Resources for the Public

The LGBTQ Therapists Guild is dedicated to increasing the mental health and well being of Utah's sexual and gender minority population. Part of this is helping LGBTQ individuals find and connect with similar others and access quality counseling and other services. It is run by an all volunteer Leadership Collective.
Click here to read bios of current LC.

Where to Begin?

If you are looking for a therapist who is LGBT friendly and knowledgeable, click here for a directory as well as questions to ask.

Please visit our calendar and blog for up to date information on current events, workshops and articles as they are published. Also our Facebook page is a good way to stay on top of the latest news and information. The Utah Pride Center's Event Calendar is also a good resource for more information on events and workshops.

Need Support? Do you need community resources? Are you experiencing a crisis in your life? The Utah Pride Center can help! They offer crisis counseling services during weekly drop-in hours and on the phone. Two of SLC highly qualified and compassionate social workers are available at the Utah Pride Center on Tuesdays from 10-12pm and Fridays 3-5pm for drop-in services. A social worker can also be reached at 801.580.4304 on Monday-Saturday, 10-6pm. If they do not pick up immediately, please leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as possible.

Advocacy and Political Websites
Bisexual Websites
Business and Professional Websites
Community Centers
Community Resources
Families and Couples Websites
General Social Groups
Gay Men's Websites
Legal Help
Lesbian Websites
Mental & Physical Health Websites
Preventing/Living with AIDS
Religious/Spiritual Groups
Special Interest Clubs & Groups
Sports Groups
Transgender & Intersex Websites
Youth and Student Websites

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How do I find the right therapist?

Choosing the right therapist can seem difficult. It doesn't have to be. Keep in mind that the best therapist for you is one with whom you feel comfortable. You will be spending time over a period of weeks or months talking with this person and sharing personal information. It is important that you find a professional with whom you can develop a trusting, therapeutic relationship. Please visit our directory for a list of therapists who specialize in your unique issues.

Talking with a prospective therapist for a few minutes on the phone should give you a feel for whether or not this person will be a good match for you. It is likely that you already have some questions that you would want to know about their practice. Or, you might choose some questions from this printable list.

Another resource: A Transgender Survivor's Guide to Accessing Therapy

Finding the right therapist does not have to be difficult. Making a few phone calls and asking questions can help you with this process. Remember, the right therapist for you is the one with whom you feel comfortable. Good luck.

Directory Of Therapists

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If You Are Suicidal . . . . .

Thank you for being willing to check out other options, information, and resources beside harming yourself or another. There are people who can help you through this crisis.

If you are at immediate risk of harming yourself or someone else, call these Salt Lake City resources:
Crisis Worker at the University of Utah at Neuropsychiatric Unit (24 hours) (801) 583-2500
Suicide Prevention Lifeline = (800) 273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Worker at University Hospital (801) 581-2121

If none of these actions are helpful or if these resources are unavailable, take yourself to the nearest hospital Emergency Room.

If none of these feels like a good option for you, consider speaking with a trained professional via a hotline:
The Trevor Project is specifically for LGBT youth who are considering suicide. This website has helpful information and a hotline with knowledgeable people who can talk with you.1-866-488-7386
You can also call the National Hotline where a trained counselor is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. The service is free and confidential.1-800-784-8433
The Gay And Lesbian National Hotline Monday - Friday 6pm-10pm and Saturday noon-5pm EST. National toll-free number 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)

Here's another website with helpful information and options.

The Gay And Lesbian National Hotline has counselors trained in LGBTQ emergency issues

Please, reach out to somebody: to these crisis workers, a counselor near you or one listed in our Directory of LGBTQ-Affirmative Psychotherapists, an old friend, a family member, a minister, to somebody nearby. You may not believe it, but there are many people who genuinely want to help you feel better.

Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696
LifeLine: 1-800-273-8255
Eating Disorders Hotline: 1-847-831-3438
Rape and Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673

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What Does it Mean to Be LGBTQ Affirming?

Affirmative therapy for LGBTQ individuals is based on the premise that LGBTQ and heterosexual identities are equally valid. An LGBTQ affirmative counselor has particular knowledge, awareness (specifically self-awareness), and skills specific to competent counseling for LGBTQ individuals. While maintaining a broad view of acceptable lifestyles, LGBTQ-affirmative therapy challenges oppressive stereotypes and systems of thought, and celebrates and advocates for LGBTQ people and their relationships.

The American Psychological Association (APA) published the Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Clients. You can find a copy of the 2012 guidelines here.

The website for American Psychological Association's Committee for LGBT Concerns also has important information.

*From Morrow, S. L., & Beckstead, A. L. (2004). Conversion therapies for same-sex attracted clients in religious conflict: Context, predisposing factors, experiences, and implications for therapy. The Counseling Psychologist, 32, 641 – 650.

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If You Are Out of Utah

Here is a list of other LGBTQ Guild websites around the country.

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