Therapy Assistance Program

The Stand with Trans Therapy Assistance Program:

 

  • Provides trans affirming mental health care for transgender and non-binary youth ages 13-24 years old
  • Provides therapy in the California Bay Area, Michigan, Utah, Wyoming, and Florida
  • Pays session fees directly to the mental health provider
  • Requires individuals to indicate an inability to pay for services
  • Has a limited number of sessions available for each individual 
  • Provides therapy by one of our trained, vetted, mental health providers listed below (by state)

Supported by:

Meet Our Therapy Partners 

 

California

Paul Wierzbicki

Mere Abrams (they/them)

Therapist

Mere (they/them) is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of California and a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. They have over a decade of experience supporting trans and gender-diverse youth, young adults, and adults in mental health, medical, and community-based settings. Mere works with clients to build upon their strengths and self-understanding, process trauma, manage anxiety, change behavior, make sense of thinking habits and patterns, and develop coping skills. Mere is committed to co-creating intentional and nonjudgmental spaces for clients to share, learn, discover, heal, and grow.

Paul Wierzbicki

Daniel Blumrosen (he/they)

Therapist

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” – Simone Weil.

Hi, I’m Daniel. I offer a warm, relational approach to therapy that combines attachment-based, somatic, and trauma-informed mindfulness practices with the many pragmatic tools I’ve gathered in my 20 years of working with individuals, couples and groups of all ages. I’ve worked with clients addressing gender, neurotypical exploration/celebration, relational challenges, depression, anxiety, fear, and spiritual/emotional life transitions. As a trans therapist myself, I bring a social justice lens to my work and an awareness that many folks come to therapy with race, class, gender, disability and other forms of minority or oppression related stress and stories that require belief, care and informed attention. An accompanied life supports greater ease in these challenging times. I am here to help.”

Paul Wierzbicki

Susanna Moore (she/her)

Therapist

Susanna Moore is a clinical psychologist who works primarily with children and adolescents in her Berkeley, CA private practice. She worked in community mental health for 20 years, providing therapy to teens in foster care and to Spanish-speaking families, much of which took place outside the office in community settings. Susanna also has extensive training in gender care for young people, ages 3 and up, and provides guidance to the parents of gender-diverse youngsters. She is always interested in learning more about how to support children and teens who have suffered trauma and loss, struggle with anxiety, and/or carry the psychological weight of social injustice. For fun she likes to run up steep hills, watch birds, backpack in the Sierras, and make art with friends.

Florida

Paul Wierzbicki

Brillion Adams, MSW,RCSWI (he/him)

Therapist

My name is Brillion Adams and I am a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern in the state of Florida. After receiving my Masters degree from Fordham University my journey has afforded
me opportunities to work with a variety of different people with various challenges including; Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, PTSD, Bi-polar Disorder, Substance Use and Abuse, Borderline Personality Disorder, children and families etc. Though I love working with all people from all different walks of life, one of my greatest passions is working with the LGBTQ+ community and assisting them with the support and tools they need to be able to thrive and embody the truth of who they are authentically. As a Trans masculine Man, I understand some of the hardships that come along with breaking away from society’s conventions of “normalcy”, and the psychological and social challenges that come with redefining yourself. Whether you are; gay, straight, transgender, borderline, bi-polar, or bi-sexual, I look forward to the opportunity to walk with you on your journey to get back to the basics of who you really are.

Paul Wierzbicki

Jacklyn Byrd, LPC, NCC (they/she)

Clinical Therapist

Specializes in working with trans people across the lifespan, chronic illness, neurodiversity, and complex trauma.

Paul Wierzbicki

Monica Camacho (she/her)

Therapist

Monica Camacho (she/her)

Hello, I’m Monica Susan Camacho, a compassionate therapist striving for my Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern license. With a background as a plus-size, female, BIPOC, and neurodivergent therapist, I offer a supportive space for individuals on their healing path.

