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ATC Team
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Group
Business Excerpt:
The core value of Affirming Therapy Center (ATC) is in our name. “Affirming” is both the nature and the goal of ATC’s work as a dedicated resource supporting Gender, Sexual, and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) in California. This core value is embodied by providing you with professional, open-minded care in a space that acknowledges and celebrates your unique personhood and distinct challenges.

You are welcome and valued here.

Helping you in understanding, accepting, and embracing your own beliefs, identities, and lifestyles is cornerstone in providing the support and encouragement you need to grow, to bring clarity to your choices, and to enhance your life and relationships. We focus on making you feel safe to explore your feelings and to express yourself.

Each member of the ATC team is a professionally-trained Psychotherapist qualified to address topics such as gender and identity, sex and sexual health, non-monogamy, trauma, Out of Control Sexual Behavior, BDSM, kink, and fetishes. We all have additional and continuing education in Sexual Health and in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples; certain clinicians have unique areas of expertise, including advanced specialized training in the following areas: Sex Therapy, Brainspotting and TF-CBT (for trauma), Motivational Interviewing, Family Therapy, and Gender Affirming Therapy.

This additional knowledge and training is a reflection of our commitment to GSRD. We enthusiastically affirm all GSRD identities including, but not limited to, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, Heterosexual, Trans, Cis, Gender Non-Conforming, Queer, Asexual, Questioning, Intersex, Kink, BDSM, D/s, M/s, DD/lg, Fetish, Sex Work, Monogamy, Non-Monogamy, Swinging/LS, Polyamory, and a Variety of Relationship Dynamics and Family Configurations. Please see each practitioner’s summary for areas of specialization.
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
619.456.0830
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
3914 Murphy Canyon Road Suite A201
California 92123
USA
Internet Based Business:
Both Remote and Brick and Mortar
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
*Kim Eisenberg, LCSW*
Business Name:
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Kim Eisenberg
Business Excerpt:
I provide poly, kink, and queer celebratory therapy for people balancing the pressures of daily life while navigating the complex intersections of personal identity and relational structures that challenge the status quo.
Gender of Practitioner:
Female
Education/Training/Certifications:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with training in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma Treatment, and Sex Therapy.
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
619-800-6304
Business Contact Email:
Business Tags:
Business Address:
California 92105
USA
Internet Based Business:
Yes
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
Credit cards, debit cards, HSA cards.
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Affirming Matters LLC – Online Therapy
Name of Primary Practitioner:
River Tu
Business Excerpt:
I believe the professional relationship we form together is the building block for the connection that is needed to change, grow, and evolve. My role as a therapist is to set up a safe and affirming space for you to tell your story and for you to explore ways to unlock your hidden gems.
Gender of Practitioner:
Non-Binary
Education/Training/Certifications:
Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, EMDR Trained
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
469.278.6426
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
Texas 75243
USA
Internet Based Business:
Yes
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
Card, Insurance Reimbursement, Reduced Rates
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Amie McNamara, M.S., LPC, LCDC
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Amie McNamara
Business Excerpt:
Sex therapy private practice
Gender of Practitioner:
Female
Education/Training/Certifications:
Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified Sex Therapist-In-Training
Business Phone Number:
2147271152
Business Contact Email:
Business Tags:
Business Address:
5055 W. Park Blvd, Suite 400
Plano, Texas 75093
Texas 75093
USA
Internet Based Business:
Both Remote and Brick and Mortar
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
Cash, check, credit card, health savings account, superbill for insurance reimbursement
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Carla Burdt Hypnotherapy
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Carla Burdt
Business Excerpt:
Clinical hypnotherapist specializing in relationships, sexuality, and intimacy. My goal is to provide a non-judgmental and inclusive atmosphere for my clients to explore the various aspects of their sexuality and relationships in a supportive and collaborative way. Working with clients, I help to build self-awareness and resolve deeply ingrained issues surrounding relationships, sexuality, and intimacy.
