SMYAL Clinical Services

LGBTQ youth deserve mental health counseling that is affirming, empowering, and accessible.

Welcome to SMYAL’s Clinical Services Department!

SMYAL has been working to support and empower LGBTQ youth in the DC metro area since 1984. We know that finding a therapist who understands you and your community can be frustrating, expensive, and nerve-wracking. At SMYAL, we’re working to remove these barriers. Whether you’re looking for one-on-one therapy, group counseling, or case management support, we’re here for you.

If you are interested in getting connected to SMYAL’s mental health services, please fill out a referral form and email it to ClinicalServices@SMYAL.org.

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Upcoming Groups

LGBTeens Support Group

Thursdays @ 5:30 pm, May 5th – June 30th 

LGBTeens is a 10-week group for middle school-aged individuals who are looking for a safe space to explore their gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation. All groups are hosted virtually, except a final in-person session on June 30th.

If you are interested in joining LGBTeens, please email ClinicalServices@SMYAL.org with your name and grade level.

Want to share this group with someone you know? Download the LGBTeens flyer here.

Spilling the Tea Support Group

Thursdays @ 5:00 pm, May 5th – June 30th 

Spilling the Tea is a 10-week group for high school-aged individuals who are dealing with the pleasures and challenges of life as it relates to exploring gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Spilling the Tea focuses on giving teens a safe outlet to explore living unapologetically out loud and processing the feelings that come with standing in your truth. All groups are hosted virtually, except for a final in-person session on June 30th.

If you are interested in joining Spilling the Team, please email ClinicalServices@SMYAL.org with your name and grade level.

Want to share this group with someone you know? Download the Spilling the Tea flyer here.

SMYAL Clinical Services FAQs

 

Who are these services for?

SMYAL’s Clinical Services are open to LGBTQ youth ages 6-24.

 

What services are available?

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Sessions
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga
  • Sound Healing
  • Mindfullness

 

How much does it cost?

All programs and services in the SMYAL Clinical Services Department are 100% free! If you have any questions about insurance, please contact ClinicalServices@SMYAL.org.

 

Where are sessions held?

All sessions will be held at the SMYAL Main Offices at 410 7th Street SE, Washington, DC. The offices are located just one block from the Eastern Market metro stop (Blue, Orange, Silver line) and are accessible by multiple bus lines. 2 hour street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods.

 

Do you offer services for Spanish-speaking clients?

Yes! Mental health counseling is available in both English and Spanish. Please indicate your language preferences when contacting our offices.

 

How can I sign up for services?

If you are interested in getting connected to SMYAL’s mental health services, please fill out a referral form and email it to ClinicalServices@SMYAL.org.

Thank you to our partners at the Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C. for providing critical funding to ensure the SMYAL Clinical Services Department remains cost-free for LGBTQ youth.