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 [email protected].

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Group Sessions

SMYAL currently offers two virtual therapy groups for LGBTQ+ youth in middle and high school to come together virtually once a week to build community, find support and connection, and learn along the way!

In this safe space, participants will explore their thoughts and feelings around topics like gender identity, sexuality, body image, bullying, and healthy relationships, all facilitated by a licensed therapist. Pick and choose which weeks sound interesting to you, or join them all! Regardless of where you are in exploring your identity, we welcome you. All you need is an open mind and a willingness to participate.

All group sessions are FREE. Registration is required, click here to sign up for an upcoming group!

Living Out Loud (LOL)

 

WHO
High School-Aged Youth

WHEN
Wednesdays 5-6 pm ET

WHERE
This group is hosted virtually on Zoom

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WHO
Middle School-Aged Youth

WHEN
Thursdays 5-6 pm ET

WHERE
This group is hosted virtually on Zoom

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 [email protected].

 

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 [email protected].

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.