Events

Inspiration and information

There’s a lot to learn about life in the LGBTQ Community

Wednesday, March 18 – 7:30 pm   

Forging a Healthy Identity

Bree Van Dyke specialist in working with LGBTQ youth ages 11-25

Would you go back to being thirteen? Most people would say the teenage years are among the most confusing, disorienting, and difficult stages of life. Youth who begin to recognize that they are LGBTQ+ have even more issues to deal with.

In a 2019 survey of LGBTQ youth mental health funded by the Trevor Project, 71% of LGBTQ youth reported feeling sad or hopeless for at least two weeks in the past year. Additionally 76 percent said that the current political climate impacted their mental health.

Bree Van Dyke understands this dynamic–she lived it. Her own experience was the motivation for getting a master’s degree in social work and earning her ACSW credential. Now a therapist, she works with LGBTQ youth at The Village Family Services.

Having walked in their shoes, Van Dyke is particularly suited to guiding LGBTQ youth from struggling to thriving. She provides individual and group therapy to young members of our community who experience anxiety, depression, self-harm, and trauma.

The good news is that LGBTQ youth can learn how to thrive. Bree will share with us some tools to help the youth in our lives love themselves, build healthy relationships, overcome stigma and discrimination, develop resilience, and building community.

Wednesday, February 19 – 7:30 pm   

Challenges – the key to change

Coming out is a complicated process full of complicated emotions for all involved. Too bad there are no instructions! But there are tools that make navigating it with more love and compassion possible. Laura Cazares teaches techniques to support you in navigating not just the coming out process, but all of life’s challenges. You’ll learn how to transform challenges into your true power!

Laura knows a lot about change and growth. A certified life coach since 1986, she has been speaking, teaching, coaching, and working with professionals and entrepreneurs. She holds BS and MS degrees in Chemistry and is a graduate of Coach U. She is a certified Life Mastery Consultant and DreamBuilder Coach. She has been a high school teacher, water quality project manager, entertainment IT project manager, and marketing/proposal director. 

Her wide-ranging experience has expanded her vision of what is possible. She will help us expand our own views, and find the possibilities in the problem.

Wednesday, January 15 – 7:30 pm   

More Time for Support

The PFLAG organization began with parents and LGBTQ people talking together about their experiences in a safe, supportive confidential group. Forty + years later, support groups are still at the heart of what we do.

That’s why, two or three times a year, we devote the whole meeting to support. The extra time allows us to go more deeply into situations, issues, and feelings that are challenging. This meeting is one of those sessions.

We hope you’ll all come with your trials and your successes, your fears and your victories, your hopes and dreads. When it comes to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, we’re all works in progress, growing through tolerance to acceptance to celebration one step at a time. Your story will enrich our groups and help all of us to grow.