Counseling and Support

LGBTQ individuals and/or their families can benefit from professional counseling and support but it’s important to find providers who both validate the LGBTQ community and understand our particular issues. As a start, you might check these local counseling services, help lines, and nationally-based resources.

  • If you or someone you know is at risk for self harm or suicide immediately contact a 24-Hour Crisis helpline.
  • For emergency housing and shelter, dial 211 to connect with Washington’s centralized resource for health and human services information and referrals.  This is not 24-hour help line and hold times can be long. See for details. 
  • For non-emergency support over the telephone, consult Non-Urgent Help Lines.
  • For information on preventing youth suicide and finding help, consult Youth Suicide Prevention Program, which works to reduce youth suicide in Washington and has resources for LGBTQ youth and their parents.

Local Therapist and Support Groups

LGBTQ Support Organizations

These national organizations contain resources and support for LGBTQ people and their loves ones.

  • 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 a more complete list of LGBTQ organizations, consult LGBTQ Resources.


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