Youth Mental Health

Youth Mental Health services provide individual and group therapy for young people ages 13-30 with a specific focus on trauma recovery, LGBTQ identities and other life challenges. These services are free and available to young people who have experienced or witnessed trauma or a crime and experience systemic access to care including un- or under-insured, lack of parental support, or lack of competent care in other settings.

The program provides low-barrier mental health support to maintain overall wellbeing. This program strives to provide young people a safe and affirming space to explore their own individual capacities for healing. Therapists use a wide array of techniques, from art to music to sand play in session; we tailor sessions to meet the young person’s specific needs. Therapy can be provided at any Whitman-Walker Health location, virtually or at other locations in the community.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a screening, please email

Need support now?

  • National Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
  • The Trevor Project Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386 (for LGBTQ+ youth)
  • Crisis Text Line: text  “GO” to 741741
  • DC Mental Health Access Line: 1-888-793-4357
  • In crisis? Click here for resources.