Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective

The Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective currently provides medical services, dental services, support groups, and health education tailored to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities, but serves clients of all genders and gender identities, sexual orientations, ages and ethnicities. The Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective is especially proud of its services to people living with HIV/AIDS. We touch the lives of thousands of people every year.

Planned Parenthood (Federation of America)

Area offices include Norwich- 12 Case Street, and New London- 45 Franklin St.
Planned Parenthood is the nationʼs leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. They respect and value diversity. Services include providing health care, advocacy, and education. Offices all over the country.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

GLMA’s mission is to ensure equality in healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and healthcare providers.

Ledge Light Health District

Providing FREE group and individual smoking cessation counseling in southern NL county. Contact Carolyn Wilson at LLHD. 860-448-4882 ext. 318.

Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford

Here are some facts about anal dysplasia and HIV.  Click here for attachment.


Safe Futures (formerly the Women’s Center of SECT)

Safe Futures saves lives, restores hope and changes the future for those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault in southeastern Connecticut.

GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project

Providing support and services to GLBTQ victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors Guide

Self help guide to healing and understanding published in 2015 by FORGE, a peer support organization based out of Wisconsin with primary focus on female-to-male (FTM) gender spectrum.


LGBT Aging Advocacy

LGBT Aging Advocacy are a coalition of service providers and LGBT community members. They are working to create an open and affirming aging services environment for LGBT elders in Connecticut.


Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations, largely through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 27 local SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

LGBT Moveable Senior Center (Connecticut – Statewide)

All LGBT elders and their allies are welcome to these monthly gatherings that are held at a different senior center in Connecticut.  Join meetup group to be notified of each event and location.


Alliance for Living (Southeastern Connecticut)

Alliance for Living (AFL) is the only AIDS Service Organization (ASO) and resource center for people living with HIV/AIDS in southeastern Connecticut.  People come to AFL for medical case management, medication adherence, food, friends, holistic health and many other services.

Gay Men’s Health Crisis

GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, we understand the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all.

The Stigma Project

A grassroots organization that aims to lower the HIV infection rate and neutralize the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS through education and awareness via social media and advertising. The Stigma Project seeks to create an HIV neutral world, free of judgement and fear by working with both positive and negative individuals from all walks of life, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, race, or background.


GLTBQ & Substance Abuse Resources – online resource to equip patients and families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and lead a lifelong recovery.

Stonington Institute – treatment center for alcohol, substance abuse and military with PTSD located in  North Stonington and Groton.

Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SCADD) – treatment center for alcohol and substance abuse located in New London, Norwich, and Lebanon.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
Gamblers Anonymous
Al-Anon (for friends and family of person(s) with addiction(s))

Gal-AA – GLBTQ organization to serve those in Alcoholics Anonymous.

GLBTQ Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting – Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. (open meeting) located at All Souls Unitarian Church, 19 Jay St./Franklin St. (Step Study on 2nd Tuesday of each month, Speaker on last Tuesday of each month)


ROUNDUPS are GLBTQ AA/Al-Anon Conferences. Here are listings in Northeast per month:

FEBRUARY Rehoboth Roundup
FEBRUARY Southeastern Massachusetts Roundup
MARCH Miami (in case you want to get away for winter)

APRIL Connecticut Roundup
MAY New Jersey Roundup
AUGUST Maine Roundup
AUGUST Gotham City Roundup (Brooklyn, NY)
OCTOBER Provincetown Roundup
OCTOBER Long Island
NOVEMBER Big Apple Roundup (Manhattan, NY)
NOVEMBER Philadelphia Freedom Roundup
*NEW- Are you home and struggling and need a meeting? Here is a list of Online and Phone Based Recovery Support programs :

Facebook Recovery Group.

12 Step Zoom LGBTQ+ meeting list:

In The Rooms:

AA Telephone Meetings:

AA Online Meetings:

SMART Recovery Online Forum:

Women for Sobriety Online Support Forum:

NA Virtual Meetings:

NA By Phone:

New England Region of NA:

A History of Alcoholics Anonymous by Oliver Clark – this visual and auditory history of AA spans the period 1932-1971.



