Queer LifeSpace is a nonprofit counseling agency that seeks to bring sustainable mental health and substance abuse services to the LGBTQQI community.
Queer people often struggle with increased rates of suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, and loss of family. Government funding for nonprofits has dramatically decreased, making it difficult for existing local agencies to meet all the essential mental health and substance abuse needs our community requires. We are here to be a solution to these problems.
The mission and formation of Queer LifeSpace began with the shared vision of its 4 founding directors to bring quality, long-term and affordable mental health and substance abuse care to the Bay Area queer community.
The 4 became friends and colleagues while working together at New Leaf Services, which had to close its doors October, 2010, after 35 years of serving the LGBTQQI community.
Queer LifeSpace will provide long-term, low fee mental health and substance abuse therapy for the queer community. In an effort to respond to the needs of the entire community, we have agreed upon the following goals:
1. Develop programs especially tailored for people of color, transgender and gender variant identified people, seniors, individuals with disabilities and people living with HIV/AIDS;
2. Conduct a queer-informed training program that will provide the next generation of queer therapists, trainees and interns with a forum of culturally affirming experiences as well as training on working specifically with the queer community; and
3. Provide low-fee, sliding scale services beginning at $20 for individual, $40 for couples, and $5 for group services.
Our mission is to create a safe space for the LGBTQQI community and our allies. Our client centered integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment is designed to empower, inform and provide a platform for healing and growth.