Gender of Practitioner:
Female
Education/Training/Certifications:
Hypnosis Motivation Institute, Clinical Hypnotherapist
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
619-209-0107
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
41765 Rider Way, Temecula, CA 92590
92590
USA
Internet Based Business:
Both Remote and Brick and Mortar
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Awareness Notes:
Knowledgeable and in poly, kink, and swinger
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Business Name:
Name of Primary Practitioner:
CJ Mooney
Business Excerpt:
Individual, Relationship, and Sex Therapy for all genders, orientations, and relationship structures Specializing in polyamory, CNM, kink, gender exploration, attachment, and trauma recovery
Gender of Practitioner:
Female
Education/Training/Certifications:
Master of Family Therapy
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
255 S. 17th St.
Suite 2200
Pennsylvania 19103
USA
Internet Based Business:
Both Remote and Brick and Mortar
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Connected Roots
Business Name:
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Eliot and Lauren Andre
Business Category:
Business Excerpt:
We specialize in guiding couples through the process of opening up their previously monogamous relationship, as well as helping those already committed to non-monogamy navigate the ups and down that may occur through engagement in this lifestyle.
Gender of Practitioner:
None
Education/Training/Certifications:
Clinical Social Work and Recreational Therapy
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
720-593-1062
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
1650 38th st. Ste. 100E
Colorado 80301
USA
Internet Based Business:
Both Remote and Brick and Mortar
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Aware
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Aware
Business Name:
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Sarah Levinson
Business Excerpt:
Counseling on Creative Relationship Structures: Polyamory, Open Relationships, Consensual Nonmonogamy and Intimacy
Creative Relating also focuses on mood related challenges, including anxiety and depression, as well as career transitions.
Gender of Practitioner:
Female
Education/Training/Certifications:
MSW Candidate at SUNY Buffalo, Human Awareness Institute, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
646-844-4421
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
18 E 16th St suite 503 office 13
New York 10003
USA
Internet Based Business:
Both Remote and Brick and Mortar
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
Accept cash, paypal, venmo, and personal check
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Awareness Notes:
I am poly and I specialize in opening up a relationship, solo poly, poly and children, relationship anarchy, and consent.
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Crystal Frederick
Business Name:
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Crystal Frederick, MA, LPC-Intern
Business Excerpt:
Crystal works from an attachment based, trauma informed, and relational perspective and specialized in working with Gender, Sex, and Relationship Diverse (GSRD) individuals.

Crystal’s passion is helping people who feel like they are in transition in their life; whether healing from past trauma, navigating relationship changes, or exploring lifestyle issues related to being part of LGBTQ+, polyamorous, and/or kink communities. She has worked extensively with people exploring gender and sexual identities by offering radical acceptance, infinite curiosity, and deep compassion to those seeking to discover their authentic life. She also has significant experience working with sexual assault and domestic violence survivors by supporting their healing process and working through shame to find empowerment.
Gender of Practitioner:
Female
Education/Training/Certifications:
EMDR Trained
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
512-294-8752
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
Telehealth only at this time
Texas 78745
USA
Internet Based Business:
Yes
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
Cash, check, credit card
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Awareness Notes:
Trainings have included Polyamory, Consenual Non-monogamy, Kink/BDsM, Non-binary, and Sexual Anxiety
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Aware
Devyn Stone, Affirming Matters LLC
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Devyn Stone
Business Category:
Business Excerpt:
Affirming Matters is a private practice offering counseling and coaching services. Devyn Stone is our resident kink educator and alternative lifestyles coach.
Gender of Practitioner:
Male
Education/Training/Certifications:
Certified Professional Life, Relationship, Self Awareness, and Emotional Intelligence Coach
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
469-625-6309
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
Colorado 80917
USA
Internet Based Business:
Yes
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
Credit/Debit Card, PayPal, CashApp, Venmo, Reduced Rates
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Aware
Dolsen Therapeutic Services
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Erica Dolsen
Business Excerpt:
My practice focuses on the intersections between and around sex, drugs and death. In our families, relationships, culture, and society these topics are frequently met with silencing or shame. You’re invited to offer yourself the space and time to explore how desire and connection, grieving and loss, shame and authenticity show up for you, and how you’d like them to be more integrated. 
