we are like you

At Kindred, we provide affirming, trauma-informed individual and relationship therapy in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.

Connection is an important vehicle for growth in the therapy process and finding a therapist who “gets you” is crucial to your experience.

Our therapists are open about their identities and are often part of the communities we serve, as well as highly trained in evidence-based therapeutic modalities.

Therapy is an investment in yourself.

You don’t need to settle for a therapist with whom you can only partially show up, someone who is just fine, but not someone with whom you really connect.

We believe in being

anti-oppressive & Trauma informed

what we offer

individual therapy

Kindred Therapy specializes in providing affirming psychotherapy for queer and gender expansive clients, neurodivergent individuals (ADHD, Autism, Highly Sensitive etc.) and adults or adolescents healing from trauma. Whether you are looking for long-term or short-term, we would be honored to be a part of your path. 

neurodiversity affirming therapy

Do you feel things and process information differently and deeply? Are you an HSP or do you have sensory processing differences? Are you autistic or have ADHD?

The aim of therapy centering neurodivergent experiences is to allow you to explore ways to  further understand how to best adapt the environment to your needs; as opposed to trying to fit yourself into neurotypical standards. Whether you identify with the labels of ADHD, autistic or other neurodivergent experiences, let’s explore how to make your life work for you.


kink and sex positive therapy

Kink-affirming and sex-positive therapy celebrates the aspects of human experience that are rooted in pleasure and play. We have therapists with a range of knowledge about kink communities. Kindred Therapy is a sex worker friendly practice.

relationship therapy

“The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives” – Esther Perel

We are experienced in helping people in all types of relationships improve communication and understand each other better.


internal family systems

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an evidence-based approach allowing for a deeper, compassionate connection with different aspects of oneself and greater clarity about one’s experiences. IFS focuses on the multiple parts we all have within us and believes that all parts of us are welcome. IFS is a  destigmatized approach to empowering desired growth. 

We believe in being

therapy affirming of polyamory & ethical non-monogamy

Our therapists are affirming of relationship diversity, including non-monogamy and polyamory. We are equipped to help you explore new ways of being in relationship, deconstruct limiting beliefs, and hold space for where trauma, attachment, and non-monogamy interact.

gender-affirming therapy

We utilize informed consent to support you in your gender affirmation; whether you are seeking documentation for gender affirming medical care or you are looking for a place to explore the nuances of gender identity and expression. Our team has over 5 years of specific experience supporting gender expansive adults and adolescents.

emdr therapy

EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy is a client-led, noninvasive trauma treatment that releases unprocessed trauma from the body and allows our brains to access their natural healing capacities.

therapy with bipoc clients

We prioritize the needs of queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Our therapists are dedicated to examining and dismantling white supremacy both within the therapy relationship and in the world. We practice cultural humility and anti-oppression, continuously striving to further decolonize therapy.

what to expect

Starting Therapy

1. Fill out the secure Contact Form to inquire about our services.

2. We will respond within 24-48 hours to set up a 15-min initial consultation via phone or video. 

3. If we decide to move forward with therapy, your therapist will schedule an intake assessment.

4. Complete paperwork sent to you via the Simple Practice Client Portal before your intake appointment. (There’s an app!)

5. Meet with your therapist using the link sent to you via email.

6. You and your therapist begin the process of getting to know each other. If either of you determine it’s not the best fit, your therapist will make a recommendation either within Kindred or in the community. See below for more information.

We welcome feedback. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns. Reach out to info@kindredtherapyllc.com for assistance. 

who we are

therapists & advocates

Jack Harmelin, LSW



Kamilah Wright, MS



L DeFelice, MEd.



Leah Cohen, LCSW


Founding Director

Milo Giovanniello, LSW


Image of Leah Cohen, owner of Kindred Therapy

Sara Lewis, LSW



our assessment process


The fit of the therapy relationship is crucial to your success! The first 3-5 sessions are for you and your therapist to make sure the relationship is a good fit. Your therapist will be ensuring they have the skills to meet your needs.

