In 1975, the American Psychological Association adopted a resolution asserting that sexual orientations other than straight were not dysfunctional or pathological. Unfortunately not all providers and insurance companies have upheld the goals to remove the stigma from individuals who identify in this way. We strongly believe that we must be advocates and allies in an effort to stamp out social stigma, heterosexism, cisgender bias, violence, and discrimination.
The clinical staff and administrative team at Compass Counseling & Psychology Services take pride in the fact that we have all received specific training in the emotional health needs of LGBT&Q individuals. When you walk into our office we want you to know you have found a safe space to grow into your healthiest self. Let us know anything we can do better to improve your experience.
We don’t just want to be sensitive; we want to be respectful to gender-nonconforming and gender-fluid persons. We welcome you to share your preferred pronouns at the time you schedule. In order to help foster a comfortable and affirming environment, we have designated our restrooms as non-gendered.
We also provide support for family members and significant others of people who identify as sexual or gender minorities. It can be a challenging adjustment with a steep learning curve if someone you care about has recently come out to you or is struggling with their gender identity or sexual orientation. We applaud your desire to be supportive and can help you in this effort.
While your gender identity and sexual orientation represent only parts of who you are, it is likely that you have been shaped as a person by your related experiences—both positive and negative. We look forward to walking with you on your journey. Please call our office in order to schedule an appointment to discuss your needs.