It is human nature to seek to unplug, to nurture our inner introvert, and to be comfortable in silence. Many of us have practiced meditation, guided imagery, yoga, and other energy modalities to reach a place of peace or be-ing. To arrive at be-ing is to arrive at the place of acceptance. It is surrendering to your natural flow and vibe. After a blissful sound healing session, a friend once reminded me that this state is your natural state, one you can return to at any time.
Support for the LGBTQ+ Community
We’ve come a long way as a society in terms of accepting and advocating for our LGBTQ+ community. That doesn’t mean you feel safe or certain about your decision to come out to friends and family. In fact, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming (LGBTQI+) youth are at a higher risk of being bullied on school property and online than their straight peers. As a result, many LGBTQ+ people – young and old – feel unsafe expressing their authentic self.
I want to be an ally to my LGBTQ+ loved one, but I don’t know how.
If you’re here, it’s because you want your loved one to know that you love them unconditionally. You want them to know that you will support them and listen to them. But you may also be afraid of the struggles ahead of them. You may be feeling grief or confusion about how to encourage them in healthy, appropriate ways, especially if you have never experienced what they are going through.
Accepting and healing your authentic self.
Whether you’re finding your own voice as an LGBTQ+ person or you’re seeking ways to support a loved one, Pride Therapy can help you get in touch with your most authentic self. For people who identify as LGBTQ+, this may mean exploring your authentic sexual orientation or gender expression. It may also mean learning to identify and manage social pressures and the mental health issues like depression and anxiety that come with those pressures. For allies, Pride Therapy is a way to come to greater understanding of your loved ones’ struggles and to identify your own most authentic ways of supporting them. In Pride Therapy, we use the following modalities to move past obstacles to your authentic development:
The physical and emotional turmoil of feeling everything at a high intensity level can be overwhelming and debilitating. For many empaths, this results in anxiety, depression, withdrawal, isolation, rejection, and just not feeling well overall. To protect themselves from these painful experiences, some empaths find it easier to hide behind a façade than to be authentic and live their true expression.