CarePlus presents ALLIES (Acceptance, Life, Leadership, Identity, Education and Support), a LGBTQ wellness and support group for youth age 14 through 18.

Research indicates that LGBTQ youth who have peer-to-peer connectedness are more likely to have overall improved mental health status and sense of well-being than LGBTQ youth who lack connectedness and social support. The ALLIES wellness and support group provides that and more.

This is an ongoing, open group throughout the year.

Program Goals:

ALLIES creates a safe-space to empower LGBTQ youth while providing self-help support strategies, peer connectedness, education, and an environment promoting wellbeing.

Specialized Services:

Participants will engage in groups to provide support regarding:

  • “Coming Out”
  • Bullying
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Social Support
  • School
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Advocacy

Have questions? Call Gabriella Urato, LCSW at 201-797-2660 x5210 or gabriellau@localhost for more information and scheduling.

About the facilitator…

Gabriella Urato, LCSW

Gabriella Urato is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who counsels children, adolescents, and adults. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Ramapo College, minoring in Psychology and Gerontology, she completed her Master’s in Social Work at Fordham University.

Gabriella has experience with facilitating individual and group therapy, as well as community outreach with adolescents in transition. She has worked with youth presenting with anxiety, ADHD, and spectrum disorders. Gabriella specializes in working with LGBTQ youth and currently facilitates the CarePlus Teen Social Skills group as well as the CarePlus ALLIES wellness and support group for LGBTQ youth. She is passionate about her group work and providing a safe place for adolescents to obtain support from their peers.