It's your time to... SpeakOut! 


SpeakOut is a comprehensive program at CCEC offering groups, individual and family counseling, outreach and resources to LGBTQ youth. Our goal is to provide you with a safe, nurturing environment where you can develop the insight and tools to live securely as the remarkable individual you are. 


Being a young person has its challenges and benefits regardless of who you are, but being a gay young person sometimes presents its own issues. CCEC provides a safe place where you can explore these issues and questions like:

  • How do I identify?
  • How, when or should I come out?
  • How do I manage the depression and anxiety I am feeling?
  • How do I make my relationships stronger?
  • Where and how can I find and create a supportive community?


Now you can get connected with other LGBTQ youth in Santa Barbara County. By joining our Facebook group, SpeakOut Santa Barbara, you can stay up to date with what is going on in your community and in the news, safely and openly discuss issues that affect you, and get to know what other LGBTQ youth may be experiencing. You are not alone and this is your place to be heard. 

Are you a friend or family member looking for ways to support LGBTQ? Join our Facebook group Friends of SpeakOut. This group is a safe, monitored place to connect you with your peers, to receive accurate information, and to discuss the issues that are relative to you and to the LGBTQ community.

Why SpeakOut?

  • Safe, affirming environment
  • Individual and Family Counseling
  • Trained Counselors
  • Sliding Scale
We want to join with you in the liberating process of being who you are and experiencing yourself fully.


For additional information, contact:

Mariela Marin, MFT
805-962-3363 x3

The SpeakOUT Teen Project is generously supported by: