A core intention for this group is to provide a safe and affirming space for LGBTQIA+ individuals to come together and work on our relationship to ourselves and others. Many LGBTQ+ folks have grown up in environments where we felt judged, criticized and ostracized from our families and/or it wasn’t safe to be our most authentic self. Some of us experience similar rejection and a general lack of safety and feeling seen/heard in the world at large, be it through microaggressions, phobic interactions, not fitting in, and not feeling part of the larger community. For most of us it has been nothing short of traumatizing to grow up LGBTQ+, and in many cases, we experience these traumas on top of the traumas of everyday living.
In this group we will explore both what comes up for us living in a cis-normative, heteronormative world, as well as unpack the ways we experience discrimination, alienation, misunderstanding, and misattunement within our own LGBTQIA+ community, only furthering narratives of not belonging. It is my belief that we heal in relationship with others and my hope that this group will help you expand upon your fears, rage, grief, worry, and aloneness with the support of members who will hold you with kindness and curiosity for your experience.
Who Can Benefit
Like individual therapy, group therapy can benefit almost anyone. Members have the opportunity to discover how they think, why they react the way they do, and understand how they are perceived by others in the group. Members talk about what goes on in their lives outside the group, but also focus in a concentrated way as to what happens between members in the here-and-now of the group’s life, providing each other feedback and learning through witnessing and resonating with each other. Our hope is that group members find healing and an increased ability to make conscious choices that impact how they feel in the moment. The group is often used as a “laboratory” where group members both learn about themselves and take interpersonal risks in the service of living their lives more authentically, more honestly, and more fully emotionally engaged.
About Group Psychotherapy
Group psychotherapy is a special form of therapy in which a small number of people meet together under the guidance of a professionally trained therapist to help themselves and one another. Each of us has been raised in group environments-our families, schools, organized activities, or work-where we grow and develop as human beings. Group psychotherapy is no different. It provides a place where you come together with others to share problems or concerns, to better understand your own situation, and to learn from and with each other. Group therapy helps people improve their interpersonal relationships. It addresses feelings of isolation, aloneness, depression and/or anxiety, and helps people make significant changes to improve the quality of their lives. Some of our primary goals in group process is to be able to sit in our seat, hear things about yourself, experience things towards people, notice what you are feeling within and toward another person, tolerate uncomfortable thoughts and feelings and find language to describe it. Self-awareness gained in weekly group therapy helps pave the way for you to have more satisfying relationships, be more comfortable with yourself, with your feelings, with others, and in the other groups in which we each participate every day.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I look forward to healing in relationship with you!
This group will be limited to 12 people. Sessions will last 90 minutes from 12-1:30 pm on Sundays.