Pineapple Support has partnered with industry therapist Jasmine Johnson, (MSW, MA, LCSW) of Blue Pearl Therapy to host a five-week sexual trauma support program for 10-12 adult industry performers, beginning July 3, 2019.
“Jasmine was one of the very first therapists to offer her services to Pineapple Support,” says Leya Tanit, Founder and President of Pineapple Support. “She knows how important it is for performers who have experienced trauma to be able to talk with others with similar backgrounds. We hope these sessions will help performers build strong bonds and develop an on-going support network.”
Blue Pearl Therapy is a sex-worker-aware, stigma-free therapeutic practice that provides both online and offline therapy and coaching. Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker and gerontologist providing therapeutic services related to PTSD, depression and anxiety for over fifteen years.
Pineapple Support was launched by Tanit in response to a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illness. In its first year alone, Pineapple Support has connected over two hundred adult performers to mental health services including free and low-cost, therapy, counseling and emotional support.
“As an active clinical therapist and adult entertainer myself, I know first hand the challenges that can accompany accessing mental health support,” says Johnson. “I have been elated to partner with Pineapple Support to help bridge the gap between mental health resources and sex workers.”
Johnson says performers can expect to meet online weekly with peers and a sex worker friendly therapist to discuss the impact of sexual trauma and coping skills. Performers can expect a judgement-free safe space where the only thing anyone need have in common is being a member of the adult industry community.
“One of the hardest things that adult performers face is stigma from the therapeutic community,” says Tanit, “We need to meet performers on their own terms, and in an environment that understands their needs.”
Pineapple Support is a registered 501(c)3 tax-deductible qualifying charity in the US, and a registered charity in the UK.
Those wishing to sign-up for the group should complete the Sexual Trauma Group Support Form