Using integrative, diverse modalities like Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), art therapy, sand tray techniques, and more, I tailor sessions to each client’s needs. I’m committed to ongoing education and certification, ensuring the most effective support.

My practice prioritizes trauma, including religious trauma, providing a safe environment for reflection and spiritual exploration. Embracing Health at Every Size (HAES) principles and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community, I reject societal body norms and support trans and non-binary individuals in their journey towards self-acceptance.

Dedicated to inclusivity, I affirm and support neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ individuals, stand up for marginalized communities, and celebrate the diversity that enriches our collective experience. If this resonates with you, I’m here to accompany you on your journey towards healing and growth.

Paul Wierzbicki

Ryan DeVane, LCSW (he/him)

Founder and Clinical Director

Specializes in navigating transitions, anxiety, depression, and recovery from the trauma with queer, trans, and gender expansive folx ages 11 and older. Ryan is accepting new clients for Brainspotting and Clinical Hypnotherapy.

Paul Wierzbicki

Lance Madow, APC, NCC (he/they)

Clinical Therapist

Specializes in providing affirming care to geeky queer, trans, and gender-expansive individuals who are experiencing OCD/anxiety, identity exploration, and life transitions.

Paul Wierzbicki

Habibi E. Feliciano Pérez, LCSW, MSW, RSW (he/him)

Therapist

 I am very committed to supporting you on your healing journey. I meet you where you’re at, and we go at a pace that feels right for you! I focus on LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families, where I bring my lived experience as a gay man of Arabic and Latino descent. In bringing my lived experience to session, I have compassion and understanding for what brought you to therapy. 

A bit about my approach to therapy 

I work from a trauma-informed lens, where i focus on your past and present life events to know how they are informing your future. Let’s spend some time exploring your life, identity, and other relevant events. In shaping your life, we explore relationship dynamics, confidence and self-esteem, body image, communication, and general mental health. I use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, and Emotion- Focused as a framework to guide the sessions together. 

What you can expect from our first session 

I will help you identify thoughts and ways of thinking that lead to behavior patterns and ways of coping. Let’s find new and healthier ways to cope and navigate stressful situations. I will support you in building capacity to find new ways to cope, heal, and persevere. My goal is to support you until you are self-sufficient on your own!

Modalities: Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing Trauma Focused, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Attachment-based Internal Family Systems (IFS). 

Paul Wierzbicki

Mick Rehrig, MSW, LCSW (he/they)

Therapist

Mick is a white, queer and trans-identified clinical social worker and parent in independent practice based in Atlanta, Georgia and is also licensed to provide Telehealth in Florida. Mick was born and raised in Miami, and has specialized in supporting LGBQ/trans/non-binary/gender expansive youth, adults, and their families and partners for over 16 years. Mick deeply believes in the healing power of community and the magic of queer and gender expansive people.

Paul Wierzbicki

Brittany Rivers (They/Them)/Rivers Wellness

Therapist

Hello, I’m a licensed mental health counselor and part of the queer community (queer, non-binary, neuroqueer). While in graduate school, I conducted research on increasing counselor competency in working with LGBT clients and have taken multiple trainings since then to continue to increase my knowledge and skillset. I am trained in dialectical behavioral therapy and I’ve studied mindfulness-based therapies to support others to reconnect with themselves in a self-compassionate way. I hope to create an authentic, nonjudgmental and collaborative space with clients to assist them in moving through difficult thoughts and feelings. I take a systems/decolonizing approach in my work exploring the impacts of living within current socioeconomic, political and cultural systems on our mental health as well as historical factors that have led to where we are today. I enjoy supporting clients to become allies to themselves and build community that validates who they are. I am always learning and strive to offer services that are inclusive and affirming.

I welcome the opportunity to incorporate your spirituality and connection to nature into our time together as well. 
Paul Wierzbicki

Liz Rhea, LMSW (she/her)

Senior Clinician & Decatur Team Lead

Specializes in multiple partner work, ethical non-monogamy, religious trauma, and faith deconstruction ages 16 and older. 

