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
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.
Stacie Sexton, MSW, CSW
My name is Stacie Sexton. I identify as bisexual and agender.
I am a Certified Social Worker, Peer Support Specialist, and reproductive justice organizer who hails from Whitesburg, Kentucky. I spend most of my time in Lexington these days, but I frequently return home. I received my Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky in 2021, my Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2015, and expect to complete a Doctoral of Social Work in spring 2025.
While everyone’s experience will be different, I understand how difficult it can be to find non-judgmental and queer friendly mental health services. As a therapist, I am deeply committed to holding space for folks to explore who they are and who they want to become. I am also dedicated to helping folks identify issues they face toward a path of growth and healing. I believe that we are all experts in our own experiences, and honoring that fact makes a big difference in our daily lives. My approach to therapy will always be tailored to each person in a way that puts my client’s capabilities and strengths at the center of our work together. I have experience working with clients facing issues in trauma, identity exploration, and mood disorders, but I am excited to increase my knowledge and capacity to serve the members of my community.
Before coming to Open Doors, I served as a Behavioral Health Associate at New Vista in their Therapeutic Rehabilitation Program. My work focused on helping adult clients build skills to heal from trauma and severe mental illnesses. I also served as Project Director of Kentucky Health Justice Network’s All Access EKY, a program to bring comprehensive birth control to Eastern Kentuckians. I continue to serve as Artistic Director of the Abortion Monologues of Lexington, study culture building in justice work, and hold workshops on community-focused storytelling.
Joshua Turner, PhD, LP-HSP
My name is Dr. Joshua Turner. I identify as gay and gender non-conforming. Hablo Español.
I am a licensed psychologist in KY and IN. I hold a doctorate in counseling psychology, a masters in clinical psychology, a bachelors in psychology, and a bachelors in Spanish. I am a generalist by training and have 12+ years of experience in the mental health field including specialized training in LGBTQ+ concerns, trauma, and bilingual counseling. I completed my post-doctoral residency with Veterans Affairs and have 4 years of experience working with veterans and their families. I am dedicated to the equity of mental healthcare to all people and utilize a decolonized and human centered approach in my psychotherapy practice. I draw strongly from acceptance and commitment therapy as well as cognitive behavioral approaches.
My goal in working with clients is to help them gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for themselves while alleviating any distressing symptoms they are experiencing. I have expertise with complex trauma and PTSD, eating disorders and body image, sexuality and gender identity, immigration and acculturation, depression and anxiety, and mood disorders.
Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
My name is Bradley Sansom. I identify as gay.
Bradley is a Doctoral level clinician with undergraduate degrees in music and psychology from Morehead State University, and he holds a certificate in medical assistant studies from the US
Career Institute. Bradley received a Master of Science in Psychology degree from Grand Canyon University and an Ed.S Educational Specialist degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University.
Bradley is a trauma informed care provider certified by UT Health San Antonio, Department of Psychiatry and he is also a certified CBT practitioner by the Academy of Modern Applied Psychology. Bradley has more than 7 years of counseling experience in behavioral health providing services such as individual therapy, group therapy, couples counseling, case management, and mental health evaluations. Bradley specializes in the use of solution focused therapy and medical family therapy treatment models.
Bradley is a member of the LGBTQA+ population and wants to give back to the population and help to heal religious trauma within the community and help heal couples together within the family/couples clinical setting. Bradley is currently a Doctoral candidate at the end of his dissertation phase at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA studying Community Care and Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling.
In his free time, he enjoys playing the flute and piccolo in local community bands and orchestras. Along with spending time with his husband who is a nurse and their teenage son, dog, and his cat.
Nadia Ahmadzai, B.S., MSW Student
Practicum Intern (Therapist)
My name is Nadia Ahmadzai. I identify as bisexual.
I am a student at the University of Kentucky pursuing my master’s degree in clinical social work. I received my B.S. in Psychology from UK and one day plan to attain a doctorate in social work. My senior capstone research was centered on Trans identities, specifically in Kentucky, and explorations with digital expressions of gender and sexuality (gender and sexual expression in video games and social media).
I am passionate about mental health and self-love and am excited to be interning with Open Doors Counseling Center and you on your own journey, so thank you for allowing me the privilege.
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.
Marsheria (Marsha) Fall, BA
Targeted Case Manager
My name is Marsha Fall. I identify as an ally.
I am Marsha Fall, a graduated in Human Services and Counseling. I am passionate about my work and it helps me bring my best to the role of targeted case management. I am a people person and enjoy social settings. I am creative and set personal and professional goals to help me achieve my goals.
I am in the helping field because growing up, I have always watched my mother serve the community and help others. From middle school to high school, I knew exactly what my major would be for college. When I started college, my major was Human Services and Counseling from day one. Helping people was all I knew from a young age. I have always loved helping people. The only difference now is I am a professional helper. As a professional helper, I believe you should never push your beliefs or values onto your clients. We are all human beings share the same emotions. This is why everyone can relate and speak one universal language; that of caring for each other. Everyone has their own story that makes them unique. As a professional I am here to help guide people through their emotional growth.
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 Natalia Bishop. I identify as a trans female.
I work as the administrative assistant at Open Doors throughout the week, and currently in progress of becoming an adult peer support specialist. You can contact me to help with scheduling your appointments or finding resources to assist you. I also am the founder of “Kentucky Transcendence” – a support group for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals and their Allies. When I’m outside the office you can find me performing on stages across the region as a drag artist known as Natalia Nicole Jolie. I am the current Miss Trans Kentucky and love using the platform that I have been given to do advocacy work for the LGBTQIA+ community.
I’m so excited to be working with Open Doors and growing our outreach together and having a positive impact on the communities that we serve.