Mental Health Counseling

There are many reasons that people decide to go into therapy. Some of us need help managing depression, anxiety or severe mental illness. Sometimes we need support as we go through a major transition or begin to explore our identity. Sometimes we just want outside perspective and insight. Mental health counseling is a step towards making positive change, no matter what kind of help you’re looking for.

SCS provides an array of mental health services for members of the LGBTQ community and their significant others. We help individuals and families with everything from single episode to mild to severe persistent mental illness. Treatment is tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual and draws from a variety of approaches. We place a special emphasis on strengths-based counseling because we believe in the power and ability of each person to heal themselves. All counseling is LGBTQ-affirmative and conducted in an atmosphere free from homophobia, prejudice, fear, ignorance and cisexism.

We are fully licensed and certified by the Washington State Department of Health & Human Services. All counseling sessions are provided by licensed mental health counselors or supervised masters-level interns. All counselors have experience and training in working with LGBTQ clients.

We provide individual, couples, family, and group counseling and can help you work through all kinds of life issues.

IS IT TIME FOR A CHANGE?

Thinking about coming out but unsure where to start?
Individual and group therapy can help you to explore and cope with new awareness of your own sexual orientation or gender identity.

Having trouble with parents, school or bullies?
We provide crisis intervention, case management, individual and family therapy for LGBTQ youth and the children of LGBTQ parents.

Dealing with chronic depression or anxiety?
Our therapists provide support for dealing with short-term or chronic depression and/or anxiety.

Are you a survivor of intimate partner violence?
We provide support for survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence through individual counseling and crisis intervention.

Questioning your gender identity or seeking support through the process of transitioning?
Our therapists have experience counseling Transsexual/Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming individuals and can provide help with accessing hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and other trans-specific treatments.

Coping with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis?
We provide both short term crisis intervention counseling and long-term counseling for anyone dealing with HIV/AIDS.

Wanting support with aging and life transitions?
We provide support for older adults who identify as LGBTQ.

Seeking tools to engage in healthy relationships?
Our therapists are poly and kink friendly and have experience with family and couples counseling.

GETTING STARTED
The first step to accessing services is to complete a simple one-page application form. Click here to begin.

YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
Your first appointment will be a two-hour intake session. A counselor will meet with you to learn more about your specific needs, your background and history, and your goals for therapy. This information will help your therapist when working with you to develop a plan for treatment.

FEES
The usual fees are:

  •  $120 per intake
  •  $120 per individual session
  •  $155 per family/couples counseling session

We accept Medicaid and many insurance plans. You might qualify for a discount if you are low-income and uninsured. Income verification is required.

More questions? Check our FAQ or contact us.