Paul Wierzbicki

Amber Robinson, LMSW (she/her)

Clinical Therapist

Specializes in complex, relational, and discrete trauma, substance use treatment through a harm-reduction lens, and individuals across the lifespan.

 

Michigan

Audrey (they/them)

Therapist

My name is Audrey Bloom (they/them). I work from a holistic perspective that values your whole self, past, present, and future. My approach to therapy is grounded in the belief that everyone is capable of facing life’s challenges with courage, given personalized tools and support. I strive to create a safe, non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts, experiences, and emotions. 

Paul Wierzbicki

Samantha (Sami) Dwornick, LLMSW, CHES (she/her)

Therapist

As a queer identified person myself, who has also struggled with anxiety, I understand how tough it is to go through life when things aren’t going your way, or when there are internal struggles that weigh you down. As a therapist, my hope is that we can work together to combat some of the struggles you are going through and to have a safe and inclusive space to do so in. I work from a person-centered, trauma-informed lens, utilizing aspects of CBT. I am a Limited Licensed Master Social Worker, with my degrees from Wayne State University. When I’m not working, I like to try new restaurants or watch movies with my partner and try my best to be outside in the sunshine. My hope is that when you leave our sessions together, you leave knowing that someone cares about you, and that you have the tools you need to live your life the best way possible.

 

Laurel Blume

Al Gray (they/them)

Therapist

Al holds a Limited License Master of Social Work Clinical degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy and Sociology from Northern Michigan University. Al currently works out of Suunta Integrative Health in Marquette and Ishpeming, Michigan providing both in-person and teletherapy mental health services.They aim to utilize a comprehensive person-centered, trauma-informed approach to maneuvering life’s challenges, recognizing that each person has a unique story to tell and one style does not fit all when it comes to therapy treatments. Al’s areas of specialty and experience include, but are not limited to, the LGBTQIA+ population, gender affirming care, sexual health and well-being, anxiety, depression, substance use recovery, and grief and loss. Al has additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR).Their life mantra is that everyone is different and everyone belongs. In their free time they enjoy hanging out with their wife and dachshund and remaining curious about what life has to offer.

Paul Wierzbicki

Emily Hagen LMSW, Practice Manager (she/her/hers)

Therapist

Emily is a licensed clinical social worker who works from a trauma-informed, strengths-based perspective. Emily is committed to working with you to develop a therapeutic relationship that is safe, supportive, and trusting. You are the expert in your own life – Emily‘s role is to help you access your own strength and wisdom, and to support you in your healing. She utilizes a variety of modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), ego state therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Emily is particularly passionate about substance use recovery, healing from complex trauma, and providing gender affirming care. All parts of you are welcome here.

 

Paul Wierzbicki

Amber Earth Kennedy, LLMSW (she/her)

Therapist

It can be hard to find someone who understands the unique struggles that LGBTQIA+ individuals experience, but as a queer person herself, Amber is happy to stand beside you. She has a passion for working with adolescents and young adults as they traverse the journey of discovering their authentic selves, build confidence, and provide tools for all that life may throw their way. The approach she takes is centered on creating a non-judgemental environment where clients feel comfortable and safe enough to grow in whatever way they feel is necessary. She uses a person-centered, strengths-based and holistic approach with the belief that only the individual knows exactly what is true and right for them.

 

Laurel Blume

Courtney Monreal (she/her)

Therapist

Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or current/past trauma, you have found a safe place to begin exploring your emotions. I am an NASW Certified Gender Identity Specialist. I pride myself on being an affirmative therapist who supports and embraces individuals, couples, or families with diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions, or gender identities. From questioning to being ready to take the next steps in affirming your identity, I will support you and teach you valuable skills to help you manage your emotions during this exciting and often difficult journey to being your true authentic self! I believe in an integrated approach to mental health care.

