Mental & Behavioral Health

About This Service

Depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues can be significant challenges for people living with HIV/AIDS. GMHC provides nonjudgmental mental health services to our clients as part of our comprehensive strategy to support people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

What We Offer

GMHC staff are trained mental health professionals offering a number of supportive services. They include:

  • Individual Counseling and Therapy to discuss personal issues, substance use and sobriety, and to develop a treatment plan to meet your personal goals.
  • Family/Couples Psychotherapy to address a wide range of issues including HIV/AIDS status disclosure, loss, effective communication, loneliness and relationship building, trust, and behavior change, in the context of relationships. 
  • Therapeutic Groups to focus on issues including adjusting to an HIV diagnosis, living long-term with HIV, depression, anxiety, and working towards reducing substance use, managing sobriety, and working with behaviors and concerns related to sex, anger, and/or substance use.
  • Psychiatric Medication Management to help those who may need medication to address mental health issues and/or substance use including alcohol and opioids.

Mental & Behavioral Health

Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our services are designed to serve the needs of people who have tested positive for HIV. However, we also provide mental health services to those who are HIV-negative.

No. Those who have tested antibody positive for HIV will be asked to complete a GMHC agency intake to be screened for the array of services that we provide at GMHC. Those who are HIV-negative will not be eligible for agency membership, but may still be potentially eligible for our mental health and some of our substance use services. A counselor will conduct a screening to determine eligibility for enrollment.

The first step is to meet with an intake specialist. Walk-in appointments are available Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday and Friday hours are by appointment only. You can make an appointment by calling 212-367-1057 or emailing intake@gmhc.org.

Yes, our services have different eligibility requirements. An intake specialist can help you understand requirements for our different services.

GMHC accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurances, and will continue to utilize Ryan White funding for eligible clients as a payer of last resort to provide mental health, harm reduction, and substance use treatment to individuals.

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