Find an Affirming Therapist Near You

LGBTQ-Specific providers can provide services directly related to the LGBTQ community (gender dysphoria, coming out, surgery/HRT notes and documentation, etc.) LGBTQ- Inclusive providers can see LGBTQ clients but aren’t necessarily trained in LGBTQ- Specific issues.

James Sargent
LGBTQ Inclusive Mental Health Counseling Intern. Walden University Graduate Student
Not a licensed counselor but under the supervision of a licensed mental health counselor

Office: 515-279-0111

Leo Khan-Snyder
Heartland Counseling Services
LGBTQ Specific counseling

Ramona Wink
LGBTQ-Inclusive Counseling
515 Therapy & Counseling

Larissa Bustamante
Larissa Bustamante, MA, LMHC
Outpatient Mental Health Therapist
Ph: 515-991-2086

Megan Runchey
LGBTQ Inclusive Counseling
New Beginnings Counseling

Samantha Tratchel LISW
LGBTQ-Specific Counseling
Trauma-Informed, EMDR, specialize in adolescents that have experienced abuse
Children and Families of Iowa

Bridgette Hensley
LGBTQ-Specific Counseling
Anxiety disorders, trauma work, suicide preventing education and training, mood disorders, bipolar, depression, ADHD
Vida Psychotherapy
515-528-7892 ext 104

Katie Cabreriza
LGBTQ-Specific Counseling
Prairie Wellness

Jeffrey Kramer
LGBTQ-Specific Counseling
Relationship therapy/couples council, Kink community, adult therapy only

Madi Musson
LGBTQ-Specific Counseling
Specialized training in working with relationships/families and children. Art therapy and expression-based modalities.

Amy Bonebrake
LGBTQ- Inclusive Counseling
Substance Abuse Counseling
Access Evaluations and Education

Kelsey Taylor
LGBTQ-Specific Counseling

Lacey Combs LMSW
LGBTQ-Specific Counseling
EMDR, Play Therapy, Substance Abuse, and Survivors of Domestic Violence
EMDR and Beyond

Samantha Kemp Carlin, LMHC
LGBTQ-Specific Counseling
Adolescent Therapy
LGBTQ+ Issues, Trauma, Dysregulation and Personality Disorders, Co-Occurring Disorders Motivational Enhancement Therapy/Cognitive Behavior Therapy (MET/CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Iowa Homeless Youth Centers Counseling
515-883-2379 ex. 8625

Sharaine Conner, LMSW
LGBTQ-Inclusive Counseling
Adult Therapy
Addition (Gambling, Gaming, Drugs and Alcohol, Sex), Anxiety, Depression, Sexual health and Human sexuality, Attachment issues, Relationship, and Premarital/marital issues
Thriving Families Counseling Services

Nicole Holmberg, Ph.D
Adult individual therapy
LGBTQ-specific therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, process-based cognitive behavioral therapy. Click on the link below to learn more about me.
Prairie Wellness

Joby Holcomb
LGBTQ-Specific Therapy
Addiction, Anger Management, Anxiety, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Dual Diagnosis, HRT and Surgery Assessment and Preparation, Infidelity, Intersex, Non-binary, Gender Dysphoria, Marital and Premarital, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Oppositional Defiance, Self Esteem, Self-Harming, Sexual Abuse, Substance Use, Suicidal Ideation, Transgender, Trauma, and PTSD

Mandy Harris, LISW
LGBTQ-Inclusive Therapy
Children (Ages 12 +) and Adults
Trauma/Complex Trauma, Grief/Loss, Attachment, Sexual identity, Gender identity, Depression, Anxiety, Life Adjustment issues
Compass Clinical Associates

Joe Nixon, LISW
LGBTQ-Specific Therapy
Ages 8+ and Families
LGBT+ related stress, LGBT+ relationships (extra), mood disorders, anxiety-related disorders, trauma/PTSD, and attachment disorders.
Stepping Stone Family Services

Madison Musson, LMFT
LGBTQ-Specific Therapy
All ages
EMDR, Art Therapy, Loss & grief, trauma, gender & sexual diversity (including LGBTQIA+ and ethical non-monogamy/polyamory), children and adolescents, spirituality, and anxiety
Creatively Thriving, LLC

Amy Pals, LMHC
LGBTQ-Specific Therapy
Trauma and PTSD, Oppositional Defiance

Shelly Clymer, Ph.D., LMFT LGBTQ- Inclusive Therapy
Couples and Family Therapy
life adjustments and transitions, confidence and self, grief, parenting, sexuality, anxiety and depression

Kelsey Finch, LMHC-T
LGBTQ-Specific Therapy
Couples, families, adolescents, and adults
New Beginnings Counseling Service
(515) 401-6886

Susin Bredice, LISW
LGBTQ- Inclusive Therapy
Individual, Family, Couples Counseling, all ages
EMDR, PMIC and residential care, child welfare, attachment, foster care, and adoption, couples counseling
New Beginnings Counseling Service

Megan Runchey, LMSW
LGBTQ- Inclusive Therapy
Teens and Adults, Individual and Couples Counseling
Intellectual disabilities, chronic mental illnesses, anxiety, depression, trauma, life changes/stressors, and adults with intellectual or cognitive delays
New Beginnings Counseling Service

Douglas Aupperle, Ph.D
LGBTQ-Specific Therapy
Children and Adolescents
Anxiety, attention disorders, Bowen Family Systems therapy, child sexual abuse, E.M.D.R. (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), working with LGBT youth and parents, stress and coping in children, and trauma
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

Ashley Parker
LGBTQ Specific Mental Health Provider
Trauma Informed Care, EMDR, EBT, CBT, motivational interviewing
Teens and Adults
Broadlawns Medical Center

