LGBTQ+ Affirmative Counseling

Gender Transition

Assistance is available as you navigate the journey of confirming your identity. Receive guidance through processes like legal name change, seeking medical care, and talking with your loved ones or employer. Support letters may be provided for HRT and surgery.

Sober Living

Whether you have experienced past difficulties with addiction or choose to live without drugs and alcohol for other reasons, you are not alone. Talk with a professional who understands what it means to work a twelve step recovery program. True sobriety is more than just being free of substances.

Healing The Hurt

Did you receive messages from organized religion that you do not belong because of who you are? If you have ever struggled to reconcile your faith with your identity, questioned what you believe, or sought to find meaning outside of a house of worship, then you found the right place. Healing from hurt starts by joyfully embracing all of who you are.

Stephanie Preston-Hughes, LMHC

Stephanie Preston-Hughes, LMHC

Stephanie is a skilled therapist serving Orlando, Orange County, and the greater Central Florida area. She is eager to bring to work for you her many years of experience with conducting initial assessments, providing individual counseling, facilitating support groups, presenting educational workshops, and supervising graduate students. While Stephanie specializes in care for the LGBTQ+ community, people in active recovery, and those who have been hurt by religion, she loves working with all kinds of clients. Whether you are seeking help for depression, anxiety, gender transition, or supporting a loved one, you will be welcomed with a genuinely warm but direct approach.

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Stephanie has a heart for serving clients who find themselves walking through challenging life situations like coming out, getting sober, or changing careers. She advocates for marginalized populations as an expression of her affirmative faith. Stephanie has worked extensively with domestic violence survivors, hospice patients, and college students.


Stephanie is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Counseling Association, (ACA), the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), and Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida (MHCCF). She has lived in Orlando for more than twenty years, maintaining strong relationships with fellow practitioners and educators in the community.


Stephanie is a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH10071), Board Qualified Clinical Supervisor, and National Certified Counselor (NCC82283). She abides by the highest ethical and legal standards for the profession of counseling, including strict client confidentiality.

Private practice therapist in College Park