Counseling at Pacific Pride

Affordable counseling is available at our Santa Barbara office for LGBTQ+ individuals, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and their partners, family, and friends.

Counseling at Pacific Pride features a team of six to eight counseling interns (a majority of whom identify as LGBTQ+) who are trained in issues relevant to LGBTQ+ mental health--with full, robust training in best practices for Transgender (Non-Binary included) clients.

Our Santa Barbara counselors are overseen by the well-respected Bren Fraser, LMFT, and offer high-quality, culturally competent individual, couples, and family therapy for a sliding scale fee based on income and number of dependents.

Issues brought by our clients include but are not limited to:

  • Relationship Challenges
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Gender Identity Affirmation
  • Communication Skills
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Boundary Issues
  • Recovery from Substance Abuse
  • Domestic Violence Grief and Loss
  • Newly Diagnosed with HIV
  • Sexual Concerns
  • "Coming Out" Process
  • Anti-LGBTQ+ Rejection from Family of Origin
  • Attachment Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Survival of Sexual Assault
  • Survival of Abuse (Physical, Emotional, Verbal, Financial, Spiritual, Sexual & more)
  • Existential Crises
  • Social Development
  • Parents, Family and/or Friends who want to constructively/positively process their loved one's "coming out" as LGBTQ+ and/or HIV diagnosis

Our counseling interns also serve on LGBTQ+ sensitivity panels, collaborate as trainers with PPF sensitivity trainings, and visit our PPF Youth & Young Adult Groups to lecture on specialized mental health topics. As they become licensed, our interns move on to become critical leaders in local and national mental health circles.

To make an appointment with Counseling at Pacific Pride (located in Santa Barbara) please e-mail counseling@pacificpridefoundation.org below or call (805) 963-3636 ext. 103. All clients of Counseling at Pacific Pride must have regular phone access and a functioning voicemail in order to contact their counselor. Counselors are not able to e-mail, text, or instant message with clients.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a crisis intervention center, and our counselors are on-site part time, and available by appointment only. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis and needs immediate help, please contact:

  • Mental Health Access Line (888) 868-1649 (available 24/7 )
  • National Suicide Prevention Line 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (available 24/7 )

Counseling Inquiry

  • Counseling at Pacific Pride is not a Crisis Center. If you are in the throes of addiction, are immediately suicidal or self-harming, or experiencing acute intimate violence -- do not fill out this form. Instead, immediately call 911 for medical emergencies or the 24-hour Crisis Response & Service Access Line at 888-868-1649 for other emergencies.
  • This information is requested so we may honor the gender identities of all, but it is not required.
  • Share a question and/or a brief description of the challenge you hope to receive counseling for.

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