New Gender, Who Dis?

Expressing and exploring your identity through art, discussion, and camaraderie

From confusion and shame…


Many parents tell me they feel overwhelmed and out of their depth when trying to shepherd their child through the struggles of the world. Teens can feel out of place and bullied because of the way the express themselves or their gender identity.

It's hard enough to navigate the world as an adult, even more so as a teen just trying to figure out life.  When so much hatred and bigotry surround us, how can help our kids grow into strong, confident adults?

Many parents fear that their kids might never find a place where they belong. They want their kids to feel confident and connected with others, despite bullying, anxiety, or isolation they face.

Parents have told me if their child doesn't get support, they're afraid that the teen will suffer:

  • Increasing anxiety, making it difficult to use their abilities, intelligence, and talents

  • Worsening self-harm

  • Mistrusting others and having difficulty forming relationships

  • Inability to navigate school and work systems

  • Developing addictions to alcohol or other drugs

  • Shutting themselves off from the world

  • Withdrawing from the family and loosing connections with their parents


Into owning who you are…

I say this again and again because it's true: it doesn't have to suck forever. Yes, things are hard. Yes, things can be scary and feel like they're too much. No, it doesn't always have to be this way.

This group provides six weeks of discussion, art therapy, and professional support. Teens will have a chance to explore the way they see themselves and others. We will discuss self-image, relationships, and how to jump over the chasm from where we are to where we want to be.

Expressing yourself is hard, but being silent about who you are is harder.

This group aims to help give teens a vocabulary to discuss their experiences and advocate for themselves effectively.

I’ve seen teens in groups:

  • Learn to trust others and open up about their struggles

  • Manage their overwhelming feelings in positive ways, including creating music, reaching out to friends, and decorating their rooms as a safe space

  • Become advocates for and give hope to other people who are struggling in the community

  • Communicate with their parents about their fears, hopes, and passions - which in turn often allows them to really hear their parents' love and admiration

This group is for 14-18 year olds, with older/younger participants eligible on a case-by-case basis. This group takes place in Waynesville, in Haywood County.

Co-facilitators for this group are Kimberly Vered Shashoua, LCSW (of Vered Counseling) and Kendra Lilley, LPC (of Sunburst Counseling). Group will be held at the Sunburst Counseling Offices at 28 Walnut St. Suite 5; Waynesville, NC 28785.

Group runs weekly on Sundays, from 5:30-6:30 pm from April 14th to May 19th.

Total group cost for all six weeks is $360 total, payable as $120 every two weeks. (Longer payment plans available on request).

Parents can get started by registering below.


Want to see if this could benefit you or your child? Let's talk!

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Transgender, Genderqueer, and Non-binary Support Group for Teens