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Ryan Kim Tiêu Cītlali, Director of Mental Health, at work with their plants. 

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Counseling Services

At the Gender Health Center, counseling services focus on queer-informed narrative therapy. This modality of therapy utilizes the power of peoples’ personal stories. Community members are encouraged, through a respectful and cooperative relationship, to address the issues in their lives that exist amidst social, political, and cultural contexts.
 
We keep our mental health services as accessible as possible by using a sliding-scale and not turning anyone away for lack of funds. Our individual, relational, and family counseling services are open to all ages. We do not accept insurance. If you are interested in inquiring about our counseling services, or to be placed on the waitlist, please contact our front desk at (916) 455-2391. 
 
Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are providing all mental health services via telehealth. To pay for telehealth services, please make a donation through this link. Our consent forms and fee agreement can be accessed here.
 
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narrative

therapy

 

Narrative Therapy is a modality of therapy that operates with the foundational understanding that the person is separate from the problem. From there, narrative therapists co-facilitate relationships between the person and the problem. The first documented formal narrative therapy occurred in the 1980s, where practices like reflecting teams and re-membering practices were used in relation to work with Maori communities in New Zealand.

 

Narrative therapy is unique in that it lends itself to bridging the gap between micro- and macro-level frameworks. Narrative therapy deconstructs the stories that we have written for ourselves. It is a form of community-led counseling and encourages people to rely on their own skill sets to navigate the issues that exist in their everyday lives. It holds the belief that a person’s identity is formed by our experiences or narratives. Because the issue is seen as a separate entity from the person, a therapist can help a client externalize sensitive issues, and position them in the context of the world around them. This objectification dissipates resistance and defenses and allows a client to address this entity in a more productive manner.

The Gender Health Center is one of the only places in the country to receive intensive training and exposure to narrative therapy, values, and ethics.

To learn more about narrative therapy, we suggest these reads.

Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends 

https://www.amazon.com/Narrative-Means-Therapeutic-Michael-White/dp/0393700984

What is narrative therapy?: An easy-to-read introduction

https://www.amazon.com/What-narrative-therapy-easy-read/dp/0957792905

If Problems Talked: Narrative Therapy in Action (The Guilford Family Therapy Series) 

https://www.amazon.com/If-Problems-Talked-Narrative-Guilford/dp/1572301295

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Clinical Counseling Internship Program 

 

One way that GHC is able to meet the needs of those individuals and families who would otherwise not be able to obtain counseling services is by training graduate-level interns from local university counseling programs. We also have a number of post-graduate associates and clinical supervisors that volunteer their time at the GHC. Our counselors are in the process of completing or have completed their masters’ degrees in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, and social work. The Gender Health Center is one of the only places in the country to receive intensive training and exposure to narrative therapy, values, and ethics. Our clinical program is highly competitive, rigorous, and requires a critical justice-centered framework. We have a limited number of spots and accept applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer intern cohorts. Our internship commitments are detailed in our placement agreement.
We are not accepting clinical internship applications at this time.
If you are interested in an internship at the GHC,  please complete your internship application here. Our internship spots fill up quickly - the form is updated to reflect our current availability. We have three application cycles: Fall, Spring, and Summer. We will email you within a week of your submission to schedule an interview. 

If you are a licensed clinician (LCSW, LMFT, PsyD) and are interested in joining our volunteer team of supervisors, please reach out to Ryan at ryan@ghcmail.org. Our volunteer clinical supervisor commitment is detailed in our supervisor agreement.
Current Counseling Interns
 
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Hours + Location 

 

All counseling sessions are by appointment only no walk-ins. To get started, please call the office at (916) 455-2391.

 

If this is an emergency, please contact the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860.


 

Updated COVID-19

Statewide Shutdown Hours

Reception/Front Desk

Monday - Friday 9 - 5

Open Remotely 

Danelle's Place Respite Center

Monday - Friday 12 - 3

Physically Open

 

Counseling

Monday - Friday 10 - 8

Phone + Video Sessions

Advocacy

Monday - Friday 10 - 8

Phone + Video Sessions

Harm Reduction

Monday - Friday 12 - 3

Physically Open

Gender Health Center 


2020 29th Street, Suite 201 
Sacramento, CA 95817 

 

Ph 916.455.2391

Fax 916.455.2393 

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