It is common to experience grief, loss, anger, frustration, or overwhelm if your teen has come out. Parent's naturally worry about the safety of their teen, employment prospects, treatment at school, future relationships, and how their life will unfold. How will other family members react? What will the school say? Most teens have had months to years to make sense of their feelings and identity; parental acceptance understandably can take time. Coming out can be an emotional process and a strong reaction does not have to mean invalidation to your teen.
Counselling can help parents and families to:
- Understand, adapt to, and integrate new names and pronouns
- Experience reassurance for any emotions along the way
- Prepare teens for anticipated challenges and new experiences
- Help connect teens to relevant and affirming resources
- Gain awareness, skills, and strategies to advocate for services
- Feel empowered and able to show up!
When it comes to gender and sexuality, teens are on the cutting edge of new language, new opportunities, and new realities. Inclusion is on the tips of the tongue, most classrooms are host to a diversity of openly LGBTQ2s+ teens, and transition - social, medical, and otherwise - is a real option for many gender diverse, expressive, and creative youth.
Yet with greater social awareness, comes greater responsibility. Inside and outside the classroom, teens are increasingly:
- Advocating for gender affirming spaces and accessibility
- Exploring complex platonic and romantic relationships with peers
- Navigating online communities, social media, and cyberbullying
- Performing, adopting, and identifying with new and evolving language to find the most resonant fit
Add in intensive classes, extracurricular activities, family, and a changing body and adolescence can feel like one pressure cooker of a process. I offer a fresh, inclusive, and youthful perspective for any teen to confide in.