Behavioral Health Services

The Center offers a wide selection of counseling services through its Behavioral Health Services Department. Services offered include individual, couple/family, and group counseling. Counseling services are available to the LGBTQ community including those struggling with same-gender/genderqueer relationship violence; transgender and nonbinary persons who need assistance with transition or exploring their gender identity; and for individuals, couples & families living with HIV/AIDS. Fees are charged on a sliding scale basis and some insurance plans are accepted. People living with HIV may potentially qualify to receive no-cost counseling services. 

For more information or to enroll in counseling services, please contact 619.692.2077 x208, or email at You can also see the calendar below for information.

The Heidorn/BHS After Hours Line is no longer in service. If you are in crisis or considering suicide, you are not alone. There are resources and help available for you – please reach out for help:

  • Trans Lifeline: 1.877.565.8860 – For trans or nonbinary folx in the US
  • Trevor Project Lifeline: 1.866.488.7386 – For LGBTQ youth (18-24)
  • San Diego Access and Crisis Line: 1.888.724.7240 – Free suicide prevention/intervention hotline in San Diego County”



The Center provides individual, couples, family, and group counseling to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and nonbinary community members. Information, skills, and support are provided to assist coping with trauma, stress, coming out issues, self-esteem, relationship problems, intimacy problems, bereavement, depression, anxiety, sexual concerns, and substance use concerns.


Individual, couples, and family counseling offered to assist transgender and gender non-conforming people with safe and effective pathways to achieving lasting personal comfort with their gendered selves, in order to maximize their overall health, psychological well-being and self-fulfillment.


Individual, couples, and family counseling offered to assist and support individuals living with HIV/AIDS in achieving overall health and well-being and in navigating major life events, such as being newly diagnosed, starting lifelong treatment or deciding whether to share their diagnosis.


The Center offers a number of Living with HIV groups facilitated by counselors from The Center’s Behavioral Health Services. These groups invite discussion on a range of issues from dating, disclosure, dealing with stigma, medical treatments, and access to HIV support services. Members learn how to cope with the psychological impact of living with HIV/AIDS over an extended time and ways to help ensure a long, healthy life. The group setting also provides a place to just talk about life and build relationship skills.


Group and individual counseling is offered to both offenders and survivors struggling with relationship violence. The Center's RVTIP is certified by the County of San Diego Probation Department and provides a 52-week group counseling intervention for voluntary as well as court-mandated individuals to receive treatment for same-gender/genderqueer relationship violence. Groups include: Men’s Group and Women’s Group. A weekly Relationship Violence Survivor’s Support Group – All Genders is offered as well.

The Center's Behavioral Health Services Programming and Events

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The Center’s BHS Department project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under contract H89HA00001, HIV Emergency Relief Project Grants for a contracted amount with the County of San Diego. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, the U.S. Government or the County of San Diego.

The Center’s BHS Department is funded in part with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the City of San Diego.

The Center’s BHS Department is funded in part by funding awarded by 19VOCA AT20 01 1307 through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

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