History and Present Direction of the Center

Dr. Christopher “Chris” Wilson established the Center for Healthier Relationships, Individuals, and Sexualities (CHRIS) in 2017. CHRIS was initially founded as part of the Philadelphia Institute for Individual, Relational, and Sex Therapy (PHIIRST). Dr. Wilson stays connected to PHIIRST as a supervisor and virtual therapist.

Since its inception, there has been an increased need for therapists in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas. As such, the network of providers has grown. The need for increased therapists was partially based on attempting to meet the mental health needs as related to COVID as well as increasing the number of LGBTQ+ providers working in partnership with one another. The network is now in a collaboration with PHL Therapy Collective, and shares a space in the Land Title Building.