Building community, reducing isolation,
sharing concerns, discovering new perspectives
Research shows that group treatment can be just as effective as individual therapy. Support groups offer opportunities to both give and receive support from peers, improve interpersonal relationships, and grow as an individual.
AHP groups vary in terms of the number of weeks they last, who facilitates them, and what lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) or HIV-related topics they address:
- Length: drop-in groups; time-limited groups; and ongoing groups;
- Type and Facilitation: volunteer-facilitated peer groups that support people living with HIV; clinician-led groups that address significant mental health concerns; educational groups that build coping skills
- Topics: living with HIV; depression and anxiety; aging; substance abuse; trauma; returning to work after being on disability; and transgender support
Some groups are limited to people living with HIV or gay and bisexual men at risk for acquiring HIV. Other groups are open to individuals regardless of HIV status but specifically for gay or bisexual men, lesbian or bisexual women, or transgender-identified people.
All groups, except drop-in groups, require a formal intake appointment, during which a clinician will help identify the best service for you based on your specific needs and concerns. For more information, please call 415-476-3902 and ask to speak with the triage clinician on duty.