Luke Hirst (they/them)

MSW, LCSWA
Accepting Clients

Queer and trans therapist here to help you navigate life's challenges and be your best self. Contact me for sliding scale availability info.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Durham, NC
Supervised by Julie Heustis, LCSW

About My Clients

My work focuses largely on people going through life transitions or exploring issues of gender and sexuality. I help people in relationships come back into connection with each other, and individuals come into connection with themselves. I especially enjoy working with people who are LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent, in nontraditional relationship structures, and/or current or former "gifted kids."

My Background and Approach

My approach is largely grounded in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which are evidence-based therapies that can create new insights about your feelings and behaviors. I can help you learn to effectively navigate whatever comes up in your life, not just today's problem. I am not here to “fix” you, and I’ll tell you upfront that I don’t have all the answers! What I do have is faith that you have vast healing potential inside of you and I can help you get back to it. I am especially passionate about creating a space where people can embrace their whole embodied selves, especially people from marginalized populations.

Why I Became a Therapist

I know what it's like to feel really alone with your feelings or like something must be wrong with you. I also know how powerful and transformative a positive therapy experience can be! Prior to entering this profession, my paid work was primarily in the nonprofit sector. I also have significant community-building and organizing experience. I believe that taking care of ourselves and each other is both critical and radical. My perspective on mental health also holds that no amount of individualized services will be adequate without addressing systemic injustices and working to be in right relationship with each other and with the land we live on.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Interfaith
  • Multifaith

At A Glance

  • Experience: 3 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $120 - 150/session

Reach out to Luke