Dear SCS community:

After 53 years of serving the LGBTQ+ community of Washington State, due to financial and operational issues that were exacerbated by the pandemic, the Seattle Counseling Service Board of Directors voted to permanently close our doors on June 3rd.  While we are deeply saddened by this decision, we are grateful for the years we have had to serve the LGBTQ+ community and offer mental health, substance use, and peer support services to queer folks of Washington.

As of June 3rd, we are officially closed and no longer available to provide therapy or crisis services.  If you are in crisis, please call Crisis Connections at 866-427-474 to speak with a counselor immediately.  For help with referral resources for other mental health providers funded through Medicaid/King County, please call 206-263-8997 (or toll-free 1-800-790-8049).

Seattle Counseling Service will have reduced hours of operation until further notice.

Monday – Friday
8am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed


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Seattle Counseling Service is a community resource that advocates, educates, and serves to advance the social well-being and behavioral health of Gay, Lesbian. Bisexual, and Transgender communities.



Being community-based and 
client-centered is important to us. We work to provide healing and be part of the fabric that connects and strengthen our beautiful community


Although we welcome all people, our historical focus on serving the LGBTQ community has not wavered since our inception in 1969


We strive to remove barriers in access to care for all idntities in our community. 
We are committed to providing service that 
is respectful to the dignity and independence of people of all abilities, socio-economic standing, ethnicity, and immigration status.

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Looking for health services? Get started today.

At this time we are not accepting any new applications for services. If you are experiencing a crisis, please contact Crisis Connections at 866-427-4747

Online applications are currently closed.

After completing your application, we will contact you quickly to schedule your first appointment.

Scheduling your appointment

Once we've received your application, it will be reviewed by our Client Services Department. You will normally be contacted within 3 business days to arrange for your first appointment. Wait times for call-backs and appointments are currently taking longer than typical due to high demand and COVID-19. Additionally, you may request that we not leave phone messages for you and/or you may indicate that only certain phone numbers are to be used for communication.

What to expect during your appointment

Your first appointment, called an assessment, will be focused on learning more about your needs and goals for treatment. This session generally takes about two hours. After the first session, you will be matched with an individual counselor best suited to your needs and goals. You will meet with this counselor for individual sessions and they will become your point of contact for all services at SCS.

Your insurance may qualify.

To help expedite your application please provide your insurance carrier information including your member ID and a company contact number. We request that you bring your insurance card to your initial appointment in addition to providing the information on your application. We are available to answer any questions you may have about our programs and services. Messages will be returned.

Need more information? Give us a call.

(206) 323-1768

Payment & Fees

Payment of fees, co-pays, and co-insurance are expected at the time of service. We accept cash, debit, and VISA/MasterCard.

Fees vary according to the type of service you receive. If you qualify as low-income and do not have Medicaid or insurance coverage, discounts are available using our sliding scale to help you with costs. Unfortunately, even at the bottom of our sliding scale services are not completely free. Our agency has limited additional grant funds which are subject to availability and qualifying criteria.

We currently accept the following:

MH & SUD Services:

  • Bridgespan
  • Kaiser Permanente PPO/HMO
  • Premera
  • Regence

Other Services:

  • 1st Choice Health
  • Community Health Plan of Washington
  • Lifewise
  • Molina

What do I do if I am in crisis?

Call the crisis clinic's 24 hour hotline at (866) 427-4747 or (206) 461-3222. If you are already a client of SCS, you may call us at (206) 323-1768 during our business hours Monday throughThursday 8AM-8PM and Friday 8AM to 5PM.  If you are looking for information or referrals for local low-income or homeless resources try crisisclinic.org or call toll-free 2-1-1.

What if I do not identify as LBGTQ?

We provide treatment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, immigration status, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or disability. However, since our mission is to meet the needs of the LGBTQ community and to provide a safe place for sexual minorities, it may be deemed by clinical staff that a referral to another agency may be more appropriate for you. We will not tolerate any actions, language, or attitudes that compromise this mission and the successful treatment of others.

What are your hours and where are you located?

Our office is open Monday through Friday 8AM to 5 PM. We are closed on Saturday and Sunday. We are located at Sixth & Lenora, just 2 blocks north of the Westlake Transit Center.

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What qualifications does your staff have?

Our agency is a state licensed community mental health agency and state licensed chemical dependency outpatient treatment facility. All clinical staff members hold Master's level degrees or higher and are credentialed Mental Health Professionals. All staff members have training and experience in providing culturally competent services to LGBTQ clients.

Do you have in-patient services?

SCS is outpatient only. If you need to go into an in-patient program we can help with a referral to another facility.

I'm concerned for my privacy. How do you protect that?

We strictly adhere to all local, state and federal privacy laws. We will never release any information about you nor even acknowledge that you are a client at SCS to anyone without your express written permission. Additionally, you may request that we not leave phone messages for you and/or you may indicate that only certain phone numbers are to be used for communication.

Mental Health Services

We provide an array of comprehensive outpatient mental health services. We help individuals and families with everything from single episode to mild and severe mental illness. We place a special emphasis on strengths-based counseling because we believe in the power and ability of each person to heal themselves.

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Substance Use Disorder Services

We offer a complete substance use disorder outpatient treatment program specifically designed to meet the needs of LGBTQ individuals and their families. We can help individuals recover from addiction to alcohol and drugs in an atmosphere free from homophobia, prejudice, fear, shame, ignorance, and heterosexism.

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Other Programs & Services

We provide many other services for our community, including monthly and weekly support groups, peer-led outreach programs, HIV prevention, PReP assistance, and compassionate harm-reduction programs for needle exchange and safe sex education.

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