Common Grounds

Common Grounds is a monthly gathering of & for men who identify as GBTQ+. An opportunity to enjoy community & connection in a casual, friendly & respectful environment.

Southeast CT Gay/Straight Alliance (For Adults)

Every Wednesday 2:00-3:00pm, Reliance House Gallery, 40 Broadway Street, Norwich, CT. For more information please call: Reliance House – (860) 887-6536 Ext. 218 or SMHA at (860) 859-4554.

CLARO-CT (Connecticut Latinas/os Achieving Rights and Opportunities)

CLARO is dedicated to promoting for Latinos LGTBQI equality, policy, social justice, human rights and education addressing homophobia and heterosexism. We accomplish these goals by mobilizing our community and partner agencies on issues like marriage equality, parental rights, inclusive anti-bullying policies, employment discrimination, hate violence, privacy rights, sexuality education, adoption, domestic partnerships, and HIV/AIDS.

New Haven Pride Center 

New Haven Pride Center, located in West Haven, serves the needs of the greater New Haven LGBTQIA community.

Triangle Community Center (Norwalk, CT)

Triangle Community Center is Fairfield County’s leading provider of programming and resources to nurture growth and connection within the LGBTQ community.

PFLAG (Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays in Southeastern Connecticut)

PFLAG is an international organization dedicated to the preservation of families in loving relationships, to the education of an ill-informed public about homosexuality, and to the attainment of full civil rights for gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual people and their families. Nationally, PFLAG has over 250,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliate chapters.
PFLAG provides support to parents, children, and friends who are coming to terms with their gay, lesbian, bisexual, trangender, intersex, and questioning loved ones. All are welcome at our monthly meetings

PFLAG-SECT (New London/Mystic) meets on 2nd Monday of Month at 7:00 pm at Noank Baptist Church in Noank

PFLAG-Hartford meets on 3rd Wednesday of Month at 7:30 pm at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford

PFLAG-New Haven/Shoreline meets 3rd Tuesday of Month at 7:30 pm at Church of Redeemer in New Haven)

PFLAG Southwestern (Norwalk/Fairfield) meets in several cities on various nights.  Click link for listings.

Transitioning and Loving Life

(T.a.L.L.) is a transexual support organization located in southeastern CT. T.a.L.L. is open to all transexuals, their families, friends, spouses, significant others, and all supportive people. The group offers a safe, supportive, and understanding environment to obtain information and share experiences. It is dedicated to offering information to those wishing to transition and to educating the public about issues concerning the gender and sexual minority community.

Tony Ferrairolo, CPC- Life Coach

New Haven, CT. Tony runs two groups, Translation, a support group for transgender teenagers and Create Yourself, an art group for transgender and gender non-conforming children under the age of 12. He also does life coaching for adults.

CT TransAdvocacy

The mission of the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition (CTAC) is to make Connecticut a safe and tolerant place for the trans and gender non-conforming individual through education and social advocacy. CTAC is a coalition and grassroots oriented organization comprising of individuals and organizations dedicated to the advancement and attainment of full Human Rights for all trans and gender non-conforming people in every aspect of society and actively oppose discriminatory acts.
Transgender/Gendernoncomforming Support Group
When: Community Health Center- New London, 1 Shaws Cove, New London, CT
Meeting Location: Community Room
Participants must be 18+
Share feeling, experiences, and get information from other TGNC people at this monthly support group.
Free dinner is provided!
Questions? Contact Doug!

GLBTQ Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

Tuesday’s 7:00 p.m. (open meeting)
St. James Episcopal Church, 76 Federal Street, New London, CT

True Colors

Hartford, CT. True Colors is a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met. The organization trains more than 2400 people annually, organizes the largest LGBT youth conference in the country with more than 2000 attendees and manages the state’s only LGBT mentoring program. True Colors has been spotlighted by both national and local media for their expertise in LGBTI youth issues, including most recently CNN.


Linda Doran, APRN, C.S.

