Mental and Physical Health

Therapy/Support Groups:

Please visit Wellspring’s Groups page for information on all the groups offered by Wellspring Counseling Center.

Click here for a list of support groups for transgender people in Atlanta.

Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Group (Starting in September/October 2018) and a Women’s Interpersonal Therapy Group: Monica Manuel, MS, LPC – Joie De Vivre Counseling and Therapy: www.jdvcounselingandtherapy.com

When Sex Hurts:” A support group for women where you will learn about painful sex and gain skills to manage anxiety and learn ways to communicate with partners. The group is open to all adult women with a six session commitment to foster a safe and supportive environment. The group meets Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm and costs $60/group.

Atlanta Poly Meetup

Positive Impact Health Centers Therapy Groups

Parent to Parent of Georgia: We support Georgia families and individuals impacted by disabilities or special health care needs.


Counselor and Psychatrist Referrals:

Here is a List of poly, kinky, and LGBTQ+ friendly and knowledgeable therapists in the greater Atlanta area.

LGBTQ+ friendly psychiatrists 

LGBTQ Therapist Resource:an association of affirming mental health providers that seeks to improve LGBTQ access to safe, competent therapists. Use this website to search for an LGBTQ affirming therapist in your area .

Metro Atlanta Therapist’s Network


Health and Wellness:

LGBTQ+ Affirming Physician Referral List

Georgia Fresh For LessWe match SNAP/EBT dollars — dollar for dollar —at participating farmers markets. When you spend $10, you get $10 for free to spend on fresh, local fruits and vegetables. You’ll pay less for fresh and local food that is higher quality and more nutritious. Shopping at your local farmers markets or farmer puts your money back into your community.

Bluebird Botanicals offers discounts to folks who are low-income, veterans, or on long-term disability. Check out this link to read about their assistance program. They also offer 20% off of any first order of CBD oil using the code “FirstTime.”

Absolute Care – AbsoluteCARE provides comprehensive primary health care to adults. Health, wellness, holistic care and prevention are at the core of their patient‐centered approach to care.

Queermed.com: “Providing affirming trans* care for kids, teens, and adults in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. With telemedicine video visit technology, our team of healthcare professionals based in Atlanta can provide affirming care to trans patients across the Southeast.”

Getplume.co: App-based transgender healthcare: A trans and queer-led healthcare team which believes “healthcare should be easy, convenient, and center the unique needs of the trans community.” They provide “first-in-class, evidence-based medical care” from your smartphone.

Ponce Primary Care: “LGBTQ, Transgender, and Nonbinary Patient Care: Specialized care for transgender and nonbinary patients, including hormone therapy and blockers.” They also provide comprehensive health care to adults and teenagers.

Ridgeview Hospital: 770-434-4567 (Address: 3995 Cobb Dr SE, Smyrna, GA 30080)


Apps I Recommend for Mental Health and Well-Being

Calm Harm App (FREE)- Available on Google Play and the Apple App store, Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed by Dr. Nihara Krause, using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It is personalizable and focuses on aiding the user in “Riding the wave” of the desire to self harm. You can even track your progress to help you notice change.

Move Mood App: (FREE) Move Mood is an app also developed by Dr. Nihara Krause, and uses the evidence-based treatment Behavioral Activation Therapy to help you improve your mood by encouraging you to increase your motivation to carry out a variety of tasks in order to help you to move forward, take control and feel positive. This is a wonderful app for managing depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges.

Curable App: (FREE 14 day Trial) This app takes the latest research in pain science and makes it easy to understand, convenient to use, and affordable to access with or without insurance. “Our mission is to provide widespread access to evidence-based, safe, and effective chronic pain solutions for all those in need.” I highly recommend this to anybody struggling with any kind of chronic pain.

Calm App (FREE trial) : This is an excellent app with tools for improving sleep quality, reducing stress and anxiety, and more. Its library of guided meditations, including a “Daily Calm” guided meditation feature is invaluable for anybody seeking to incorporate more mindfulness and/or meditation into their lives. It also features an excellent library of sleep stories, which are especially helpful for pulling us away from racing thoughts and into relaxation and restful sleep.

Headspace App: (FREE 30 day trial with mediation basics course): This is an incredibly user-friendly app, especially for folks who are new to meditation and want to learn mindfulness meditation basics in guided sessions as short as three minutes long. The Basics course features ten guided meditations, and allows you to choose the length from three to 15 minutes each. It provides an excellent introduction to mindfulness meditation and also features a large library of helpfully categorized meditations and other mindfulness-based exercises.

Trans-Affirming Electrolysis Services:

Auntie Claire’s Permanent Hair Removal

Claire is an artist, an activist, and a small business owner. She has worked tirelessly as an activist to improve the lives of her community in San Diego and starting this business in 2016 was her next step to fulfilling that goal to help others even more. She has since moved to Atlanta to build a life and a family with my friends and loved ones and is now a licensed electrologist in the state Georgia as well. Her website states: “All orientations, gender identities, and kink lifestyles: You are welcome here. You are understood here. You are embraced here.”


Crisis:

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please go to http://www.befrienders.org, where you can search for a crisis hotline based on the country you are in.

If you are in Georgia and experiencing a mental health crisis, please either call 911  or the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) – 1-800-656-HOPE

Ridgeview Hospital: 770-434-4567 (Address: 3995 Cobb Dr SE, Smyrna, GA 30080)

The Trevor Project: suicide prevention and general info at TheTrevorProject.org/resources


Trevor Lifeline – 24/7/365 – 866.488.7386 (Available nationwide)

Trevor Text – Monday through Friday 3pm-10pm. Text “Trevor” to 1.202.304.1200 (Available nationwide)


Trevorspacetrevorspace.org – a social networking site for LGBTQ+ youth and allies