LIFE Counseling

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The Montrose Center’s LIFE (Living Insightfully for Empowerment) Counseling Program offers professional individual, couples/family and group counseling by licensed master level therapists*, allowing you to explore behavioral and emotional issues, problems and conditions without fear of encountering prejudice, fear, ignorance, homophobia, transphobia or heterosexism.

Our clinicians represent a broad variety of modalities, techniques and expertise, and are passionate about social justice for the LGBT community and issues that affect us specifically.  Your therapist will work collaboratively with you each step of the way to identify issues and help you reach your treatment goals.

Issues for counseling may include:

  • Coming out
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Chronic illness
  • Grief
  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Career
  • Family of origin
  • Gender identity
  • Gender transitioning
  • Self-esteem
  • Internalized homophobia
  • Religious abuse
  • Mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Addictions
  • Eating disorders
  • And more…

*You also may be eligible to see a qualified clinical student intern as a lower cost option. All interns are master’s-level students in accredited Social Work, Professional Counseling or Counseling Psychology programs and are supervised by licensed therapists.

Do I have to be LGBT to access counseling services?

No. Services are available to all individuals regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Why choose the Montrose Center?

Trust and honesty are the basis of any therapeutic relationship.  We understand that your issues or therapy goals may or may not relate directly to sexual orientation or gender identity. Still, you shouldn’t have to avoid discussing your way of life, relationships and family, or spend valuable therapy time explaining LGBT issues, just because your therapist is unfamiliar with them.

How much does it cost?

We work with what you have. The Center accepts all insurance, including Medicare/Medicaid. Discounted fees are offered if you have no insurance and/or limited means. You may also qualify for grant subsidies to cover all or a portion of fees and co-payments based on your income. The bottom line is this: Cost does not have to be a barrier to getting the care you need!  Talk to us before making that decision.
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Is there a waiting list?

There are times when the demand for counseling exceeds the availability of qualified therapists. This may delay you getting started.  You may be offered the opportunity to see a qualified student intern for a maximum of six (6) sessions. This service is based on the availability of counseling interns, fees are determined on a sliding scale, and taking advantage of it will not affect your place on the waiting list.