Megan Matulka
LGBTQ Specific Mental Health Provider
Works with any diagnosis: depression, anxiety, co occurring disorders, letters for HRT
Ages 13+

Johanna Grenko
LGBTQ Inclusive Mental Health Provider
Internal Family Systems

Hilary Johnson
LGBTQ Specific Counseling
Children age 10+ and adults
Individual and family therapy
EMDR, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, LGBTQIA+ issues, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationships, PTSD, foster care, adoption, fertility, HRT and Surgery Assessment, and Preparation.
Prism Therapy Solutions

Tricia Yavitz
LGBTQ- Specific Therapy
Adults, Couples, and Families
Depression, anxiety, sexuality and identity issues, grief counseling, first responder issues, stress management, addiction and recovery, conflict resolution, gender identity.
TRY Therapy

Geoffrey Hills, D.O.
LGBTQ- Specific Care
Depression, bipolar, anxiety, attention disorders, thought disorders.
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

Kayla Bell
Drake Counseling Center and Broadlawns – Des Moines
Specialties: trauma-based approaches, shame, identity development, BIPOC individuals, mood disorders, personality disorders, DBT, EMDR, IFS 17+

Megan Conrad
Covenant Family Solutions – Cedar Falls
Specialties: anxiety, ADHD, children, college age students

Sydnee Feuerhelm
Drake Counseling Center – Des Moines
Phone Number: 515-271-2011
Specialties: Trauma Informed Care Certificate, CBT, EMDR

Tyler Lewis
Drake Counseling Center – Des Moines
Phone Number: 515-271-2011
Specialties: Sexuality, hypersexuality, experience working specifically with gay men

Ricc Terranova
Inclusive Mental Health EMDR, Hypnotherapy, Trauma Informed Care, CBT

Elizabeth Moreno
Children and Adolescents, play therapy, trauma work, EMDR, CBT, school stressors, behavioral concerns

Vanessa Andrews
Des Moines
24/7 Urgent Care Services
Inclusive Mental Health Crisis/Urgent Care needs

Jenny Erdman

Susan Wilson
515-282-5695 Direct: 8972

Rachel Filzer
Inclusive Mental Health Psychiatric care

Barbara Arends
Inclusive Mental Health

Mitchell Hollingshead
515 Therapy – West Des Moines
Specific Mental Health
Depression, anxiety, identity issues

Julie Rice
Broadlawns – Des Moines
Inclusive Mental Health
Mindfulness, yoga

Rachel Johnson
Prairie Wellness -Des Moines
Specific Mental Health LGBTQ issues, stress, anxiety

Jennie Plummer
LMHC; LGBTQ+ Specific Counseling
Thrive Counseling Center
LGBTQ-Specific Mental Health

Chad Elbandagji
Specific Mental Health
Autism ADHD, Foster care, legal system, letters for gender-affirming care

James Neubauer 
Cedar Rapids, state-wide telehealth optional
Insight Therapy Group
Training in Internal Family Systems, IFIO (Couples/Partnership work) LGBTQ, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, non-monogamous, kink


Eli Trumpy
LGBTQ-Specific Mental Health Provider
Private Practice
Contact via email ( or website
Primarily telehealth (Iowa state-wide coverage)
Specialties: LGBTQ clients, nonmonogamy and kink (can see couples/nonmonogamous units), work with sexual assault survivors, trauma-informed care, can provide letters for gender-affirming care

Tiffany Thomas-Killam (she/her)
Veda Psychotherapy

Adolescents and older

Abby Bottorff
New Moon Counseling Alliance
LGBTQ-Specific Mental Health
Ages: 11+
LGBTQ identity-based work, grief therapy, intersectional feminist lens, Internal Family Systems (parts work, trauma, etc.), letter writing for Trans, Nonbinary, and Gender Diverse patients.

Emily Loynachan
Central Iowa Psychological Services
515-233-1122 Ex. 155
Inclusive Mental Health Provider
Ages 4+

Compassion cultivation training, compassion and self care, trauma focused CBT, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Trust based relational intervention

Michelle Hancock

Central Iowa Psychological Services
Inclusive Mental Health Medication/Psychiatry Services


Emerge Therapy
Telehealth only
LGBTQ-Specific Mental Health Provider
Marriage and family therapist, couples therapist, EFT, Sexual Health, knowledgeable on Trans issues and general mental health resources.

Kait Hutson
Elevated Psychotherapy/ LGBTQ Relationship Center of Iowa
LGBTQ-Specific Mental Health Services
Ages 18+ (some youth accepted)
Iowa City

Queer and Trans religious trauma, support groups

Sarah Schuller
Central Iowa Psychological Services
LGBTQ-Specific Psychiatric Care
Central Iowa
Ages: 4+

Medication management and TMS

Corrine Schwarting
Central Iowa Psychological Service/Network Counseling
LGBTQ-Specific Psychotherapy 
Ages: 18+ 
Group and individual therapy; Harm reduction for substance use, intersectionality, climate conscious lens

Chris Miller

Central Iowa Psychological Service
LGBTQ-Specific Mental Health Services
Ages 13-40

Trauma, EMDR therapy, teens and young adults couples work

Lindsey Brinker
Central Iowa Psychological Service
LGBTQ-Inclusive Mental Health Services
Ages: 13+
Complex or severe trauma, EMDR

Chad Peters
Good Life Therapy
LGBTQ-Specific Mental Health Care
Central Iowa
Specialization in working with bisexual and gay men, narrative therapy, CBT

Jordan Cronbaugh
Ellie Mental Health
Scheduling number: 515-393-6702

Samantha Flodin
Ellie Mental Health
Scheduling number: 515-393-6702