LGBTQ2S youth and their parents/caregivers often have very different needs from counselling, for this reason, they may meet separately for a number of sessions, and eventually come together in joint sessions:
- Parents/caregivers can access education and counselling about gender and transition-related issues, have a supportive space to explore fears, worries and societal/ cultural/ religious beliefs about gender and sexuality, and learn how to promote youth mental health at home;
- Youth can do separate sessions on any issues relevant to their lives, as well as prepare for family sessions;
- In joint sessions, families are supported to repair and strengthen their relationships, create supportive home environments, and improve their ability to communicate. Siblings and other family members may be involved in some sessions, if needed.