This transgender psychotherapy group will identify goals depending on the needs of those in the group. Objectives may include reducing social isolation, handling real-life circumstances, and exploring choices during the time of transition. Group members can hear about the experiences of others and may process and explore their own history of denying feelings related to being transgender with the goal of developing a more solid sense of gender identity. Many group members may want to discuss strategies for navigating the coming out process with friends and family members. Those transitioning later in life may want to use the group as a place to process the loss of long-standing relationship dynamics and grieve these significant losses while embracing their true selves.
Group will run for 12 weeks and be closed after it starts
Eileen Casella Rider is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Providence, Rhode Island specializing in anxiety, depression, LGBTQ topics, trauma, and substance use disorders. She also enjoys working with blended families and step-parents.
Eileen is both passionate and experienced in working with the LGBTQ community. She has been an active member of the LCFD gender-free dance organization for over 24 years and for many years she served as a contributing Co-Chair of the board. Eileen has a particular interest in supporting all individuals on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. She recognizes that partners who are in a relationship with those considering or in gender transitioning are a deeply underserved group with their own set of challenges including loneliness, isolation, grief, and confusion. Many couples do not survive gender transition and Eileen helps the non transitioning partner to identify and express unique feelings and negotiate steps to survive the challenges of the transition. Eileen offers measured, compassionate step-by-step guidance throughout each phase of their experience.
Eileen also enjoys working with people who choose the challenges of non-monogamous relationships and can help them explore ways to open their relationship without feeling jealous, threatened, or angry. Her experience working with couples and families struggling with substance use disorders, infidelity, and monogamy is extensive and diverse. She has also worked as a clinical director in several treatment settings including residential, inpatient, and intensive outpatient programs.
Eileen also practices in Canton, Massachusetts. Both counseling offices are quiet, cozy, and confidential.