May 23, 2019
Encircle began looking for therapy services 2 years ago in response to an urgent need for mental health support to the LGBTQ+ community. At that time, Flourish was created in partnership with Encircle to build a clinical practice to meet this need. Our commitment to addressing this need is as strong today as it was then. Through the generous support of our donors, we have proudly subsidized over 5000+ therapy sessions through this partnership in our Encircle Homes. We are grateful to Flourish Therapy for assisting us in our mission to provide quality counseling services and we are enthused to see another organization respond to the need for quality care in our community.
While we wish we could have continued our professional partnership, we know Flourish Therapy will be successful as they seek to provide care to the LGBTQ+ community. Their team is comprised of high quality, professional individuals who hold a deep concern for the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people. We continue united in our desire to see all LGBTQ+ individuals and their families thrive. We are all made stronger when our LGBTQ+ community is adequately cared for.
Counseling services will continue to be offered at all Encircle Homes through an in-house provider called Encircle Therapy. Anyone seeking counseling services will be able to schedule with Encircle Therapy beginning June 1st. Appointments will be available online at EncircleTherapy.org
We know many members of our community are eager to support organizations offering services for the LGBTQ+ community. We encourage everyone to donate to Flourish: https://flourishtherapy.org/
For additional information about this transition please visit our FAQ page here: https://encircletogether.org/transition
Will Encircle continue to help cover the cost of my therapy?
Yes. If you have been receiving therapy at no-cost or low-cost, there will be no change in the therapy cost to you.
Can I continue to see the same therapist I have been working with?
All of the current therapists who are being paid by Encircle for their work have been invited to continue to do so, with no decrease in their compensation, through Encircle Therapy. We have loved the work so many of them have done to help the community, and we want that work to continue.
Some therapists may decide that they are unable to continue their work with Encircle Therapy; in that case, we will help you find another affirming therapist with whom you can continue to work. However, to reiterate—Encircle Therapy hopes all current therapists are willing to continue to do their outstanding work with their clients, even if they also continue to provide therapy for other organizations as well.
Why is this change happening?
Encircle’s mission is to provide the most accessible, affirming, world-class therapeutic care for LGBTQ+ people in our communities. As we grow as an organization, we want to ensure that we will continue to be able to offer therapy to as many clients as possible. Since January, we have been talking in-depth about ways to become even more cost effective than we already are, implementing more effective processes administratively to make the process smoother for new clients, and become paneled with insurance companies to be able to help a wider group of individuals. Many of the things that would allow us to help more people also required us to consolidate our therapeutic services under one organization: Encircle Therapy.
About our Clinical Director
Dr. Jared Klundt, PhD
Dr. Klundt is an Arizona native, but satisfied Utah transplant. A licensed psychologist, he received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Brigham Young University, and until recently was a clinical faculty member at BYU’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Klundt has extensive experience working with individuals and groups across a broad range of mental health issues, but has particular interest in helping LGBTQ+ individuals work towards health in all areas of their life. Dr. Klundt has dedicated the vast majority of his career to the research and care of the LGBTQ+ community at BYU, being the first faculty member to receive approval to run research on the intersection of mental health, sexuality, and religiosity at the university. He looks forward to continuing to that outreach and study, and feels honored to be part of the Encircle team. Outside of his office, Jared loves creating: welding, pottery, woodworking, baking, machining, Lego, etc. He and his partner Cate live in Vineyard with their corgi Pancakes.