Gender of Practitioner:
Female
Education/Training/Certifications:
MSW, RSW.
Business Phone Number:
6044143354
Business Contact Email:
Business Tags:
Business Address:
V8A3Z1
Canada
Internet Based Business:
Yes
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
RSW fees are claimable by many insurance providers as well as federal medical health claims
Poly Awareness Level:
Aware
Kink Awareness Level:
Aware
Awareness Notes:
currently supervised by Cora Bilsker for ENM specific practice, currently undertaking requirements to become an AASECT certified sex therapist (have done post-graduate studied for Intensive Sex Therapy with Dr. Markie Twist)
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Friendly
Dr. Ryan G. Witherspoon- Clinical Psychologist
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Ryan G. Witherspoon, Ph.D.
Business Excerpt:
I am a clinical psychologist in CA (PSY32022) who provides kink-affirming (and polyamory/open-affirming) therapy to adults and relationships. I specialize in kink and non-monogamy, mood and anxiety issues, relationship problems, and complex or attachment trauma, using a caring, in-depth approach.
Gender of Practitioner:
Male
Education/Training/Certifications:
Licensed Psychologist (CA PSY32022), Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, MA in Clinical Psychology, MA in Psychology, Two-year post-doctoral training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
626-559-0939
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
California 91104
USA
Internet Based Business:
Yes, Both Remote and Brick and Mortar
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
I accept cash, check, credit/debit cards, and most HSA cards. I offer a limited number of sliding-scale (low fee) slots depending on availability.
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Awareness Notes:
I am a nationally-recognized expert in kink and consensual non-monogamy, as well as an active researcher, author, and clinical trainer in the field.
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Business Name:
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Emma Kopp
Business Excerpt:
Current Marriage and Family Therapy Student practicing under supervision of Mark Reese, MA, LMFT at Edges Wellness Center.
Gender of Practitioner:
Non-Binary
Education/Training/Certifications:
BA American Culture and Difference Studies, BA Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, MA Marriage and Family Therapy (expected graduation ’22)
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
612-688-7043
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
730 E 38th street
Minneapolis
Minnesota 55407
USA
Internet Based Business:
Both Remote and Brick and Mortar
Do You Accept Insurance?:
Yes
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, HealthPartners, Hennepin Health, Medical Assistance, PreferredOne, UCare (Please always check with your specific plan to verify that the provider you want to see is in network.)
Poly Awareness Level:
Aware
Kink Awareness Level:
Aware
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Aware
Garnering Change Psychotherapy
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Heather M. Garner, LCSW-C
Business Excerpt:
In the Baltimore-Washington area, Heather M. Garner, LCSW-C has been a staple of the mental health community providing services to poly and kink individuals and couples for almost a decade. Heather has recently expanded her services to include sex therapy, following her completion of the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program, Sex Therapy Track. Heather believes passionately in providing services to the kink and poly communities and has build Garnering Change Psychotherapy to focus on intimate relationships, sexual health, and the transition to parenthood with other like-minded therapists. If you are looking for an experienced, compassionate, and knowledgable therapist who is well respected in the kink and poly communities, look no further than Heather M. Garner, LCSW-C at Garnering Change Psychotherapy.
Gender of Practitioner:
Female
Education/Training/Certifications:
Master of Social Work (MSW); Certified Relational Life Therapy clinician (RLT); University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program, Sex Therapy Track
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
410-616-1834
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
304 East Pennsylvania Ave
Maryland 21286
USA
Internet Based Business:
Both Remote and Brick and Mortar
Do You Accept Insurance?:
Yes
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
Insurance is not accepted for couples therapy and for some sexual health services
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Awareness Notes:
Heather teaches continuing education courses to other mental health professionals on provided competent services to the kink, lifestyle, and poly communities.
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Gary D. Alexander
Business Name:
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Gary D. Alexander, MS, MFT, CADC III
Business Excerpt:
Working with individual, couples, and poly-families since 2002. Specializing in the Kink, Lifestyle, Poly-Family, and LGBTQAI Communities.
