Mental Health Counseling

From dealing with anxiety and depression to facing bereavement, eating disorders, and self-harming behavior, The Center’s mental health counseling team is here to help you manage your mental health.

Our 1:1 short-term counseling services are available to individuals ages 18 and over who reside in New York State. Sessions are provided in person and virtually.

Intake Pause

Due to high demand, we unfortunately have paused new intake inquiries. Please check back with us in July for an update. For a list of LGBTQ+ affirming referrals, or for other questions, please email us at counseling@gaycenter.org.

Family Therapy

The Center provides non-judgmental, affirming support for families navigating a child’s coming out process and developing identity.

Up to 6 months of free and confidential support, for families with children ages 5+!

The LGBTQ+ Institute For Family Therapy (LIFT) Certification Program

LIFT is a training and certification program for Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) who provide therapeutic services to families involved with New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).

LIFT is designed to help clinicians gain additional knowledge, skills, and confidence to reduce the rejecting behaviors of families struggling to accept their LGBTQ+ children. The program also aims to support families experiencing conflict around their child’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Upon program completion, clinicians will receive CE hours.

LIFT is offered in six-month or three-month cycles. It includes training sessions, group coaching sessions, and one-on-one technical assistance for case consultations.

LIFT Certification Program Requirements: 

Credentialed as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New York State; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) are invited to apply but are not eligible to receive CEUs at this time

Currently working with families in a clinical capacity or supervising clinicians who are working with families

Submit application; upload resume and complete assessment

Secure supervisor approval to commit to LIFT time commitment and guidelines

Prior participation in the ACS LGBTQ+ Training is preferred but not required; participation in LIFT may be used in lieu of mandated ACS LGBTQ+ training and re-training sessions

Have a strong foundational understanding of LGBTQ+ identities and experiences, the ACS LGBTQ+ policy, and related best practices

Apply for LIFT

LIFT is committed to building a network of diverse clinicians by offering ongoing professional development opportunities. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Questions about LIFT

LIFT is currently virtual and facilitated through Zoom and Google Classroom. If you have any questions, please contact foreverfamilies@gaycenter.org.