APLA, short for Aids Project Los Angeles, was founded in 1983. It started as an informational hotline in the closet of The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center and has grown into a multi-location advocacy and services center.
APLA’s mission is “to achieve health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV.” It provides individual and group counseling at all of its behavioral health locations. It also operates a dental clinic, which was founded to serve the needs of clients turned away from dentists who would not treat clients with HIV.
Treatment and Staff
Counseling is primarily offered through individual sessions, though two weekly groups are offered for HIV support. Individual therapy addresses coping skills, substance abuse, mental health diagnoses and emotional self-regulation.
Therapy uses CBT and psycho-dynamic processing, as well as other evidence-based modalities. The treatment team at APLA consists of LCSWs, PsyDs, MFTs and case managers. While therapists at APLA are able to address co-occurring disorders, clients in need of comprehensive dual diagnosis support and medication management for mental health disorders are referred to psychiatrists at area mental health facilities.
The length and duration of individual therapy is progress-based. Family and couples therapy is available as-needed. APLA doesn’t require clients to attend 12-step or other peer support meetings while in treatment, but they’ll happily refer clients to local meetings if they’d like to incorporate them into their treatment plans.
APLA also operates food pantries and helps clients locate secure, affordable housing.
For over three decades, AIDS Project Los Angeles has been providing much-needed services to those living with HIV. Its Master’s-level therapists are experienced in providing mental health and substance abuse counseling. They also offer emotional support and help clients locate the medical care and other supportive services they need to live healthy and satisfying lives.
AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA)
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3743 S. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90016
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Los Angeles, CA 90005
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