Affirmative, compassionate treatment

At Forge, we understand how the LGBTQ+ life experience can impact substance use and mental health, and we hold ourselves to the highest standards of affirmative care.

We recognize the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

Our experienced and highly trained staff provide evidence-based, behavioral health treatment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community in a supportive and affirming environment.

Every member of our staff strongly believes in the diversity of our community and honors each client’s dignity and self-worth.

Treatment at Forge is LGBTQ+ affirmative and actively promotes self-acceptance of an LGBTQ+ identity as part of the recovery process.

We acknowledge and validate that sexual orientation and gender identity develop at an early age, which can impact how trauma is experienced.


We work with you to make consistent, measurable progress by identifying the root causes of the issues you want to address.

We offer a safe, comfortable environment because we know previous negative experiences with rejection or prejudice can cause LGBTQ+ individuals to avoid treatment services.

Clients work with their therapists on the issues that brought them to treatment while exploring how gender and sexual identities, expressions, traumas, and problems unique to the LGBTQ+ life experience have shaped their needs.

Forge clinicians affirm LGBTQ+ individuals’ sexual orientation and gender identity, and all staff are trained in how to work specifically with the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBTQ+ affirming treatment for veterans and first responders

For LGBTQ+ individuals in environments such as police departments, fire departments, military units, and even many veterans groups, the prospect of being open about sexual orientation and gender identity is often daunting.

Serving your country and your community is something of which you should be proud. Being true to yourself makes you more effective in that mission.

We understand the need for clinicians who understand you. We provide a safe, welcoming environment, and many of our locations offer therapy specifically for LGBTQ+ veterans and first responders.


We’re here to help you

As part of our commitment to providing a safe, affirming, and comfortable environment for recovery, many of our locations offer weekly Pride at Forge support groups to help LGBTQ+ participants process issues specific to them (Some locations even provide specialized care for members of the LGBTQ+ community who are also veterans, active-duty military, or first responders). Our experienced clinicians provide care that addresses the unique perspectives, priorities, and needs of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Clients do not need to disclose sexual orientation.  We ask all clients about their gender identity, sexual orientation, and pronouns in order to give them an opportunity to explore these topics, but no one is required to share information they’re not comfortable disclosing.  We do not condone discrimination of any type, and that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Forge Health team includes LGBTQ+ identifying clinicians at many of our facilities, and we’ll make every effort to assign a clinician who meets your preferences.  Because of case-loads, schedule availability and other factors, however, we cannot guarantee that your clinician will be LGBTQ-identifying.

Forge Health not only employs LGBTQ+ clinicians at multiple clinical locations, we have non-LGBTQ-identifying clinicians who have been trained specifically to identify and work with issues common to the LGBTQ+ community.  Additionally, we train all of our staff to ensure we provide the highest quality of care to our clients, and that includes interactions with members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Helping you shape your life story

No matter your orientation, background, or challenge, we’re your vital source for compassionate care, guiding you on your path to recovery and helping you achieve your goals.