Paul Wierzbicki

Ash Tobin, LPC (they/them)

Therapist

Ash is a queer / trans / non-binary / neurodivergent therapist for individuals exploring identity, experiencing grief, or healing from trauma

 

Valentine Valdovinos (they/them)

Therapist

Valentine Valdovinos is a Queer, Non Binary, Poly person of color that is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California and a Licensed Master of Social Work in Michigan (LCSW, LMSW) and offers services in English, Spanish, and French. They have been working in the mental health field for 12 years. During their career they have worked with children, teens, adults, older adults, families, couples, survivors of trauma, schools, and other mental health professionals. They practice from a relational and Rogerian standpoint where sessions are client-centered and holistic. Valentine Valdovinos has 3 Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. Some of the areas they specialize in working with are: Anxiety, Gender Identity, Sexuality, Kink involvement, and Polyamorous/non monogamous relationships. They are affirmative to all in the LGBTQ+ community, and they are sex, body, and kink positive. All in all Valentine Valdovinos values a judgement-free and safe therapeutic dynamic and has aptly named their practice A Safe Space. 

Abbie Walters (she/her)

Therapist

Howdy there!” I’m proud of you for making the courageous choice to pursue therapy. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community myself, I have a profound understanding of the unique challenges and celebrations that come along when navigating this wonderfully diverse spectrum of identities. Although I have only walked parts of this path myself, I am intentional at creating a safe, affirming, and judgment-free space where you can be your authentic self. Having worked extensively with populations struggling with loneliness and isolation, I’ve witnessed the transformative power of human connection. This experience has reinforced my belief that every individual deserves a haven where they can unapologetically be their authentic selves and embark on the empowering journey of exploring their unique stories.

 I bring fresh learning experiences and the valuable guidance of dedicated supervisors. My therapeutic approach is firmly rooted in collaboration and a deep respect for your unique needs and desires. I use an integrative approach that draws from various theories, such as person-centered, empowerment, and mindfulness. Ensuring that your journey is guided by evidence-based practices and a genuine commitment to your well-being. My goal is to nurture a therapeutic alliance that empowers you to effectively navigate the obstacles life presents, foster your resilience, and uncover the innate strengths that reside within you. Your well-being is at the forefront of our work together, and I am here to support you every step of the way.” 

Amy Ver Wey, MA LLP RPT (she/her)

Therapist

Amy practices an active and interpersonal approach to therapy, incorporating mindfulness, popular culture, art, music, role playing games and technological aspects to modify her treatment on an individualized basis to best meet the needs of her clients. She works with clients of all ages, primarily working with children and young adults and is a Registered Play Therapist. She meets people where they are in their journey and helps walk with them. Amy strives to create a genuinely warm therapeutic environment based upon empathy, resiliency and a relatable atmosphere to help normalize mental health services.

Amy practices a gender affirmative therapeutic approach and focuses on working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and has specifically worked with gender expansive youth for many years. She has held full membership with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health since 2017 and is a WPATH Certified Transgender Health Provider.

Paul Wierzbicki

Paul Wierzbicki LLMSW, CFSW, GCDF (he/him or they/them)

Therapist

Paul is Queer, here, and ready to help you heal!

Before they were a therapist, they were in the patient’s seat. He knows firsthand how anxiety provoking and uncomfortable opening up and telling your story is; however, he also knows how amazing it feels to regain control of your anxiety and/or depression and heal. (Amongst other symptoms, too!)

Paul helps his patients through validation and using methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through a trauma informed approach. He practices through a lens of non-judgement to help work through the shame and guilt that is associated with trauma, abuse, bully, and other common experiences in the LGBT community.

Their, apparently, radical philosophy to therapy is that YOU are the expert. He believes he is just there to help you make the changes you want to make. At the end of the day, we have the same goal: Help you start living your most authentic life.

Ohio

Paul Wierzbicki

Colors+Counseling

Therapists/Clinicians

We are culturally competent and professionally licensed clinicians providing quality mental health care through direct service, access to resources, and education. We have the lived experience which allows us to understand minority stress in ways that others cannot. Cultural competency trainings are required for all staff. We understand that navigating the healthcare system can be overwhelming, and our goal is to keep therapy as affordable as possible.

