Circle of Pride offers counseling service through Raymond Rodriguez, LMSW, a licensed social worker in New York State. Raymond practices an integrative approach to counseling that combines a variety of therapeutic modalities and spirituality. He sees his role as simply mirroring for the client his or her wholeness and facilitating the client’s journey towards wholeness.

Specific counseling services include:

Individual and couples counseling
To date, our country and most of the world does not embrace our sexuality. Many of us grew up in families where we were taught that anything other than heterosexuality was wrong. Compounding that message, religion told us that we were deviant and immoral. Years of these messages have left most of us with self-hatred, low self-esteem, and a disconnection from our emotions and physical body. What is worse is that these unexplored feelings may prevent us from forming and/or maintaining healthy romantic relationships. Individual counseling can help you reconnect with your Self and embrace your wholeness. If your intimate relationship(s) is/are experiencing difficulty, couples counseling can help you and your partner enhance the positive aspect of the relationship while exploring those areas that are causing tension.

Pre-marital counseling
Whether you and your partner have already decided to get married or are considering it, pre-marital counseling can help you clarify the intentions you want to put forth with your wedding. Marriage can be both a joyous experience and, at the same time, a stressful event. Inevitably, a wedding brings out the best and the worst in people, partners and family alike. Pre-marital counseling can help you and your partner experience your wedding and begin your marriage with ease and grace.

Some of the questions pre-marital counseling can help you address include: are we doing the right thing?, are we right for each other?, is this my soul mate?, what about children?, what if we practice a different faith?

Spiritual counseling
At times some of us may experience a sense of disconnection from our spirituality. These feelings may leave us frustrated or angry or make us feel that our lives lack purpose and meaning. Spiritual counseling can help you reconnect with your spiritual source and develop a sense of groundedness. Reconnecting with our spiritual nature leave us feeling joyful and full of life.

Some of the questions spiritual counseling can help you address include: do I believe in God?, how do I develop a relationship with my spiritual nature?, do I want religion or spirituality?, how do I relate to my religion of choice when they hate my sexuality?

Grief counseling
Coping with the loss of a loved one is uncharted territory for many people. We experience feelings of loss, anger, frustration, and even resentment. All these feelings are normal, yet our family and friends may not know how to handle our emotions. Grief counseling can help you navigate through these feelings and develop the coping skills necessary to live life without your loved one.


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