Mission: Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling Center provides free LGBTQ-affirmative counseling and healing psychotherapeutic services to youth under 25 and their families in greater Los Angeles.
Our Vision: To provide LGBTQ-affirmative therapy that addresses bullying and oppression in order to nurture youth and empower them to realize their finest LGBTQ potentialities through healing and transformation.
At Colors, we believe that LGBTQ youth deserve to feel good about who they are. We believe that affirmative counseling can help with bullying, self-esteem, depression, substance abuse, isolation, confusion, and self-doubt in the process of becoming empowered, whole, and strong. We believe that LGBTQ youth deserve to know their history, and that they have a proud legacy of contributing to society. We believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and all others in-between are healthy ways of being. We appreciate how important it is to work with communities of color to empower them to embrace their LGBTQ brothers and sisters. We believe in the importance of exploring diversity of sexuality, gender, family composition, race, ethnicity, socialization, ability, and immigration status. We work with youth and their families to bring an affirmative attitude and spirit to our community.
We are growing as a national leader in the provision of counseling services to youth to stop the epidemic of bullying, oppression, alienation, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and loss of meaning.
All of our counselors have been trained by the Antioch University LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology, the first Master of Arts program in Clinical Psychology in the nation to teach counselors competence in LGBT Affirmative Counseling. Our counselors learn topics in a curriculum that includes LGBT History and Myth, LGBT Multicultural Counseling, LGBT Affirmative Counseling, LGBT Family Issues, Affirmative Addiction Treatment, and Identity Issues.
Our students are committed to psychological authenticity as the next stage of the LGBTQ movement—we seek not only to support our youth but to empower them to take their rightful place as dignified and loving LGBTQ people in our community.
LGBT Psychology Specialization within the M.A. in Psychology program
Colors is an initiative of the LGBT Specialization. A pioneer in social justice for over 150 years, Antioch University Los Angeles launched the nation’s first graduate psychology specialization devoted to clinical psychology for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals—thus opening a new frontier in LGBT liberation. Antioch University’s graduate psychology coursework introduces learners to a wide range of theories and techniques that will prepare them to work in today’s increasingly diverse society. In addition, learners are challenged to look inward and to arrive at new insights that will help them develop greater depth as psychotherapists. Dedicated to the spirit of LGBT liberation, the LGBT Psychology specialization helps students effectively address the destructive effects of internalized homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia that can be seen as primary causes for the depression, anxiety, substance abuse, unsafe sex, and other difficult challenges faced by many LGBT individuals. www.antiochla.edu/lgbt
Colors Clinical Training Site:
Antioch University Los Angeles Counseling Center