The SF LGBT Center’s Mental Health Department provides FREE and confidential bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural (Latinx/American) holistic gender-affirming mental health services for LGBTQ+ youth, primarily between ages 16-24, in partnership with the SF Department of Children Youth and their families, San Francisco Health Network, Behavioral Health Services, and Mental Health Service Act of San Francisco.
We aim to reach LGBTQ+ youth currently facing barriers to accessing holistic mental health support. Currently, we support a high percentage of gender-expansive—transgender, non-binary, gender nonconforming, gender questioning—participants seeking gender-affirming therapy. Clients in the program work with our mental health specialists for as long as they need to reach their goals. For clients aging out of the program, we provide vital resources to ensure support for them in finding a new line of care.
Our department takes a client-centered approach to services by providing an accessible, safer, and inviting on-site environment that shifts away from traditional clinical settings. Our services are rooted in culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and restorative justice-based mental and behavioral health practices.