are someone who wants a vibrant and fulfilling sexuality, that is possible to achieve and you may just need a non-judgmental place to process and explore ideas and experiences. You are deserving of pleasure and connection with yourself and others. We can identify barriers and come up with healing plans so you can get there. Talk about fun therapy homework!

Adolescent/Teen Therapy: I’ve learned a lot in my experience working with middle school and high school adolescents and their families. The young people I hold space with find me approachable, willing to learn about their day to day, and somebody who can help them understand more about who they are on the inside and what they want their future to look like. I’m affirming of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Whether a teen’s parents are 2SLGBTQ+ or the youth might be, I can offer support. Parents or guardians may need a place to talk about their concerns, questions, or relationship with their child. We can do this together!

Trauma Recovery: It can be scary to decide to go on a healing journey in regards to trauma, past or present. It’s hard to know what to do or how to do it and a lot of times there’s a fear that facing it will be too overwhelming to do what you need to do just to get through each day right now. Maybe you’ve noticed dissociation that’s caused some problems for you or other people in your life, intense emotional responses to triggers, or numbing or avoiding reminders. Maybe you know that intergenerational trauma is affecting the way you move through life now. We can tackle these things together and go at your own pace. Your own cultural and spiritual practices can be a powerful resource in this recovery work.

Payment Information: We are out of network with insurance companies for many reasons. Our billing specialist can submit claims for you so you can receive reimbursement from your plan includes that option. If you’d like to use your out of network benefits, please verify them with your company, as well as whether you have to meet a deductible first. I’ve listed the billing codes here you can ask about. Most plans pay you back 50%-80% of my rate. Once our biller sends a claim, it is out of our control regarding when, whether, or how much your plan reimburses you and you will need to follow up with them regarding your claims and reimbursement.

Individual Sessions: The first session is $170 (Code 90791). Sessions after that are $160 (Code 90837). You will receive monthly superbills (special receipts) in case you want to submit them to your insurance or FSA for reimbursement. If you have out of network benefits, you will end up paying out of pocket likely $40-$100 per session. I have a limited number of reduced fee appointments, with priority given to QTBIPOC. Please ask about any openings when you call.

Family or Couples/Relationship Therapy: The initial session is $200 (Code 90847) and sessions after are $190.

Please know that any communication or dealing with reimbursement denials are between you and your insurer. You always have the right to appeal denials with them, and request assistance from the MD State Insurance Commissioner. However, we do not become involved in those communications.

She/Her/Hers
LMSW

Jennifer Blue

I am a transgender, mostly gay, white woman who is passionate about mental health care for the queer, trans, polyamorous/ENM, and kinky communities.
 
I’m a graduate of the MSW program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. My hobbies include writing, cooking, nerding out about animation, tabletop roleplaying games, and video games.

What it’s like to work with me: I firmly believe that a caring and supportive therapeutic relationship is the most important part of healing. I prefer an eclectic approach, drawing tools from different sources depending on the needs you express instead of sticking to one theoretical approach, because you are the expert on you. That said, my primary background is in trauma-informed approaches to cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing, as well as some work in parts therapy, hypnotherapy, and narrative therapy. I also have experience in crisis counseling. My approach to working with couples and polycules is based on moving past blame and being “right” to responsibility and cooperation. I believe that we heal the world by healing each other and heal each other by healing the world, and view therapy as a tool to accomplish that healing and build the resilience and strength to find and grow the good in this world.

Individual sessions: The first session is $150 (Code 90791). Sessions after that are $140 (Code 90837). You will receive monthly superbills (special receipts) in case you want to submit them to your insurance or FSA for reimbursement. If you have out of network benefits, you will end up paying out of pocket likely $40-$100 per session.

Couples/Relationship Therapy: The initial session is $160 (Code 90847) and sessions after are $150.

