Behavioral Health Program


Mental Health Therapy

PLEASE NOTE: This program is currently in high demand. We have closed the waitlist until we are able to meet demand. If you would like to be notified when our waitlist reopens, please fill out this form.

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Through individual, couples, relationship, and/or family therapy, Affirmations offers support during difficult phases of life and helps clients explore important issues such as healthy relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, self-esteem, confidence, and personal growth. We offer LGBTQ+-affirming mental health therapy to clients (regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, or other identities) in a safe and welcoming environment, rooted in intersectional, anti-oppressive values.

Affirmations’ licensed therapists can work with clients of all ages, and our student therapists can assist adults age 18 and over. We have a low-cost private pay rate, with the option to reduce fees as necessary, and we accept a wide range of insurance.

Scroll down below to view all of Affirmations’ Behavioral Health Staff.

For specific questions regarding Mental Health Therapy at Affirmations, please email Kathleen at

Affirmations’ Mental Health Providers:

Zoe Russick Steinfield, LMSW-C, CAADC

I believe anyone can heal and grow, if you feel safe enough to be vulnerable and have the right support. I offer calm non-judgment, and navigation for resolving pain, finding joy, and facing hardships, grounded in your authentic self and values. My lens is client-centered, gender-affirming, strengths-based, systemic, intersectional, trauma-focused, and rooted in my lived experiences as a trans and queer woman. I am an EMDR Trained Therapist, I have a Motivational Interviewing background, and I borrow from other approaches. I enjoy working with individual adolescents and adults of any gender, and also practice with relationships and families. Besides work, I love adventure, stories, music, and my partner and dogs.

Zoe is not currently accepting new clients at this location.

Sara Krahel, LLMSW-C

I am a queer, disabled therapist who specializes in working with LGBTQIA2S+, disabled and chronically ill individuals. I offer gender-affirming care for folks who are exploring their gender identities and are seeking help through transitioning. In the therapeutic relationship I acknowledge the importance of intersectionality, privilege, oppression and the impact of these forces on our daily lives. I understand that each client needs an individualized approach; as a result, I often integrate many modalities into my sessions, including art therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, strength-based therapy, and person-centered therapy. I work with individuals and couples of all ages. In my personal life I like to bake from scratch, I am an avid reader, and am a plant lover.

Naheim Rida, LLMSW-C

I view therapy as a unique opportunity to reflect on your identity and experiences, and to lay the foundations for healing and thriving. I hope together we can co-create a space that is safe, inviting, and accepting where you can truly express yourself. I have a passion for offering LGBTQ+ affirming services and helping you navigate through life changes, grief, anxiety, depression, and overcoming trauma. I take a holistic and narrative approach to therapy, using multiple evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. In my free time, I enjoy watching films, drawing, and journaling.

J Kavieff, MSW Candidate

Hello Hello, I’m J Kavieff, a neurodivergent, queer, trans/non-binary, disabled MSW student at U-M and therapy intern at Affirmations. My areas of focus are somatic healing-related treatments, trauma-informed care, gender and sexuality, kink/BDSM, couples therapy, individual therapy, non-monogamy/polyamory, and neurodivergence. My framework of practice is intersectional and feminist. I have past experience in sex research, canvassing for voter and reproductive rights, increasing bathroom accessibility, working as a Resident Assistant, and mentoring Queer Jewish youth (and I am pro-Palestinian). I am new to the clinician role, but look forward to working with and giving back to the community that supported me growing up. When I’m not meeting with clients, I enjoy films, mushroom foraging, swimming, board games, dancing/drag, music, karaoke, and other activities.

Kelsie Thorne (kt), M.S., MSW Candidate
(all pronouns are acceptable)

I am passionate about working with individuals/couples who wish to co-create meaning, purpose, and healing for their lives. My therapeutic practice honors wellness as the harmony of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Together, we achieve wellness by uplifting your own courage, knowledge, values, and creativity. I exude a humble, tender, grounding, yet vibrant and radical energy. I am guided by the wisdoms of Black feminism, Indigenous communities, intersectionality, critical race theory, and my own experiences as a Black queer woman from a Caribbean immigrant family. I am currently undergoing Reiki Level I training and aim to integrate somatic practices into my work. Beyond work, I revel in funk/house music, cooking with my beloved, and movement of any kind—particularly dance, stretching, biking, and walks with my foster dog.

