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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 Phone Number
(619) 246-5342
Business Contact Email
Jennifer@AffirmingTherapyCenter.com
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
kim@kimeisenberg.com
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
thrive@affirmingmatters.com
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
amcnamara.lpc@gmail.com
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
Austin Inclusive Counseling, PLLC
Name of Primary Practitioner
Crystal Frederick, MA, LPC
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
FrederickCounseling512@gmail.com
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
Kez Mayers, MA, LMHCA, NCC
Name of Primary Practitioner
Kez Mayers, MA, LMHCA, NCC
Business Excerpt
Integrate the mind and body, and rediscover your sexual self. I empower clients to rebuild sexual confidence and create tools for success.
Gender of Practitioner
Female
Education/Training/Certifications
Gonzaga University – Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Business Website Address
Business Phone Number
509-844-9336
Business Contact Email
kez@bodyandbindcounseling.com
Business Address
1616 W Wellesley Ave, Suite B
Spokane, WA 99205
Washington 99205
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, Debit
Poly Awareness Level
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level
Knowledgeable
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level
Knowledgeable
"K"
Business Name
Name of Primary Practitioner
Caoimhea Keivah
Business Excerpt
Spiritual Advisor, Life Coach, Health and Wellness, Educator, and Ambassador: Offering Diversified & Inclusion Services.
Gender of Practitioner
Female
Business Website Address
Business Phone Number
18575762674
Business Contact Email
seileach@protonmail.com
Business Address
Global Online
00000
USA
Internet Based Business
Yes
Do You Accept Insurance?
No
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details.
paypal.me/Caoimheak
Poly Awareness Level
Knowledgeable
Kink Awareness Level
Knowledgeable
Awareness Notes
over 25 years
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
info@hypnocarla.com
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
cjmooneytherapy@gmail.com
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
Claudia Six PhD
Business Name
Name of Primary Practitioner
Claudia Six
Business Excerpt
Together we’ll figure out who you truly are as an erotic being, and how to fit that into your life in a way that works. Let’s set you up for success and authenticity.
Education/Training/Certifications
MA, PhD, Board certified by American Board of Sexology
Business Website Address
Business Phone Number
(415)453-6218
Business Contact Email
claudia@drsix.net
Business Tags
Business Address
California 94901
USA
Internet Based Business
Yes
Do You Accept Insurance?
No
Tell us about the payment options you accept and any additional insurance details.
CC
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
eliot@connectedroot.net
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
Courage to Heal Therapy
Name of Primary Practitioner
Anna Khandrueva
Business Excerpt
I offer affirming, kink-aware, and trauma-informed therapy to individuals, couples, and polycules.
Gender of Practitioner
Female
Education/Training/Certifications
MSW, CSWC
Business Website Address
Business Phone Number
720-340-2327
Business Contact Email
anna@couragetohealtherapy.com
Business Tags
Business Address
80 Garden Ctr, Ste 42
Broomfield, CO 80020
Colorado 80020
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.
Credit, Debit, Paypal, Venmo
Poly Awareness Level
Aware
Kink Awareness Level
Knowledgeable
Swinger (Lifestyle) Awareness Level
Knowledgeable
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
sarah@creativerealting.com
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
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
MrDevynStone@gmail.com
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
erica@nestedheartcounselling.com
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
ryan@ryanwitherspoon.com
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
emma@edgeswellness.com
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
heather@garneringchange.net
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
therapy@garydalexander.com
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
dr.meara@heartfeltpsychology.com
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