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Mental Health 2017-06-27T10:43:40+00:00

Some days are good, some are great, and some are not so great. There are specific challenges in the LGBTQ community and we are especially prepared to help you move through them.

All are welcome in our safe space.

Individual, Couples and Family Therapy

Request a therapist or  more information

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Please submit the form below to request a therapist or call our intake line at 714-953-5428 ext 330.

Daytime and Evening Hours Available. 7 days a week.

Please note: The personal information you submit using this form will be kept confidential.

Group Therapy

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Group therapy can be especially beneficial for individuals who feel isolated, depressed, or anxious, or who are concerned about how they relate to other people. Even though some are nervous at first about joining group counseling, many soon discover that it is the best approach for their particular concerns. A number of counseling groups are offered each week.

Some groups may be ‘closed’ groups, so please contact the group facilitator before attending. Cost is $10 per session unless otherwise stated.

Current Therapy Groups

Women’s Process Group

The purpose of this group is to provide a safe space for women to process issues related to their identities. Members are invited to communicate openly about their feelings and experiences, and to offer support and feedback to one another. Self-acceptance and personal growth are promoted through exploration, reflection, and interpersonal interaction. Enrollment is required.

Every Tuesday  6:00pm – 8:00pm

Please contact Jennifer Anderson (714) 953-5428 x 314 or jennifer.anderson@lgbtcenteroc.org or Tammy Waitman (714) 953-5428 x 301 or tammy.waitman@lgbtcenteroc.org before attending.

Trans Talk: An FTM Process Group

TransTalk is a process group specifically for individuals who identify as FTM transgender. The purpose of the group is to provide a safe space for FTM individuals to openly explore and process issues unique to their identities.  A brief consultation via phone or email is required.

              Every Monday 7:00pm – 8:30pm

             
Please contact Marisa Gilardoni (714) 953-5428 x 309 or marisa.gilardoni@lgbtcenteroc.org before attending.

Heartbeats: Learning New Ways to Love

Heartbeats is an on-going closed group open to individuals, ages 18 and older, who struggle within romantic relationships. This therapist-led, topic-centered group allows members to explore how their distinct love patterns have prevented them from achieving a sense of security, wholeness and harmony within their romantic relationships and within themselves. Singles and individuals currently within relationships are welcome, however, the group is not open to couples attending together.  Heartbeats is open to all genders and orientations. Cost is $10 per session. Space is limited to six individuals. A brief consultation via phone is required.

     Tuesdays, 7:00pm to 8:30pm at The LGBT Center OC. Begins July 11, 2017.

            Please contact Kim Kabar at (714) 953-5428 x 321 or kim.kabar@lgbtcenteroc.org before attending.

Men’s Therapy Group

The goals of this group are: to create a safe, comfortable place to express feelings, exploration of self through group process and reflection, enhancing sense of self through awareness and acceptance, and to support and be supported. Ages 18 and over. Cost is $10 per session. Enrollment is required.

Every Tuesday 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Please contact Denise Penn (714-953-5428 x 306 or denise.penn@lgbtcenteroc.org) before attending.

Bidentity – Bisexual Therapy Group

A ten week discussion and process group for those who identify as bisexual, omnisexual, pansexual, or sexually fluid. Open to all genders, ages 18 and over. Cost is $10 per session. Enrollment is required.

Every Wednesday 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

Please contact Denise Penn (714-953-5428 x 306 or denise.penn@lgbtcenteroc.org) before attending.

Trans*Forum: Transgender Peer Group

Discussion and process group for those who identify as transgender, genderqueer, intersex, or androgynous. Ages 18 and over. Cost is $10 per session. Open group.

Every Thursday 7:30pm – 9:00pm.

For more information, please contact Denise Penn (714-953-5428 x 306 or denise.penn@lgbtcenteroc.org).

