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Steps Towards a Trans-Affirming Practice

Last year, I attended 2 workshops focused on providing therapists with information and learning to increase their ability to be affirming of clients who identify as or may be exploring trans, gender queer and/or non-binary gender identities. The first, entitled “Engendering Inclusivity” and presented by Aren Drebohl, LCSW, CADC, was held at the University of

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Making Mindfulness Meditation Exercises Accessible for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients

by Fawna Stockwell, PhD, BCBA-D Fawna Stockwell is the Director of Research and Programs at Upswing Advocates, a Chicago nonprofit organization that provides sliding scale coaching, groups, trainings, and research opportunities that focus on the LGBTQIA community. Fawna is also the Associate Director of Research in the Applied Behavior Analysis department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s

Challenges in Polyamorous Relationships: Agreements, Negotiations, and Contracts

This is the fifth in a series of articles about the intersections of polyamorous identities and psychotherapy, adapted from Rami Henrich and Cindy Trawinski’s article in Sexual and Relationship Therapy, “Social and therapeutic challenges facing polyamorous clients,” as well as supplemental materials that didn’t make it into the final research paper. In this installment, we

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How Therapists (Often Unintentionally) Stigmatize Polyamorous Clients

This is the fourth in a series of articles about the intersections of polyamorous identities and psychotherapy, adapted from Rami Henrich and Cindy Trawinski’s article in Sexual and Relationship Therapy, “Social and therapeutic challenges facing polyamorous clients,” as well as supplemental materials that didn’t make it into the final research paper. In this installment, we

Children in Polyamorous Families Part 3

by Elisabeth A. Sheff Ph.D., CASA, CSE This is the third in a series of blogs on children in polyamorous families. The first looked at the age dependent experiences of children in polyamorous families and why they appear to be doing so well, and the second detailed the advantages and disadvantages these children identified in poly family life. Third in

How to Establish Sexual Values

by Melissa Fritchle, LMFT This post was published by Sexology International, and can be found here. Melissa Fritchle is a licensed marriage and family therapist, sex therapist and sex educator in Santa Cruz, CA. Her focus is holistic, always honoring the integration of the mind, body and spirit and diversity. She is adjunct faculty for two Bay Area

Marginalization and Disclosure: Social Challenges Facing Polyamorists

by Rami Henrich, LCSW and Cindy Trawinski, PsyD This is the third in a series of articles about the intersections of polyamorous identities and psychotherapy, adapted from Rami Henrich and Cindy Trawinski’s article in Sexual and Relationship Therapy, “Social and therapeutic challenges facing polyamorous clients,” as well as supplemental materials that didn’t make it into

How to React After Accidentally Misgendering Someone

by Nash Jones, Q Center This article was originally published in 2014 through the Q Center in Portland, OR.  We are delighted to share it with you. Being misgendered can create an uncomfortable, embarrassing and even unsafe situation for many trans* individuals. There’s no doubt that when working toward creating or contributing to safer, more accessible