Please know that any communication or dealing with reimbursement denials are between you and your insurer. You always have the right to appeal denials with them, and request assistance from the MD State Insurance Commissioner. However, we do not become involved in those communications.

She/Her or They/Them
LCPC

Kendra Smith

I have over 20 years of experience being a therapist and counselor educator. I have a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. Additionally, I have specialized training and experience in Multichannel Eye Movement Integration, mindfulness, clinical supervision, and distance-based counseling. I am licensed in both DC and Maryland so can see people who live in either of these locations.

When not working, I fill my time with fiber arts, exploring thrift stores, reading, and hanging with my cat and dog. I’m white and non-binary. My pronouns are she/her or they/them.

Culturally Affirmative Therapy with Deaf and Hard of Hearing People: I have extensive experience working with Deaf community and am familiar with Deaf culture. I’m bilingual in English and American Sign Language and one of my joys is assisting Deaf and hard of hearing individuals with life transitions, trauma recovery, and relationship challenges.

Healthy Relationships: One area of interest for me is in assisting people who want to improve their relationships. Whether you want support in parenting, building friendships, improving romantic partnerships, or finding connection with, and as, elders, I’m here to provide encouragement, feedback and support in understanding relationship patterns and styles. We can work on this individually, or in couples or family configurations.

Anxiety and Trauma: Anxiety can show up as worry, repetitive thoughts, irritability, tension, stomach pain or nausea, and a number of other ways. Trauma can manifest as having nightmares, staying alert and on edge, reliving past events, chronic illness or pain, dissociation or numbing, difficulty in various types of relationships, along with other symptoms. It can sometimes feel like there’s no hope for changing these things or living without them. I believe you can find relief from anxiety or trauma responses and am here to offer possibility of a new way of being and concrete healing strategies.

Parents of Trans and Gender Expansive Individuals: Parents usually want to be supportive and affirming but sometimes aren’t sure how. They may want information, resources, or a place to process their own emotions as changes take place. I’m here to help parents adjust and maintain a close relationship with their child.

Payment Information: We are out of network with insurance companies for many reasons. You’ll receive monthly superbills (a special receipt) in case you want to submit to your insurance or FSA. Those with out of network benefits often end up paying $40-100 per session out of pocket after reimbursement.

Couple/Relationship/Family Therapy: The first session is $205 and sessions after are $195. Some insurance plans may consider it “family therapy”, (code 90847) if the couple is married, but you’ll want to verify this with them in order to file for your out of network benefits.

Please know that any communication or dealing with reimbursement denials are between you and your insurer. You always have the right to appeal denials with them, and request assistance from the MD State Insurance Commissioner. However, we do not become involved in those communications.

They/Them/Theirs
Practice Manager

Mara Thomas

Mara (they/them/theirs) is an all-around nerd who loves writing, swimming, gardening, and bookkeeping (honestly). On any given day, their creative, queer Cancerian-ness may take the form of cooking comfort food from scratch, deciding that everything is a precious memento, and writing plays that envision a world free of hierarchy. They’re also a voice-over artist (side effects may include) and write about creativity for Artist Soapbox. A life-long musician, Mara can usually be found making noise in the punk group Cold Cream but, y’know, COVID. Since they can’t blast their face off at punk shows these days, Mara is channeling that energy into a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Mara loves talking/emailing with community members to connect folks with the best therapist for them, either in this practice or elsewhere, and to make sure that as many organizations as possible can receive training and consulting from our fabulous staff.

He/They
Ph.D.

Parker T. Hurley

Parker T. Hurley, Ph.D., is a queer, Black, non-binary, Trans activist and healer justice practitioner based in Durham, NC. Dr. Hurley is available for virtual trainings, presentations, and consultation through Hawn Therapy and Consulting. In the future, he may be available for in person trainings through travel costs will be factored into pricing.

