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We provide LGBTQ+ adolescents, adults, couples, and families with quality therapy in a safe and empathetic environment.
1221 Locust Street, 2nd Fl, Philadelphia, PA
 (267) 225-3905
[email protected]

Our Therapists

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Peter Danzig

Peter (they/them) M.S.S., M.A., CPT is a Therapist, Creativity and Career Coach, and Diversity and Inclusion Consultant. Peter’s clinical approach is rooted in holistic, relational and humanistic theory. They believe in a strengths-based perspective, recognizing the resiliency in their clients. They hope to always create a supportive and safe space to help clients navigate trauma, conflict, and difficult life transitions with clear and focused goals. Peter passionately believes in the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client and strives to support their clients in a myriad of ways. Their focus is to help LGBTQ+ people find strength amongst a marginalized environment, empowering them to appreciate their strongest instrument, their selves. Peter’s practice focuses on the ways in which our minds and bodies are often separated through trauma and looks for healing approaches in which to strengthen our fragmented selves. Peter’s work primarily integrates person-centered and somatic based approaches to mental health while also utilizing elements of motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma-informed expressive arts therapy. Peter hopes to support clients in addressing challenges with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, disordered eating, relationship dissonance, transition support, gender dysphoria, addiction and trauma history.

 

Peter’s research and Op-Eds have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Gay News, The Mighty, and others. Prior to their work in mental health and organizational dynamics, Peter worked in administration at the University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, and Moore College of Art. Peter received their MA as their Acting Scholar from Villanova University and their undergraduate degree from Temple University. Peter received their M.S.S. degree from Bryn Mawr College and was the L. Diane Bernard Fund for LGBTQ and Human Sexuality Scholar recipient. Peter has experience providing case management and counseling in a variety of settings including hospitals, higher education, and non-profit arts agencies.

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Michelle Varra-White

Michelle is a Licensed Social Worker and EMDR trained Therapist. They hold a Master of Social Service degree from Bryn Mawr College. Michelle has been working with individuals, couples, and families for over 20 years in various capacities. Their career started in Child Welfare where they collaborated with families who were impacted by system.

Inspired by authentic connection and collaborative work, Michelle strives to create a brave and non-judgmental space, whether in person or virtually, where clients can be curious and explore their journey of healing that is often times the hardest to start alone. They also consider it a privilege to hold a clients confidence and as such they honors a client’s self determination to choose the therapeutic vibe that is right for them.

Michelle’s practice in rooted in social justice, harm-reduction, liberation, and collective healing, as injustice and oppression can profoundly impact our lives. Their approach is eclectic in nature. They pay much attention to what shows up in the present moment, integrating somatic and relational awareness to deeply internal and unconscious cognitions, while also encouraging a curiosity for sensations experienced by our bodies. They are passionate about supporting a client’s process, centering the pace needed by a client for their healing, while also being aware of when immediate tools and solutions are needed for relief.

Identifying as both Latiné and Queer, they are able to connect with their own cultural background and lived experiences to support clients in navigating sexual, gender, cultural and racial healing. Michelle also makes space for the need for alternate ways of healing and knowing . Keeping this in mind, they provide the opportunity for ancestral connections, stories, knowledge, and practices as forms of healing. They hold experience and passion for working with adolescents and adults who are seeking support and collaboration in the exploration of identity and poly/kink relationships. For those seeking gender affirming care, they can provide assessment, support, and letters. Michelle also holds passion for collaborating with other Social Workers and Clinicians in their own journey of healing. The focus of their work includes collaborating with clients in the healing and understanding of trauma and emotional wounds, sexual health, relationships and connections, depression and anxiety, and other life challenges and transitions that one might encounter, through which we can bring wisdom, compassion, empathy and a deeper insight into our unique journeys.

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Kris Miraglia

Kris Miraglia (they/she), Licensed Psychologist, PsyD, MEd, holds her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and her Masters of Sexuality from Widener University. She specializes in providing mental healthcare for the LGBTQIA+ communities and particularly enjoys working with teens and young adults exploring aspects of diverse identity components. Kris has experience working with individuals, couples, and non-traditional relationships and has a sex and kink positive, poly-inclusive approach to practice. As a therapist, Kris believes in using an integrative approach to create a safe environment wherein her clients can be supported while exploring difficult topics including gender identity, sexuality, relationship struggles, disordered eating, trauma, familial history, and intersections of identities.