Counseling and Psychotherapy
14-14 Mason’s Island Road, Mystic, CT 06355

Constance Hightower, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
154 Hempstead Street, First Floor, New London, CT 06320

AIDS in Prison Project Hotline: (718) 378-7022 (English and Spanish) this hotline provides HIV and AIDS information for prisoners, and accepts collect calls.

National AIDS Hotline: (800) 342-AIDS / (800) 334-7432 (Spanish) / (800) 243-7889 (TDD)

LGBTQ Mental Health – A comprehensive guide by the National LGBT Health Education Center that includes research and statistics on the health disparities within our community. The guide reveals the inconsistencies LGBTQ folk experience in healthcare comparatively, and outlines steps for health centers and organizations to help fight the stigma while providing options and support for our community.
LGBTQ Addiction Guide – A research-based awareness guide on a niche that is often overlooked – addiction in the LGBTQ community. Finding help with substance abuse is often more difficult for LGBTQ people, as many other obstacles are prevalent along with the fight with addiction – this in depth resource helps alleviate that stress by facilitating help in the form of useful information and support systems.


Therapy Amy F. Emery, LCSW 203-340-4653   Helping Hands, Helping Hearts/LGBTQ* Affirmative Therapist
Therapy Monica Alvarenga LCSW 860-573-5013     27 Carpenter St, Hartford, CT
Therapy Volunteers in Psychotherapy, Inc 860-233-5115 7 South Main St, West Hartford, CT 06107
Therapy Amanda Pasciucco/The Sex Doctor LLC 203-733-9600     8 Lowell Rd West Hartford, CT 06119
Therapy Jessica Giordano 860-471-9805     1740 Ellington Rd South Windsor, CT 06074
Therapy Tamara Vertefeuille, LCSW 860-429-2928 x7     Storrs
Therapy Alison Tardif 860-918-8802     art therapy for adolescents and adults
Therapy Amanda Harmon, LCSW 203-583-1257   Westport
Therapy Amy Emergy, LCSW 203-633-4409     Southington
Therapy Chevlle Moss-Savage, LPC MHS, HS-BCP, BC-TMH 860-574-9448 New London
Therapy Ashley Webb, LMFT 860-387-4712     Norwich
Therapy Ashlie Befus 203-941-1739 Guilford
Therapy Jennifer Lombardi, LCSW 860-532-5109     West Hartford/Spanish-speaking, whole life span
Therapy Maggie Lucien, LMFT 203-241-8333     couples counseling, TFCBT
Therapy Marcia Brubeck, LCSW Hartford
Therapy Melanie Martin-Peele, LPC 860-370-2222     West Hartford/general counseling, LGBTQ competent, EMDR
Therapy Melanie St. Germain 860-966-9237     Wethersfield
Therapy Michael Miarecki 203-892-6694     Middletown
Therapy Michelle Allison, LMFT 860-933-5072 Storrs
Therapy Mike Saraceno, LMFT 860-500-1360     Hartford/poly, kink, couple, LGBTQ
Therapy Nicole Scrivano, LMFT 860-334-0731   West Hartford/adolescents, YA, children and trauma, family relationships, empowerment work
Therapy Rebecca Ruitto 203-774-9639     West Hartford/YA/college age, couples, anxiety/self-esteem, trauma/depression
Therapy Sarah Gilbert, LCSW 860-884-8372 Manchester
Therapy Shane Scott, LCSW, Life Coach 860-604-4756     West Hartford/LGBTQ competent, substance abuse
Therapy May Fianna, LMFT 860-856-9773     Wethersfield
Therapy Stephanie Smith, MFT, LPC 860-423-5353     Willimantic
Therapy Amanda Marrotte        
Trans Lifeline Hotline IV Staklo, Program Director 877-565-8860    
Urgent Care Hartford Healthcare       Vernon, CT (next to TJMaxx)
Youth Advocate/Life Coach/Speaker Tony Ferraiolo, CPC 203-376-8089  
Therapy Brandi Savio/Wilcox Wellness, LLC
Southington, CT. Individual and group work c teens, YAs, adults who identify as LGBTQIA+. Husky, Anthem and self-pay accepted. Telehealth available for Anthem and self-pay clients as well
