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Pineapple Support, Stripchat to Host Support Group to Help Resolve Sexual Compulsivity

Pineapple Support, the adult industry’s leading mental health nonprofit, will host a free, online support group with a focus on helping performers and adult industry professionals to resolve sexual compulsivity, sponsored by Stripchat. The six-week support group, “Resolving Sexual Compulsivity” will be led by Pineapple therapist Silva Neves and will start on Thursday, June 9th at 2pm EST.

“Compulsive sexual behaviors are often misunderstood, yet many people struggle with problematic sexual behaviors that feel out of control, causing problems in their lives,” says licensed therapist Silva Neves. “This unique therapeutic group will help you become erotically aware. Rather than focusing on trying to stop behaviors, our main goal is to help you understand your erotic mind and help you to integrate it into your life in a functional way. Sexual compulsivity does not survive when there is meaningful erotic awareness!”

“Sexual compulsivity does not survive when there is meaningful erotic awareness!”

Pineapple Support was founded by British performer Leya Tanit in 2018, after a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illnesses. The organization, which is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in the United States, has so far connected over 5,000 adult performers to mental health services, including free and low-cost, therapy, counseling, and emotional support.

“We are a very sexual community,” says Tanit. “Silva’s therapeutic work is crucial for people who are trying to understand their own sexual behavior in a holistic way. Thanks to Striptchat, we have a unique opportunity to talk frankly about our sexuality, and make sure it’s always serving us and meeting our needs.”

Pineapple Support’s “Navigating Relationships” online support group begins on Thursday, June 9th at 2pm EST, and continues weekly for six weeks. For more information about this support group and to reserve a place, visit pineapplesupport.org/support-groups.

Pineapple Support To Host ‘Navigating Relationships’ Support Group

Pineapple Support, the adult industry’s leading mental health nonprofit, will host a free, online support group with a focus on helping performers to better navigate different types of relationships. The six-week support group, “Navigating Relationships” will be led by Pineapple therapist Rachael Farina and will start on Tuesday, May 31st at 3pm EST.

“Throughout the course of this group, we’ll address various topics, such as conflict resolution, communication skills and setting and maintaining boundaries with others,” says licensed Pineapple therapist Rachael Farina. “We’d encourage attendees to try to attend all sessions, so we can maintain consistency for everyone. If there are any important relationships in your life that you would like to strengthen, this group is for you.”

“If there are any important relationships in your life that you would like to strengthen, this group is for you.”

Pineapple Support was founded by British performer Leya Tanit in 2018, after a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illnesses. The organization, which is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in the United States, has so far connected over 5,000 adult performers to mental health services, including free and low-cost, therapy, counseling and emotional support.

“In this six-week, virtual support group, performers will learn how to navigate sexual and romantic relationships, as well as relationships with friends and family”, says Tanit. “Rachael is a talented and licensed therapist who specialises in sexuality, sexual health and relationships. With a non-judgmental, humorous and authentic approach to therapy, attendees will benefit tremendously from understanding how to approach the important relationships in their lives.”

“In this six-week, virtual support group, performers will learn how to navigate sexual and romantic relationships, as well as relationships with friends and family.”

The six-week “Navigating Relationships” support group begins on Tuesday, May 31st from 3pm to 4pm EST, and will take place online each Tuesday at the same time until July 5th. For more information about this support group and to reserve a place, visit pineapplesupport.org/support-groups.

Pineapple Support Announces Monthly Support Group Dedicated to Support Staff

Pineapple Support, the adult industry’s leading mental health nonprofit, expands its corporate training initiative with a drop-in support group dedicated to back-end and support staff that work alongside adult performers and creators. The monthly support group will be led by licensed therapists Steven Mollura and Diane Obeid and will start on Thursday, June 2nd at 12pm EST.

“This group will provide a regular opportunity to meet as a group and discuss mental health in a safe space,” says Pineapple Support therapist Stephen Mollura. “This is a drop-in group, so there’s no pressure to stay for a certain number of sessions, and the group members may change from week to week. It will be an opportunity to talk about any concerns you might have or challenges you may be facing.”

“This group will provide a regular opportunity to meet as a group and discuss mental health in a safe space.”