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Julie Jacobson

Julie (she/her) is a licensed professional counselor with fifteen years of experience. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches including Internal Family Systems, EMDR, and mindfulness for anxiety-reduction and trauma. She has a special interest in working with individuals who are looking to recover from the never-ending cycle of perfectionism. She also focuses on helping those looking to heal from body shame and develop a loving relationship to their body, food, and movement. Julie utilizes a framework based in body liberation and HAES, Health at Every Size. Julie also has expertise working with individuals who are struggling with sexually compulsive and self-destructive behaviors, and extensive experience helping individuals heal and recover from substance abuse issues and other self-sabotaging behaviors. Julie is also comfortable working with couples wishing to manage compulsivity, addiction, and/or infidelity issues. Additionally, Julie enjoys working with emerging adults who are in the midst of various life transitions. By using warmth and humor, she strives to provide a safe environment for her clients to explore and understand themselves on a deeper level in an effort to access more self-compassion and acceptance.

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Brian Taylor

Brian (they/them) is driven towards the cessation of suffering through self-advocacy, social justice, and collective action. They have spent over a decade working in community-health, engaging in service of the marginalized LGBTQ and BIPOC communities, working-class individuals, people living with HIV, disability, substance abuse, and the intersections therein. Brian received their master’s degree in the Counseling Psychology Master’s Program at Temple University and provides person-centered psychodynamic therapy, combining systems-analysis with mindful introspection to investigate and appreciate how an individual’s lived experiences and environmental factors directly inform their present circumstances. Utilizing harm-reduction and strength-building we create a shared space of healing and authentic validation. Together with their clients, Brian strives to cultivate empowerment and forge a path toward satisfaction and contentment.

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Chimère Holmes

Chimère (she/her) has an array of experience and skillsets to the realm of psychotherapy. An ordained Reverend as well as licensed counselor, Chimère likes to consider herself a theologian first and social scientist second. She obtained her first Master’s degree in Theology and Pastoral Ministry from Villanova University before obtaining a secondary Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania.

Chimère enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families, and has a heart for millennials, whom she believes are all too often misunderstood. An ally of the LGBTQ community, a significant portion of Chimère’s work is dedicated to helping people improve their self-esteem, live a life of social justice, and reconcile previous religious hurts. A session with Chimère is a personalized hour that she considers sacred—it’s all about you!

Lucas Dangler

Lucas (he/they) is an EMDR-trained LMFT who specializes in working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, nonbinary, transgender, and queer individuals and couples who are struggling with trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, substance use, and challenges with interpersonal relationships, coming out, gender experiences, major life transitions, and queer and multiracial identity development.

Lucas uses EMDR therapy and client-centered, mindfulness-based, and cognitive behavioral interventions to support people in healing from traumatic events and unresolved grief by helping them reprocess disturbing, burdensome memories so that the memories become less intrusive, distracting, and painful. The conversations and processing that take place in therapy draw on the client’s and therapist’s respective expertises and knowledge to co-create new experiences and narratives that reorganize the client’s thinking, behavior, and resources to better serve the client in their healing, navigation of major life transitions and challenges, personal growth, and progress towards their goals.

Before receiving his M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from University of Massachusetts Boston, Lucas received his B.A.&Sc. in Cognitive Science with concentrations in Neuroscience and Linguistics from McGill University. Lucas is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Pennsylvania and California.

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Marissa Turchi

Marissa Turchi (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker and relational-based therapist helping individuals to identify and understand their patterns of thoughts, feelings, and experiences. She works with a broad range of concerns including anxiety, depression, professional challenges, life transitions, and grief and loss. Her commitment to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community is a cornerstone of her practice. Marissa specializes in working with gay, lesbian, nonbinary, transgender and queer individuals as they navigate the coming out process and beyond.

Marissa’s therapeutic approach is rooted in empathy and integration, combining psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, strengths-based, and attachment perspectives. Marissa is committed to understanding the holistic nature of each individual, working with people to find pathways of growth and healing. Through warmth and empowerment, she cultivates a sanctuary of exploration – a non-judgmental environment where clients can dialogue openly, finding clarity, insights, and self-compassion.