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.