The Los Angeles LGBT Center is your one stop source for your medical and mental health care needs – all in one convenient location.
The L.A. LGBT Center — also known as The Center — welcomes nearly a quarter-million client visits per year from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Center has a low-cost health clinic that specializes in transgender healthcare, HIV/AIDS services, and HIV/STD testing and prevention. Recently, the Center’s mental health programming has expanded to serve the LGBT community’s diverse and complex needs.
Despite the decades of progress for the LGBT community, disparities still exist in accessing culturally-competent mental health care. In national surveys conducted with providers and patients, few providers felt comfortable providing mental health care to the LGBT community and many clients felt reluctant disclosing their identity to their provider.
The Center offers a supportive and affirming environment for every client. If you’re feeling depressed, anxious, stressed or dealing with issues that feel beyond your control, you have a safe and welcoming place to turn to for counseling -- regardless of your ability to pay.
Therapy is available for individuals, couples, families. Psychiatric care and group therapy is available for those who need longer-term treatment. Glenn Lindsay, program manager for The Center’s Mental Health Services, firmly believes that group treatment is a preferred model for clients struggling with identity issues. “Group therapy helps clients break down the isolation -- the fear of rejection -- and the feeling that something is fundamentally wrong with them,” said Lindsay. “We see clients bloom in group -- there is a greater sense of self-acceptance, lower levels of depression, and clients are able to network in healthy ways with their peers.”
The Center’s Mental Health Services program operates one of the nation’s few programs for LGBT survivors of domestic abuse and their groups for addiction recovery have been recognized as a model for LGBT substance abuse treatment.
Other support groups offered by The Center include support for those living with HIV and transgender empowerment. All sessions are led by licensed counselors and/or graduate students who have completed specialized training.
The Center uses a cutting-edge approach to medical and mental health care, known as the Integrated Care Clinic model, which brings together many wraparound services to clients. These services bring in all the necessary components for each community member by providing prevention services, diagnosis and compassionate treatment.
Lindsay remarks that this model is incredibly efficient because, “it reduces the client’s frustration if they know they have one person who can navigate for them. A client can receive HIV treatment, counseling and addiction support in the same location and specialists are on the same page with one chart and one assessment to treat the whole person.”
The City of West Hollywood has been at the forefront of ensuring access to health, advocacy and prevention services to every community member and is a proud supporter of these critical mental health services.
The L.A. LGBT Center’s Mental Health Services are located at the McDonald/Wright Building at 1625 N. Schrader Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028. If you are interested in receiving therapy, you can call 323-993-7500 and press option #4 to schedule a financial screening appointment to determine insurance eligibility or sliding-scale fee. West Hollywood community members will not be turned away for inability to pay. After the financial screening, Center staff can arrange an appointment with a counselor.