Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic

The Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic (SGIC) offers affordable and affirming psychological services for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ+), as well as those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.

SGIC offers specialized counseling to address issues related to LGBTQ+ identities as well as counseling for other life issues in an affirmative space. 

Examples of client concerns addressed at SGIC:

  • Resolving confusion or conflict about sexual or gender identity
  • Developing/maintaining healthy relationships
  • Managing "coming out"
  • Depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns
  • Body image concerns
  • Aging as an LGBTQ+ person
  • Recovering from trauma, bullying or discrimination

The SGIC also provides gender affirmation and support services, including: 

  • Counseling to explore physical/medical transition options
  • Psychosocial assessments and letters to access medical services
  • Support through medical transition

The SGIC also works with family members to address concerns related to a partner, child, or parents gender identity or sexual orientation. Counseling may address:

  • Raising an LGBTQ+ child
  • Understanding what a parent, child or partner's changing identity means for you
  • Caring for an LGBTQ+ elder

SGIC services can be accessed by calling the Gronowski Center at (650) 961-9300 and inquiring about the SGIC. If you are a provider interested in more information about SGIC services, you can contact SGIC Director, Liz McConnell, PhD, at: emcconnell@paloaltou.edu.