The Art of Coming Out - Journeys for Everyone

November 10, 2015
Hosted by Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

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Coming out as a gay person is a journey, not a one time event. While it may seem that coming out is an individual experience, the reality is that it affects people near and far. Too often the focus is on the individual and how they are navigating the dance out of the closet. In truth, the dance has many partners and complications arise. Coming Out Coach Rick Clemons takes a holistic approach to guiding clients, and those closest to them, through the closet doors with a heart-centered approach that invites as much peace and mutual understanding as possible for all concerned. During this episode of Family Matters, Clemons shares tips and advice for coming out without coming unglued, regardless of the role you play in the coming out experience.

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Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D is an author, speaker, professional family mediator, Director of Colin Family Mediation Group, and a Founding Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM).

Having survived a nightmarish divorce, Dr. Colin actively supports divorce reform efforts, teaching people how to take a lot of the pain, financial cost, acrimony, and trauma out of divorce. She also loves learning and teaching about building healthy relationships and solving family problems long before anyone has a reason to consider divorce. She has been a foster parent, a married parent, a divorced single parent, and a remarried stepparent.

Formerly a research psychologist studying attachment and other aspects of human development, Dr. Colin has been providing family mediation services since 1999. She specializes in helping couples and ex-couples develop co-parenting plans and financial agreements that support their children’s security, self-confidence, and healthy development as well as their own adult well-being.

Dr. Colin has published two books, “Human Attachment" and "The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia: How to Do It Yourself.” She has also written a variety of articles published in journals and on the Internet.

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