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Mental Health

Are you experiencing depression, isolation, anxiety, or relationship issues? Are you concerned that your substance use is getting out of control? Are you newly diagnosed with HIV and are struggling to make sense of its place in your life?

Come explore some of these and other issues in a safe, supportive environment.  GMHC’s dedicated clinical staff is here to help.

Mental Health Services (MHS) is an outpatient mental health counseling program that provides both short-term and long-term counseling free of charge to eligible GMHC clients. Our goal is to help individuals improve their quality of life and health.

Our counselors are professionals from the fields of Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, and Addiction & Recovery who have extensive experience and knowledge about the range of emotional issues associated with living with HIV/AIDS. Our staff understands the distinct needs of individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and identities, including:

  • Communities of color
  • Seniors
  • People living with multiple medical conditions
  • Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals
  • Documented and undocumented immigrants

We offer a number of services, depending on your needs:

  • Individual Counseling where you meet with a counselor one on one to discuss the issues you are facing and develop an individualized treatment plan to meet your personal goals.
  • Family/Couples Counseling is offered to couples and families, whether biological or of choice, on a wide range of issues, including disclosure, loss, healthy communication, trust, behavior change, and discordant HIV status.
  • Group Counseling focuses on issues such as: adjusting to your HIV diagnosis, living long term with HIV, depression/anxiety, achieving or maintaining sobriety from drugs and alcohol, and managing behaviors that concern you, including those related to sex, anger, or substance use. Click here for a full listing of groups or download the Mental Health Services Brochure (PDF)
  • Short-term Intensive Counseling – CLEAR is an intensive, client-centered risk-reduction program for clients who are HIV+ or who are at high risk for HIV infection or transmission.  Clients are counseled to increase their knowledge about both HIV and substance use, engage in dialogue about the relationship between substance use and unsafe sexual behaviors, set realistic personal goals around drug and alcohol use, and address risky sexual behaviors. 

How do I get connected to services?

To enroll in the Mental Health Services program, you must first register as client of GMHC. More information can be found here: Becoming a GMHC Client

Clients of the agency who wish to enroll in counseling must complete a program intake with Mental Health Services. This is an opportunity for us to begin to get to know you and understand how we can best work together.

Please call us at 212-367-1165 or email us at to sign up or learn more. We are also happy to provide referrals to other mental health or community resources if needed.


Mental Health Services Summer 2014 Brochure

Click here to download the PDF.