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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Support Groups

Are you looking for resources to help you support your rainbow child?

Mosaic is a support group for parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth. Facilitated by therapists at SMYAL, Mosaic sees the family as a large mosaic that is now more colorful than it might have been before. With these changes come questions and adjustments.

Mosaic provides a safe space for parents to learn how to de-stigmatize and normalize their children’s experiences. It also offers tools to negotiate your child’s safety, well-being, and healthy development within the family.

Upcoming Groups

Hosted virtually Thursdays at 6 pm ET

March 16- Gender, Sex, and Sexuality 101

March 23- Building a Safe Relationship

March 30- Coming Out and Transitioning

April 6- Grief and Loss

April 13- Common Mental Health Struggles

April 20- Question & Answer

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 through the Language Access Helpline. 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.