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Support Groups in LGBTQI Therapy

Support Groups

Support groups play a vital role in LGBTQI therapy by providing a safe space for individuals to share experiences, receive support, and build a sense of community. These groups are integral to creating understanding and resilience among LGBTQI individuals.

Safe space

Support groups provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment, allowing individuals to connect and share their experiences freely.

Shared experiences

These groups offer the chance to connect with others who have similar experiences, creating mutual understanding and support.

Community building

Support groups play an important role in creating a sense of belonging and community among LGBTQI individuals.

About support groups

Support groups provide a structured environment where LGBTQI individuals can share their experiences and receive support from peers. These groups are often facilitated by an experienced therapist who ensures that the sessions are productive and supportive.

What are LGBTQI support groups?

Support groups in LGBTQI therapy are gatherings where individuals can discuss their experiences, challenges, and feelings in a safe and confidential setting.

Key features and benefits

  1. Emotional support from peers
  2. Shared learning and resources
  3. Enhanced sense of community and belonging
  4. Reduction of feelings of isolation

How they help

Support groups help reduce feelings of isolation, provide emotional support, and offer practical advice from those with similar experiences. They also encourage a sense of community and belonging.

How they work

Support groups usually meet on a regular basis, either weekly or bi-weekly. Sessions can be held in-person or online, making them accessible to a wider audience. A typical session might include discussions, activities, and sharing of resources.

Convenience and flexibility

Support groups can be in-person or online, offering flexibility to participants. Sessions are typically held regularly to ensure ongoing support.


What is the purpose of LGBTQI support groups?
The purpose is to provide a safe and supportive environment where LGBTQI individuals can share experiences, receive support, and build a sense of community.
Who can join these support groups?
Support groups are typically open to anyone who identifies as LGBTQI or is exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Are the sessions confidential?
Yes, confidentiality is a key aspect of support groups to ensure that participants feel safe to share their experiences.
Do I need to commit to attending every session?
While regular attendance is encouraged to get the most benefit, it is not mandatory. Participants can attend as their schedule allows.
Are online support groups available?
Yes, many organisations offer online support groups to accommodate those who cannot attend in person.


For further reading, please see the following sources:

  1. Mental Health Foundation – Support Groups
  2. Stonewall – Coming Out: Support Groups
  3. Psychology Today – LGBTQ Support Groups
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