This group is for people whose gender does not fit into the boxes. Attendees may identify as transgender (or affirmed) men or women, genderfluid, genderqueer or other.
Come for support, alliances, education and laughs.
Contact Jen to find out when the next meeting is.
Cost is a suggested donation between $10 and $40.
When a loved one comes out as being
gay or gender variant, they usually have
been thinking of it for years,
Family and friends, on the other hand,
can feel shocked. Worried. Some people
have a hard time believing it's true.
We meet on Wednesdays at the same time
the teenagers meet in another room.
It's a forum to discuss our feelings
and deal with any difficulties this news
Suggested donation is $10 to $40 per group.
This is a fun, safe space for Teens
who Dare to be Themselves.
Some of our members are gender
variant and some are gay,
but we also invite allies.
We only require you be kind
and keep an open mind
We talk, laugh and play games.
We also support each other
during difficult times.
We ask for a donation of $10 to $40
Why Group Therapy?
Being Trans*gender is not in itself a mental disorder. It's the stigma our society has against transgender people, and the associated shame, fear and hiding that cause depression, anxiety and suicidality in gender atypical people.
Social experiences such as ridicule and exclusion can create wounds, and social acceptance and support can heal.
I created Trans*Gender groups because many of my trans* clients coming in for individual therapy were isolated and alone. Some of them felt they had no true friends because they had been projecting a false self. They yearned to meet other people who were different like them. I have helped to create a fun, accepting group where they could be themselves.
Friends and family of the Gender Unique find that they also fight this stigma, in themselves and in others. Parents may have learned false information or seen negative portrayals in the media, and have a hard time supporting something that seems so weird! And supporting a Trans*gender person can invite its own stigma. There have been "experts" who state that allowing a transgender child to express her true self is "child abuse."
Parents may feel torn between wanted to let their child express their true self and trying to get them back in the closet to hide from bullies and family members. Some people just don't "get" gender diversity - gender confusion isn't just for people with gender identity disorder!
Or groups offer support and education and offer you an opportunity to prepare for difficult situations.
All groups are led by Jennifer Whitlock, who is recognized as Sussex's County's foremost expert in transgender issues. Within the past six years, she has seen more than 100 individuals for individual, family and group counseling, and has written several letters to recommend clients for hormone therapy and surgery.
While she is a cis female (that means her gender identity matches her body), she researched transgender identity as part of a two-semester research project when she attended graduate school.