The support group will take place once a month and will be available exclusively to online adult industry corporate professionals, including model support, content reviewers, tech team members and other employees of companies that sponsor Pineapple Support.

“The adult industry needs to come together as one team to provide comprehensive support for performers,” says Leya Tanit, founder and CEO of Pineapple Support.

“It’s critical that we are able to spot the signs of someone that may be struggling, as well as knowing how to navigate conversations around mental health. But it’s equally important to recognize that support staff experience their own challenges, and need support as well.”

Tanit founded Pineapple Support in 2018, after a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illnesses. The organization, which is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in the United States, has so far connected over 5000 adult performers to mental health services, including free and low-cost, therapy, counselling and emotional support.

“There’s a real need for increased support for those that work on the other side of the screen,” says Tanit. “While the mental health challenges faced by content reviewers are sometimes acknowledged, many who work behind the scenes in the sex industry face challenges of their own, including some of the same stigma and discrimination as performers. I’m glad we’re reaching this underserved group.”

“While the mental health challenges faced by content reviewers are sometimes acknowledged, many who work behind the scenes in the sex industry face challenges of their own…”

If you have a business and would like to find out how to become an official sponsor of Pineapple Support, view the available packages by visiting pineapplesupport.org/sponsorship.

Pineapple Support To Host Ongoing Support Group for Performers Affected by Conflict In Ukraine

Pineapple Support, the adult industry’s leading mental health nonprofit, will host a free, online support group for performers affected by the conflict in Ukraine. The weekly support group will be led by accredited therapist and counselor Sergei Malkin and will start on Wednesday, April 6th at 12pm CET, running for as long as needed.

“War has devastating effects and extreme destructive power, bringing uncertainty to the future,” says Malkin. “Traumatic events like this can wake up ‘forgotten’ or ‘viscerally stored’ memories of early developmental and attachment trauma, leading to anxiety and depression. At times like these, we need support and holding more than ever. A support group for others in a similar situation may provide a productive forum to share and validate feelings, grieve losses, exchange practical information and give each other hope and support.”

Pineapple Support was founded by British performer Leya Tanit in 2018, after a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illnesses. The organization, which is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in the United States, has so far connected over 5000 adult performers to mental health services, including free and low-cost, therapy, counseling and emotional support.

“Sergei is a fantastic therapist and counselor, combining different approaches to help people find suitable tools in order to increase resilience and autonomy,” says Tanit. “He helps people to transform wounds into new resources and to find new ways to restore boundaries and self-esteem. Anyone who has been affected by the conflict in Ukraine is welcome to come and share a safe space where we can help you to build resilience and process what’s happening in a healthy way.”

The ongoing support group for performers affected by the conflict in Ukraine begins on Wednesday, April 6th at 12pm CET, and will take place online each Wednesday at the same time, running as long as is needed. For more information about this support group and to reserve a place, visit https://pineapplesupport.org/support-groups/.

Pineapple Support Sets 2022 Support Group, Webinar Schedule

Pineapple Support has announced an initial schedule of support groups and webinars for 2022.

The program includes both drop-in and specialist support groups, as well as a range of webinars on topics critical to performer health.

“I’m optimistic that, after two very difficult years, we’ll see a healthier 2022,” said CEO and founder Leya Tanit. “We’ve targeted our work where the need and demand is greatest, but we’ll be announcing more in the coming weeks and months. Be sure to follow us on social and sign up for our newsletter so that you can hear about upcoming events as they’re announced.”

All events are free unless otherwise specified.

DROP-IN SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Motivational Support Group For Performers & Producers (sponsored by CAM4)
    • Weekly drop-in support group with Nicki Line and Abigail Maher
    • Mondays, 4 p.m. (PST)
  • BIPOC Support Group
    • Weekly drop-in support group with Jasmine Johnson
    • Wednesdays, 4 p.m. (PST)
  • Male Support Group
    • Monthly drop-in support group with Jason Meisel
    • First Thursday of each month, 4 p.m. (PST)

