We are committed to
the mental health and
wellness of Seattle’s
Founded in 1969, Seattle Counseling Service is proud to be the oldest LGBTQ-focused community mental health agency in the world.
Started as part of the Dorian Society in Seattle, SCS later expanded to become an independent organization in 1969. We began in a rented house with one telephone and several volunteers who were ready to answer the phone, talk with people, dropped by, and offered counsel and support.
Over the last 50 years, we have sought ways to provide a continuum of care for clients. SCS works with other King County Mental Health Providers to advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ community in the mental health system. We are incredibly proud of the resource SCS has become to our communities.
We are now so much more than a counseling center. Our services have expanded to include substance use disorder services; support groups; harm reduction programs; HIV prevention programs; peer-led outreach; and, immigrant, refugee, and undocumented outreach. We’ve listened to how your needs have changes, and we are always working to grow and better adapt to meet them. Through these changes, we are still committed to providing high-quality, accessible, culturally competent care to all that seek our services and to serve, advocate, educate, and advance the health and wellness of our LGBTQ community.
Our clinical staff are here for you.
Our agency is a state licensed community mental health agency and state licensed chemical dependency out-patient 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.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
These titles are a branch of social work that specializes in mental health therapy in a counseling format. Becoming an LCSW requires a significant degree of training and education from an accredited program. One of the primary defining characteristics of the Licensed Clinical Social Worker method of mental health therapy is that something called a strength-based approach to client counseling is employer. The strength-based approach requires that the LCSW works with the client to assess their own personal situation both in terms of their internal situation and also their external factors such as economic, societal, home and career in order to create an inventory of both strengths and perceived weaknesses or obstacles.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
These are two different titles for essentially the same occupation in the mental health field, both of which require a significant degree of education as well as training. LMHC/LMHCA offer a method of mental health counseling that is very individually based and tends to rely on a more collaborative approach then other methods of mental health counseling and often has a more flexible outlook on methodologies. Due to this, LPC’s and LMHC’s are often able to make use of more novel approaches and also develop therapies that they find to be effective. It is this flexibility in methods and practice that many find appealing when weighing their options between professional counseling and other occupations in mental health therapy.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
These titles are for clinicians who have received training from accredited marriage/couple and family therapy programs, focused on diagnosing and promoting mental and emotional wellness within the context of individual, couples, and family sessions. A primary emphasis for these clinicians is to approach change and healing systemically, which refers to seeing individuals within the context of their relationships, such as families, friends, supports, external influencers, a person’s identities, etc. Through this approach, MFTs look at how a client’s systems intersect and impact their struggles, changes, and growth within their life. MFTs and their approaches look beyond individual issues, to include the broader picture.
Substance Use Disorder Professional
Washington’s addiction counselors are credentialed by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). Certification as a Substance Use Disorder Professional is based on meeting education, examination, and supervised practice requirements. The Substance Use Disorder Professional is to provide services for individuals, family and groups in mastering their addictions, and to understand the problems caused by their chemical dependency.
Seattle Counseling Service Interns
Interns at SCS are second year Master’s level students. While meeting their school practicum requirements and providing quality care to our clients, interns are gaining the knowledge of working in a community agency that focuses on serving the LGBTQ community. This experience includes direct client service hours, record keeping, using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, clinical consultation, weekly individual and peer supervision.
We are located in the Sixth & Lenora Building and occupy the entire fourth floor. Our entry door faces 6th Avenue. If your appointment is between 9am-5pm, use the elevator to come up to the fourth floor. If your appointment is before 9am or after 5pm, use the callbox outside to dial "Sea Co. Service" and you will be let inside by reception.
Seattle, WA 98121
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Monday - Friday 8AM - 5PM