LGBT Mental Health
ColumbiaDoctors’ behavioral health experts have been providing services for over thirty years to the LGBT community, guiding patients through their different challenges and turning points. Our experts are nationally known for competent and sensitive counseling geared to the special needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, at every stage of life.
The LGBT Mental Health team includes experienced psychiatrists, a nurse practitioner trained in behavioral psychology, and a bilingual counselor who speaks Spanish.
ColumbiaDoctors psychologists and support staff work together providing a range of services tailored to each patient’s needs, including
- Evaluation and consultation
- Transgender and gender-queer specific services
- Individual psychotherapy
- Family and couples therapy
- Group therapy
- Medication management
- Referral and coordination with other specialty services
LGBT Youth and Their Families
LGBT youth are now coming out at an earlier age and often need counseling and emotional support. While many parents offer unconditional acceptance, others may react with confusion. We are here to help. Our psychologists have many years of experience facilitating these conversations and opening new lines of communication between generations. We work closely with families to support a positive environment in which young people can continue to grow and develop.
Walter Bockting, PhD, is an internationally known expert in transgender health who works with transgender and gender non-conforming patients from childhood to adulthood. His goal is to help children and their families adjust. Our dedicated team takes a holistic view of transgender care, considering psychological, social, and medical aspects of transitioning. Because we are affiliated with a major medical institution, we can coordinate all aspects of care. This collaborative, interdisciplinary approach makes our program unique.
Addressing LGBT Aging
Aging is of particular concern for LGBT communities. Many older people do not access available services for fear of being harassed or treated with hostility. We offer individual and group counseling to this population.
At West 168th Street, we also have a healthcare clinic for LGBT adults.
51 West 51st Street
New York, New York
710 West 168th Street
New York, New York
For further information, please call 212-305-6001.