Provided with Dignity
Anchoring Within is owned and operated by Theresa Gomes. Theresa is a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed clinical supervisor, and certified transgender dignity model provider. She has been providing services to LGBTQ+ persons for 15+ years. Theresa utilizes empowerment methods that assist clients in making more informed decisions regarding their transitioning journey. This process includes providing each client with information regarding community resources and WPATH.
Anchoring Within recognizes the importance of community and having a “teamwork” approach for each client receiving services. Transgender Care is no different. Client success is often attributed to the teamwork approach due to the level of support that a client gains. With that said, Anchoring Within strives at keeping up-to-date authorizations, allowing us to keep an open-door policy for any providers our clients receive services through.
We take the time to provide the quality of care that each client deserves. It is our belief that each individual determines their gender identity and we are here to provide the validation and support that they need. We recognize that some may experience gender nonconformity and that others may experience a level of distress that meets criteria for Gender Dysphoria. Either way, Anchoring Within is not a “gatekeeper” to any individual wanting to begin their transition.
Each client receiving Transgender Care services may participate in the following at their own pace:
Initial Consultation (optional)
Mental Health Evaluation
Client’s Gender History Questionnaire
Address emotional stability and regulation
Review of resources to increase social support
Thorough review of WPATH Standards of Care
In-depth discussion of transition needs
Review and sign Informed Consents
Review of providers for each step in the client’s transition
Follow up to discuss any recommendations that their chosen provider may have
Discussion of emotional, economical, and physical support plans
Referral letters provided
Before providing a letter for a medical transition, we are committed to covering the aspects above in effort to better understand each client’s experience and the goals they are working towards.
Please be aware that as part of our standards of care, Anchoring Within does not produce any reports to track a client’s gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, economic class, etc. At Anchoring Within, each client means more than a number to us. We take pride in offering care that sees beyond such labels.
Helpful Information and Resources
As a leading Mental Health Service Provider in the Upstate, I know what exceptional care means - that’s why I offer my clients a wide range of useful information. Feel free to explore these complementary resources I have listed below, and educate yourself at your convenience wherever you are.
Uplift Outreach Center
Uplift Outreach Center is the only youth center in Upstate South Carolina who’s exclusive purpose is to serve LGBTQ+ youth.
Uplift Outreach Center is open every
Tuesday & Saturday (ages 15-19)
from 3:30 to 6:30pm
Saturdays (ages 10-14)
from 1:00 to 3:00pm.
200 Fernwood Drive,
Spartanburg, SC 29307
PFLAG of Spartanburg
PFLAG exists to support LGBT people, their families and friends in an adverse society, to inform and enlighten the public, and to advocate to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights.
PFLAG Spartanburg meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm.
Spartanburg Community College Downtown Campus - Room 162.
220 East Kennedy St Arkwright conference room #136
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29302
Out & About Upstate
This group promotes acceptance for people of all sexual orientations. While primarily an organization created for the LGBT community to socialize, we welcome all individuals who celebrate diversity. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun environment at local venues enabling the community to interact. There is no cost to join. You simply arrive at the specified location and pay for your own food and drinks. Events are planned once a month on Friday evenings.
Contact information is via Meetup.com. You can reach them at
Upstate Pride SC empowers people of all gender expressions and sexual identities in the Upstate of South Carolina by promoting acceptance through education, advocacy and networking.
Upstate Pride SC is dedicated to spreading the word about events in our community that support and uplift the LGBTQ community in our area. Check here to see what’s going on and find events you can attend here in the Upstate. We are your central source for what’s happening in our beautiful LGBTQ community!
Events are listed on Facebook at:
and the Upstate Pride main website at: