This weekly group will include facilitated discussions and emotional support around asexuality*. With time it will transform into a space of interpersonal relating in which members can be seen and accepted as they truly are. In later weeks we will deepen into specific topics as the facilitator senses common themes.
Occasionally therapeutic tools for social anxiety, loneliness, shame etc., may be offered as they seem relevant. Its important to emphasize these tools would address the challenges which often come with asexuality, not attempting to fix the orientation itself.
The group's date is still TBD and will be announced when we have enough members.
Group facilitated by Tanya Luttrell, MA, MFTI Marriage and Family Therapist Intern #101680, Supervised by Lucy Salter, LMFT #52083
*Asexuality is a lack of sexual attraction. Unlike celibacy or abstinence, it is not a choice but rather a sexual orientation. It's estimated that atleast 1% of the population is asexual. Unfortunately in our sex obsessed culture, asexuality has little to no representation. For this reason, it has been deemed the "invisible orientation". Many people on the asexual spectrum feel broken, misunderstood, and isolated. The truth is, they have the same emotional needs as everybody else. Many asexuals (or aces for short) desire romantic relationships and may also identify as gay, straight, bi, or pan. Even those who are aromantic (not romantically attracted), may long for deep platonic connections. Since asexuality is rooted merely in the lack of sexual attraction, some aces are sexually active and may even enjoy it. As you see, asexuality can present itself in a myriad of different ways. You can find out more at asexuality.org (http://www.asexuality.org/)