The ACCESS Program is led by a queer mental health therapist in the Psychology and Neurosciences department at the University of North Carolina. ACCESS stands for Affirming Couples Counseling to Engage Same-Sex partners.
Our team specializes in working with couples. ACCESS is a small treatment research study of a no-cost couple therapy program. To be eligible for this pilot study, you and your partner must meet the following criteria:
- Living together more than 6 months
- Age 21 or older
- Identify as cisgender (sex assigned at birth aligns with gender identity)
- Identify as female
- Have a certain level of distress in your relationship, including stress related to living in a heteronormative society (this will be assessed on the phone screen)
Questions? Interested in a screening phone call to determine if you’re eligible? Contact Kim Pentel (she/her) at ACCESSprogram@unc.edu with subject line “ACCESS.” All inquiries are confidential.
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