Behavioral Health Program

Mental Health Therapy

We’re excited to announce that Affirmations Behavioral Health is now accepting new clients for therapy. If you’re interested in taking the first step towards improved mental health, we invite you to fill out our interest 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.

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

Interest Form
Access Client Portal

Affirmations’ Mental Health Providers

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.

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.

Sliding Scale Information

Affirmations aims to provide accessible and queer affirming mental health care. One way we live up to this vision is by enacting sliding scale fees for our therapy services. For details on sliding scale qualification and payment, please, view the Insurance Protocol-Sliding Fee Scale document below.
Sliding Scale Qualification Details
If you are interested in applying for the sliding scale fee option, complete and download the following form. Email the completed applications to
Apply for Sliding Scale Fee

These services are made possible with grant funding from The Jewish Fund, Sinai Medical Staff Foundation, and The Flinn Foundation






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