Gender of Practitioner:
Male
Education/Training/Certifications:
M.S. Counseling, PhD (abd) Depth Psychology, National Certified Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II Complex Trauma Practitioner, AAMFT Approved Supervisor for student and Intern counselors.
Business Phone Number:
(360) 836-4298
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
108 SE 124th Ave
Washington 98684
USA
Internet Based Business:
Both Remote and Brick and Mortar
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
I can bill most other insurances for out-of-network benefits. Please check with your plan first.
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Awareness Notes:
I am a Kink Knowledgeable professional as well as Kink community member.
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Dr. Meara Thombre
Business Excerpt:
I am Licensed Psychologist who provides individual and intimate relationship/couples counseling via telehealth to those residing in Florida.  I am a sex positive, Poly/CNM/ENM affirming, and Kink/BDSM competent provider.
Gender of Practitioner:
Female
Education/Training/Certifications:
PhD in Counseling Psychology
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
8132910969
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
Florida 33617
USA
Internet Based Business:
Yes
Do You Accept Insurance?:
Yes
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
I am in-network for Aetna, UnitedHealthcare, Oxford Health Plans, UMR, Oscar, and UHC Student Resources. I accept card payment.
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Awareness Notes:
I wrote my dissertation on the consensual non-monogamous population. I chose this topic due to my passion in fighting unjust societal shame and stigma.
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Heather Miller Therapy
Business Name:
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Heather Miller
Business Excerpt:
Providing telehealth psychotherapy services to residents of Nebraska and California.
Gender of Practitioner:
Female
Education/Training/Certifications:
MA Marriage and Family Therapy- University of San Diego, CA LMFT, NE LIMHP
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
4022023014
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
Nebraska Telehealth
Nebraska 68505
USA
Internet Based Business:
Yes
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
credit card, check
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Cub Larkin
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Cub Larkin
Business Excerpt:
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the State of Florida
Gender of Practitioner:
Male
Education/Training/Certifications:
Walden University
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
9542812565
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
Florida 33334
USA
Internet Based Business:
Yes
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
Credit Cards, CashApp, Venmo, PayPal
Poly Awareness Level:
Friendly
Kink Awareness Level:
Friendly
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Friendly
James Rodis at Making Space Psychotherapy
Name of Primary Practitioner:
James Rodis
Business Excerpt:
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona. I work with adults, couples/dyads, and poly relationship systems. I specialize in working with kink and BDSM practitioners, trans* patients, poly and consensual non-monogamy patients, LGB patients, patients experiencing complex trauma, and intersectional identity exploration.
Gender of Practitioner:
Male
Education/Training/Certifications:
Master of Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
(602)-777-7917
Business Contact Email:
Business Address:
1934 E. Camelback Rd.
Ste 120-513
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Arizona 85016
USA
Internet Based Business:
Yes
Do You Accept Insurance?:
No
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
Fees: I am cash only, and I can provide a superbill for you to submit claims to your insurance provider with prior authorization. Individual sessions: 50-55 min, $175; Dyad (2) relationship sessions: 1hr 15 min, $250; Polycules/relationship systems sessions: time and cost depend on specific circumstances; Gender confirmation letter evaluations: $50.
Poly Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level:
Knowledgeable
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Aware
Jason Hoffmann
Business Name:
Name of Primary Practitioner:
Inclusive Insight Psychotherapy & Consulting Group
Business Excerpt:
Kink and Poly aware/friendly focused in individual and non-traditional relationship therapy. Specializations in acceptance therapy, reframing, CBT while remaining solutions-focused based on client goals.
Gender of Practitioner:
Male
Education/Training/Certifications:
MSW- Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work
Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
7737103883
Business Contact Email:
Business Tags:
Business Address:
840 West Irving Park Road
Suite 302
Illinois 60613
USA
Internet Based Business:
Both Remote and Brick and Mortar
Do You Accept Insurance?:
Yes
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details. :
Aetna, BCBS, Cigna
Poly Awareness Level:
Aware
Kink Awareness Level:
Aware
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level:
Aware