ST. CLOUD – The Village Family Service Center is starting a new 10-week therapy group where LGBTQ+ teens in the St. Cloud area can learn about identity, relationships, and more.
Pride Teens will meet for two hours weekly at The Village, 110 6th Ave. S., #100, St. Cloud, beginning Jan. 15. The group is open to youth ages 13 to 18 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and pansexual.
Topics to be addressed include developing positive identity, challenging homophobia, overcoming adversity, suicide and coping, religion, healthy relationships and body image.
Sam Schofield, a licensed marriage and family therapist and ally for LGBTQ+ persons and their families, will lead Pride Teens. Ashley Spinler and Megan Highet will co-facilitate.
Schofield says teens today face great pressure from school, activities, work and family responsibilities, and that pressure can be even greater for teens who identify as LBGTQ+, especially if they don’t have understanding or supportive people in their lives.
“The goal for Pride Teens is to be a safe and supportive place for teens to learn with one another about themselves, their identities, and how to cope with the unique struggles they may face at school, their homes and community,” she said. “I hope teens will feels a sense of pride in their identity, in their strength and in their courage to be themselves.”
To register for Pride Teens, call (320) 253-5930. Insurance is accepted.
The Village’s mission is to improve the quality of life through services designed to strengthen individuals, families, and organizations. We are accredited by the Council on Accreditation and are a United Way Community Partner.