Upon graduating with a Master’s from Hunter College School of Social Work with a concentration of community organizing in May 2006, he has provided advocacy and support within LGBTQQ communities to individuals living with major mental illness, people of color, youth and seniors. Prior to enrolling at University of North Carolina-Greensboro to pursue a doctorate degree in Educational Studies with a concentration in Higher Education in 2009, Parker spent three years as the Member Services/Outreach and Education Coordinator of the Rainbow Heights Club (RHC). Located in Brooklyn, New York, RHC is the only government funded psychosocial and advocacy organization specifically meeting the needs of LGBTQ individuals living with severe mental illness.

He continued this work in North Carolina as the LGBTQ Coordinator at Guilford College and directed The Bayard Rustin Center for LGBTQA Education, Activism and Reconciliation. In addition to being the co-advisor for the local LGBT Youth Group in Greensboro, NC (Youth Safe), Dr. Hurley also had the opportunity to serve nationally as the Deputy Director of the Trans People of Color Coalition, and locally as the co-founder of Queer People of Color Collective based in Greensboro, NC; as well as NC Trans Pride in Action, an annual event lifting up the histories, lives and experiences of trans and gender non-conforming black, indigenous people of color (BIPOC).

Parker currently works at The Radical Healing Center located in Durham, NC as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) providing therapy, support and psycho education groups that center queer and trans BIPOC. Parker’s work is trauma-informed, person-centered and ever evolving as he trains to incorporate techniques and skills in the tradition of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Horticultural Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (and eventually Somatic Healing) into his work. Parker’s passions lie within the healing and transformation of our homes, schools and communities through self-care, radical love, building deep connections to nature and working exhaustively at the intersections of all social justice movements.

They/Them/Theirs
LCSW-C, Trainer

Randall Leonard

Randall Leonard (They/Them/Theirs) is only available for presentations, trainings, workshops, keynotes, and webinars. They are a warm, engaging trainer and public speaker.

Topics that Randall gives trainings and presentations on are: Gender and Sexuality (LGBTQ+, Transgender and Gender Diverse Individuals), Cultural Diversity and Intersectionality, Intimate Subcultures, Under-served Populations, Black Mental Health.

Some of the settings that might want bring one of our trainings in are: schools, faith groups, medical facilities, group therapy practices, community mental health centers, and more.

Randall is a passionate and warm speaker, who has also been featured in a Sephora commercial highlighting gender non-conforming people.

They’ve provided clinical services in various settings such as treatment for people with severe, persistent mental illness, therapy for people living with HIV, Emergency Room crisis care, and LGBTQ+ healthcare.

Please call (443) 843-0360 to inquire about retaining Randall for a speaking engagement.

She/Her/Hers
Trainer

Selima Jumarali

I am a cisgender, queer, Indo-Caribbean, Muslim femme of color deeply invested in the mental health, healing, and well-being of queer and trans people of color (QTPOC). I use she/her/hers pronouns.

My research focuses on the experiences of therapy when queer people of color have therapists who are also queer people of color. I consider how systems of oppression impact us individually and interpersonally, including in the therapy space. I view therapy as a space for making sense of and coping with an oppressive world while also building resilience and cultivating joy.

I am currently a graduate student in the Clinical-Community Psychology PhD program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I am passionate about working toward liberation and furthering radical, revolutionary love. In my free time, I love eating Thai food, listening to Bollywood music, and hosting game nights!

(She/Her/Hers)
Therapist Intern

Matenyeh (ma-TEN-yay) Kaba

I am currently a Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness graduate student at NYU Steinhart graduating in May 2023. In my free time, I read historical fiction novels, watch East Asian television shows, explore new places, and spend time with my loved ones.

I have diverse experience working with children and emerging adults. I hope to use this knowledge to assist individuals ages 17 – 25 in developing skills to maneuver transitional periods, academic challenges, trauma, and ethnic and race-specific adversity. I’m passionate about helping ethnic minorities, immigrants, refugees, and other marginalized populations manage the multi-faceted experiences of hardship associated with those identities.

