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COUNSELING FAQ

I'm not sure counseling is for me, do you offer free consultations?

Yes! We offer free 15 minute phone consultations to discuss what you are hoping to get out of counseling, answer any questions you may have, and also to make sure you and your clinician will be a good therapeutic fit. 

 

Do I have to identify as LGBTQA+ to receive therapy services through Pride Southcoast?

No, you do not. We serve allies as well, and can help with a multitude of issues that may or may not relate to someone's sexual or gender identity. 

 

Do you prescribe psychotropic medication?

No, as of right now we only provide counseling services at Pride Southcoast. We are connected to a prescriber in our building, however, and are able to refer you for medication management if needed. 

 

What can I expect at my first visit?

Your first visit, or your intake session, will not be a formal therapy appointment. You'll meet with your clinician for an hour to discuss your current concerns and give a brief history. If it feels like a good fit between your and your clinician, you'll sign consents and releases, and begin to develop goals for therapy. 

 

What is your no-show/cancellation policy?

We ask that you call us 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. Multiple no-shows may lead to termination of services, and you may be charged $75 for each missed appointment. Please click here for more information about our no-show & cancellation policies. 

 

Do I have to be working on identity issues to seek therapy with you?

No, you do not have to be working on LGBTQA+ specific concerns to receive services through Pride Southcoast. Although we can help with identity exploration, or support you through your coming out process or gender affirmation transition, we also have experience helping individuals cope with depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, etc. 

 

Do you provide letters of support for hormone treatment or medical transition?

Yes, we do, following an assessment.  

 

Do you help with name & gender changes on official documents?

We are not able to file paperwork for you, but we can provide you with resources to change your name or gender markers on official documents. 

 

Do you follow the WPATH standards of care?

Yes, we do. You can read more about the standards of care here- WPATH Standards of Care

 

Do you work with families and partners as well?

Yes! We provide family therapy as needed. We can also assist family members who are hoping to understand their loved one's identity, who would like to learn more about how to support their loved one, or who are looking for grief & acceptance counseling.