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Adrienne's Story

Adrienne Michelle SmithAdrienne Michelle, LMFT, is a leading LGBTQ couples and family therapist located in the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina. She received her Marriage and Family Therapy degree with a specialization in Sex Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University. Her passion comes from a background in sex education, where the communities' representation has been very limited; thus, she strives to continuously advocate for positive representation in all areas of sex education.

She has been an educator for the 10 years at several major universities, and has worked with universities such as Thomas Jefferson University, Duke University, and UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Greensboro, during her time in North Carolina. She is now in private practice and the cofounder of NC Diversity and Inclusion where she and her partner help companies and individuals step outside of themselves and their affiliations in order to educate them unconscious bias and build a more diverse and inclusive team. She strives to continue her advocacy by using an intersectional perspective as a therapist, educator, and public speaker.


She has been featured in the New York Times, as well as a guest on the critically acclaimed podcast, "Therapy for Black Girls" in which she continues to advocate for mental health in queer communities by incorporating gender and sexuality into the conversation of mental health. Aside from therapy and speaking; Adrienne lives in NC with her partner and is a queer-black-feminist, advocate, runner, Janet Jackson fan and dog mom.

A Note From Adrienne

I was born and raised in Newark, NJ and have always had a passion for helping others. I have been a facilitator for the majority of my life, starting in college when I began developing diverse and inclusive sex education programs in New Jersey and Maryland. Since becoming a therapist, I have realized that helping people on an individual level is only a part of my passion. I am focused on creating better systems whether it be with clients, couples, families or companies; my idea of a healthy self includes having a personal and professional balance. I enjoy meditation, and use body scanning and coaching heavily in practice. As one of very few queer, black, femme, therapists I also offer virtual counseling so no matter where you are you can access a gender and sexually competent therapist who is focused on your happiness and authentic self.