Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling Center, which provides free counseling and psychotherapy services to LGBTQ people 25 and younger, and their families, to help them find their “true colors” and overcome the challenges and pressures of fitting in, has recently relocated to the AULA campus.
Colors’ counselors address the problems facing LGBTQ youth through an innovative, multi-culturally dynamic form of therapy designed to heal wounds and build self-esteem while also providing new skills for relationships, empowerment, and leadership. Colors, a clinical training site for AULA’s psychology programs, is distinctive from any other organization in Los Angeles and recognized as a leader in its offerings and outcomes.
“I am excited about tightening the partnership with Antioch University and the move to the Antioch University Counseling Center,” said Douglas Sadownick, PhD, core faculty at AULA and Color’s founder. “The move will allow Colors to sustain itself and further develop its unique strengths and voice as a national presence for psychological healing for our youth who are facing enormous struggles, even with greater civil rights for the mainstream.”
Now in its fourth year, Colors provides a unique form of LGBTQ-affirmative counseling to combat the epidemic of youth suicides and distress caused by the oppression of LGBTQ youth in their homes, places of worship and communities.
“The psychotherapy we offer brings together LGBTQ liberation with a psychology of the LGBTQ person, taking into account sexuality, soul, family history and day-to-day challenges,” Sadownick said.
Colors counseling is free-of-charge, allowing broad access to care for whoever needs it, regardless of personal or financial situations. Since its launch in 2012, Colors has provided more than 2,100 free counseling sessions for youth and their families, and currently has a waiting list due to the high demand for its services.