Open Door Counseling

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, ext. 209.

Services offered:

Mental Health
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.

Domestic Violence
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, x209.

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.

Parenting Initiative
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.

Volunteer opportunities:

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 community.

Referrals available through the Community Health Center.