Why Should Support Group Matter to You!
Be honest. Transition is challenging. Heck, it is frustrating. Makes you feel angry at how unfair it is. Friends and family can offer a supportive ear during difficult times, but you have to be mindful of their personal boundaries.
Support groups are highly recommended to all of my clients, regardless of their support system.
Already in therapy? Why add additional expanse?
But what if it doesn’t have to cost you a penny?
You heard me right. Free.
The only investment you’ll be making is a personal one. One that can aid you throughout your transition.
Do I have your attention?
Good. Here are a few of the reasons why a support group should matter to you!
REALIZING YOU ARE NOT ALONE
In my Transition & Beyond Support Group, someone would describe their first group meeting. They say, “You know, until I went to the group, I didn’t realize there were other people dealing with the same gender issues.”
This realization brings a feeling of relief and connectedness to others. Connecting you with other trans people experiencing similar issues. While each person is at a different point in their transition, joining a group offers a window into how individuals cope.
EXPRESS WHO YOU TRULY ARE FOR THE FIRST TIME
Attending a group full of trans people boosts your confidence. Even encourages you to present in preferred gender for the first time. Often people would arrive early to my group and change into preferred clothing in the bathroom to embody who they are.
SHARE YOUR FEELINGS AND FRUSTRATIONS
Group is an excellent space to offer a supportive environment. Especially during difficult times. Sharing your feelings in a safe environment with people going through similar experiences can be incredibly therapeutic.
LEARN WAYS TO COPE
Feeling overwhelmed and stressed about your situation? Not sure when to come out or how to start HRT? Get advice from members on what they found helpful throughout the process.
REALIZE POSSIBILITY OF TRANSITON
Seeing others in the group who are further along in transition, is very powerful. Or people who have transitioned many years ago. These positive role models show that transition, especially passibility, is possible. Bringing hope and excitement for the future.
Now I did mention it won’t cost you a penny?
Consider the following FREE support groups in Los Angeles area:
Browse the above listed support groups. Pick one. RSVP. Attend.
Browse the support groups in you area. Pick one. RSVP. Attend.