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Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm LGBT Center OC
A ten week discussion and process group for those who identity as bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, or sexually fluid. Open to all genders, must be 18 years or older, and closed group. Please contact Denise (denise.penn@lgbtcenteroc.org) before attending.
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm LGBT Center OC
Discussion and process group for those who identify as transgender, gender queer, intersex, or androgynous. Cost is $10 per group. Open Group. Please contact the group leader before attending. http://lgbtcenteroc.org/services/therapy/ Denise Penn at: denise.penn@lgbtcenteroc.org or 714-953-5428 ext 306 Brooke Kirchner at: brooke.kirchner@lgbtcenteroc.org or (714) 953-5428 ext 325 
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm LGBT Center OC
TransTalk is a process group specifically for individuals who identify as FTM transgender. The purpose of the group is to provide a safe space for FTM individuals to openly explore and process issues unique to their identities. Group members are encouraged to offer and receive support from one another, which promotes self-acceptance and a feeling of belonging.  A brief consultation via phone or email is required. Every Monday 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Must register before attending. Please contact: Marisa Gilardoni (714) 953-5428 x 309 marisa.gilardoni@lgbtcenteroc.org  
Aug 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The purpose of this group is to provide a safe space for women to process issues related to their identities. Members are invited to communicate openly about their feelings and experiences, and to offer support and feedback to one another. Self-acceptance and personal growth are promoted through exploration, reflection, and interpersonal interaction. Enrollment is required. Please contact Jennifer Anderson (714) 953-5428 x 314 or jennifer.anderson@lgbtcenteroc.org or Tammy Waitman (714) 953-5428 x 301 or tammy.waitman@lgbtcenteroc.org before attending.  
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm LGBT Center OC
Heartbeats is an on-going closed group open to individuals, ages 18 and older, who struggle within romantic relationships. This therapist-led, topic-centered group allows members to explore how their distinct love patterns have prevented them from achieving a sense of security, wholeness and harmony within their romantic relationships and within themselves. Singles and individuals currently within relationships are welcome, however, the group is not open to couples attending together.  Heartbeats is open to all genders and orientations. Cost is $10 per session. Space is limited to six individuals. A brief consultation via phone is required. Tuesdays, 7:00pm to 8:30pm at The LGBT Center OC. Begins July 11, 2017. Please contact Kim Kabar at (714) 953-5428 x 321 or kim.kabar@lgbtcenteroc.org before attending.
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm LGBT Center OC
The goals of this group are: to create a safe, comfortable place to express feelings, exploration of self through group process and reflection, enhancing sense of self through awareness and acceptance, and to support and be supported. Cost is $10 per group. Closed Group. Please contact leader before attending.
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm LGBT Center OC
A ten week discussion and process group for those who identity as bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, or sexually fluid. Open to all genders, must be 18 years or older, and closed group. Please contact Denise (denise.penn@lgbtcenteroc.org) before attending.
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm LGBT Center OC
Discussion and process group for those who identify as transgender, gender queer, intersex, or androgynous. Cost is $10 per group. Open Group. Please contact the group leader before attending. http://lgbtcenteroc.org/services/therapy/ Denise Penn at: denise.penn@lgbtcenteroc.org or 714-953-5428 ext 306 Brooke Kirchner at: brooke.kirchner@lgbtcenteroc.org or (714) 953-5428 ext 325 
Aug 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm LGBT Center OC
TransTalk is a process group specifically for individuals who identify as FTM transgender. The purpose of the group is to provide a safe space for FTM individuals to openly explore and process issues unique to their identities. Group members are encouraged to offer and receive support from one another, which promotes self-acceptance and a feeling of belonging.  A brief consultation via phone or email is required. Every Monday 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Must register before attending. Please contact: Marisa Gilardoni (714) 953-5428 x 309 marisa.gilardoni@lgbtcenteroc.org  
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The purpose of this group is to provide a safe space for women to process issues related to their identities. Members are invited to communicate openly about their feelings and experiences, and to offer support and feedback to one another. Self-acceptance and personal growth are promoted through exploration, reflection, and interpersonal interaction. Enrollment is required. Please contact Jennifer Anderson (714) 953-5428 x 314 or jennifer.anderson@lgbtcenteroc.org or Tammy Waitman (714) 953-5428 x 301 or tammy.waitman@lgbtcenteroc.org before attending.