Peer Support Groups

The Peer Support Program offers volunteer-based counseling services on a variety of issues. Whether you have come to Peer Support looking for help with LGBTQ and HIV-related concerns, like coming out, relationships, self-esteem, transitioning, managing chronic conditions, or something else, you’ve come to the right place.

Peer Counselors are not licensed mental health professionals. However, they have attended mandatory training by Whitman-Walker staff. You do not have to be a primary medical patient to engage in individual or group Peer Support. All Peer Support services are free of charge, but we do encourage donations.

 To find out more about our Peer Support Program, please call the Peer Support Program Coordinator at 202.939.7646 or e-mail An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

In crisis? Here are some resources.

Individual Peer Support:

Peer counselors meet with peers for 50 minute sessions, once per week for 10 weeks. Counselors can help Peers set goals for success or just provide a listening ear, and are trained to provide objective support. Availability of individual peer support depends on the availability of counselors that have the experiences you are looking for, as well as when you are available to meet.

Group Peer Support:

Peer Support Groups focus on specific topics. Their purpose is to promote social support and wellbeing and the sharing of knowledge or experiences on related topics. All of our Peer Support Groups meet in the evenings, some weekly and some twice a month. Contact us to see if a group is running currently and if there is space:

Trans* Peer Support Group: Focused on promoting social support and wellbeing for individuals across the gender spectrum and in any stage of transitioning.

Vivir Trans – for Spanish-Speaking Trans Women Living with HIV: Topics of discussion include integrative management of medical treatment for HIV and gender-affirming care; the coming-out process as related to HIV status and/or gender identity; and more.

Gay Men Over 50: For gay men seeking to sustain their quality of life and sense of purpose as they enter this new phase.

Coming out for Men: A 10-week discussion group for men exploring their interest in other men.

Coming out for Women: A 10-week discussion group for women exploring their interest in other women.

Coming out of Marriage for Women: For women who are, or have been, married to men and may be contemplating or are in relationships with women.

Starting Over for Women: A 10-week discussion group for women whose long-term relationship with a woman has ended, focused on healing and moving forward in life.

HIV Newly Diagnosed: For anyone who has been recently diagnosed with HIV. Topics include adjustment to diagnosis, medication, disclosure, dating, health and wellness. It is open to all genders and orientations.

HIV Your New Normal: A 6-week group seminar designed to coach, educate, empower, and inspire those who are living with HIV. Participants learn to navigate tough issues from dating and disclosure to stigma, develop strategies for living your new normal, and achieve the necessary tools and life skills to live a more confident and healthy life.

HIV Long Term Thrivers: For anyone living with HIV for 3 or more years. Topics include life with HIV, aging, loss, health and wellness. It is open to all genders and orientations.