Getting Emotional and Psychological Support
AHP believes that counseling and support are crucial to helping many people live with HIV. To achieve this goal, AHP offers three programs to assist individuals confront the broad range of issues they face.
AHP offers therapy to individuals seeking support in dealing with the challenges of living with HIV. Among these challenges may be depression, isolation, loss and grief, relationships, disclosure of HIV status to others, and substance use and abuse, and the process of adhering to medications and, when successful, considering returning to work.
AHP’s time-limited therapy model offers up to 20 sessions. When time-limited therapy is not appropriate for a particular person, staff will help connect that person to services outside of AHP.
AHP accepts Medi-Cal and offers psychotherapy for underinsured or uninsured San Francisco residents living with HIV. For more information or to schedule an “intake” interview, please call 415-476-3902.
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Support Groups Program
Support groups provide a venue for people with HIV to discuss shared issues in a safe environment—a place where members give and receive support and build community. Comprised of 6 to 12 members, groups meet weekly and are facilitated by trained volunteers or clinical staff. Groups cover a broad range of topics, including: dating and relationships, self-esteem, isolation and depression, grief and loss, substance use, HIV status disclosure, health care and medication use, and work-related issues and disability. For more information or to schedule an intake interview, please contact 415-476-3902. For support group descriptions and information about attending, click on the following links:
Support Groups for People with HIV
Frequently Asked Questions about HIV-Positive Support Groups
Considering Work Project
The Considering Work Project offers psychological and emotional support for HIV-positive individuals who are considering returning to work or school after being on disability or being in substance use recovery. The program offers up to 20 sessions of individual therapy to help people identify solutions to problems ranging from depression, anxiety, and to the challenges of balancing work and health and other stumbling blocks that might affect the transition. The program also conducts a support group to help people face and explore such concerns in a safe and nurturing environment. Clients are welcome to participate in Considering Work Project offerings whether or not they are beginning to contemplate the possibility of returning to school or work or are actively involved in searching for a job or applying to schools.
For more information, please contact AHP's main number at 415-476-3902.