Kia Ora, I am Amanda,
When our son came out, I was not surprised and as an arty, liberal type I thought, I had this, it would be plain sailing, I could manage. Actually as it turned out, neither my hubby nor I were surprised but still it impacted us profoundly, it was confronting. However I believe there is a brilliant light at the end of the tunnel, you child is perfect – I know, I have been through this and I really do get it.
Unsure of how to handle some questions and family issues that came up, there was no support available in Auckland. This is a long journey and we still sometimes still have wonderings and questions. Holding Our Own now offers the support that we needed, years ago.
We found that Josh’s coming out didn’t end there, not only was it a transitional time for him, it was also the beginning of our coming out to our friends and family.
As a family we have all grown through this and developed a strong family bond, we continue to navigate this road together and we are all richer for the experience. Josh is our wonderful son, we would not compromise nor change any part of who he is, we are very proud of all that he is.
I am a Registered Social Worker with a counselling Post grad, I work in Mental Health for children and Youth. I started Holding Our Own in 2014 and we have many families who support and have been supported through difficult times. If you are feeling a little lost, alone, isolated, angry, confused, guilty or a little unsure give me a call and lets talk this through.
Lets support ourselves, our children, our families and our community together, we are each a vital link in the chain.
Warm regards Amanda