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

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.


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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 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

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

The Benefits of Group Therapy

Have you ever wondered what group therapy is, or what the point of group treatment would be for you? Depending on the issue, joining a group can be a helpful choice for making positive life changes.
Group therapy is a form of therapy where a small, selected group of people meet with a therapist, usually weekly. The purpose of group therapy is to help each person with emotional growth and problem solving. Sometimes a person can do both individual and group therapy, while others may only do a group.
According to Dr. Irvin Yalom in his book The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy identified 11 curative factors that are the “primary agents of change” in group therapy:

1. Installation of Hope: People come to a group to improve their lives. Each person in the group is at a different place in their emotional growth and can offer hope and inspiration to others by showing what they have learned and overcome.

2. Universality: Many who begin group therapy may feel isolated and alone. Being part of a group can help people feel understood and have a sense of belonging. Especially if you are apart of a small niche population such as sex work.

3. Information Giving: A big part of many therapy groups is increasing knowledge of a common problem. This helps members help themselves and others with the same or similar problems.

4. Altruism: The ability to help others in the group is a source of self esteem and increases self worth, especially in those that do not think they have anything to offer others.

5. Corrective recapitulation of the primary family: Some people in group therapy may have stress or conflict in their family. The group can become a form of a family that can offer support and acceptance.

6. Improved Social Skills: Social learning, or the development of social skills, is something that occurs in therapy groups. Members offer feedback to each other about their behavior in ways that can improve relationships both in and outside of group.

7. Imitative Behavior: The therapist models appropriate prosocial behaviors such as active listening, non-judgemental feedback, and support. Over the course of the group the members can pick up on these behaviors and integrate them into their own behaviors. This can lead to improved social skills and self esteem.

8. Interpersonal Learning: Being a group can be an opportunity for members to work on their ability to relate to others and improve relationships.

9. Group cohesiveness: Wanting to belong to a group a main motivation for human behavior. Group therapy can help people feel accepted and valued. This is an important healing factor if members have felt isolated.

10. Catharsis: The release of conscious or unconscious feelings gives members a great sense of relief. Yalom states that it is a type of emotional learning, as opposed to intellectual understanding, that can lead to immediate and long lasting change.

11. Existential Factors: Groups can explore and process issues such as death, isolation, and meaninglessness and help them accept difficult realities.

Joining a group of strangers can seem intimidating at first, however, joining a group can provide benefits that individual therapy alone may not, such as providing a support network. Other group members can help formulate solutions and hold each member accountable for change. Also talking with and listening to others can help put problems in perspective. Others may share similar struggles and give each member the experience that they are not alone. Diverse feedback is another benefit of participating in a group. Each members’ personality and background can help examine problems in different ways. Members can learn many different strategies for tackling issues.

By Nicki Line LMHC, LAPC, CST

The list of Pineapple Support support groups can be found by clicking here