Key Hockaday, MSW Candidate
(all pronouns are acceptable)

I value collaboration and understanding with clients, and seek to create a safe environment that allows them to open up and be vulnerable. I believe that clients are the experts in their lived experiences and value their strengths and worldviews. I aim to be gender-affirming and inclusive of many backgrounds both in my work and language. I have a background using Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Outside of client work, I enjoy painting, writing, and spending time with cats.

Kyle Sammons, MSW Candidate

I view therapy as an opportunity to heal and grow together and I strive to recognize the value, strengths, and uniqueness in each individual’s identity. I offer a safe, affirming space to explore your identity. I am new to the therapist position but offer over a decade of work and activism within the queer community, as well as my own lived experience as a queer and trans male. I use multiple frameworks to guide my understanding of clients’ strengths and needs, including feminist, intersectionality, family, and systems theories. In my free time I enjoy watching movies and tv, spending time outdoors, and caring for my many houseplants.

Jessie Xerri, MSW Candidate

I strongly believe that everyone has the capacity to work through their struggles to learn and grow. I provide a safe space for individuals to be vulnerable and help them navigate their life’s difficulties. My areas of focus include interpersonal struggles, trauma, depression, anxiety, and behavioral issues. I have a background in advocacy, conducting research on sex positivity culture, mindfulness, and clinical social work. Together we can work towards finding the right tools to approach the root cause of your stressors. Outside of work, I enjoy practicing different forms of movement, reading, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and trying new things.

Skyler Smith, MSW Candidate

Hello, I am Skye. I have dealt with a multitude of trials as I progressed through life; when I was younger, I did not know help was out there. After my struggles I vowed to offer the help I wished I had, and so here I am now! Life is always going to throw challenging moments at us as we experience it, how we handle it determines how wonderful life can be. I work with clients to find the best path forward to achieve their goals. Working with you, the expert on yourself, we can find a solution and a path to achieve happiness.

Alice Beilfuss, MSW Candidate

Hi there, I’m a queer, neurodivergent therapy intern here at Affirmations. I am a warm, compassionate, and understanding human being who aims to provide a safe and accepting space for clients to be authentically themselves with no judgment. My goal as a therapist is to empower clients as we work together towards your goals and overall well-being. My areas of focus are LGBTQIA+ mental health, gender and sexuality related issues, grief, and trauma. I aim to provide gender-affirming care that is centered around the client. In my free time I love to do makeup, dance, see live music, drag shows, and hangout with my chihuahua.

Toni Jackson, MSW Candidate

As a therapist I see myself as a community member’s personal cheerleader toward their wellness goals and healing, because encouragement and accountability are imperative in anyone’s journey. When working with me I hope for clients to achieve growth in the direction they are seeking and at their pace. I want to develop a trusting relationship by creating a safe space together and respecting intersectional identities, culture, and lived experiences. My style of therapy is client centered, holistic, and strengths based. I take a chill, warm, and soothing approach, and can incorporate Black spiritual healing systems. I enjoy spending time with loved ones, DIY crafts, caring for my plants, and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Amy Anderson, MSW Candidate

Hey, my name is Amy! I believe that therapy should be an overall positive experience, where you are able to comfortably talk with a professional who is non-judgmental and empathetic. I strive to be both of these things and more. I have worked with several different populations previously, including: immigrants, students, children, and adolescents. I would like to expand my knowledge and help couples who are struggling in their relationship as well. In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my dogs, trying new food, and watching movies.

Maddy Mayer, MSW Candidate
Each person is the expert on their own life. My role as a therapist is to help you find the tools you need to improve your personal life and relationships. I offer a calm, non-judgmental space where we can explore both hardships and joys together. I am trained in Motivational Interviewing, and my approach is influenced by queer theory, Black feminism, disability justice, and radical acceptance. Some topics I am familiar with include anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, gender and sexuality, kink/BDSM, religious diversity, grief, and sexual trauma. In my free time I enjoy meditating, baking hamantaschen, watching movies, and spending time with my friends, family, and cat.






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