Thorne Myers (they/them), MSW, LCSWA
Outpatient Psychotherapist in South Durham
Works with ages 18+
My name is Thorne (they/them) and I am a white, queer, trans, non-binary licensed clinical social worker associate (LCSWA) providing therapy in Durham, NC. Originally from Philadelphia, I relocated to North Carolina in 2013 to finish my undergraduate degree and never left. I received a bachelor’s degree in women’s & gender studies in 2016 and a master's degree in social work in 2023, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Between and during degree programs, I worked in eating disorder recovery, furniture finishing, floral design, and in the service industry as a barista, bar-back, and cook. During my social work program, I completed internships with the UNC Transgender Health Program and with the UNC Psychology and Neuroscience Community Clinic as a therapist. I have experience working with folks to explore gender identity and sexuality; address chronic shame (including shame about sex and intimacy); nurture wounds from childhood and sexual trauma; and navigate romantic, platonic, and familial relationships.
It is my experience that profound and deep healing happens in relationship. We can gather plenty of skills on our own, but a big part of how we find ourselves is through reflection and feedback–being truly seen and understood by another. If you’ve experienced bullying, trauma, neglect, interpersonal violence or emotional abuse, opening up and being your authentic self can feel difficult and even scary. This is why I believe that one of the most important parts of our work together is our relationship; that we are a good “fit” and that you feel safe to share your joy, anger, fear, grief, and tears.
My energy/style is open, attentive, playful, collaborative, and person-centered, drawing from psychodynamic, relational, narrative, and attachment-based therapy approaches. I enjoy working with both individuals and couples/partners. I practice with the understanding that context, identity, and the current cultural moment we are in all impact our sense of self and our most intimate relationships. I am kink-affirming, sex-positive, committed to anti-racism, celebratory of all queer identities, and work with people of all genders and partners in a variety of relationship structures (including monogamous, ethically non-monogamous, and poly relationships).
In my free time, I love to cook, listen to music, keep up with gen z on tiktok, garden, read, build furniture, lift weights, gaze into my cat’s eyes, and write poems. I can often be found walking along the Eno river or eating ice cream (cookies and cream and lavender are my top favorite flavors).
email | hawthorne@