About Us


    Pacific Center for Human Growth (Pacific Center) fosters and enhances the well-being and self-respect of diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer youth, seniors, adults, and families through the delivery of LGBTQ-proficient mental health and wellness services, and through the training of a strong and inclusive community of LGBTQ-proficient mental health care professionals.


    • Licensed mental health services LGBTQ folks
    • Accredited training for graduate-level student therapists and pre-licensed clinicians
    • Mental health support programs for HIV+ men living in Alameda County
    • Youth services, including a transitional-age youth-led speaker’s bureau (reaching over 800 students and teachers annually) and a safe-space drop-in program weekdays
    • Peer support groups that are volunteer-led and community driven
    • Technical Assistance Training Program for Alameda County agencies, staff, and professionals, which centers queer and trans people of color (QTPOC).
    • Mental health and social support groups for older adults (50+) at multiple locations across Alameda County

    Organizational Background

    Founded in 1973, Pacific Center for Human Growth is the oldest LGBTQ center in the Bay Area, the third oldest in the nation and operates the only sliding scale mental health clinic for LGBTQ people and their families in Alameda County.

    Utilizing nearly 200 volunteers (board of directors, clinical supervisors and trainers, peer group facilitators, clinical interns, front desk and event volunteers), Pacific Center provides direct services for the Alameda County and greater East Bay LGBTQ communities. We currently serve over 3,000 people a year. Pacific Center is volunteer-driven with eight part-time staff members.


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