SPECIALIST SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Strengthening the 6 Pillars Of Self-Esteem (sponsored By Pornhub)
    • Six-week support group with Nicki Line
    • Begins Feb. 1, 3 p.m. (PST)
  • DBT – Distress Tolerance (sponsored by Streamate)
    • Six-week support group with Sophia Graham
    • Begins March 3rd, 11 a.m. (PST).
  • Sexual Trauma
    • Six-week support group with Holly Mackin
    • Begins April 28, 12 p.m. (PST)
  • Resolving Sexual Compulsivity
    • Six-week support group with Silva Neves.
    • Begins June 7, 11 a.m. (PST)
  • Sex Work on the Spectrum (sponsored by Streamate)
    • Six-week support group with Nicole Landwehr
    • Begins July 11, 1 p.m. (PST)
  • Reflecting on Loss
    • Six-week support group with Rachael Wells
    • Begins Sept. 1, 2:30 p.m. (PST)
  • DBT — Interpersonal Effectiveness
    • Seven-week support group with Sophia Graham
    • Begins Oct. 6, 11 a.m. (PST)
  • Complex-PTSD — Exploring and Understanding Attachment Trauma
    • Six-week support group with Alex Zoloto
    • Begins Nov. 7, 4 p.m. (PST)
  • Preparing For and Making It Through December Holidays
    • Six-week support group with Emily Richman
    • Begins Dec. 2, 10 a.m. (PST)

WEBINARS

  • What To Expect From Therapy: You Are The Expert! (sponsored By SexyJobs)
    • Hosted by Devin D’shae
    • Feb. 17, 10 a.m. (PST)
  • Healing Through the Mind-Body Connection (sponsored by Xlovecam)
    • Hosted by Lindsay Rothschild
    •  March 21, 9 a.m. (PST)
  • Burnout, Ambition and Self-Sabotage (sponsored By Streamate)
    • Hosted by Steven Mollura
    •  April 21, 12 p.m. (PST)
  • Boundaries On Set (sponsored by Playboy)
    • Hosted by Jasmine Johnson
    • May 5, 10 a.m. (PST)
  • Would I Benefit From Therapy? (sponsored by Rabbit Reviews)
    • Hosted by Devin D’shae
    • Aug. 18, 10 a.m. (PST)
  • Suicidal Ideation
    • Hosted by Nicki Line
    • Sept. 21, 10 a.m. (PST)
  • Situational Anxiety: Engaging Your Whole Brain To Ease Stressful Situations (sponsored by Imlive)
    • Hosted by Emily Richman
    • Oct 14, 10 a.m. (PST)
  • Happy & Distracted: Living With Adult ADHD
    • Hosted by Katherine Smith
    • Dec. 6, 10 a.m. (PST)

For more information, and to make a reservation, click here

Pineapple Support, Chaturbate to Host ‘Beyond Abuse’ Industry Support Group

Pineapple Support and Chaturbate have partnered on a free six-week webinar series titled “Beyond Abuse,” beginning Tuesday, November 9, at 3 p.m. (PDT).

The series will be led by therapist Miki Anderson, LPC.

“The ‘Beyond Abuse’ support group is yet another example of the excellent work that Pineapple Support does to provide accessible and educational resources to the entire adult entertainment community,” Chaturbate COO Shirley Lara said. “From Pineapple Support’s very inception, Chaturbate has been an enthusiastic supporter of the amazing goals and objectives of the organization in creating a supportive space for adult performers to feel heard, seen and understood.”

The group, founded in 2018 by Leya Tanit after a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illnesses, has so far connected over 5,000 adult performers and industry members to mental health services, including free and low-cost therapy, counseling and emotional support.

“We’d like to thank Chaturbate for their ongoing support and generosity and helping to make events like this possible,” said Tanit. “Anyone that wants to learn more about how to heal from abuse, as well as those interested in supporting others in their community, will benefit greatly from this safe and stigma-free space to explore the topic under Miki’s guidance. Miki is a fantastic counselor, with more than 10 years of experience and knowledge in the realms of kink and ethical non-monogamy.”

Each session is scheduled to run 90 minutes.

For additional details, and to register to secure a place in the group, click here.

Pineapple Support to Host New DBT Online Support Group

LOS ANGELES — Pineapple Support has announced a free, online support group with a focus on using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques to improve interpersonal skills.

The six-week support group, led by therapist Sophia Graham, will start on Friday, August 20.

