Groups - Los Angeles LGBT Center

If you’re dealing with issues that feel beyond your control, you’ve got a welcoming place to turn for counseling.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center offers individual, couples, family, and group therapy, as well as psychiatric care. We operate one of the few programs to assist LGBT people involved in domestic and intimate partner abuse/violence and our programs to combat substance abuse include a renowned outpatient program for those who want to stop using crystal meth.

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Group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not, including the support of many others.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center offers a variety of free and low-cost group therapy sessions, led by counselors who include masters and doctoral-level staff (both licensed and license-eligible) and pre- and post-graduate masters and doctoral-level interns.

We also host a variety of discussion, support, and 12-step groups. Treatment is provided on a sliding scale fee, based on your ability to pay. We accept many insurance plans and can bill many third-party payers.

Therapy groups include:

Women's Sexual Abuse Survivors

Are you a lesbian, bisexual, or transgender female survivor of sexual assault or abuse, experienced as a child or adult?

Sexual asault is physical or non-physical force used to pressure you into having sex against your will. As a survivor of sexual assault or abuse, you may be experiencing a range of intense and unpredictable emotions, including depression and anxiety. It may feel like these will never end.

Get help, without reliving the trauma.
The Center's Sexual Abuse Survivors Group is a confidential and supportive environment.
Call 323-993-8925 to learn more.

GBTQ Men's Self-Acceptance Group

  • Do you have negative attitudes and perceptions about yourself and other GBTQ Men?
  • Are you ready to have more authentic relationships?
  • Are you frustrated by heteronormative expectations?
  • Do you feel oppressed or devalued because of your sexual identity?

Who Are We?

We are a new weekly GBTQ therapy group in Los Angeles, providing a safe place for men to support and validate each other’s sexual identity. Members will be able to process automatic thoughts, and challenge oppressive cultural norms concerning sexuality.

Topics Covered:

  • Internalized homophobia
  • Coming out Issues
  • Self-compassion
  • GBTQ Relationships
  • Social Relationships
  • Intimacy
  • Heterosexism/Heteronormativity
  • Microaggressions
  • Intersectional Identities
  • Oppression
Meets: Saturdays
Location: McDonald/Wright Building

Please contact Alejandro Romero at 323–993–2910 or David Strah at 323–993–2917 for further information or to schedule a prescreening assessment.

 

Anger Management

If you’d like to manage your anger in a healthier manner, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s anger-management counseling program can help.

Though anger is a natural emotion, it can cause problems if it isn’t managed well. Mismanaged anger can cause conflicts with family members, partners and friends; road rage; workplace and employment difficulties; divorce and separation; low self-esteem; and substance abuse.

Do you need anger-management counseling? If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may need to learn healthier skills for managing your anger:

  • Do you generally tend to escalate conflict?
  • Do you frequently raise your voice at others?
  • Do you have numerous conflicts with friends, family, co-workers or significant others?
  • Are others frightened of you or your anger?
  • Do you make threats or act aggressively?
  • Do you make impulsive decisions to retaliate or hurt others?
  • Do you often feel overwhelmed or stressed?

Counseling can help you interrupt the unhealthy escalation of anger, prevent violence, and allow you to express your emotions safely and appropriately.

Meets: Contact us for days and times
Location: McDonald/Wright Building
Cost: Sliding scale, determined after a financial screening.

This group is also open to those who have been required by the court to attend anger-management counseling.

To schedule an intake meeting, where a counselor will help you determine if the group is right for you, call 323-860-5806.

LGBT Healthy Relationships

This group will provide you with the skills, concepts and self-awareness necessary to establish healthy relationships with others. It’s open to all ages, genders, and relationship skill levels, but it’s not for couples.

Developing healthy relationships can be challenging for everyone, especially for those who didn’t grow up with affirmative role models. So you’re certainly not alone if you’re struggling to maintain a mutually rewarding relationship.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may benefit from this group.

  • Are you dissatisfied with serial dating or have you been single for a long time and don’t know why?
  • Are you in a relationship, but struggle to effectively communicate, set boundaries, or feel connected to your partner?
  • Do you have difficulty resolving conflict with others in a healthy manner?
  • Do you put your partner’s needs before your own, and then become resentful about it?
Meets: Contact us for days and times
Location: McDonald/Wright Building
Cost: Sliding scale, determined after a financial screening.

To schedule an intake meeting, where a counselor will help you determine if the group is right for you, call 323-860-5806.

Please note, we cannot schedule an intake meeting via email.

LGBT Primary Aggressors

For some people, it’s difficult to admit they’ve been abusive to the person they say they love. You may fear their partner will abandon you, resulting in anger or controlling behaviors.

Do you and your partner sometimes get in tense situations that eventually escalate to verbal or physical abuse, followed by a "honeymoon" phase in which one or both of you say, "I'm sorry, I'll never do that again." If this is a recurring pattern for the two of you, this group may be beneficial to you.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you struggle with fear or jealousy when your partner doesn’t pay enough attention to you?
  • Are you afraid that your partner will leave you or do you feel inadequate in your relationship?
  • Are you frustrated because your partner doesn’t meet your needs or adhere to your rules?
  • Do you find yourself checking your partner’s computer, email or phone for evidence that s/he is lying or cheating?
  • Have you initiated a breakup after a fight, but re-engaged in the relationship during the “honeymoon?”
  • Are you anxious or angry when things don’t go your way in your intimate relationships?
  • After verbal or physical fights, do you blame and feel victimized by your partner?

