Living Out Loud

Living Out Loud

Welcome to Living Out Loud, a weekly support group for adolescents ages 14 to 17 who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+! In this group we process and explore what our identities mean to us and learn how to support our peers. 

Here is just some of what the group is about:

Exploring Identity! Through exploring our identity we get a more solid sense of self. We talk about how we identify and why we feel that way. This helps us to both build our confidence and our coping skills.

Learning to talk to parents! Our parents grew up with their own beliefs. Even when our parents are supportive we may need to learn to teach them about who we are. Through our work in this group we learn how to speak with our parents and others about our sexuality.

Handling Misgendering; How do you navigate representing your gender when other people make mistakes, are uncomfortable around you or just won’t acknowledge you? This is something we explore and learn how to manage.

Dealing with Obsessive Thoughts: It’s too easy for kids to incorporate what others say into their own identity. In this group we learn how to build “distress tolerance” to help us get through the most overwhelming emotional moments. This helps us to process irrational fears that might grip us.

Build Connection and Community: You’re not alone! In Living Out Loud kids get a positive example and proof that the skills and tools they’ll develop work. We develop and learn how to maintain a community of support. Through learning what a supportive community is we then learn how to create that kind of support in our own lives.

Above all, in Living Out Loud we create a safe space to process emotions, have fun and learn. Living Out Loud is also about whatever its members need it to be!

Living Out Loud
  • Facilitated by Elba Alvarado,  A.M.F.T, supervised by Kent Toussaint, L.M.F.T. #44685
  • Meets every Friday from 7:00pm – 8:30pm

To inquire about the group, message Elba here

An illustration of a woman who is a therapist standing behind three teenage individuals holding a sign reading "living out loud," and a rainbow behind them.

What is group therapy?

Group therapy is a dynamic and interactive approach for emotional healing. For teenagers and pre-teens, it can be especially effective. As a matter of fact, how, when, or if a teen feels connected to others affects much of an adolescent’s emotional development. During the session, we encourage them to explore who they are, who they want to become, and safely discuss questions or issues that come up during this tumultuous period of their lives. 

Instead of meeting with a counselor for individual or family therapy, we welcome a teen into one of our groups as an equal. Although our therapists facilitate the groups, it is really the group as a whole that drives the interaction. This all happens with great excitement, bravery, or sometimes with trepidation. In any case, they are stretching their comfort levels with the knowledge that their peers support them. 

To watch Kent talk about the benefits of group therapy for teens click here.

To read more about the benefits of group therapy for teens click here.

If you have more questions about how any of the groups at Teen Therapy Center may benefit your family, we welcome you to get in touch with us. We are happy to answer your questions

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