As a Clinician, I provide Identity Counseling, Trauma and Grief Counseling, Mood and Anxiety Counseling and more. I foster a safe space for people who identify as LGBTQ+, LGBTQ+ allies, and others 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. 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, CPP, and DBT-SP. 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.
My name is Kyle May. I was born in Pikeville, KY located in Eastern Kentucky.
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 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. 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!