Owen Karcher MA, LPC

Art Therapist & Social Justice Consultant

Mental health provider

Owen Karcher, MA, LPC and Chelsea O’Neil Karcher, MA, LPC-IT co-founded the Center for Community Healing to provide high-quality therapy to people with marginalized or misunderstood identities. We specialize in working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning clients.

We are art therapists, consultants, healers, educators, and authors. When working with us, you can expect to be treated with the utmost respect. We promise to strive to listen and provide support with empathy, compassion, and curiosity using a client-centered approach. This means our work together will always be guided by your goals.

In addition to traditional talk therapy methods, we engage our clients in skill-building exercises that may include mindfulness meditation, journaling exercises, art, bodywork and other interactive strategies that support transformation. We can also write letters for hormone therapy or surgery. Services are offered in English and Spanish.

Our practice currently serves 95% LGBTQ clients, 90% identifying as transgender or gender non-conforming and 30% people of color.

We are dedicated to providing high-quality, affirming care for all people and strive to be inclusive and respectful of race, national origin and immigration status, gender, disability, HIV Status, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation.

Provider’s Gender: Nonbinary, Transgender

Provider’s Pronouns: they/them, he/him

Provider’s Sexual Orientation: Queer

Provider’s Race: White/European descent

Provider’s Languages: English, Spanish/español

Language Interpreters Available: Yes

Cost for Language Interpreters: n/a

Insurance Accepted by Provider: Private insurance, The Alliance

Other Payment Options Available: Fee-for-service, Sliding Scale

Types of Visits Offered by Provider: Office visits, Services at community organizations, Electronic visits (e.g., E-therapy, Telemedicine, etc.), Phone consultation/counseling/etc.

Types of Counseling/Therapy Available: Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, Art Therapy, Group Therapy

Area(s) of Specialty: Abuse & Trauma, Art therapy, Gender Transition and Expression, LGBTQ+ Identity, Sexual Orientation & Sexual Health, Family Planning, Conception, and Pregnancy, Spirituality, Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Assault, Experiences of Oppression and -isms

Types of Transition-related Letters Provided: Gender marker change, Name change, “Carry” letters, Gender Confirmation surgery

Letter requirements: Informed Consent

Types of ID accepted to receive services No ID Required

How old must a person be to receive services? 7

Parent/guardian consent required for minors under age 18 to receive care? Yes

Accepting new patients? Yes

Large volume of Trans patients Yes
2+ years’ experience working with Trans people Yes
5+ years’ experience working with Trans people n/a
10+ years’ experience working with Trans people n/a
Significant experience monitoring hormones for Trans patients n/a
Significant experience monitoring puberty blockers for Trans patients n/a
Intake forms are Trans inclusive (paper and/or electronic) Yes
Patients can easily change name and/or gender in records Yes
Has process in place to allow different name and/or gender marker in records and for insurance/billing Yes
Correct name and gender on all records and print-outs (wristbands, orders, lab results, etc.), regardless of legal name or gender Yes
“All Gender” bathrooms available onsite Yes
All bathrooms onsite are “All Gender” Yes
Has received training in providing Trans affirming care Yes
All staff in practice/office have received training in providing Trans affirming care Yes
Enforces Trans-inclusive nondiscrimination & anti-harassment policies Yes
All services are open for people of all genders Yes
Gender-specific services open for Trans people based on identity and/or comfort, not legal or birth-assigned sex Yes

The Center for Community Healing
568 Grand Canyon Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53719

Business Hours

Monday: 10am-6pm
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 10am-6pm
Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Office Location Type: Stand-alone office, A building that contains other businesses and/or providers you are not affiliated with

Is Provider Office Accessible/ADA-compliant? Yes

Parking/Transportation Available at Provider Office? Yes

Contact Information

 (608) 571-2613

43.054124, -89.497275