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Older & Out Therapy Groups

Photo via The Gender Spectrum Collection

Just like me, I’ve seen others in the group open up and share their stories, a lot of times for the first time, and sometimes with more than a few tears.

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 Pacific Center partners with North Berkeley Senior Center and the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center, to provide in-person therapy groups for LGBTQIA+ adults 55 and older. We also offer one group online for community members who are not able to easily access the in-person offerings in Berkeley and Oakland. The 90 minute groups require an intake to attend, are free, run for 8 week sessions with the same members and have a maximum of 12 spots. We welcome new members after they have completed a virtual intake with one of our group facilitators. Older & Out group facilitators are Pacific Center licensed therapists and / or associate or clinician trainees. Group topics emerge from group members’ shares which have included: coping with loss, wisdom that comes with aging, going back in the closet to survive, ageism, dating, invisibility and racism in the LGBTQIA+ community, family acceptance challenges, loneliness, and resilience.
 
Older & Out therapy groups are offered to counteract ageism, isolation and loneliness.

Oakland

In-person at Oakland LGBTQ Community Center

Wednesdays

 1:15 - 2:45pm

Online

Online via Zoom

Tuesdays

2:00 - 3:30pm

Berkeley

In-person at North Berkeley Senior Center
Fridays

1:15 - 2:45pm

How to get involved 

 

Please email olderandoutgroups@pacificcenter.org to set up a screening meeting to complete some paperwork and learn more about the program.

After that, if it sounds like this program might meet your needs, we'll connect you with a group where you can participate in whatever way is comfortable for you.

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