*Note: This page is being updated. I am adding staff’s biographies.
We provide Identity Counseling, Trauma and Grief Counseling, Mood and Anxiety Counseling and more. We foster a safe space for people who identify as LGBTQ+, LGBTQ+ allies, and people who are seeking behavioral health services. This type of environment allows people to explore their gender identity, sexual identity, affectional identity, and other aspects of identity without fear of judgment.
Robert Kyle May, MEd, LPCC-S
My name is Kyle May. I identify as gay.
I was born in Pikeville, KY located in Eastern Kentucky but now live in Lexington, KY. I have lived in small, rural communities for the first 30 years of my life. I recently moved to Lexington, KY to expand my horizons for my career and my life. I went to college at Morehead State University from 2007 to 2011 where I received my Bachelors of Science degree from their undergraduate psychology program. After graduating from MSU, I attended classes at Lindsey Wilson College’s extended campus in Prestonsburg, KY from the beginning of 2012 to the end of 2013 where I received my Masters of Education degree from their Counseling and Human Development program. I have worked as a therapist since 2011. I have been working with children and adolescents who have emotional and behavioral disorders since the beginning of my career and I have been specializing in providing trauma therapy to survivors of trauma since 2014. I am trained in evidence-based trauma therapy models such as TF-CBT and CPP. I enjoy helping people work through dealing with depression, general anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and more so that they may improve their quality of life.
I have been faced with a variety of adversities throughout my life many of which are directly, or indirectly, related to my identify as a gay man. I have experienced prejudice and discrimination in my personal and professional lives. I know what it has been like for me living completely in the closet, only allowing certain people to know about my identify at work, home, and in the community, and now being completely out to the point that I am recognized as a leader in Kentucky advocating for the LGBTQ+ community. One of my accomplishments is that I have founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called the Big Sandy LGBT+ Safe Zone that serves the LGBTQ+ people in Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, and Martin counties in Eastern Kentucky.
I have also created a counseling practice known as Open Doors Counseling Center. The core values for ODCC are Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence (PRIDE). I will make serving LGBTQ+ people a priority in communities across the great state of Kentucky but I especially want to reach rural communities where a huge gap exists for being able to find and access LGBTQ+ affirming and competent services. LGBTQ+ allies and other people will also be welcome in our center regardless of identity. Telehealth services will be used to allow people to access services that they otherwise would not be able to access and for people may not be ready to walk through our doors.
I look forward to helping people work through their identity issues, trauma histories, their mood and anxiety issues, and more. Please help make serving LGBTQ+ people with their unique needs a priority in Kentucky!
Whitney Allen, MA, LPCA, LCADC
My name is Whitney Allen. I identify as an ally.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, Targeted Case Manager, Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I have 8+ years of experience working with clients with substance use disorders, PTSD, anxiety, and a range of other concerns. I approach therapy from a “person-centered”, whole wellness model. My style of therapy is more “laid back” and I aim to provide a safe, non-judgmental space for clients. I am an LGBTQIA+ ally. I specialize in trauma, grief, and career counseling but I am looking forward to expanding into identity counseling and other needs for the LGTBQIA+ community. I am originally from Prestonsburg, and I am excited to return to offer my services for those in my hometown. I also look forward to working in the supportive environment provided at Open Doors Counseling Center and hope to extend that support to my clients!
Savannah Martha, MA, LPCA
My name is Savannah Martha. I identify as an ally.
I am excited to guide you through your journey of self-discovery. I specialize in working with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, major-life transitions, identity development, and relationship issues. I will assist you in finding ways to manage your symptoms by implementing new, healthy coping mechanisms into your daily life. Throughout our time together, we will also focus on processing your emotions by unpacking significant life events that have impacted you.
Diversity and advocacy for those in my community has always been important to me. As an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, it is my priority to make sure my clients feel HEARD, SUPPORTED and UNDERSTOOD. I believe that every human being should have the opportunity to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment – where you can unapologetically be yourself!
I graduated with my Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 2020. Ever since then, I have had the opportunity to create such genuine connections with my clients. I will feel like a friend to you in the therapy room and present you with acceptance and kindness always. Reach out for support today! I am looking forward to meeting you.”
Jeremy Coleman, MEd (LPCA Pending)
My name is Jeremy Coleman. I identify as pansexual and polyamorous.
I just received my master’s degree in counseling and human services from Lindsey Wilson College. I completed my practicum with ODCC this past year and am excited to apply everything I have learned as I transition to a position as a counselor. I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community and also have experience with polyamorous relationship structures. I hope to use my knowledge and experiences to assist others.
I would like to share a little about my background. I am married with one son. My family is from Eastern KY, but because my dad was in the Air Force, I grew up all over. However, when I was in middle school, he retired and we moved to Pikeville. After high school I joined the military, got married, and was stationed in Fort Stewart, GA. I realized early on that I did not want to make the military my career, so afterwards I returned to Pikeville.
Tyran Dewalt, MSW, CSW
My Name is Tyran Dewalt. I identify as gay.
I am a Certified Social Worker and Transformational Life Coach. I hold a Master’s in Social Work and a Bachelor’s in Psychology. I use an integrative approach in my practice by merging mindfulness techniques with Cognitive Behavior Therapy. I have previous experience in facilitating support groups, counseling children and families, and helping individuals resolve stress, anxiety and depression. I am passionate about changing lives and I lead my practice with the hope that each client has the power to live their best lives.
Corey/Corabelle Hall, MS
Targeted Case Manager
Peer Support Specialist
My name is Corey/Corabelle Hall. I identify as genderfluid.
My name is Corey Hall (aka Corabelle) and I am a peer support specialist, targeted case manager, and an event coordinator. I am 32 years old, and I am from a small town right outside of Louisville. I have a Master’s in Psychology, and it is my dream to earn my doctorate one day. I battle daily with my own struggles of mental illness, but I will not let this stop me from pursing my dreams.
I know the struggles that arise being a gender-fluid individual, and I want to be an advocate for my community. This is not only as a drag queen, but as a professional in whom the members of my community can trust.
I look forward to beginning this journey with Open Doors, and I am proud to stand behind them in supporting the LGBTQ+ community here in Lexington and across the state. Always remember to think of life as a kaleidoscope. It may look dark at first, but once light shines through in you, your colors will be able to radiate with love.
My name is Patricia Hinds. I identify as an ally.
I am the Office Manager for ODCC. I have twenty years of office administrative and management experience. I am a fierce ally to the LGBTQ+ community. My role is to support the counseling staff and clients as the Office Manager. I am happy to be working with the team to help make a brighter future for all.
My name is Dakota Frederick. I identify as gay.
My name is Dakota. I am 22 years old. I am an Administrative Assistant and an Event Coordinator. I will also be receiving training to become a Peer Support Specialist for ODCC. I work hand-in-hand with everybody in the office. My job as an Event Coordinator is to put together exciting and innovative events that will not only educate, but provide resources to the community. I will be doing this through organizing and hosting drag shows with mental health related themes. During these shows, we will be discussing a variety of topics, such as the history of drag, the importance of testing, discussing mental health issues, providing resources, and more.
Please feel free to contact me to schedule appointments with your providers. I will be helping ODCC with phone calls, emails, and other office related tasks. I look forward to hearing from you and doing my best to help where I am needed.