At Anchoring Within, in person and online therapy services are available to help you on your journey towards health. You can attend individual or family therapy in the comfort of your surroundings during a time that is more convenient for you. If you have family members with more complex schedules, they too can join in person or through our video conference with a simple link.
If you have an appointment, your appointment link is located in the secure client portal. You will be automatically directed to a virtual waiting room where your therapist will be.
Please be mindful of our late policy. Client tardiness of 10 minutes or more will be counted as a late cancelation. Late cancelations will result in the client (or responsible party) being charged, using the credit card on file, for the full fee of the session ($125).
E-therapy is currently being provided in the state of South Carolina. If you are living in a different state, and you have generally stable mental health, please consider Life Coaching as a service alternative. Contact us for more information.
One of the greatest benefits of attending group therapy is experiencing for yourself that you are not alone. Being involved with a small group allows for greater validation, hearing of other perspectives, and sometimes a healthier form of accountability
Anchoring Within offers the following group therapy programs:
Perfectly Poly: A therapy group for polyamorous families
Beautifully Bonded: A therapy group for parents of LGBTQ+ youth.
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.