My Approach: My work uses an integrative therapy approach with concentrations of multicultural, existential, and narrative counseling orientations. I also use a person-centered approach where each person’s individual needs are considered to determine the most appropriate and helpful strategies. I believe everyone is constantly writing and reshaping the story of their lives, especially emerging adults who face much uncertainty. For these individuals, things are frequently shifting and changing with seemingly little time to process them. However, through an empathetic and culturally-responsive manner, I can help young people determine ways to manage uncertainty and instability, unpack past trauma, and explore how to use each experience in their life’s ever-evolving story. I love to assist my clients in identifying and cultivating elements to make their life stories truer to them.

He/They
LMSW

Shayne Couch-Murray

I’m a proud Morgan State grad with clinical and macro-level social work. I care deeply about my communities- BIPOC and trans. My experiences working in the public defender’s office, as well as the public school system, inform my training content related to working with LGBTQIA+ individuals involved in the justice system, creating affirming school environments for QTBIPOC children and teens, healing the effects of toxic masculinity in masculine people of color. My clinical experience informs my trainings on writing gender-affirming surgery letters and other trans-related topics. 

LGBTQ+ Teens Ages 16+: Adolescence is not an easy time by any means. There are a lot of aspects of yourself to get to know and understand. Sexuality and gender identity are examples of this. Therapy can be a supportive place to talk about anything without judgment while you’re figuring things out. Maybe you know all parts of yourself well by now and just want to work with somebody who shares some of your identities to process other stuff that’s going on in life.

AFAB Trans Folx: Whether transmasculine, nonbinary, or another gender, trans people who were assigned female at birth have had some similar experiences and can face some specific challenges. I can be part of your care team, your support network, and assist you from a place of firsthand and professional knowledge. Let’s get in and do the work!

Payment Information: First individual session= $150; following sessions= $140

We collect the full payment and you’ll receive monthly superbills (special receipts) in case you want to submit to your insurance or FSA for reimbursement. If you have out of network benefits, after reimbursement your session fee may be $30-$90 out of pocket depending on your plan.

I have a few reduced fee spots. If needed, please ask if one is available when you call or email our office.

Please know that any communication or dealing with reimbursement denials are between you and your insurer. You always have the right to appeal denials with them, and request assistance from the MD State Insurance Commissioner. However, we do not become involved in those communications.

They/Them
Transgender Therapist, Founder

Tavi (Tah-vee) Hawn

I’m a Southern lover of books, music, a special dog named Scully, a cat named Lionel, spiders, science, and a baby named Waya (Wolf). I’m a co-founder of QORDS, a nonprofit summer camp for queer and transgender youth and youth of LGBTQ+ families. I’m a non-binary, trans, and Two Spirit person with Tsalagi (Cherokee), English, Irish, and West African roots. I experience and express my gender in different ways at different times. My pronouns are gender neutral (they/them). Whenever possible, I like to read, dance, hike in the woods, grow food and medicines, travel, play my drum kit and my hand drum, hug my elders, and eat.

I hold a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies and a Master’s of Social Work from University of Washington in Seattle. Currently, in addition to this practice, I also serve as faculty for the Indian Country Paths (Re)Membered Transgender ECHO project and a therapist with Native American Lifelines. I guide my transgender therapist practice with compassion, dedication, and an anti-oppression lens. Some of my therapy specialties include trauma recovery, addressing negative self-talk, and managing anxiety and depression. I use a framework that affirms gender non-conforming children, youth, and adults, as well as the Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) community. The best part of what I do is celebrating a person’s growth and witnessing their courage as they create the kind of life they’ve been hoping for. My clients say they enjoy laughing with me and that I can be direct in a way that is easy to handle. If you’re looking for a gender therapist I’d love to talk with you.

