September 18th, 2017

Counseling center offers LGBTQ support groups fall semester

Cleveland State University’s Counseling Center has released the fall semester schedule for support groups for LGBTQ and transgender students.

Along with group therapy and one-on-one counseling, the counseling center offers a Trans Support Hour, which started Sept. 8 and a LGBTQ Support Hour, which began Sept. 12. Both of these groups are open to all students and do not require registration.

These 60 minutes group sessions allow students from the LGBTQ community at Cleveland State to come receive the support they need, whether it is relating to relationships, stress or harassment they are experiencing.

“People have a chance to come in, introduce themselves, share their personal pronouns and check in each week,” says Bruce Menapace, training director and psychologist at Cleveland State’s Counseling center.

“The issues are a little bit different than general lesbian and gay issues,” Menapace says. The Trans Support hour began Friday, Sept. 8 and meets from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. The Trans Student Support Hour was added in Spring 2016. Menapace hopes this will be an additional support system for students who specifically identify as transgender or are questioning their gender identity.

“This is one way that people find that positive support and can interact with other people on their same level,” Menapace says. The support groups will take place on the second floor of the Union Building in office 220. The Union Building is located on Euclid Avenue.


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