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Coming Out

Coming out is unique to each individual and usually means that you are working through understanding, accepting, or valuing your sexual orientation or identity. The truth is, there is no right or wrong way of coming out. It can happen over a very gradual period, or it can happen quite suddenly. It takes courage and bravery and can involve a lot of varied emotions, which can take time to uncover and comprehend.

Some studies have shown that gender or sexual identities are formed at an early age and pre-determined, but there are theories for and against it. Either way, you can go through the process of coming out to live very happy and healthy lives. 

During the process, you may feel discouraged by the reactions of family, friends, school, or work environments which impact your ability to have the confidence to express yourself fully. It’s not uncommon for this to affect how you feel about yourself, which may create a sense of fear or impact your mental health. Some may experience discrimination or stigma based on being LGBTIQ+. No matter the circumstance, you are not alone, and there are many support networks and purpose-built LGBTIQ+ counselling options for you. 

Whether it’s coming out to family or friends, at school or work, exploring new sexual experiences or relationships, or looking to liberate some form of expression, our team of therapists will provide a supportive, non-judgmental, and affirming experience to support your journey. 

Support for Parents of LGBTIQ+

For parents, carers, or family members of anyone who identifies as LGBTIQ+, it can be as much of a journey for you as it is for them. You may want to understand more about what your child is going through or how to support them. You may need help clarifying or processing your thoughts and emotions. Regardless of your experience, there are many ways to approach this with kindness and compassion to both yourself and your child.

The process can also cause anxiety or concern about your child’s mental health, safety, or well-being. This is not uncommon and is quite a normal reaction. Our therapists can provide helpful solutions and strategies for communication and enhancing relationship-building to navigate the transition together.  

Some feelings or thoughts that can be experienced:

  • Feeling disconnected from people or the world around us.
  • Sense of loneliness or isolation.
  • Internalised homophobia or self-shaming.
  • Exacerbated fear or anxiety.
  • Confusion about how to self-identify.
  • Self-comparison.

Coming out is unique to each individual and usually means that you are working through understanding, accepting, or valuing your sexual orientation or identity. The truth is, there is no right or wrong way of coming out. It can happen over a very gradual period, or it can happen quite suddenly. It takes courage and bravery and can involve a lot of varied emotions, which can take time to uncover and comprehend.

Some studies have shown that gender or sexual identities are formed at an early age and pre-determined, but there are theories for and against it. Either way, you can go through the process of coming out to live very happy and healthy lives. 

During the process, you may feel discouraged by the reactions of family, friends, school, or work environments which impact your ability to have the confidence to express yourself fully. It’s not uncommon for this to affect how you feel about yourself, which may create a sense of fear or impact your mental health. Some may experience discrimination or stigma based on being LGBTIQ+. No matter the circumstance, you are not alone, and there are many support networks and purpose-built LGBTIQ+ counselling options for you. 

Whether it’s coming out to family or friends, at school or work, exploring new sexual experiences or relationships, or looking to liberate some form of expression, our team of therapists will provide a supportive, non-judgmental, and affirming experience to support your journey. 

Support for Parents of LGBTIQ+

For parents, carers, or family members of anyone who identifies as LGBTIQ+, it can be as much of a journey for you as it is for them. You may want to understand more about what your child is going through or how to support them. You may need help clarifying or processing your thoughts and emotions. Regardless of your experience, there are many ways to approach this with kindness and compassion to both yourself and your child.

The process can also cause anxiety or concern about your child’s mental health, safety, or well-being. This is not uncommon and is quite a normal reaction. Our therapists can provide helpful solutions and strategies for communication and enhancing relationship-building to navigate the transition together.  

How Our Team Can Help

Developing positive self-worth and self-acceptance throughout your journey of coming out is essential for those who may face discrimination or stigma to reduce the impact of self-shaming or internalised homophobia.

Unboxed Pride has been built for LGBTIQ+ people seeking affirming connections and support throughout their journey. Our team of therapists all have success stories caring for the LGBTIQ+ community by creating a safe space that starts with building a circle of warmth and trust, so you can unapologetically explore anything about coming out.

Our therapists tailor strength-based counselling to clarify any feelings, thoughts or areas of confusion. We will help you navigate your experience with informed strategies and resources to help you embrace a world that is unique and authentic to you. Coming out can be a scary or challenging experience for many of us, but we do not have to do it alone. 

