Every Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday night (closed on Tuesdays until further notice), Identity House offers peer counseling and referral services for the LGBT community. No appointments are necessary. Donations are welcome.
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:
PO Box 829, Murray Hill Station, New York City, NY 10156 Tel: 212-243-8181
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