“I know the things I want to work on are going to be painful, but I know that I have a support system that will help me through — and that’s SCS.”
Seattle Counseling Service Client
What is it that brought you here?
Let us know how we can help.
We help individuals and families with everything from single episode to mild to severe persistent mental illnesses. There are many reasons that people decide to go into therapy. Some of us need help managing depression, anxiety or severe mental illness. Sometimes we need support as we go through a major transition or begin to explore our identity. Sometimes we just want outside perspective and insight. Mental health counseling is a step towards making positive change, no matter what kind of help you’re looking for.
If the thought of therapy makes you uncomfortable or afraid, you are not alone. Despite increasing acceptance and public awareness, there is still a stigma attached to the idea. Therapy is a way of getting an experience outside perspective to help you gain insight about yourself so you can make better choices. At SCS, all counseling is LGBTQ-affirmative and is conducted in an atmosphere free from homophobia, cisexism, prejudice, fear, and ignorance.
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We are here to help.
Begin by completing our
application for services.
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. Paper applications are also available to download.
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 appointments vary and are subject to availability. 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:
- Kaiser Permanente PPO/HMO
- 1st Choice Health
- Community Health Plan of Washington
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 Thursday 8AM to 8PM and Friday 8AM to 5PM. We are closed on Saturday and Sunday. We are located on the corner of Pine Street and Melrose Avenue in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle at 1216 Pine Street.
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.
You are not alone. We are here to help.
When you are ready to get started or if you have
any questions, please contact us.
We are located on the corner of Pine Street and Melrose Avenue in a three-story building. Our entry door faces Melrose Avenue, come in and up the elevator to the third floor.
Seattle, WA 98101