deejay914 saidNicodegallo what were the group sessions like? Were they just open discussion and people shared their stories?
The group therapy was suggested to me by the first counselor I saw as it was a brand new thing they were offering in partnership with the school's LGBT/ally program. I had initially signed up 1-on-1 counseling sessions, but I figured I'd give the group a shot since it was specifically targeted toward LGBT students
The sessions themselves were pretty free and open. We basically talked about whatever was on our mind both good and bad. While I think most meetings provided a good amount of time for everyone to speak, admittedly some meetings were more about one or two individuals with particularly pressing issues. But it was fascinating to hear all the different stories and perspectives.
At times I felt my issue was put on the back burner because I was the only one in the group not dealing with gay feelings or coming out. I had already been there done that. But in a way it was a good thing to hear how other people dealt with those issues because it taught me how many young people struggle with those feelings. For me it wasn't a struggle at all, so I suppose I learned to be more patient and compassionate with others who aren't lucky to deal with it easily. Eventually my previous relationship did become a main headline of some meetings, so I wasn't screwed over, lol.