In the event that it is not a good match, we will either:

– Connect you with another therapist within the practice, if one is available and appropriate for your needs.

– Provide referrals for external therapists or a different level of care.


frequently asked questions

Do you accept my insurance?

We will have several therapists in-network with Aetna. For other insurances, we are an insurance-friendly practice in that we help clients figure out their out-of-network benefits and provide statements for clients to submit to insurance for reimbursement. Many of our clients with commercial insurance are successful in getting 40-80% of therapy costs reimbursed by their insurance.  Insurance accepted varies by therapist. Email info@kindredtherapyllc.com with any questions regarding insurance.

Note: Interns are not able to participate with insurance.


Do you offer in-person therapy?

As of 2023 we have limited availability for in-person sessions.  Kindred Therapy is a hybrid practice, which means some clients are seen in-person in Philadelphia and most are seen online throughout PA or NJ using a secure platform. Some of our therapists offer in-person sessions in Philadelphia.

In-person sessions are currently available with Jack Harmelin at our Rittenhouse location and with Sara Lewis at our West Philly location. 

If we move forward, you can decide with your therapist if telehealth, in-person, or a combination makes the most sense for your work together. Please let us know if you are interested in in-person sessions. 

how often should i come to therapy?

Clients come to therapy at differing frequencies depending on their needs. Starting therapy with weekly sessions is often preferable due to the importance of developing a relationship with your therapist and determining whether the relationship is a good fit. Clients also tend to experience faster results with weekly sessions. Biweekly sessions can be discussed with your therapist as a way to maintain progress, or for logistical reasons as needed. Ultimately, it is up to you how frequently you come to therapy.

Note: Therapists have autonomy in whether they hold a designated space in their calendar for clients with infrequent attendance. The relationship is co-created with your therapist. Please discuss any needs you have with them. 

do you offer reduced fees?

Our reduced fee options aim to increase access to therapy for individuals with multiple marginalized identities. There are a limited number of reduced fee slots available for queer, trans/gender expansive, and BIPOC clients. Our reduced fee scale ranges from $85 to $150 for a 50-min session. During your initial consultation you will be discussing what you can afford to invest in therapy. Your therapist can help facilitate conversation around what will be financially sustainable for you while also balancing their needs and valuing their time and commitment to your healing.

For assistance in placing yourself on a sliding scale, consider this resource

We ask that you consider your social locations and let us know if your access to resources has changed. If you can afford to pay the full fee, please do so in order to support increased access to mental health services for queer, trans and BIPOC folks.  Our aim with offering reduced fees is to combat the systemic oppression of multiply marginalized folx and align with practice values around equity. Please reach out if you would like to sponsor access to therapy for a QTBIPOC person. 

Kindred therapists also participate in several therapy funds for BIPOC and QTBIPOC individuals including:

National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network Therapy Fund

Loveland Foundation

Hibiscus Rose Therapy Fund

Clients may also access therapy at $65 per session (with more sliding scale flexibility) through seeing one of our Masters Level clinical interns who are closely supervised by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. 

Our intern program hosts advanced-level Masters students with prior experience in the field.

how do i know which therapist is right for me?

We ask what you are looking for to help with our matching process. We will make a recommendation for each prospective client and will schedule you with one of our therapists who has the skills and qualities that would best suit what you are looking for. If we do not have a therapist at Kindred who we believe would meet your needs, we will provide referrals and resources to help find the right fit! If you start with one of our therapists and are unhappy with the fit, please email Leah@kindredtherapyllc.com or discuss your desire to transfer with the therapist directly. Your feedback is really important to us!

do you do aba?

Kindred Therapy LLC therapists DO NOT endorse or practice ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy. We practice from a neurodiversity-affirming, non-pathologizing approach to understanding yourself and making the desired changes in your life.

invest in yourself

If you have any questions, please reach out to us via our secure contact form, email info@kindredtherapyllc.com or call 856-553-8400 ext. 100

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Philadelphia, PA 19102

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