LGBTQ2+ Psychotherapy Group:
Building Community, Making Connections & Processing Emotions
Who is the Group for: LGBTQ2+ Adults (+18) in and around Durham Region
Starting Date: TBA; Every Wednesday 7-8:30pm for 8-week repeating series; Online.
Cost: $60/session. Participants must complete 1/2 pre-screening session $30.
Email to be put on Waitlist: firstname.lastname@example.org
At OPCS, we are aware that finding a safe space for sharing and exploring personal difficulties and stressors can be challenging for many LGBTQ2+ folks. This can be especially true when most of the available queer support programming is directed towards youth and a majority of physical LGBTQ2+ spaces can be found in the Toronto downtown core. This therapy group offers a unique opportunity to seek support and unpack your lived experiences through the guidance of two skilled facilitators and the interactions between group members. It is a process-experiential group, which means that we draw psychological strengths and benefits from the group dynamics that arise in a welcoming, warm, and inclusive environment. As such, clients will feel accompanied in their shared experiences, obtain support to process distressing situations and painful emotions, and develop positive coping skills to navigate life’s challenges.
Our therapy group is facilitated by Gibran and David, who are both members of the LGBTQ2+ community and mental health providers. Join us for the opportunity to build community, make connections, and process your emotions.
Primary Goals consistent with Yalom process-experiential intervention:
- Hope instilling creates a feeling of optimism.
- Universality helps group members know that they are not alone in their concerns.
- Imparting information helps to educate and empower people with knowledge pertaining to their specific psychological concerns.
- Altruism allows clients to gain a sense of value and significance by helping other group members.
- Corrective recapitulation provides space to process family and childhood events within the safety of the group.
- Socializing techniques promote social development, tolerance, empathy and other interpersonal skills.
- Through imitative behavior, group members learn to adopt the coping strategies and perspectives of other group members.
- Interpersonal learning teaches clients how to develop supportive interpersonal relationships.
- Group cohesiveness gives members a sense of acceptance, belonging, value, and security.
- Catharsis releases suppressed emotions and promotes healing by disclosing information to group members.
- Existential factors incorporate learning how to just exist as part of something larger than oneself. This factor brings a client into the awareness that life will continue on, with pain, death, sadness, regret, and joy. By living existentially, clients learn how to accept these conditions without escaping from them. Instead, they learn how to live with them and through them.
Facilitator: David Collict
David is a Master’s level clinician who has worked with LGBTQ2+ clients in both individual and group therapy. David has done this work over the past 5 years with community agencies including the AIDS Committee of Toronto and Pflag Canada, with CAMH’s Rainbow Services program, and in private practice. David believes that being in the therapy room with you is an incredible privilege; that to hear your story in a safe and confidential space is a unique and rare experience. David draws most of his practice from EFT and DBT, and meshes these to work with you and best meet your goals to explore your emotions, address behaviours and thoughts you find challenging, and create coping skills.
Facilitator: Gibran Rodriguez De Los Reyes
Gibran is a Master’s-level clinician with over six years of experience working with adults and LGBTQ2+ populations presenting with mental health problems ranging from mild to severe. He embraces a collaborative and client-centred approach to psychotherapy, and he strives to develop a positive relationship with his clients to reach their goals through a variety of therapeutic strategies. Gibran believes that while he might be knowledgeable about tools to foster change, clients bring their expertise to therapy in the form of lived experiences, self-awareness, and personal strengths.