Online group counseling for LGBTQIA+ teens

CEBTOhio is pleased to offer Youth AFFIRM, a therapeutic group based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help LGBTQIA+ teens learn coping skills to manage stress and improve their wellbeing.

Youth AFFIRM meets in a one-hour weekly session over eight weeks to help participants manage stress, support their mental health, enhance coping skills and provide supportive individual validation.

As a form of evidence-based therapy, Youth AFFIRM is able to report on its impact over time, with these results:

  • 70% of participants reported increased “hope pathway thinking” – the ability to generate multiple routes from the present to a desired future.
  • 63% reported reduced depression.
  • 72% reported increased ability to view stressful situations as challenges rather than threats.


Basic Info


  • LGBTQIA+ teens in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey


  • Online via ZOOM


  • 6 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning April 2, 2024


  • $90/group session
  • May be eligible for insurance reimbursement
  • Financial assistance may be available from CEBTOhio

The group is moderated by CEBTOhio Therapist Hannah Heffner, LPC, ATR-BC.


The AFFIRM practice models were developed in collaboration with LGBTQ+ youth and adult community partners utilizing an adapt-and-evaluate framework aimed at ensuring the AFFIRM interventions are rooted in the needs and experiences of LGBTQ+ clients.

For a detailed publication on development of AFFIRM, visit the Center of Excellence for LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity.

There are two AFFIRM interventions, one for LGBTQ+ youth and adults, and one for caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth.

Center of Excellence LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity

AFFIRM for Caregivers

AFFIRM Caregiver is an evidence-informed, seven-session group intervention for parents and other caregivers of LGBTQ+ children and youth. It focuses on enhancing compassionate and affirming parenting practices that help promote LGBTQ+ youth safety and well-being.

If you’re a caregiver and interested in the support offered by AFFIRM, we’d like to hear from you. If there is sufficient demand, we will provide this offering as well.

The AFFIRM approach