Affirming & Supportive LGBTQ Therapy in Durham & Raleigh, NC

LGBTQ Therapy in Durham - Raleigh, NC

I'm an LGBTQ therapist dedicated to helping individuals in the queer community navigate life with confidence, authenticity, and resilience.For over twenty years, I've supported lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender variant, and queer-identified individuals. My commitment lies in ensuring a safe, supportive, and affirmative environment for the LGBTQ community in Durham, Raleigh, and beyond.


LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy

Throughout my time as an LGBTQ therapist, I have worked with people in many ways, including:

Identity and Self-Understanding

  • Understanding your sexual identity, including being queer in a heteronormative world
  • Identifying your place in the broader community
  • Overcoming personal and societal shame
  • Building self-esteem
  • Confronting internalized biases or navigating intersectional challenges

Coming Out and Building Community

  • Seeking support during your coming-out journey
  • Exploring coming out later in life
  • Finding and fostering community connections

Relationship Dynamics

  • Processing complexities such as simultaneously loving your queer life and feeling like an outsider from your biological family
  • Enhancing dating and relationship skills
  • Strengthening bonds or coming to terms with families of origin
  • Supporting your relationships through queer-friendly marriage counseling or couples counseling

Spiritual and Cultural Concerns

  • Addressing religious or cultural stressors
  • Exploring a sense of spirituality that feels genuine and LGBTQ-positive

Recognition and Validation

  • Coping with being mislabeled or misgendered by others
  • Creating strong but flexible boundaries
  • Fostering relationships where your identity is both seen and respected

Even living in a progressive area like Durham, Raleigh, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, and Cary, finding a LGBTQ therapist can be very helpful. And, there are still pockets where homophobia persists, and an affirmative psychotherapist is invaluable.

I recognize that one's LGBTQ identity is only one part of who you are. Every facet of your identity matters, and I'm here to support the entirety of your journey, including addressing the potential overlaps of intersectional identities. My practice is inclusive, promoting body positivity and understanding diverse relationship configurations.

"Carolyn's office is a cozy refuge where you are just as likely to laugh as to cry. With her warm, caring, and attentive ear, she will gently lead you to theraputical epiphanies, whether you are having a crisis or just trying to get through the week. Also, if your mental health issues are exacerbated by social injustice and/or the patriarchy, Carolyn is definitely the right therapist to see."

- former client

"Carolyn has supported me in individual counseling with her support and guidance. In my work with her, I have found that the safe place she creates for her clients means that it feels okay to explore our experiences and the many things we may be dealing with in our lives and that they can be interconnected. I've found it helpful knowing she believes that all people may need support, but especially more marginalized people in society. I appreciate that Carolyn can make reflections on what I may be thinking about that are particularly concise yet meaningful. Carolyn's genuineness provides for a deeper therapeutic relationship where learning and growth are possible."

- former client

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