About Our Therapy Services
The Pacific Center offers culturally aware mental health counseling for young people and adults of all ages. People from all over the East Bay, and some from other parts of the greater Bay Area, are seen regularly by our pre-licensed clinicians. People seek therapy for a wide variety of concerns such as relationship problems, family difficulties, depression, anxiety, grief, self-esteem issues, the challenges of living with HIV, childhood trauma, sexual identity and gender transition.
The following services are also available:
- Individual Counseling
- Couples Counseling
- Polyamory Relationship Counseling
- Family Counseling
- HIV+ Mens Group at East Bay AIDS Center(EBAC)
- Individual Counseling for EBAC Patients
- Therapy Group for Youth
- Individual Therapy for Youth
All clinicians at the Pacific Center work on a yearly contract basis and are supervised by licensed clinicians who are members or allies of the LGBTQ community. Our therapists include a wide range of age groups, backgrounds and ethnicities. Each therapist at the Pacific Center maintains strict confidentiality and will always treat you with respect. When you come in for counseling at the Pacific Center, you will find that your therapist is someone who not only has a strong desire to work with those in the LGBTQ community but has taken extra steps to be well-trained and sensitive to the concerns of those we serve.
All services are offered with an understanding and sensitivity to issues specific to the queer community at affordable sliding scale fees. Though we cannot accept insurance, we do accept MediCal.
The Pacific Center also offers therapy groups throughout the year. The focus of these groups changes as the needs of our clients change so be sure to check the calendar for the current offerings.
What You Can Expect from Therapy
You and your therapist will work in collaboration to identify your goals, discuss what you want from therapy, and figure out how you will know when you are making progress. You can expect that your therapist will take your concerns seriously and help you deal with them more effectively. All clinicians are open to discussions about any concerns you may have.
How to Start Therapy at the Pacific Center
To get started please call our Counseling Request Line at 510.548.8283 x250. This line is monitored between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm, every Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year, when we close for a winter break. You will be asked to leave a message with contact information and the best times to reach you. When an intake clinician returns your call that person will guide you through the process of starting therapy, and answer any questions you have, or direct you to further resources if necessary.