LGBTQ+ Teenage Support Group
Written by: Jose M. Luna, MSW
Today, many young people are coming out earlier than before. But research shows that many LGBTQ+ teenagers often endure harassment, and can feel alienated from their peers and family. This can have extremely dire consequences, such as lower grades in school, and can lead to anxiety and depression and other health related issues. For many adolescents, their teenage years become significant for emotional and physical development. For LGBTQ+ teenagers, it is during this time that they begin to self-identify.
At Heredia Therapy Group Inc., we would like to introduce to you a group for LGBTQ+ teenagers. Our support group is aimed at helping teens dealing with an array of life’s circumstances. These can range from questioning their sexuality through dealing with the challenges of possibly coming out at school or work or to family members or struggling with gay relationship issues. Our support group is also for those who may be looking for some extra support as well.
Our support groups are led by other LGBTQ+ people who are also mental health professionals. This allows LGBTQ+ people to support each other through life’s challenges. Being gay, of course, is not a mental illness, but support groups can often benefit from professional leadership. One of the important benefits of a support group is to allow a group of individuals to know that they are not alone.
For LGBTQ+ teenagers who may be struggling with their identity or who may need more support outside of family and friends, this can allow those who identify as LGBTQ+ to connect with others who share the same experience.
In addition, those that participate in the LGBTQ+ teenage support group will also gain more information about themselves and others, will be able to express their feelings and hear what some of their peers who identify with the LGBTQ+ community are feeling as well. Most importantly, those who attend our LGBTQ+ teenage group, will also be able to help others and make an impact on those who may be struggling with their sexual identity/orientation and who may not be gaining much support from their peers or family. For more information please contact our office for assistance.
Written By: Jose M. luna, MSW, Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker 87743 under the supervision of Nancy Ruiz-Barnes, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker 79552
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