I provide several types of immigration evaluations and offer a short turn-around time to receive your report. Please contact me about pricing and payment plans. People pay me with credit cards, health savings cards, flexible spending cards, and self employed people sometimes write off my expenses as professional services. I have a billing service that handles any insurance issues or claim denials.

If you are of Native descent that can be shown with your family tree, you may be eligible to receive free therapy with me (or other practitioners) through Native American Lifelines. Contact NativeAmerican Lifelines for more information. http://www.nativeamericanlifelines.org.

We are out-of-network with insurance companies for many reasons. You’ll be provided with monthly superbills (special type of receipt) in case you want to submit them to your insurance or FSA account. I’ve listed the billing codes below that you can ask your insurance company about. Most plans with out-of-network benefits pay you back 50%-80% of my rate. Please know that communicating with your insurer and dealing with any reimbursement denials is between you and your insurance company.

Individual Sessions: The first session is $200 (Code 90791). Sessions after that are $185 (Code 90837).

Couple/Relationship Therapy: The first session is $230 and sessions after are $210. (Code 90847)

Training and Public Speaking: These days, I primarily provide trainings to organizations, businesses, schools, and individual therapists. My goal is to increase access to truly anti-racist, trans-affirming care by providing training, consultation, and supervision to other therapists, educators, and healthcare practitioners. I aim to contribute by improving the quality of care found in a multitude of service locations for Two Spirit, Indigiqueer, and Transgender individuals and families.

She/Her
LCSW-C, Clinical Supervisor

Victoria Stubbs

Victoria D. Stubbs, LICSW, LCSW-C, has 20 years of experience in the non-profit and academic fields. Victoria obtained her BA in English and Women’s Studies from Syracuse University and a Masters in Social Work from Howard University. Victoria began her career as the Transitional Housing Coordinator at My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence shelter and later became the Program Coordinator where she not only worked one on one with survivors, but also facilitated groups and workshops, conducted trainings for volunteers, coordinated programming for the shelter and provided employee supervision.

As a founding staff member of the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), in Washington, DC, she played an integral role in the creation of the organization’s design and overall philosophy. As Clinical Director she created and managed a scattered site permanent housing program; provided information and referral to survivors and provided technical assistance and training to landlords and other service providers. In addition, she provided clinical supervision to all direct services staff; supervised interns, and provided individual and group therapy to residents.

She is currently a full time Clinical Instructor, at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work, where she has created a Teaching Support Program that provides ongoing peer support and development to teaching faculty. Ms. Stubbs also has a private practice in DC where she provides therapy to individuals and couples. Her specialization areas include LGBTQ identity, depression, anxiety, trauma, ethical non-monogamy and overall personal wellness. Ms. Stubbs is the author of Untangled: A Black Woman’s Journey to Personal, Spiritual and Sexual Freedom.

At Hawn Therapy and Consulting, Ms. Stubbs provides clinical supervision: supporting clinicians and interns in providing high quality care, gaining professional development, and learning how to sustain themselves in doing the challenging and rewarding work of therapy.

She/Her/Hers
LMSW, Site Steward

Yi Chen

Harm Reduction, Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health: I work with adults on examining their attachments and relationships with substances, as well as addressing other behavioral health concerns. I utilize a harm reduction, self-deterministic approach, and I believe in the importance of meeting you where you are from a place of compassion.

Racial Trauma, Stress, and Anxiety: As a queer, Chinese, eldest daughter of immigrants, I believe that it is important to hold space for all parts of you, no matter how much hate those parts have internalized, and no matter have much love those parts have been denied. I believe that your personal and ancestral pasts inform your present., but you also have the power to functionally rewrite and close the chapters that are rooted in powerlessness, guilt, fear, and shame, while freeing up the space and energy to curate the meaningful future you deserve.

