Counseling and Support

LGBTQ individuals and/or their families professional can benefit from professional counseling and support but it’s important to find providers who support and understand our particular issues. This page lists local and nationally-based organizations as well as help lines that provide counseling, support, and information for the LGBTQ community and their friends and family. 

  • If you or someone you know is at risk for self harm or feeling suicidal, immediately click the red telephone image on the right side of the page for 24-crisis helplines.
  • For emergency housing and shelter, dial 211 to connect with Washington’s centralized resource for health and human services information and referrals.  Note this is not a 24-hour help line and hold times can be long. Also see Win211.org for more details and resources.
  • For information on preventing youth suicide and finding help, consult Youth Suicide Prevention Program, which works to reduce youth suicide in Washington and has specific resources for LGBTQ youth and their parents.

Local Therapist and Support Groups

Asian Counseling and Referral Service is a Seattle-based support service for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), where clients are served by professional staff who speak the same language and come from the same culture.

Gender Diversity is Seattle-based and offers a range services for gender-diverse people and their families, including their annual Gender Odyssey conference.  They also provide monthly support groups for youth, parents, and guardians, which meet at Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Polyclinic Madison Center, and a number of other locations throughout the greater Puget Sound area.  In some cases, childcare is available.

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality is world’s largest and oldest association of LGBTQ healthcare professionals and offers an extensive Provider Directory for finding suitable therapists.

The Ingersoll Gender Center is a Seattle-based organization providing support and education for transgender, trans*, gender variant and genderqueer people, and the people who support them. Ingersoll. They provide a weekly support group as well as a database of medical providers.

Lambert House is an LGBTQ youth center located in Seattle but also open to Eastside youth. It offers several support groups led by trained volunteers.

Youthside Services (YES) in Bellevue is a lifeline for Eastside youth and families facing challenges. They offer a range of services for LGBTQ youth, including one-one-one counseling with a sliding scale) and BGLAD, a free weekly drop-in support for LGBTQ youth between ages 12-19 run by trained facilitators on Thursday evenings from 7:00-900.

Help Lines

You can also find support over the telephone through these LGBTQ Help lines, which provide information and resources. If you are feeling suicidal, however, please immediately click the red telephone image on the right side of this page for help.

Desi provides a free telephone helpline (sponsored by Trikone) that offers confidential, culturally sensitive peer support, information, and resources LGBTQ South Asians.

GLBT National Help Center provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, they operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline

LGBTQ Support Organizations

COLAGE unites children, youth, and adults with one or more LGBTQ parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other.

Gender Equity Resource Center is a community center located at the University of California at Berkeley that is committed to fostering a safe, equitable and inclusive experience for all. Its website  provides an extensive glossary as well as FAQs and Brochures.

Our Family Coalition advances equality and inclusion for LGBTQ families  with children through support, education, and advocacy.

Straight Spouse Network provides personal, confidential support and information to heterosexual spouses/partners, current or former, of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender mates and mixed-orientation or transgender/non-transgender couples for constructively resolving coming-out problems.

For additional LGBTQ organizations, consult LGBTQ Resources.

 

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