ON THIS PAGE YOU CAN FIND HIGHLIGHTED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND RESOURCES FOR LGBTQ+ STUDENTS AT UF
Fall 2021 Events and Workshops
A counselor is available on a first-come, first-served basis. We can take two students per month, and students register for either 1st ½ hour or the 2nd ½ hour. This may be beneficial to students who:
- wonder what it feels like to talk with a counselor;
- are not ready to seek individual therapy yet but would like to gain some perspectives about an issue at hand;
- have a specific problem and want a space to talk it through;
- have concern about a friend and want some ideas about what to do, etc.
Although there are a few exceptions to confidentiality, such as imminent safety concerns and suspected abuse to vulnerable populations, we are legally and ethically bound to keep your information private and protected.
Once a participant signs up for one, it’s no longer available – these are 1:1 sessions.
- 9/8 – 1-1:30pm or 1:30-2pm
- 10/6 – 1-1:30pm or 1:30-2pm
- 11/15 – 1-1:30pm or 1:30-2pm
- 12/5 – 1-1:30pm or 1:30-2pm
- 1/18 – 3-3:30pm or 3:30-4pm
Horizons is an initiative from LGBTQ+ Affairs to support students in their transition to life at UF and in the Gainesville community. It is an in-person program tentatively scheduled for September 11-12 for the Fall 2021 semester.
Learn more about Horizons
CWC Talks Podcast
CWC Talks is a podcast that interviews CWC staff and associates about their experiences with mental health, both personally and professionally.
Other Resources at CWC
- Pride Student Union – facebook.com/ufpsu
- UF LGBTQ+ Affairs – lgbtq.multicultural.ufl.edu
- UF Health Youth Gender Program – pediatrics.med.ufl.edu/patient-care/hospital-clinics/youth-gender-program
- Pride Community Center – gainesvillepride.org
- PFLAG Gainesville – pflaggainesville.org
- TranQuility – fltranq.com/wp
Follow the link below to view a pdf with links to specific LGBTQ+ resources including provider databases, social justice organizations, informational website, guides, crisis support, information for friends and family, and blogs.
TransCare Services at UF
Students who identify as transgender or may be exploring their gender identities are offered care that is confidential, compassionate, supportive, non-judgmental, ethical, and educational as they navigate the transition process.
The CWC has coordinated with the Student Health Care Center to develop a brochure outlining areas of care and service of interest to transgender students (or students who are interested in exploring their gender identities) at UF.
CWC and Transgender Guidelines
The CWC follows best practices for serving transgender students that are outlined by professional organizations, including the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), American Counseling Association, and American Psychological Association. Our counselors are ready and excited to serve you as you explore your gender identity, or any other issues whether related or unrelated.
If you are interested in receiving a letter of support to begin hormone therapy or surgical procedures, we encourage you to discuss this with your counselor early on.
Here’s what students are saying about their experience in our LGBTQ+ therapy groups:
What aspects of the group experience were most helpful to you?
- “Being able to relate with other people who are in similar situations as me.”
- “Very friendly and confidential environment. I felt very comfortable expressing anything…”
What do you wish you had known about group before you joined?
- “I wish I had known how much I would enjoy it and how much it would help me, as I would have participated even earlier!”
What did you learn about yourself from your group experience?
- “I learned that I’m stronger than I previously believed.”
- “[Group] definitely helped me explore my personal identity and helped me in expressing myself/coming out to others outside of the group.”
- “…I learned to be more gentle with myself and appreciate each step of my journey.”
- Exploring your sexuality and/or gender identity and have a lot of emotions that you want help working through?
- Self-medicating with substances or using another unhealthy behavior to cope with distressing thoughts about your sexuality and/or gender identity?
- Comfortable with your sexual orientation and/or gender identity, but have another significant concern (ex., I feel depressed because I had a death in the family, I experienced a recent sexual assault and I don’t feel safe, etc.)?
The CWC is a safe and affirming environment to discuss and address concerns related to how your sexual orientation and/or gender identity may impact family and friends, worldview (religion, spirituality, or other values), career and finances, or mental and physical health. We are also here to support you if you are dealing with the effects of systemic oppression and discrimination, violence, harassment, or bullying because of your sexual orientation or gender identity.
What to Expect
When we first meet with you, we will support you in connecting with appropriate and affirming resources, including: