Seattle Counseling Service will host an Open House at the corner of Pine and Melrose in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood on April 22, 2015 from 4-6 p.m. Everyone in the community is invited to tour the entire facility, meet the staff, enjoy refreshments, and learn about Seattle Counseling Service’s latest programs – highlighting the incredible work Seattle Counseling Service provides through mental health therapy, addiction treatment, case management, education, and outreach services.
Seattle Counseling Service has been providing care to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities since 1969. Started as part of the Dorian Society in Seattle in 1969, Seattle Counseling Service later expanded to become an independent organization. They began in a rented house with one telephone and several volunteers who hung out, ready to answer the phone, talk with people who dropped by, and offer counsel and support.
In 1985, Seattle Counseling Service received status as a United Way agency. Seattle Counseling Service was the first gay-specific agency to receive that status in King County.
Seattle Counseling Service began offering services for people with HIV/AIDS concerns in 1985 by providing HIV Test counseling at the Seattle Gay Clinic. Long-term AIDS therapy and an AIDS drop-in group began in 1986, and the AIDS Crisis Intervention Program was initiated in 1989. In 1996, Seattle Counseling Service placed a therapist on site at Bailey-Boushay House.
In 1990, Seattle Counseling Service became a sponsoring agency of Lambert House, a gay, lesbian, bisexual youth drop-in center.
In 2003, Seattle Counseling Service and King County Public Health created a collaboration to house Project NEON, a harm reduction program for users of crystal methamphetamine. The year 2003 also brought the advent of Seattle Counseling Service Chemical Dependency Services, assuming the role previously filled by Stonewall Recovery Services in King County.
In addition to its role providing direct services to sexual minority community members, Seattle Counseling Service plays a significant regional role as a psychology and social work professional training site. Seattle Counseling Service serves as the practice training site for an average of four universities each year. Since 1992, Seattle Counseling Service has also provided training to mental health providers statewide to increase their capacity to appropriately serve sexual minorities in their home communities.
There are now 50 members of staff in 2015.
This is the first time Seattle Counseling Service has hosted an open house since their move to the Melrose location in 2004.
Seattle Counseling Service is a community based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.