Encircle was founded in 2016 by Stephanie Larsen. It was set up to help LGBTQ+ youth survive homophobia in the predominantly Mormon communities of Utah, and to help Mormons to become more accepting of LGBTQ+ people.
It opened to clients in Provo in February 2017, expanding to Salt Lake City in January 2018. In February 2019 it moved its Salt Lake City center to a larger site. It opened a location in St. George in October 2020, and as of January 2021 was readying a location in Heber. By June 2020, Encircle had more than 900 monthly clients.
Relationship with Flourish
In June 2019, Encircle cancelled its relationship with Flourish, a for-profit organization that had provided Encircle's therapy services. The change disrupted patient care, but Encircle said the change was necessary to protect Encircle's non-profit status. Some patients left Encircle in order to continue seeing their existing therapists from Flourish, prompting Flourish to investigate converting to nonprofit status to make the therapy affordable.
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