“I’ve been the intake coordinator for ACS Fall River for just about six years. I have not seen this many transgender clients in that entire six years as we have had in the past year,” says Jane Lytle, Intake Coordinator at Arbour Counseling Services, Fall River, MA.
In response to the needs of clients, ACS, Fall River began offering a Trans-spectrum Therapy Group for adults 18 and older. The group was first offered this past spring and ran for 10 weeks through the summer. It has continued as a 10-week series meeting for 90 minutes sessions every Thursday afternoon. Clinician and group leader Veronica Fitzgerald, LMHC, says, “The group seeks to help clients develop insight, coping skills, and peer support for anxiety and depression within an inclusive, safe, respectful setting for anyone identifying on the trans-spectrum: transgender, gender questioning, or gender non-conforming individuals.” Counseling is often the first step in the process of transitioning, so ACS, Fall River has developed a relationship with a local endocrinology department at Prima Care, PC. Together they provide clients a compilation of resources.
Rebecca Tanguay, LICSW, the other trans-spectrum clinician, has many of the group clients on her case load for individual therapy. She shares this from a client, “I think as transgender individuals, we are constantly explaining ourselves and looking for acceptance. In this group we are not only accepted, we’re understood, so we can better focus on ourselves as individuals.”
For more information: Arbour Counseling Services, Fall River, 1082 Davol Street, Fall River, MA, 508-678-2833.
From AHS News, November/December 2016