Gender Non-Binary Support Group | Center for Growth Therapy

Non Binary Support Group for the Gender Non Binary Community

Non Binary Therapy Services in Philadelphia PA & Ocean City NJ

Beyond the Binary: A Support Group for the Gender Non-Binary Community

A gender non-binary support group for people who identify as non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid or gender non-conforming.

Beyond The Binary Group Registration Fee: $25

Beyond The Binary Support Group Fee: $20
(or 10$ for existing clients of The Center for Growth living with binary support group who attend individual, couples of family therapy sessions with their therapist at least twice a month)

Jordan Pearce, MA, LAC, NCC

Jordan Pearce, MA, NCC, LAC

Associate Therapist

New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Call to Register: (609)710-8727

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Lauren Kairys, (Intern Therapist)

Lauren Kairys

Intern Therapist

Pennsylvania

Call to Register: 267-376-9613

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Why a Group for Non-Binary People?

Queer and gender-expansive people have historically been marginalized and isolated by social structures that have not been designed for them and which provide challenges not experienced by cisgender and heterosexual people. These social structures include public and private life, educational, and professional spaces. Often gender non-binary people experience levels of isolation, exclusion, and discrimination from within the LGBTQ community. It has long been known that trans and non-binary people thrive when they are connected to one another in solidarity, support, and encouragement. Despite increased visibility, acceptance, and social power as a community, gender non-binary and gender-expansive people still experience high levels of discrimination, violence, and social marginalization leading this demographic to experience higher levels of mental health concerns, substance use and abuse, and suicide.

In this space, non-binary and gender-expansive people can be afforded the opportunity to receive and give support and feedback to one another and learn how to advocate for themselves and others.

Common topics of discussion to be discussed in the gender non-binary support group could include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Experiences of queer and gender-expansive people

  • Perceptions of gender and sexuality in society

  • Discrimination within the LGBTQ community

  • Pronouns

  • Isolation from and within trans spaces

  • Isolation from and within queer spaces

  • Procrastination, motivation, and productivity

  • Gender identity versus gender expression

  • Gender fluidity

  • Experiences of impostor syndrome

  • Increasing self-efficacy

  • Social anxiety

  • Emotional, physical, and sexual safety

  • Relationships, dating, sex, and love

  • Heterosexism, misogyny, homophobia, biphobia, panphobia, transphobia

  • Well-intentioned but unhelpful allyship.

  • Professional identity (career planning/networking)

  • Work-Life Balance, relationships, and building a support network

  • Stepping back for self-care and community care

  • Stepping up to mentoring or leadership

  • Communication and collaboration with peers

  • Networking with peers

  • Self-awareness

  • Intersectionality

  • Emotional labor

  • Coming out, coming to terms, and inviting in

  • Religion, faith, spirituality, and meaning making

  • Family relationships

Who is the gender non-binary support group for?

For this group, we define Gender Non-Binary and Gender-Expansive people as people of all genders identifying in one of the following categories (not limited to these listed below):

Those whose gender identity and/or gender expression do not align with traditional concepts of binary gender and whose personal gender identity is not well-described by the term cisgender, including the following identities (though this is not an exhaustive list): genderqueer, gender non-binary, agender, queer, demiman, demiwoman, bigender, gender fluid, including people who are questioning their identities and who are at varying degrees of comfort with disclosing their identities to others.

Who is the gender non-binary support group NOT for?

This gender non-binary support group is not a space for those who identify as either cisgender or heterosexual. While transgender individuals whose gender expression and/or identity align with binary gender are not specifically excluded, this group will focus on the experiences of those who are non-binary (see above). This group is not an appropriate place for “allies” or “supporters” and is not an appropriate space for the family, friends, or partners of gender non-binary persons,. This space is designed to be a safe space of, for, and by gender non-binary/gender-expansive people led by queer/trans/gender non-binary counseling professionals.

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