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Mission Statement

the institute for human identity ( ihi), founded in 1973, is a non-profit counseling and psychotherapy training center located in Manhattan and designed to serve the needs of the LGBTQ community and all persons who question the limits imposed by traditional sexual orientation, gender and cultural definitions.

It is the philosophy of ihi that all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, should have access to professional pschotherapy free of the assumption that non-heterosexual orientations and life styles not comforming to social mores represent mental illnesses.


The institute for human identity- ihi - offers a wide range of services to the community:

Psychotherapy is provided for individual, couples, families and groups
-ihi deals with wide array of client problems: depression, anxiety, stress and trauma, self-destructive behaviors, sexual dysfunctions, career issues, relationship and marital problems, family, parenting and adoption issues.
-Treatment approaches are suited to the problems presented, and include psychodyanmic psychotherapy, cognitive behaviorlal therapy, gestalt therapy, existential therapy, and hypnosis.
-Consultations, evluations and psychological testing are available

ihi offers graduate school internships for social work and psychology students, postgraduate training programs in psychotherapy, a certification program leading to a PhD in mental health studies in conjunction with Ignatius University, and continuing education seminars and conferences.

Among community services provided are:
-drop in clinic for assessment, guidance and referrals
-community education programs
-speakers bureau

All fees are set on a sliding scale. ihi is staffed by licensed psychologists, social workers and psychiatric consultants.

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