One of my areas of focus centers around the symptomatic, interpersonal, and physiological manifestations of stress and trauma. This includes things like insomnia, hopelessness, loss of a sense of future, shame and worthlessness, chronic pain, substance abuse, dissociation, self-destructive behavior, loss of sense of self, emotional overwhelm, re-experiencing, panic attacks, generalized anxiety, hypervigilance, digestive issues, mistrust, lack of concentration, gaps in memory, numbing, irritability, depression, and more. My trauma recovery work comes from a compassionate, culturally affirming approach. We will mindfully consider your cultural and personal identities, values, needs, strengths, and experiences at your own pace and time.

Interpersonal Relationships and Attachment: Systems of oppression aid and facilitate disconnection. In our cultivated safe healing space, you are invited to explore, process, and reflect on your relationship and intimacy needs, patterns of behavior, and styles of attachment. Together, we can assist you in willfully approaching your relationships with security, love, and ease.

Harm Reduction, Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health: I work with adults on examining their attachments and relationships with substances, as well as addressing other behavioral health concerns. I utilize a harm reduction, self-deterministic approach, and I believe in the importance of meeting you where you are from a place of compassion.

Payment Information: First individual session= $150; following sessions= $140; First family session= $160; following sessions= $150;

We collect the full payment and you’ll receive monthly superbills (a special receipt) in case you want to submit to your insurance or FSA for reimbursement. If you have out of network benefits, after reimbursement, your session fee could be $30-$90 out of pocket depending on your plan.

I have a few reduced fee spots. If needed, please ask if one is available when you call or email our office.

I’m currently in process of obtaining my clinical licensure and am supervised by and Victoria Stubbs, LCSW-C.

Please know that any communication or dealing with reimbursement denials are between you and your insurer. You always have the right to appeal denials with them, and request assistance from the MD State Insurance Commissioner. However, we do not become involved in those communications.

She/Her
LCPC

Brittany Trexler

I am a lover of board games, competing in pole dance, snuggling with my cat, listening to podcasts, and dancing ballroom. As a bi, polyam person, I am incredibly passionate about education for queer communities and polyamorous acceptance. I have been lucky to find some truly amazing humans to call my partners and I believe our experiences connecting with others is what makes life both meaningful and just plain fun.

I hold a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and am currently working towards my PhD in Sex Therapy at Widener University. I am eclectic in work with couples and individuals, but believe everyone should feel heard and collaborate in the direction of their own therapeutic journey. Humor is a staple in working with me, and I encourage people to feel they can discuss the “uncomfortable” topics of sex, kink, race, trauma, and whatever else you want to bring into the room.

As an eclectic sex therapist for couples, non-monagmous groups, and individuals, there are many approaches which may come up throughout the therapeutic journey. I have borrowed from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral techniques, Person-Centered approaches, Attachment Theory, Systemic views, and more.

Please reach out if you are looking for sex positivity, kink-affirmation, a poly/non-monogamy friendly space, or in any other way ready to find acceptance and growth.

Individual Initial Session: $160 and Sessions after are $150

Couples/Polycule/Relationship Initial Session: $190 and Sessions after are $180

I can provide a superbill for you to submit to insurance to see if you can be reimbursed for any portion of the fee. We also accept HSA/FSA, credit and debit.

She/Her
Diversity Trainer and Consultant

Alyssa Fenix

Alyssa is a Black, queer, neurodivergent artist, diversity trainer/consultant, and founder of the “If I Knew Then..” Letters project living in Baltimore with her partner, kids, dog, and plants. Her artistic expression includes photography, wood burning, collage art, and creative writing.

Using her personal and professional experience working in education and mental health settings, Alyssa provides a quality framework for clinicians and educators in supporting LGBTQ+ and neurodivergent youth and young adults through professional development training, policy/climate revisions, and coaching and consultation services.
 
She provides a variety of professional development and training opportunities to health systems, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations about creating safe and supportive spaces and practices for marginalized communities, as well as educational consultative services for families and individuals exploring intersectional identity, with a particular emphasis on LGBTQ+ and disabilities.

