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.

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.

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Affirmations’ Mental Health Providers

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.

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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