Pride Program

Our Pride Program is focused on providing a safe and therapeutic environment to help foster resilience and compassion with members of the LGBTQ+ community and family members. Therapists are trained in working with individuals, families, and couples in this community from a systemic perspective.

It is a sad truth that members of this community experience higher rates of depression, anxiety, suicide, substance use, and trauma. It is our mission to create a space of compassion and safety while working through whatever concerns people bring.

For some people medical transitions can be a component of mental health care. We take care in providing longer term treatment and coordination with other medical professionals on an as needed basis to reduce gate keeping as much as possible.

ITS’ Pride Program specializes in working with individuals, couples, and families who are seeking support with:
Coming Out
Relationship Issues
Life Transitions and Stress
Grief or Loss
Alternating Groups (ask for more information)
And more…

For more information, please call the office.

Resilience Group

The intention of Resilience Group is to create a safe, judgement-free environment for members of the community to foster resilience to deal with mental health, relationships, and larger societal oppression. This includes activities, minimal roleplaying engagements, and techniques to help instill this growth.

For ages 13-15 (flexible)
Tuesday nights – 5:15 PM to 6:20 PM
8 consecutive weeks (weekly skills build on each other)
Insurance is not accepted. Group cost is $50/session.
The group is open to families not enrolled in services at ITS, but it is required to meet with the group lead prior to joining the group for intake purposes.

Resilience Group is best suited for people:

  • Struggling with gender or sexual identity
  • Demonstrating dysregulation in emotions, interpersonal relationships, behaviors, cognition, and/or self
  • Having difficulties working through contextual, family, and/or societal norms
  • Experiencing increased stress due to dysphoria or confusion regarding relationship types, sexual orientation, gender identity, or coming out
  • Struggling with medical or legal transitions
  • Working through mental health concerns including:
    Trauma, stress-related disorders, substance use, disordered eating, gender dysphoria, depression, anxiety, and/or life transitions.
Resilience Group is not suitable for those with:

  • A history of violent behaviors
  • Active psychosis
  • Intensive needs for suicidal ideation that might be better suited for more intensive programs

To Get Started…
Call the office at 253-460-7248
Email the Client Services Coordinator at
Complete the following form and check “Resilience Group” here: New Client Form

Pride Providers

Coleman Frostad

“In our culture, we associate vulnerability with emotions we want to avoid such as fear, shame, and uncertainty. Yet we too often lose sight of the fact that vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity, authenticity, and love.”
– Brené Brown

Kathy Silveira

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase.”
– Martin Luther King

Jess Bennett

“We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.”
– George Takei

Shannon Armitage

“I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act.”
– Janet Mock

Kirstin Han

“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.”
– Harvey Milk

Kelsey Wheat

“Love, the beauty of it, the joy of it and yes, even the pain of it, is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being. And we deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise.”
– Elliot Page

Sarah Beck

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
– Desmond Tutu

List of Local Supports:

Oasis Youth Center – “Oasis is the only drop-in and support center dedicated to the needs of LGBTQ youth ages 14-24 in Pierce County. We are a youth-adult partnership in which youth and adults come together for shared teaching learning and action!”

Rainbow Center – “Through education, advocacy, and celebration, Rainbow Center expands resources and safe space for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied (LGBTQA) community.”

Pride Counseling NW – “It is PCNW’s mission to provide people with the tools they need to live more authentic lives, heal the places that hurt, and connect with others in ways that create a sense of belonging… We enjoy working with couples, individuals, and families from all backgrounds and circumstances. We also offer specialized counseling for the LGBTQ community, including (but not limited to) issues around Coming Out, Family Reconciliation, Faith Reconciliation, Identity Development, Gender Identity & Transition, and LGBTQ-Specific Couples’ Therapy.”

Mary Bridge Gender Program – “Treatment and support for youth and teens with gender dysphoria or who identify as transgender are available in Tacoma through Mary Bridge Children’s Gender Health Program. Run through Mary Bridge Children’s Endocrinology, our program follows Clinical Practice Guidelines for Transgender Care approved by the Endocrine Society and WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health).”

call: 253.460.7248
fax: 253.564.4409
3560 Bridgeport Way W
Suite 2-C
University Place, WA 98466