Santell Nelson
They/Them
Nonbinary Therapist

Shantell (Shan) Nelson

I am a Black, fat, nonbinary queer person. I value growth, compassion, and sincerity. I prioritize my wellness by moving with intentionality and respect. I love the outdoors and enjoy movement in nature. I believe that holistic wellness is important to cultivate.

Professionally, I seek to continuously grow and develop my knowledge of interventions and practice with clients. I received education from Towson University (Deaf Studies) and Morgan State University (Social Work). I’m able to offer therapy in ASL. I have experience with crisis intervention, family dynamics, identity development, and more.

Child and Adolescent Therapy: I enjoy working with children and youth. Children are full of exuberance and wonder: tapping into that is a gift that gives abundantly. I am excited to work with children, youth, and adults navigating gender changes and development, emotional hardship, life’s obstacles and changes, etc. I will be a part of your support network as you increase your capacity and skills to help as you go through life.

Individual sessions: The first session is $150 (Code 90791). Sessions after that are $140 (Code 90837). You will receive monthly superbills (special receipts) in case you want to submit them to your insurance or FSA for reimbursement. If you have out of network benefits, you will end up paying out of pocket likely $40-$100 per session.

Supervisor: Jasmine Holland, LCSW-C

She/They
LCPC, Gender Therapist

Caroline Hippler

Whenever possible, I spend my time playing with my cats, reading a good book, cooking a new recipe, facilitating plant growth or exploring a found object art project.

As a therapist serving Nonbinary and Transgender clients, as well as 2SLGBTQIA+ populations broadly, I am acutely aware of the systemic, institutional barriers that continue to cause harm in people’s lives and am deeply committed to using my time in this life to improve the lived experiences of queer and transgender people.

I provide empathic client-centered counseling for anyone looking to align their lived experience more closely with their values and identities. Of all the beliefs and commitments that motivate my work, none is more important than the calling to imagine and work toward more just and equitable futures. My work is rooted in an anti-racist, intersectional, anti-oppressive frameworks. I am passionate about empowering people to listen to their own voices and live the lives they want to live. I love talking to people about gender, their identities and how the process of meaning-making impacts their lives. I provide affirming therapy for transgender and gender diverse children, adolescents and adults.

I have 8+ years of experience serving the 2SLGBTQIA+ community as a therapist and have provided training for emerging therapists and other professionals. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor, have a Master’s Degree and Education Specialist degree in Mental Health Counseling with a minor in Human Development and an undergraduate degree in Gender Studies. I have specialized training in mindfulness therapy and distance therapy.

My approach to therapy is eclectic. Every therapeutic relationship is unique and tailored to the needs of the individual. First and foremost I believe that each person is the expert in themselves. I am here to provide guidance on your journey to greater self-knowledge and self-acceptance. Together, we will decide how sessions should look for you. We will work to understand the roots of what you are experiencing and craft skillful approaches for you to take. To do this, we may borrow from several theories including: EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Existential Theory, Radical Acceptance, and Internal Family Systems Therapy. We will determine together which pieces of these, if any, will help us. Together we will work to achieve two seemingly contradictory tasks: to accept yourself as you are and to work to become more skillful and self-aware.

Individual Sessions: The first session is $185 (Code 90791). Sessions after that are $175 (Code 90837). You will receive monthly superbills (special receipts) in case you want to submit them to your insurance or FSA for reimbursement. If you have out of network benefits, you will end up paying out of pocket likely $40-$100 per session. I have a limited number of reduced fee appointments, with priority given to QTBIPOC. Please ask about any openings when you call.

Family/Relationship Therapy: The initial session is $190 (Code 90847) and sessions after are $170.

Please know that any communication or dealing with reimbursement denials are between you and your insurer. You always have the right to appeal denials with them, and request assistance from the MD State Insurance Commissioner. However, we do not become involved in those communications.