IHI Therapy Center (Institute for Human Identity) was founded in 1973 to fill an important need: providing affirmative professional mental health services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. After leading the successful struggle to have homosexuality removed from the list of mental disorders, the founders of IHI recognized the need for a LGBTQ therapy center that could address people’s emotional problems while respecting and fostering their unique identity.
- Launched the fight to have homosexuality removed from the American Psychiatric Association's list of mental disorders
- Introduced professional counseling by LGBTQ affirmative therapists at a time when only peer counseling was available
- Trained hundreds of psychotherapists with the special skills necessary to work with LGBTQ clients and the community
- Developed Family Q, a free workshop and counseling program for LGBTQ parents and prospective parents
- Maintains a staff of authors and active researchers on issues pertaining to identity development, especially for persons who transcend traditional cultural limits. A sample of our current and former staff authors includes:
Robert McVey, LCSW, We Have a Pie
Suzanne Lasenza, Ph.D, Lesbians and Psychoanalysis
Charles Silverstein, Ph.D, The Joy of Gay Sex, For the Ferryman
Jack Drescher, MD, Psychoanalytic Theory and the Gay Man
Peter Melillo, LCSW, For Man and Country, Gay War Stories
Our friends and supporters
We are proud to say that many outstanding therapists working in the field today were schooled at IHI Therapy Center. Perhaps the most famous of our alumni is Dr. Ruth Westheimer, who was trained by our founder, Dr. Charles Silverstein, prolific author in the field of LGBTQ studies.
Below is our list of eminent sponsors who affirm IHI's reputation, the viability of its mission, and the relevance of the services it provides.
- Charles Busch, playwright and actor
- Blanche Wiesen Cook, Ph.D, historian
- Clare Coss, playwright
- Martin Duberman, Ph.D, founder of the City University Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies
- Edmund White, novelist