Our Team Are Here For You

We are here with you every step of the way and are committed to progress and supporting you in your journey.
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PJ Menon

She/They
Registered Psychologist
LGBTQIA+ member, Non-Binary, Warm and Sensitive
Registered Psychologist
Tuesday & Friday
$192.90 (Private Fee)
$99.55 (With Medicare Rebate)
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PJ Menon

Registered Psychologist
ADD/ADHD
Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Anger management

Registered Psychologist (She/They)

I'm warm & empathetic, and love to use humour to develop therapeutic relationships. I value collaboration, and celebrate lived experiences and client wisdom in my work. I'm passionate about walking alongside others as they develop their self-compassion, confidence and identity.    
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Joseph Tighe

He/Him
Registered Psychologist
Male, Parent, Warm and Sensitive
Registered Psychologist
Friday
$192.90 (Private Fee)
$99.55 (With Medicare Rebate)
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Joseph Tighe

Registered Psychologist
ADD/ADHD
Agoraphobia
Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Registered Psychologist (He/Him)

In private practise Joe sees clients from LGBTQIA+ backgrounds be they pre-teen through to adulthood. He is passionate to with clients and their families at various stages of transitioning and offers an accepting, affirming space for all.
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Glenda May

She/Her
Registered Psychologist
Female, Parent, Warm and Sensitive
Registered Psychologist
Mon-Fri
$192.90 (Private Fee)
$99.55 (With Medicare Rebate)
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Glenda May

Registered Psychologist
ADD/ADHD
Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Anger management

Registered Psychologist (She/Her)

Clients often describe me as warm and inspirational. I have a passion for guiding introspection, facilitating self-discovery, and empowering individuals to achieve their aspirations.    
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Leonard W Kling

He/Him
Clinical Psychologist
Male, LGBTQIA+ member, Warm and Sensitive, Non-religous
Clinical Psychologist
Wednesday
$235.50 (Private Fee)
$98.45 (With Medicare Rebate)
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Leonard W Kling

Clinical Psychologist
ADD/ADHD
Agoraphobia
Alcohol & Drug Abuse

 Clinical Psychologist (He/Him) 

I’m a very positive, compassionate and respectful person. While making every effort to genuinely understand the unique challenges that can be faced, I’ll always create a welcoming and safe space to build future goals and work with you to develop positive change and growth.
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Tasha Turner

She/They
Senior Counsellor
LGBTQIA+ member, Gender Queer, Spiritual, Non-religious, Confident, Warm and Sensitive
Senior Counsellor
Monday – Sunday
Individual Sessions: $130
Couples: $230
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Tasha Turner

Senior Counsellor
ADD/ADHD
Agoraphobia
Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Senior Counsellor (She/They)

As a proud gender Queer, pansexual, neurodivergent Counsellor, and chronic pain battler, I am excited to be part of this tailored support service. My purpose is to guide clients in exploring their true selves, embracing their differences and living authentically  
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Mark Podesta

He/Him
Registered Psychologist (GradDip & Postgrad Dip - Psychology)
LGBTQIA+ member, Male, Spiritual, Warm and Sensitive
General Psychologist (GradDip and Postgrad Dip -Psych)
Saturday
$192.90 (Private Fee)
$99.55 (With Medicare Rebate)
  $230 – Couples Counselling
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Mark Podesta

Registered Psychologist (GradDip & Postgrad Dip - Psychology)
ADD/ADHD
Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Anger management

Registered Psychologist (He/Him)

I'm a warm, caring, approachable person. I'll be guided by your strengths, needs and circumstances; empowering you to be able to create positive changes, cope with challenges and difficulties, and improve your overall wellbeing.    
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Keith Kulda

He/Him
Counsellor
Confident, LGBTQIA+ member, Tough but Comforting, Male
Counsellor
Wed & Thurs
$130
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Keith Kulda

Counsellor
ADD/ADHD
Agoraphobia
Alcohol & Drug Abuse

 Counsellor (He/Him)

My counselling approach is person-centred and focused on developing strong therapeutic partnerships and meet clients where they are. I am a proud gay man of colour with a practice motivated on helping clients with personal growth and making self-rewarding change.  
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Nicole Vanderkroef

She/Her
Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist
LGBTQIA+ member, Female, Spiritual, Non-religious, Parent, Warm and Sensitive, Confident
Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Monday, Wednesday & Saturday
$130
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Nicole Vanderkroef

Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist
ADD/ADHD
Agoraphobia
Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist (She/Her)

I am a qualified clinical counsellor and psychotherapist with over 10 years working with adults, children and families. I have a warm, open and patient approach -- and some very broad shoulders  
https://unboxedpride.com.au/