Work through issues with counselors who care

The Door’s counselors are here to listen to young people and help with their needs, whether it’s controlling a temper, finding a way to feel happy, dealing with gender issues, or anything in between. Counseling Center staff have special expertise to help with youth who are:

  • In foster care
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ)
  • Runaway or homeless
  • Currently or formerly involved with the juvenile justice system
  • HIV-infected and affected
  • Dealing with substance abuse

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

  • One-on-one and group counseling
  • Conflict resolution/life skills
  • Art and music therapy
  • Crisis intervention
  • And other supportive services

Crisis Intervention

If youth are in a crisis situation and in need of clothing, food and/or a place to stay, our Crisis Counselors are here to help, including linking young people to a shelter. Door members in need of help also have access to our clothing closet and food pantry.

The Door also has special services for Runaway & Homeless Youth. The Door does not have an overnight shelter onsite, but we can provide referrals to shelters.


The first step youth must take to be referred to our counseling services is to become a member of The Door. Membership hours are Monday to Thursday, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., with extended hours until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Membership is open on Fridays for runaway & homeless youth.

All counseling services are free and confidential for Door members. For general questions and scheduling, contact The Counseling Center at 212-941-9090, ext. 3452.

Internship Opportunities

Are you a currently enrolled in an MSW program and looking for placement opportunities? Click here to learn more about working at The Door!