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Spending a Holiday Alone

Spending a Holiday Alone

Spending a Holiday Alone The holidays are portrayed as a time for family, joy, fun, and celebration. However, not everyone can spend time with their families for various reasons. Some can’t financially afford the trek it might take to visit them. Others are isolated from their families for various reasons.

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Coming Out: 5 Practical Ways to Handling Unaccepting Family Members

Coming Out: 5 Practical Ways to Handling Unaccepting Family Members

Coming Out: 5 Practical Ways to Handling Unaccepting Family Members The decision to share your sexual orientation with friends and family is a big step for many people. You may worry about how your loved ones react, what questions they will have, and most importantly if they will accept you

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Share, Learn, and Support: How Group Therapy Can Benefit Gay Men

Share, Learn, and Support: How Group Therapy Can Benefit Gay Men

Share, Learn, and Support: How Group Therapy Can Benefit Gay Men Do you find yourself struggling to connect with others? Is it difficult to build intimate relationships with other men? Are you feeling burdened by the obstacles of your past? Coming-out, though an important step, is not always the hardest

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Ways that Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Can Help Gay and Lesbian Couples

Ways that Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Can Help Gay and Lesbian Couples

Ways that Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Can Help Gay and Lesbian Couples by Ian Hammonds When coming into therapy, many couples want to know how their couples therapy will be approached. Couples come into therapy for a variety of reasons. Hurt feelings, resentment, betrayal, and ambivalence. One of the approaches

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Gay, Monogamous Relationships. A Sex Positive Perspective

Gay, Monogamous Relationships. A Sex Positive Perspective

Gay, Monogamous Relationships. A Sex Positive Perspective The answer is yes! But it may not be for everyone. With marriage now legal in the United States, it is no great leap to consider why more and more gay men are embracing and seeking monogamous relationships. But it did not take

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Traumatic Shame in Living with HIV

Traumatic Shame in Living with HIV

Traumatic Shame in Living with HIV Over the past 2 decades, there have been tremendous advancements in the treatment of HIV. Despite this, there is still a lot of shame that people live with when they have HIV. HIV is associated with illness and even something as silly as “sexual

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Therapy for Lesbian Couples: Challenges That Often Get Ignored

Therapy for Lesbian Couples: Challenges That Often Get Ignored

Therapy for Lesbian Couples: Challenges That Often Get Ignored Whether you are in a heterosexual or same-sex relationship, every couple experiences joys and struggles. Every relationship starts with the nerves of a first date, grows into a partnership, and reaches various milestones along the way. Although both heterosexual and same-sex

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How Thinking Systemically Can Help LGBT Families

How Thinking Systemically Can Help LGBT Families

How Thinking Systemically Can Help LGBT Families Have you ever heard of systemic therapy? Do you know what thinking systemically entails? Have you ever given any thought to how many systems exist in one family? If you have never heard of these concepts, it is completely fine (I had never

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Heteronormativity: What It Is and How It Affects You

Heteronormativity: What It Is and How It Affects You

Heteronormativity: What It Is and How It Affects You As both an affirmative and a systemic therapist, I hold a high value in not assuming any of my clients’ personal struggles with family, relationships, or individual issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, or loss. This means that I do not

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Gay and Lesbian Dating: Why It Can Feel Difficult

Gay and Lesbian Dating: Why It Can Feel Difficult

Gay and Lesbian Dating: Why It Can Feel Difficult Do you identify as a member of the lesbian and gay community and have found it increasingly tough to find a stable partner? Do you find yourself going on one first date after another and not feel able to see that

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