Psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” helps people with a range of mental health or emotional concerns to deal with stress, manage their symptoms, and function at their best. It can also uncover personal strengths that may be hidden by their problems. AHP’s licensed mental health professionals and professionally supervised interns use individual psychotherapy to address a broad range of mental and emotional health concerns: depression; anxiety; loneliness; feelings of guilt, shame, or inadequacy; a feeling of being out of control; and grief and loss.
AHP has built a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) affirmative environment staffed with clinicians expert in addressing the unique concerns LGBTQ people face. Many clinicians are also members of the LGBTQ community. Although AHP has been reaching out to gay and bisexual men since 1984, over the past several years, we have built our capacity to serve lesbians and bisexual women, and transgender people of any sexual orientation.
The vast majority of AHP psychotherapy clients experience relief and a capacity to respond to their life challenges in fewer than 20 sessions of weekly psychotherapy. After conducting a comprehensive mental health assessment, which sometimes includes consultation with outside providers, AHP recommends one of two formats to our psychotherapy clients:
- Time-Limited Individual Psychotherapy: Up to twenty 50-minute sessions of individual therapy designed to identify solutions that address a client’s specific goals and concerns.
- Psychiatric Care Management: Individual sessions, scheduled as needed, to address the concerns of persons living with chronic disabling mental health disorders, support psychiatric treatment adherence, and promote optimal functioning. Therapist and client evaluate the client’s needs and progress toward goals annually.
Please contact us at 415-476-3902 for more information or to schedule an Intake. Or drop-in for an Intake—Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 11:00AM at the AHP Services Center, 1930 Market Street—and ask to speak with the triage clinician on duty.