With the beginning of 2019 upon us, resolutions are in full swing. Themes for a lot of folks’ resolutions are related to the practice of self-care, whether it be taking time to meditate, making the bed in the morning, or scheduling time to see friends and family in order to decompress after a long week. Self-care can look different for everybody, and however you practice should be celebrated. For some, an incredibly beneficial way to practice self-care could be to find supportive communities to help process varying experiences and stressors, meet folks who just “get it”, and learn from one another.

If you’re 18 years or older and questioning your gender identity and/or sexual orientation, participating in a support group dedicated to creating a safe space for discussion might be a valuable way to honor yourself and create a network of support.  Facilitated by Carly Kerr, a master’s level licensed professional counselor, and hosted at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, support groups for those who want to discuss issues related to claiming an LGBTQ identity are offered for free on the first and third Wednesday each month from 5:00pm-6:30pm.

Another group facilitated by Carly Kerr at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center is the intensive outpatient program (IOP) titled “Acceptance: Honoring your Authentic Self.”  This is group therapy, different from a support group, that averages 24 sessions, meeting from 5:00pm-8:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday of each week, with Tuesdays holding space for loved ones as part of the therapeutic process. This therapy group is for members of the LGBTQ community who feel anxiety, depression, overwhelmed, or unwanted feelings.  Through this intensive outpatient program, attendees will learn skills to reduce anxiety and depression, process trauma, learn ways to cope with grief and shame, and so much more. Banner accepts an array of insurance plans that can be used for this IOP, so please reach out to Carly Kerr if you’re interested in learning more, completing an assessment, and getting started in the group.

However you practice self-care this year, we acknowledge that fact that you’re prioritizing your well being and that’s something to be proud of!

If you’re interested in learning more about the free support groups or the intensive outpatient group, please contact Carly Kerr at (602) 865-2310 or click on the attached flyers for more details regarding each group.

LGBTQIA+ IOP group fact sheet

LGBTQIA+ Support group fact sheet