University of Maryland Counseling Center

Rainbow Walk-In Hour

The Counseling Center's Rainbow Walk-In Hour is a program designed specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered (LGBT) students or students from LGBT headed families. This program, offered by the Counseling Service, was created to meet the immediate emotional-social and educational-career needs of LGBT students or students from LGBT headed families. Students using the service are not required to schedule an appointment in advance, allowing for immediate assistance in dealing with the student's concern.

It is not uncommon for LGBT-involved students to be reluctant to reach out for help for fear of prejudice, discrimination, and/or attempts at conversion therapy. One of the purposes of this program is to make the Center's services feel safer for those in the LGBT community. To ensure a safe setting, the Rainbow Walk-In Hour is staffed with LGBT friendly psychologists and advanced trainees

The Rainbow Walk-In Hour operates Monday through Thursday from 3 to 4 pm. Ideally, students will come in ten minutes before each Walk-In Hour to complete the standard paperwork. Students can come to the Center on their own or be referred by faculty or staff from various campus offices (e.g., the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equity Office; the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Staff and Faculty Association; Office of Resident Life).