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Sometimes all you need to work through life’s challenges is someone to talk to.

Our peer counselors are here for you, supporting the NYC-area LGBTQ+ community with active listening, sharing from personal experience, and referrals to a variety of mental health resources.

Identity House is an all-volunteer community that provides counseling services to support and encourage LGBTQ+ adults who are working through issues around sexual orientation and gender identity & expression, including among other things alienation, relationships, and family.

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Life isn’t always easy.

We help in three ways.

Walk-in Peer Counseling Center

No appointment needed—stop by during our weekly walk-in hours to talk with our peer counselors.

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Issue-centered Support Groups

Led by our peer facilitators, groups help you work through shared challenges together over 8-10 weekly sessions.

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Therapy Referrals and Resources

Our counselors can provide resource information or referrals to short-term counseling or professional therapists.

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Want to help others and be part of a great community?

Join us as a member of Identity House. Gain valuable skills as a peer counselor and discover how rewarding it is to help our community thrive.

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Are you a therapist looking to grow your practice?

Identity house needs qualified therapists to join and oversee our peer counselors. Support our community and deepen your professional skills.

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Volunteering means being able to help others in a meaningful way, hopefully making their lives at least a little better for coming in to talk.

Drew D.

I felt welcomed and safe. I was not judged about the things I shared or when I did not feel comfortable sharing. I was very, very grateful to be in a space like that.

Lesbian Coming Out Group Member

Identity House was a huge help to me when I was coming out as a bi man in 2010, and after finishing that process I wanted to “pay it forward” to others who needed that same help.

Noah S.

It melts my heart to see the relief in clients’ faces when they finally air thoughts and feelings they’ve been alone with for years, and when they see they aren’t as trapped as they’d feared. It’s also helped me see and appreciate how far I’ve come since I came out.

Anonymous

Identity House gives me a sense of belonging, to be part of a community of people who share my interest in helping others through counseling.

Martin S.