The term LGBTQ+ is an acronym. This quick guide for beginners breaks down each letter and what they signify. Sometimes, you may find a "+" after the acronym since the community is not just exclusive to only those who are LGBTQ, but includes other gender and sexual minorities as well.
Prism Counseling is not an in-network provider with any insurance company and as a new private practice, we are at this time completely client-supported. We also understand that some people looking for counseling may need to use their insurance to find care, so we want to resource as many people as possible — even if they don’t end up working with us. Here are a few options to consider if you need to find a counselor who takes your insurance:
1. Check your existing benefits. If you have health insurance benefits through your employer, call the number on the back of your insurance card and ask if you have mental health coverage. Let the insurance representative know what speciality you are searching for (such as a counselor who works with the LGBTQ+ community or a therapist who treats depression).
2. See if your work offers an Employee Assistance Program. Your place of employment may also offer an Employment Assistance Program, or EAP, where you can access mental health counseling (or even life or career coaching) at little or no cost to you. Contact your HR department to see if your work provides an EAP program. If so, they will provide a phone number to call or a website to visit that will list providers participating in your EAP program.
3. Search the Psychology Today Therapist Directory. If you want to search for a therapist on your own, the Psychology Today Therapist Directory allows you to not only search for a counselor in your area, but also search by insurance accepted, fee range, specialty, and more. This directory charges therapists to join, so it’s not a complete or exhaustive list of all therapists in your area.
4. If you can’t find a therapist who takes your insurance, you may be able to find a counselor who offers sessions on a sliding scale. It's common practice for many therapists to offer reduced-cost services to select clients who cannot afford their full fee. You can also look for an intern who can provide counseling at a lower rate. Counseling interns are counselors who have not yet completed the requirements for full state-licensure. Interns have often completed or are currently completing their Master's degree, and provide counseling under the supervision of a more experienced fully-licensed clinician. Many times, agencies that employ interns offer counseling services with their interns at a reduced rate. Call around to see if any counseling centers near you have interns that can see you at a lower rate.
We’re glad you are considering counseling — it’s a really big step and you are worth it.
by Tres Adames
Whenever I teach about LGBTQ+ issues in faith communities, one comment I hear from time to time is: "We don't have anyone who is gay who goes to this church," or "I don't know anyone who is trans." I am quick to correct this assertion.
I have sat in many Sunday School classes and church meetings where the LGBTQ+ community was spoken about so disparagingly that it made me physically sick to my stomach. Even during the days when I was trying to repress my sexuality, it was hurtful to hear about the community when it was spoken about with so much contempt. It was these conversations that kept me closeted for years.
"The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit." —Proverbs 15:4, NIV
Even if you are Christian who believes that being LGBTQ+ is somehow wrong, I would hope that as a believer in Christ, you would choose words of kindness over speech that can be deeply hurtful and traumatizing to those who converse with you — you never know who you are taking to or what they are going through.
Mary Griffith was an LGBTQ+ ally and advocate who wrote a book called Prayers for Bobby, which is a memoir about how she lost her son to suicide. She was not accepting of him while he was alive and only after he died did she realize the effect her words had on her son. She wrote:
“Before you echo 'Amen' in your home or place of worship, think and remember...a child is listening."— Mary Griffith