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A SAFE space for the LGBTQ+ community and their loved ones.

At Prism, our support helps create a SAFE space for the LGBTQ+ community and their loved ones. In order to do this, we are committed to:

Support

Affirm

Foster Community

Educate

Mission

The mission of Prism Counseling and Support LLC is to help LGBTQ+ individuals navigate the coming out or gender transition process in order to fully realize and celebrate their authentic selves, and to help their families and loved ones learn how to best support and affirm them in this process.

Prism Counseling and Support LLC offers individual counseling for LGBTQ+ youth and adults, family counseling for families of LGBTQ+ individuals and support groups for LGBTQ+ youth and parents. We also offer professional development training for school staff and professional organizations in order to educate them about the issues facing LGBTQ+ individuals and how to create safe working and learning environments for all.

Visit our Services and Fees page to learn about the variety of services offered at Prism.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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Heather, Haddam, CT

Rebecca is kind, patient, knowledgeable and effective in counseling, but she is also a tireless advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. Her expertise will and has saved lives. If you are seeking care for your self or a loved one you need to reach out to her.

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Julia, Old Saybrook, CT

Prism Counseling is a wonderful resource for the LGBTQ+ community and their families. Rebecca is knowledgeable, skilled and easy to talk to. In my professional opinion as a licensed therapist I highly recommend her to adolescents and I'm thrilled that she's opened her doors! We are lucky to have her in the area.

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Jean, Deep River, CT

Rebecca Degnan at Prism Counseling promotes bravery, honesty, truth sharing, communication, healing, and love. All the things we need in our lives.

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Kerry, Deep River, CT

Rebecca creates safety for her clients and their families with her gifts of connection and humor, while being mindful of the complexities facing the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBTQ+ youth face many challenges that put them more at risk than other youth - exploring and understanding their own identity, sharing their identity with loved ones, socially transitioning at school, managing the impacts of discrimination, learning to accept and love themselves, and more.

national survey conducted by the Trevor Project in 2021 found the following:

  • 42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, including more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth

  • 75% of LGBTQ youth reported that they had experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity at least once in their lifetime

  • Half of all LGBTQ youth of color reported discrimination based on their race/ethnicity in the past year, including 67% of Black LGBTQ youth and 60% of Asian/Pacific Islander LGBTQ youth

  • 48% of LGBTQ youth reported they wanted counseling from a mental health professional but were unable to receive it in the past year

However, there is good news. As an adult in an LGBTQ+ child's life, your support and understanding has a significant positive impact. According to the same survey:

  • Transgender and nonbinary youth who reported having pronouns respected by all of the people they lived with attempted suicide at HALF the rate of those who did not have their pronouns respected by anyone with whom they lived

  • LGBTQ youth who had access to spaces that affirmed their sexual orientation and gender identity reported lower rates of attempting suicide

Get your LGBTQ+ loved one the support they need and/or learn how to support them today! 

Call or email to schedule an appointment or complete our online form at the bottom of this page. Visit our Services and Fees page for more information.