Today is National Coming Out Day, I'm not sure I'm keen on the idea that we need a day to allow ourselves to be who we are and let others know who we love.
Although it is an individual's process, it is often not as straight forward as we would hope. Firstly because we are not in control of other responses, sadly there are still some that are closed off to such ideas about who we should be having romantic relationships with depending on our gender. This can hinder our ability to express ourselves and who we are.
"It was hard for a while. I had - as I'm sure lots of people do - a lot of internalised homophobia and I struggled with powerful moments of self-loathing that I'd never encountered before. That attacked my already low self-esteem. It got better eventually, which was immeasurably helped by the positive reactions I got when I came out to others. All of my friends were supportive, and it didn't matter to them"
There is no rulebook telling you how to do it, and for some, it can cause great stress and anxiety.
As a therapist I work hard to create a non judgemental environment where you can be you exactly as you are, to explore any thoughts and feelings you are and to give you a space to acknowledge your process. There is no pressure to find your feet and your voice!
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