LGBTQ+ Affirming


Yes, I am an LGBTQ+ affirming / gay-friendly therapist.
Why have a dedicated a special page to this? The counseling world has not always been a safe and affirming environment for LGBTQ+ persons. In a time where strides towards equality are being made, I want to be open about where I stand – as an LGBTQ+ affirming counselor. My aim as a therapist is to provide a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental space for all persons.
During the counseling process, we will explore any past, present, or future matters that are relevant to you. I understand as an LGBTQ+ person your sexuality and/or gender identity may not be a focus of therapy for you – and I will never assume that it is. As counselor and client we will collaborate to discern what is important for you to address in therapy. After all, you are the expert of your own life!
I am a lifetime member of the LGBTQ Therapist Resource, which is a small but mighty organization that is near and dear to my heart. The LGBTQ Therapist Resource is an Atlanta-based association of “affirming mental health professionals that seeks to improve LBGTQ+ access to safe, competent therapists.” The organization provides a central directory of affirming therapists, organizes networking events and educational opportunities for mental health professionals, and participates in community outreach events.
It has been my pleasure to wear many hats while supporting the rights and needs of LGBTQ+ persons: activist, advocate, staunch supporter, researcher, counselor, therapist, family, and friend.
Atlanta Therapist and Counselor Melissa Ann Lester
Melissa began her career in the world of art, transitioned to the corporate world, and finally found her home within the profession of counseling. She inferred from her previous careers, a shared theme: building relationships and helping others. Through counseling, she is able to witness others heal, grow, develop greater self-understanding, find meaning, and realize a more authentic self.
    3996 Clairmont Road
    Atlanta, GA 30341
  • 470 210.1621