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It’s Gay Pride Season: Time to Reflect on Identity and Health

It’s Gay Pride Season: Time to Reflect on Identity and Health June is Pride month, though we see actual celebrations of the queer community from Spring through Autumn. The community comes together to reflect on the impact queer  people have had in society and to acknowledge the contributions made to realize full equality for Lesbian, …

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When my life came apart, I struggled to find therapy by Jesse Leon

When My Life Came Apart, I Struggled to Find Therapy At 14 years old, I hated who and what I was. With barely one foot in adolescence, I had already marched through miles of hell. In San Diego, my hometown, I had been beaten, sexually abused and propelled into the nightmarish worlds of drug addiction and sex …

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Why Do Non-Monogamous People Need Relationship Therapy?

Why Do Non-Monogamous People Need Relationship Therapy? Introduction to Non-Monogamous Relationships Let’s start with some definitions before we get into our discussion. For our purposes, let’s keep it simple for now, since a full examination of the topic would consist of dozens of blogs. Consensual non-monogamy describes those relationships in which all participants agree that one, both …

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Peer to Peer Support Services for Queer Males

Peer to Peer Support for Queer Women What are Peer Support Services and what is a peer counselor? Peer counseling is an effective way of assisting and supporting people, on a variety of issues, by pairing them with people who have shared those life experiences. Peer counselors use their own stories in helping others develop hope …

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Why We Need Inclusive Therapy

Why We Need Inclusive Mental Health Inclusive therapy is, simply put, the idea (and practice) that all people, regardless of their gender, abilities, orientation, age, minority status, religion….everyone…should have access to competent, quality mental health care. How a person identifies is an irrelevant consideration when we talk about inclusiveness. Those other issues may be what is discussed in therapy, …

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Three Reasons Why You Should Consider Couples Therapy

Three Reasons Why You Should Consider Couples Therapy “We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.” – W. Somerset Maugham No matter how close you may be with your partner or spouse, there will …

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How to Identify Gaslighting in Relationships

How to Identify Gaslighting in Relationships Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse. Gaslighting can happen in any relationship and has been known to cause mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. It usually begins with little things, such as making someone feel guilty for inconsequential reasons more often than necessary or …

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You’re about to Start Dating Someone New

You’re about to Start Dating Someone New the same things for your future? Are their values aligned with yours? Do they respect your boundaries and understand what consent means? Can you be yourself around them without feeling ashamed or judged? These are some questions that need answering before getting into a serious relationship. Asking these …

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