If you have experienced these fears or situations in either your current or past relationship, you could benefit from the concepts, tools and support of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Primary Aggressors’ Group. It offers a unique opportunity to gain insight and awareness regarding aggressive behaviors and the tools to break the recurring pattern of Tension – Explosion – Honeymoon.

We offer separate groups for male-identified and female-identified clients, and also provide services for court-mandated clients. This group is not for couples.

Meets: Contact us for days and times
Location: McDonald/Wright Building
Cost: Sliding scale, determined after a financial screening.

To schedule an intake meeting, where a counselor will help you determine if the group is right for you, call 323-860-5806.

Please note, we cannot schedule an intake meeting via email.

Transgender Support & Empowerment

Struggling with your gender identity/expression? Struggling with how others respond to you? No matter where you fall on the gender continuum, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s transgender therapy groups can help.

These two groups (transgender male to female and transgender female to male) are for individuals who identify at various points along the gender spectrum (e.g. transgender, gender-queer, gender nonconforming). We offer a safe and therapeutic space where members can process their thoughts and feelings about relevant issues associated with gender.

Some examples of discussion topics can include exploration of “coming out” challenges, exploring inquiries related to the process of transitioning, examining experiences of transphobia, identifying strategies for maintaining safety, and developing an identity-affirming support system.

Meets: Contact us for days and times
Location: McDonald/Wright Building
Cost: Sliding scale, determined after a financial screening.

To schedule an intake meeting, where a counselor will help you determine if the group is right for you, call 323-860-3713.

Please note, we cannot schedule an intake meeting via email.

Trauma Recovery

This group is for individuals who have been impacted by traumatic or difficult life experiences. Participants will learn more about the impact trauma and difficult experiences have on their lives now, meaning they are not required to provide, nor will the focus be on, providing a detailed account of the disturbing memories.

Traumatic or difficult experiences often leave us feeling sad, angry, confused, anxious, overwhelmed, and stuck. To experience relief, we sometimes turn to unsafe coping strategies, including substance use, isolation, harming our bodies, picking fights in our relationships, under/over sleeping, under/over eating, and many others.

Through this group, participants will become more aware of how they are currently coping and will learn helpful tools and practices to get unstuck and to cope in ways that are safe: that do not harm your—or other’s—mind, body, spirit. The group will also support the development of concrete skills—through exercises, hand-outs, and discussion--that will help participants reclaim, rebuild and renew their lives.

Is this group for me?
Difficult experiences can include:

  • Childhood physical or sexual abuse
  • Witnessing violence as a child
  • Not feeling paid attention to or loved as a child
  • Not being able to express your true feelings as a child
  • Having parents whose ability to parent you was impacted by their substance abuse or their own trauma
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Experiencing violence in intimate partner relationships
  • Sexual assault
  • Addiction
  • Experiencing discrimination based on your race, class, gender, sexual orientation, or other identity.

These are just some of the examples of experiences that can be traumatic.

Meets: Contact us for days and times
Location: McDonald/Wright Building
Cost: Sliding scale, determined after a financial screening.

To schedule an intake meeting, where a counselor will help you determine if the group is right for you, call 323-860-5806.

Please note, we cannot schedule an intake meeting via email.

Inspiring Hope Coping Skills

This series of four weekly workshops is specifically designed for people who want individual counseling at the Center. Completing the series is the first step in getting to meet with a therapist here.

Difficult life experiences--both past and current—can leave people with a variety of feelings and emotional states that can include depression, anxiety and other problems. Through discussion, exercises and written materials, participants will develop effective coping skills for dealing with difficult experiences and emotions and to create positive change in their lives

Make sure to tell your counselor during intake which day and time works best for you, and together we will get you started.

Congratulations for taking this important first step toward a healthier life.

Meets: Mondays 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mondays 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesdays 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: McDonald/Wright Building
Cost: Sliding scale, determined after a financial screening.

We also offer special treatment programs for intimate partner and domestic abuse/violence and crystal meth recovery.

12 Step Recovery Groups

Many of the following groups, including 12-step groups, are based on the set of guiding principles, originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous, for recovery from addictions, compulsions, and other behavior problems.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center provides space at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza for a variety of groups to meet, but these groups are not associated with the Center. If you’d like more information, we suggest you attend the group and meet with the organizer.

Note: All 12-step groups are drop-in meetings. No RSVP is necessary unless otherwise noted below. Since the Center doesn’t run these groups, we depend on group organizers to notify us of any changes to the schedule below and can’t be responsible for outdated information.

Alcoholics Anonymous
* It’s Come to This
Mondays 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.
Canceled May 30

* Happy Hour
Tuesday – Friday 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

* Women
Wednesdays 8 – 9 p.m.

Al-Anon (friends and families of problem drinkers)
Thursdays 7- 8 p.m.

Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)
Saturdays 9:10 – 10:10 a.m.

Debtors Anonymous
Tuesdays 8 – 9 p.m.

Gay & Lesbian CODA
Tuesdays 8 – 9 p.m.

Marijuana Anonymous
Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:15 p.m.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – Heartbeat of Recovery
Mondays 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Canceled May 30

Overeater’s Anonymous (OA)
Thursdays 7 – 8 p.m.

One Page at a Time
Thursdays 8:10 – 9:10 p.m.

Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous
Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous
Mondays and Wednesdays 8 – 9 p.m.
Saturdays Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Canceled May 30

Underearners Anonymous (UA) – Artist in Prosperity
Tuesdays 7 – 8 p.m.


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