Counseling

Address your needs in a welcoming and confidential setting

Whether you are working through specific life challenges, learning how to find greater balance overall, or asking important questions about who you are and how you want to be in the world, The Door’s mental health providers are here to help. Our therapists and psychiatrists have special expertise in helping young people who are:

  • Experiencing mental health challenges, interpersonal difficulties, and barriers in work, school, or other activities
  • Exploring gender and/or sexuality and looking for support
  • Asking important questions about identity and oppression
  • Experiencing homelessness or housing instability
  • Currently or formerly involved with the juvenile justice system
  • Struggling with substance misuse or abuse

Counselors use a variety of methods to provide the best possible care including:

  • Short-term individual and group psychotherapy
  • Short-term psychiatric intervention and referrals to longer-term care when needed
  • Art therapy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Other supportive services

Referrals

The first step to engaging in our Counseling program is to become a member of The Door. Membership hours are Monday to Friday, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., with extended hours until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Once you’re a Door member, you can come to the Counseling Center welcome area to sign up for our services.

For general questions and scheduling, contact The Counseling Center at 212-941-9090, ext. 3452.

Eligibility and Insurance

  • All mental health services at the Door are confidential. We do ask that minors obtain caregiver consent for mental health services, though we sometimes make exceptions when treatment is medically necessary and caregiver consent is impossible to obtain.
  • An entitlements counselor is available to assist young people with Medicaid and other entitlements programs in a completely confidential setting.
  • We bill insurance for our mental health services, but we will not deny care to anyone based on insurance status or inability to pay.
  • You can read our Patient Bill of Rights and our Privacy Notice online, and can print & fill out caregiver consent forms in advance to bring with you to your appointment:

Caregiver Consent Form (English)

Formulario De Consentimiento Del Cuidador (Español)

Crisis Intervention

If a young person is in a crisis situation and in need of clothing, food, and/or a place to stay, our Crisis Counselors are here to help, including by linking young people to shelters. Door members in need of help also have access to our clothing closet, food pantry, and other special services for Runaway & Homeless Youth. The Door does not have an overnight shelter onsite, but we can provide referrals to shelters.