Pacific Center for Human Growth

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.

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Counseling and Psychotherapy

We offer counseling for individuals, families, couples, and groups. You and your therapist will work in collaboration to identify your goals, discuss what you want from therapy, and figure out how you will assess your 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 schedule a phone screen through our online scheduler linked below. One of our clinicians will call you at the time you select and guide you through the process of starting therapy, answer any questions you have, and direct you to further resources if necessary.

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If you have Alameda County Medi-Cal, please call the ACCESS line at 1-800-491-9099 to request a referral for services at the Pacific Center for Human Growth. For Medi-Cal Alameda County Behavioral Health, we are unable to start services until the referral letter has been received. For Medi-Cal Beacon patients, we do not require a referral letter, however, only registered interns can see someone with Beacon insurance. We do have registered interns here, but there is a longer wait to be assigned to a clinician. If you are unsure what type of Medi-Cal you have, please call the ACCESS line at 1-800-491-9099 and they can confirm your eligibility for Medi-Cal, either Alameda County Behavioral Health or Beacon. We do not take any other types of insurance.