Diversity—or variety—is one of the amazing and beautiful aspects of the world. The mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms hold such variety that the abundance of the creative force at play can amaze and awe. Such is true for humans as well—our size, shape, color, and ways of being contribute to making us each unique expressions of consciousness.
Sexual orientation and gender identity are included in this kaleidoscope of color and expression of self. Inherent at birth, these parts of one’s identity and sense of self have the potential to be discovered, explored, and expressed more deeply during the course of one’s life. The choice is not in where someone falls on the spectrum of sexual orientation or gender identity—the choice is if, when, and how one integrates that aspect into their sense of and expression of self.
Karuna supports and affirms the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning, and intersex presence in our world. Whether seeking initial understanding or safe expression, we work with individuals, couples, and families who are living in a world that still too often misunderstands and fears—and therefore oppresses—them.
The shame associated with this misunderstanding and the stress resulting from social oppression in daily life often call for psychotherapy as part of healing and empowerment. We help GLTBQQI individuals remember and reconnect with their self-acceptance, self-respect, and self-love, resulting in their empowerment and experience of more peace, love, and joy of themselves and their lives—allowing the possibility of proud participation in the world’s colorful mosaic of variety.