Paul Wierzbicki

Alex J. Mock (they/them)

Therapist

As a queer, non-binary therapist, I prioritize working with clients in the LGBTQIA+ community. I have worked in university counseling centers and an LGBTQ+ Center, and supported disadvantaged and underserved groups at a community agency and have transitioned to private practice to have greater autonomy to focus my time on the clients whose needs in therapy best align with my experience and approach. I am a person-centered therapist with a feminist and culturally humble perspective, with a focus on individual needs and goals as well as an awareness of how the world around you impacts your mental health. I’m committed to providing an affirming and sex-positive space for LGBTQ+ and transgender clients, and folks in ethically non-monogamous relationships, and other people with identities that are marginalized. I use a lens of minority stress to recognize impacts of capitalism, racism, misogyny, and other forms of systemic inequality on clients’ mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Tennessee

Paul Wierzbicki

Laila Sherrod (She/Her)

Therapist

Laila Sherrod is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working in the Knoxville area for over 10 years She has worked with adolescents and adults experiencing things like depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, gender, non-binary and/or sexuality dysphoria, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and life transitions.

She is a member of Postpartum Support International, an organization that increases awareness about the emotional changes women experience during pregnancy and postpartum.

Laila believes therapy is like other important relationships – it is often based on trust and the willingness to be open and honest. She will help guide you through challenging times in life while validating your experience and empowering you to make changes when necessary. Laila enjoys using meditation and mindfulness in her practice as requested by clients.

She is LGBTQ+ affirming and believes it is critical to provide a safe space for everyone. Laila is currently accepting clients ages 12+ for both in-person sessions and telehealth. 

Utah

Paul Wierzbicki

Kellie Fitke, LPC Intern, CMHC-i (they/them)

Counselor

Kellie Fitke, a dedicated counselor, firmly believes that everyone they meet is doing their best and acknowledges the value of professional help in achieving personal growth. Their approach centers around a person-oriented, goal-driven framework that fosters connection and support in addressing their clients’ concerns. Kellie’s fascination with people and their diverse life experiences stems from their own journey as a non-binary masculine transgender person, which has cultivated deep empathy and a genuine openness towards their clients.

Apart from their counseling practice, Kellie is an active advocate for the LGBTQ+ community in Salt Lake City, diligently following WPATH standards of care to provide inclusive and affirming support. Their dedication to normalizing discussions surrounding mental health, sexuality, trauma, shame, justice, and vulnerability creates a safe and non-judgmental environment for clients to explore their innermost thoughts and emotions.

With unwavering respect and dignity, Kellie is honored to listen to their clients’ life stories and lived experiences, offering a compassionate space for them to thrive and embrace their uniqueness.

Paul Wierzbicki

Cass Henriques (he/him)

Therapist

Cass Henriques (he/him) is the clinical director of Celebrate Therapy, Salt Lake City. He is trained as a couple and family therapist and specializes in working with trans youth. In his PhD program, he studies how family relationships can be a protective factor and a risk factor for suicidality in trans communities. As a transgender man, it is deeply meaningful for Cass to be able to serve other trans folks through providing therapy and letters for gender-affirming medical care. In his free time, Cass enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons with his friends, going to concerts with his wife, and listening to podcasts.

Wyoming

Paul Wierzbicki

Gage Williams MSW, PCSW (he/they)

Therapist

I’m Gage Williams, a queer therapist dedicated to fostering self-discovery and resilience. In my practice, I create a safe space for individuals navigating life’s challenges, celebrating unique identities, and embracing personal growth. I’m here to support you through life’s hurdles, offering a non-judgmental environment for overcoming obstacles and building a more fulfilling life. As a queer therapist, I understand the importance of affirming and validating the diverse experiences within the LGBTQIA+ community. I’m here whether you’re questioning, coming out, or seeking specific support.

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