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.



We are proud to say that many outstanding therapists working in the field today received training at IHI. 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.