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Social Services & Counseling

Youth First Texas is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a safe space for LGBTQ youth and their allied friends to strengthen opportunities for life skills, leadership development, peer support and educational advancement.  While Youth First Texas is not a counseling, therapy, crisis or mental health referral agency, the organization recognizes the need among LGBTQ youth for access to mental health services providers and health care services providers who are sensitive to LGBTQ issues.

If you are currently having thoughts of suicide, cutting or other self-harm, please contact one of the following crisis centers for help:

Individual Counseling & Therapy

YFT offers free counseling to LGBTQ youth ages 22 and younger through mental health services providers who offer their services at the center free of charge.  All providers are licensed mental health services providers or student interns working under the supervision of a licensed supervisor in their respective mental health specialty.  Providers follow all legal and ethical guidelines including confidentiality and keeping files.  Youth under 18 years old will need written consent from their parent(s)/guardian(s) before receiving individual services.  Some issues that may be addressed include, but are not limited to: coming out, family issues, bullying, school issues, self mutilation, depression, isolation, dating/relationships, gender identity/expression, drug and alcohol abuse, etc.  If you are interested in finding out more about individual counseling/therapy or setting up an appointment for an intake assessment please contact counseling@youthfirsttexas.org.

Support Groups

Support groups are necessary when working with youth. While volunteers are always ready and available to help youth in any way possible, sometimes a person just needs to know that someone is going through the same issue that they are. Because of this, support groups are vital part of Youth First Texas.  Our three primary support groups are listed below and may be supplemented from time to time with other support groups as the need arises.  For more information on any of the support groups please contact counseling@youthfirsttexas.org.

Survivors’ Group
This peer support group is for youth who have suffered from isolation, abuse or other trauma where members can talk about things that are troubling them and receive feedback from peers in a facilitated, confidential and safe setting. Held on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 7:45 – 8:45 PM.

Gender Identity Group
This support group is for youth dealing with issues related to gender identity (e.g. transgender) and gender expression (e.g. genderqueer). The group is also open to youth who are curious about what gender identity is or what their transgender friends are dealing with. Held on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 7:45 – 8:45 PM.

Coming Out Group
Thoughts and feelings about sexuality and the possibility of coming out can feel challenging, confusing, and possibly even exhilarating. Youth First Texas periodically offers a 4-week support group, providing an opportunity to share with a small group of peers about sexuality and the coming out journey in a confidential setting.

Other Resources

YFT is proud of our relationships with other organizations who provide counseling, social services and other support to LGBTQ youth.  Some of the organizations we frequently refer youth in need to for additional assistance are listed below.  For more information about available resources and referrals please speak with a member of our social services committee, center staff or contact counseling@youthfirsttexas.org.  Jeremy Liebbe, Chair of the Social Servcies Committee, can be reached directly for inquiries at jeremy.liebbe@youthfirsttexas.org.

Promise House
Promise House embraces homeless, runaway and at-risk teens, giving them individualized support, skills, encouragement and hope to live a better life.  Available services include crisis intervention, emergency youth shelter, long-term housing, case management, counseling, education, advocacy and outreach.  A Promise House outreach worker is often available to youth at YFT on Thursday nights.

Timberlawn Mental Health System
Timberlawn Mental Health System offers both inpatient and outpatient mental health and chemical dependency services for children, adolescents and adults at their campus near downtown Dallas and their second campus in northeast Dallas.

Resource Center of Dallas
The Resource Center of Dallas provides a variety of services to LGBTQ persons and individuals living with HIV/AIDS including classes, STD screenings/treatment, counseling, a food pantry, job expos, insurance assistance and a variety of other programs for young adults and adults.

Cathedral of Hope
The Cathedral of Hope is the world’s largest liberal Christian church with a primary outreach to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and provides a variety of outreach and assistance programs in the LGBTQ community of Dallas.

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