Open Door Counseling at PCHA is a confidential counseling program for
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans or individuals questioning their sexual orientation
or gender identity. Counseling is offered to youth and adults. Because
this counseling program is funded, services are offered at a minimal cost
contribution (suggested per session), but on one will be turned away for
inability to pay.
Hours of operation are Monday & Tuesday, 11:00am-7:00pm, or Wednesday-Friday,
9:00am-5:00pm, by appointment only. To find out more, please call 215/563-0663,
General counseling/therapy is offered to help G/L/B/T/Q/ individuals
better deal with symptoms of depression, anxiety or communication with
your partner, family or close friends. Issues could be directly related
to coming out, dating stress, difficulty trusting others, childhood trauma,
or fear of social institutions.
Drugs and Alcohol
Addictions have risen over the past decade, and more individuals are deciding
to make changes to their social behavior. Many times assistance is needed
in dealing with a difficult habit to control. The first thing to consider
is whether or not detox or inpatient treatment is needed (to help with
the initial process of discontinuing use of an addictive substance). Open
Door Counseling can provide outpatient care, where you can meet once a
week to further support efforts to modify changes in behavior.
PCHA currently offers support for individuals, who identify as lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender,
who have been exposed to Domestic Abuse in their intimate realtionship.
Services offered are currently on a "one-on-one" basis, until
groups can be developed.
For more information, contact Vince at 215-563-0663,
Youth Specific Issues
The year 2000 has brought youth to new phases of awareness about personal
issues regarding sexual orientation and sexual identity. If you are under
age 24, and feel a need to talk about challenges that you are faced with,
you may find it helpful to talk with a counselor in a safe, confidential
space. Some may have difficulties, because they think they are gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender and don't understand what they should do. Some
are confused by their gender identity and don't feel supported by their
family or peers. Some have difficulty with emotions that cause them to
obsess about certain thoughts. If any of these are familiar to you, Open
Door Counseling could be a place to find needed support.
Parents and children have challenges unique to households that do not
have issues of sexual orientation or gender identity. Open Door Counseling
has developed a program, in coordination with PCHA Education Department,
to further support difficult times between parents and children. If you
are a parent who identifies as G/L/B/T/Q, or are a parent that has children
who identify with G/L/B/T/Q issues, this program could provide needed
support. Services offered are Individual or Family Therapy, for specific
counseling, and educational and peer support groups, to help identify
similar challenges with others.
Testing for HIV/AIDS can raise issues that cause emotional difficulty.
Once the test is over, and the results are given, you may look for further
support to deal with stress that can't be appropriately dealt with by
the pre & post-test counselor. You may need a little more time to
talk about and strategize about future choices, and the impact these choices
will have on your life. Open Door Counseling can provide one-on-one counseling
in a safe and confidential space, where issues can be addressed.
If you have a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology or Social Work,
have experience with one-on-one or group therapy, and would like to donate
your time and energy to the Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans/Questioning community,
this may be an experience you can't pass up. You will receive one-on supervision
from a Masters level Social Worker, and be provided with an opportunity
to give back to the community.
MSW/BSW OR Med Intern (Practicum)
Open Door Counseling provides supervision to students from various Delaware
Valley universities and colleges looking to provide their students with
direct client contact. Call our office and find out if you are able to
fulfill your educational responsibilities, while working in the G/L/B/T/Q
Referrals available through the Community