Therapy Amy Michaels, LMFT/Healthy Relations Counseling 860-294-4433 Middletown, CT. Couples and individuals who want to improve present or future partner relationships; experience c LGBTQ couples
Therapy Heidi Lively, LCSW 203-288-3554 x30     Hamden
Therapy Sharon Clayman, PsyD 203-314-4355     Cheshire
True Self Counseling & Consultation, LLC
      Plantsville. Anthem, Medicaid, Optum, United Health, Cigna, OON, LGBTQ-open and affirming practice and transgender therapist
Behavioral Health and Wellness Solutions CT Hamden. Medicare, Husky, Anthem, Aetna, Cigna, private pay
Therapy Kelly K. Prior, MSN, APRN/Riverbend Therapeutic Alliance 860-646-2345 153 Main St, Suite 9, Manchester, CT
Michael Stokes/Stokes Counseling Services203-729-0341
203-729-0341 Naugatuck/specializes in LGBTQ+ individuals and families across the lifespan, takes Anthem, Aetna, Husky, Cigna, UBH, offers telehealth
Therapy Emily Ann/Lotus Counseling of CT       greater Waterbury area, taking Husky and BCBS. Specialized in complex trauma and body issues/eating disorders in the LGBTQ+ community
Therapy Katie Bassoli, LCSW 860-878-4367     Southington
Therapy Jessica Grzado/Reflections Counseling and Consulting SErvices LLC 860-837-0401   Wethersfield. Aetna, Cigna, Husky, Anthem, Private pay
Therapy Well Life Therapy, LLC Middletown. Takes Aetna, Anthem, Husky
Therapy Nuevo Dia Family Wellness, LLC 203-800-9797 Spanish-bilingual individual, couples, and family therapy
Lily Gill/Restorative Counseling and Wellness  
Therapy Healing Hoofbeats of CT 860-459-4115 Morris/Franklin/several therapists, accepts Husky
Therapy Elizabeth A Armstrong LCSW 203-623-6587     140 Captain Thomas Blvd, West Haven/Husky, Optum/UHC, Anthem, Medicare, Magellan, Cigna
Therapy Lauren Pedersen, LMFT 860-510-2544     child, adolescent and family psychotherapy/New Britain
Therapy Pawsitive Therapy, LLC 860-707-5352 Middletown/incorporates therapy dogs
Therapy Alisa Palmer-Winston/ Restorative Counseling Services 860-946-4869   Southington/ LGBTQ-affirming and trans competent LPC. Preteens, YA
Therapy Growth Therapy LLC 203-707-1217 Monroe/ gender and sexual identity affirming mental health care
Speech Therapy
Elizabeth Ulreich-Moran, MS, CCC-SLP/Communicate Anew LLC
    Fairfield & New Haven counties/ in-home speech therapy for all ages
Reiki Gina Goldstein, MS, LPC 860-716-5318   Farmington
Therapy The Center for Growth and Healing 860-661-2075 Middletown/ kids and teens
Therapy Jennifer Petro, Psy.D.        

4 thoughts on “Health, Counseling, Support Groups

  • May 18, 2020 at 11:41 pm


    I am a psychotherapist and relationship coach just over your border, in Massachusetts.

    I identify as lesbian and have been setting up services specifically for lesbian couples. Increasingly, I am doing things online, in addition to in-person (due to COVID).

    Relationships can be complicated in general….we know people in the community have additional stressors….and COVID is making even the most stable couple a bit stressed out. I am wondering if I can be added to your list of therapists as an option for lesbian couples.

    I am hoping so, as finding a therapist who identifies and/or specializes in lesbian couples is tough at times. :(. My website (if you want to learn a tad bit more about me) is

    Let me know your thoughts?


  • May 18, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    I think you misspelled the word “Pallette” on your website. If you want to keep errors off of your site we’ve successfully used a tool like in the past for our websites. A nice customer pointed out our mistakes so I’m just paying it forward :).

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