Every Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday night (closed on Thursdays until 9/1/15), Identity House offers peer counseling and referral services for the LGBT community. No appointments are necessary. Donations are welcome.
On Saturday and Sunday night from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Identity House is open at The LGBT Center, 208 W 13th Street in Manhattan (check the daily calendar by the Center's lobby desk for room location).
and Thursday night from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Identity House is open at 41-51 E 11th Street on the 4th Floor in Manhattan.
The basic premise behind peer counseling is that most people are capable of solving their own problems if given a chance and some guidance. Our peer counselors use active listening skills to help the client clarify his/her thoughts and feelings and to explore various options or solutions such as therapist referrals, short-term counseling, and groups.
As peers, we have the opportunity to share as equals with our clients. This means that, unlike some kinds of therapists, we can share our personal experience so that the client knows there are others who have been through a similar situation.
At both Identity House Walk-In Centers, we make referrals when appropriate. Sometimes people just come in to talk, and that's all they need. But if you need more, there are three kinds of referrals:
Referrals to therapists may be made only to therapists screened and accepted by Identity House, all of whom are listed in the Identity House Therapists and Resources Book.
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Short-term peer counseling is for clients who may be having a difficulty in a certain area of their lives that can be resolved or alleviated without going into therapy. It is a theme-oriented program of sessions lasting eight weeks. Issues that do not fit this framework are not appropriate for short-term counseling referrals.
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Sometimes the peer counselor will make a referral to an Identity House group. Identity House tries to provide groups as needed in the community. Theme-centered groups such as coming-out groups, older/younger women's/men's groups, and general discussion groups are offered. Open groups are led by Identity House peer facilitators.
Saturdays & Sundays / 6 - 8pm
The LGBT Center 208 W 13th St
6:30 - 8:30 pm
41-51 E 11th Street (4th Floor)