“Our efforts to manage our own emotions are frequently challenged by our interactions with other people,” said Graham. “Sometimes this leads us to behave impulsively or to explode, damaging our relationships. Other times we can fail to speak up assertively for what we need, which can lead to resentment or misunderstandings later. This course is about empowering us to handle interpersonal situations more effectively.”

Pineapple Support founder Leya Tanit said, “This course invites you to reflect on the myths that can hold you back in relationships, while teaching you how to be more assertive.”

“Sophia is a disabled, queer coach and therapist working primarily with marginalized individuals and groups,” Tanit added. “Sophia’s work can help you gain control over your life and relationships. These flexible and scientifically supported dialectical behavior therapy techniques are a way to clearer communication and more fulfilling relationships.”

The two-hour “DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness” support group begins on Friday, August 20 at 10 a.m. (PDT), and will take place online each Friday at the same time until September 24.

Pineapple Support Launches Trauma, PTSD Support Group

Pineapple Support has announced a free, online support group with a focus on trauma and PTSD.

The six-week support group, “Steps on a Healing Path: Support for Trauma and PTSD,” will be provided by therapist Russell Stagg and will start May 12 at 5 p.m. (PDT).

“By joining this group, you’re taking an important step along the path to healing,” said Stagg. “I’ll avoid trendy techniques in offering support and guidance, and focus instead on what experts strongly recommend. I’ve helped hundreds of trauma and PTSD sufferers with an approach that integrates ‘gold standard’ cognitive-behavioral techniques.”

Pineapple Support founder Leya Tanit explained that Stagg is “a fantastic therapist and has been helping people with life problems since 2006.”

“His research on trauma has been published in major psychology journals, including a recent publication on trauma in the prestigious Self & Society,” she added. “We’re grateful to have such an esteemed therapist leading this support group.”

The “Steps on a Healing Path: Support for Trauma and PTSD” support group begins on Wednesday, May 12 and will take place online each Wednesday at the same time until June 16.

For more information, and to register, visit PineappleSupport.org and follow the group on Twitter.

Pineapple Support’s Free Addiction Recovery Group Launches Tomorrow

Pineapple Support has announced a free, online support group for those struggling with substance use. The six-week support group, “Addiction: a Journey to Recovery,” will be led by therapist Rachael Farina and will start tomorrow at 10 a.m. (PST).

“This group will be focused on identifying triggers and coping mechanisms to help members maintain long-term sobriety and prevent relapse,” said Farina. “The journey to recovery can be challenging, so the aim of this group is to provide a safe space for those that need support while they learn the tools to cope with overcoming addiction.”

“I’m really happy to be able to make this support group available for all those that are struggling with addiction,” added Pineapple Support founder Leya Tanit. “Rachael is a talented and licensed therapist specializing in sex therapy and addiction. She works from a non-judgmental, humorous, empathetic and authentic approach to help people reach their goals as the focus of their treatment.”

The “Addiction: a Journey to Recovery” support group begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. (PST), and will take place online each Thursday at the same time until April 15.

For more information and to secure a place, visit PineappleSupport.org.

Pineapple Support to Host Online Course on Managing Stress

Pineapple Support will host a free eight-week course, moderated by therapist Sophie Graham, designed to help performers mitigate stress by managing their emotions.

The online course will begin Monday, January 11 and run for two hours, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (PST), each week at the same time until March 1. Graham will focus on DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) techniques.

“Out-of-control emotions can make it hard to maintain friendships, romantic relationships and can even jeopardise our careers,” Graham said. “Without the skills we need to cope with difficult emotions, it’s impossible to deal effectively with stressful or distressing situations that inevitably come up in our lives. This course will teach how to recognise, understand and regulate emotions to have more choices when it comes to managing day-to-day stressors and distressing events.”

Pineapple Support Founder Leya Tanit described Graham as “a disabled, queer coach and therapist working primarily with marginalised individuals and groups.”

Graham is “experienced in helping others feel more able to manage the challenges in their lives in their own way,” said Tanit. “This course is going to be incredibly useful for anyone in the industry that is interested in managing stress in a healthier and more effective way.”

Pineapple Support is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in the United States and a registered charity in the U.K.

Visit PineappleSupport.org to register for the course and follow the org on Twitter for the latest updates.