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LGBTQ Support Group for Teens

Teen LGBTQ Support Group

This group takes place virtually at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic and suggestions from the MN Department of Health. Please contact sjohnson@sentiertherapy.com to inquire about the status of this group.

Who: Teens ages 14-17 who identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, genderqueer, non-binary, pansexual, and other identities along the spectrums of gender identity and sexual orientation). Occasional exceptions made for mature 13-year-old individuals.

What: Sentier offers two support groups for LGBTQ-identified and questioning teens. Group members will have a safe space to explore their identities, create community, and just be themselves. Group topics may include healthy relationships, coming out, gender exploration, talking with parents, and other topics that the groups decide upon. 

When: We currently facilitate two separate Teen LGBTQ+ groups, due to high demand. 

  • Ashley's group (currently FULL): This 10-week group meets on Tuesdays from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Next group begins April 6th and ends June 1st, 2021. This group is not taking new members at this time. 
  • Megan's group: This 10-week group meets on Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30pm. Next group begins on April 1, 2021 and ends on June 3rd, 2021.

Where: Group will be held online due to COVID-19 for the time being. When this changes, the website will be updated.

Sentier Psychotherapy
670 Cleveland Ave. S.
St. Paul, MN 55116

Why: LGBTQ individuals are at increased risk of mental health issues, substance abuse and addiction, and certain types of trauma. Additionally, LGBTQ youth have limited access to adequate mental health care and supportive services. This group aims to provide the support that is often lacking for LGBTQ teens.

How: For Megan's group, please email Megan at msigmon@sentiertherapy.com to schedule a screening. Screenings must be complete at least one week prior to group starting. Many group members stay in this group from one 10 week session to the next 10 week session. This is encouraged and allowed with Megan's approval. 

Please email Ashley Groshek (group is currently full) at agroshek@sentiertherapy.com or call 763.913.8261 to schedule a screening at least one week prior to the start date. Many group members stay in the group from one 10 week session to the next 10 week session. This is encouraged and allowed with therapist’s approval.

Therapist: Ashley Groshek, M.A., LMFT Megan Sigmon-Olsen, MSW, LICSW

Fees: Group cost is $40 for screening and per group session. Sliding fee available, inquire with therapist. Superbills are provided for all group members and are particularly helpful for those who would like to submit to HSA, flex accounts, or insurance providers for out-of-network reimbursement.

 

Future Teen LGBTQ Groups

Dates

Summer, 2021 - Megan's group

June 17, 2021 - August 19, 2021 from 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Summer, 2021 - Ashley's group

June 8, 2021 - August 31, 2021 from 5:00 - 6 pm