The Psychology Clinic will be conducting a support group focusing on transgender-related issues beginning this month. The group sessions will be conducted by Alyssa Frye, M.A., and Whitney Myers, B.A.
Plans call for the sessions to be held on Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The exact start date will be set after consulting potential participants.
“The group is currently being formed and available slots in the group are limited,” said Dr. Keith Beard, professor of psychology and director of the Psy.D. program. The group is available to Marshall University students and staff, as well as members of the community who identify as transgender.
“It is vitally important to assist in providing support to individuals who identify as transgender, as there are limited resources or support networks available in the area,” Frye said. “We know attending support groups and relating to others can be very beneficial, so we wanted to offer a safe place for individuals to openly discuss any issues they face.”
Beard added, “We’ve run this group in the past with great success. There is definitely a need and we are very pleased to be able to provide the service. I’m also very pleased that we have clinic staff who are willing to and interested in providing services to a community that is often ignored.”
“We hope that the group will help provide a sense of safety and support to group members,” Myers said. “We will discuss a wide variety of common issues, as well as provide an open forum to address the unique concerns of the members. No matter where you are in your journey of transition (or non-transition), we welcome you.”
Organizers said that the group will be a safe and supportive group environment to discuss a variety of issues with others in similar situations, such as getting comfortable discussing their gender identity with others, discrimination, transitioning, advocating for oneself, family/relationship issues and other topics of interests to participants.