Whether you identify as transgender, genderqueer, gender fluid, gender nonconforming, bigender, intersex, or are simply questioning the gender to which you have been assigned, the Montrose Center welcomes you! Following are services we offer that you may find helpful, no matter what stage of discovery or transition you are in.
[tabby title=”Professional Counseling”]Through our LIFE program, you can explore your gender and other issues in an affirming environment with a licensed master’s-level therapist* who has received specialized training in gender identity issues. Here, you do not have to hide, explain or justify your feelings and thoughts about who you are. However you identify yourself, including preferred names and pronouns, will be respected. We also understand that gender identity may not be the most pressing matter in your life. Prior to starting individual therapy, you will receive a complete psycho-social assessment that covers many aspects including health (physical and mental), employment, relationships and living situation. For those diagnosed with gender dysphoria, the Montrose Center adheres to WPATH standards of care in treatment planning and regarding issuance of referral letters for hormone treatment and sex reassignment surgery.
*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.
[tabby title=”Support Groups”]Please check our calendar for changes and cancellations.
Trans*Fabulous Support Group – Wednesdays at 7:00pm
This peer support group is where transgender and gender nonconforming community members can find an affirming space to share experiences, build a support network, ask questions, and create community ties within the safe and friendly setting at the Montrose Center. You must be 18 or older to attend this group. This group is free and open to the public.
Transgender Youth Support Group – Tuesdays 6:00pm
Part of our Hatch Youth program, this confidential peer support group is for youth ages 13-20 with challenges or issues relating to birth gender and gender identity/orientation. The direction of discussion will be determined by the group members each week, and they will have the opportunity to share and participate at the level at which they feel comfortable. For information about joining this group, please call 713-529-3590.
Be Free Peer Support Group – Third Tuesdays 7:30pm
Be Free is a peer support group for individuals who have transitioned or are in the process of transitioning from female to male. It is also open to those individuals who are considering transitioning from female to male. We discuss issues related to health, sexuality, family, employment, and social participation as it relates to a male point of view. Group attendees must be age 18 or up due to the nature of the topics discussed. Please note: this is a closed group. It is not open to individuals who were born male or those who identify solely as female.
Coming Out Support Group
Polyamory Discussion Group
Bisexuality Discussion Group
Depression Bipolar Support Group
[tabby title=”Inclusive Services”]You will find that all of our programs and services are trans-inclusive, from counseling, anti-violence, addiction recovery and HIV/AIDS services to our Center Wellness, youth and senior programs. Similarly, we expect our guest organizations and space renters to maintain a safe and affirming space for LGBT persons. If at any time you feel excluded or mistreated while at the Center, please notify us by calling 713-529-0037 or by sending us an email. If ever you feel unsafe or threatened, call 911 immediately.