Colorado Springs, CO — Inside Out Youth Services and YouthSeen have partnered on a new program to support LGBTQIA2+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and two-spirit) youth and families in the Pikes Peak region. Inside Out’s downtown Colorado Springs center now offers free therapy, including individual, family, group, and crisis services.
Chris Wade (he/they) is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Inside Out’s new resident clinician. Chris began their career providing wraparound services to families in Louisiana and moved to Colorado Springs in 2020. Chris comes to Inside Out from a local behavioral health hospital, where he worked with teens and families dealing with severe trauma. He will be collaborating with YouthSeen while working in-person in Colorado Springs.
“Working with this population has been such a growing experience,” says Wade, “and I’m so excited to continue to serve in a way that creates more access and fewer barriers to gender-affirming care in the Colorado Springs community!”
YouthSeen Founder/Executive Director Dr. Tara Jae (they/them) says: “Bearing in mind the importance of access to Licensed Professional Counselors in the LGBTQIA and BIPoC community, YouthSeen’s collaboration with Inside Out speaks to a larger conversation of what it means to support our youth in all areas.”
LGBTQIA2+ young people and their families may contact Chris at 719- 401-3167 to schedule an appointment.
Chris and representatives from IOYS and YouthSeen are available for interviews. A photo of Chris Wade is attached. More photos available upon request.
Who: Inside Out Youth Services, YouthSeen, Chris Wade (clinician)
What: Free therapy services now offered at Inside Out
When: Starting immediately, youth and families may book appointments.
Where: Inside Out Youth Services, 223 N. Wahsatch Ave., #101, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Why: To fill a local need for LGBTQIA2+-competent mental health services that support young people and their families.
About Inside Out Youth Services
The mission of Inside Out (est. 1990) is to build access, equity, and power with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual, and two-spirit (LGBTQIA2+) youth from Southern Colorado. Inside Out does this by creating brave spaces for young adults ages 13-24 and offering evidence-based programming completely free of charge. By providing support systems and teaching life skills to all youth in our community we work to make our community safer, more accepting of gender and sexual orientation diversity, and further the happiness and health of LGBTQIA2+ youth in the Colorado Springs vicinity. For more information about Inside Out and our services, events, and staff, please visit: www.insideoutys.org
Founded in 2017 by Dr. Tara Jae, YouthSeen provides mental health and healing services for Queer and Trans people of color. We believe that by building community, we can connect with others that accept and understand the journey of becoming one’s true self. With the support of our local providers, in-house clinicians and dedicated staff, YouthSeen programming, such as Black Pride Colorado, provides a safe and welcoming environment to uplift and empower QTBIPoC folx of all ages.
YouthSeen is comprised of 4 programs, Clinical (mental health/therapy), CampSeen (youth age 10-18), TransSeen (Transgender resources and gender affirming care) and Black Pride Colorado (empowerment and community).