Mental Health Metaphors in Labyrinth

Mental Health Metaphors in Labyrinth, brought to us by Jim Henson’s studios, run all over the place. It also depends on which theory you analyze it from. In this blog post I am going to work with Jungian and hermetic symbolism to explain Sarah’s sexual awakening and movement from youth to adult. One of the …

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Podcasts Focused on Sex and Sexuality

These podcasts are dedicated to supporting positive sexuality, LGBTQIA+ identities, and/or alternative relationships and sexual identities. There are brief descriptions of each podcast, pulled from their respective websites, below. Sex Focused Podcasts American Sex– This podcast takes a deep but funny look at unconventional sexual expression in the United States. Each episode of this podcast features …

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Polyamory Relationships and Family Dynamics: An Introduction

Polyamory Relationship Constellations There are an infinite number of polyamory relationship styles. Oftentimes, the chosen family is a large part of these constellations with friends and partners are often lumped together as “family.” Mim Chapman (2010) describes a number of different dynamics and constellations that can occur within ethically non-monogamous relationships, which are described below. …

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Games People Play in Poly Video

Games People Play in Poly Video

Games People Play in Poly Workshop from Atlanta Poly Weekend In June 2019, Therapist Nicki gave a presentation entitled, “Games People Play in Poly,” at the Sheraton Hotel for Atlanta Poly Weekend. This presentation describes the therapeutic model Transactional Analysis (TA) and the Harmony Arion Relationship Tools (HART). HART combines TA and the Gottman Sound Relationship House.  Therapist Nicki uses …

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Consent and Safety in Kinky Dynamics for Professionals

Safety in Play in the BDSM Community Safety is of great concern in the community and there are three, nearly universal, codes or measures for safety and consent guidelines for which they practice; SSC, RACK, PRICK. “Safe, Sane, and Consensual” (SSC) is the oldest of these codes and is still a common safety tool used …

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Furry Fandom

What is Furry Fandom?

What is a Furry? The word “furry” can refer to an anthropomorphic animal, a zoomorphic human, or an amalgamation of human and animal features. Furries are individuals who identify with an animal or animated character and will take on the identity of such animal or character in a fantasy role-play. In my clinical practice, my …

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Why LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapists are Important

Ask a Therapist Why is an affirmative therapist important? For many people, the process of finding a therapist can feel confusing, but the process of finding a therapist you trust can feel downright daunting. This can be especially true for the LGBTQIA+ community.  (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and other sexual, romantic, and …

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Social Nudists

What Are Social Nudists and Naturists?

Social Nudists? “Social nudists” and “naturists” are a group that believes the wearing of the modern “social costume” or clothing is not necessary for functioning. This group is very community based group and will build resorts and homesteads where the “eat, work, play” culture is entirely clothing optional. Naturalists do not associate nudity with sexuality …

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What is Kink?

Kink? Since the advent of the Internet, we have seen a significant increase in the numbers of individuals and groups who publicly acknowledge practicing lifestyles such as polyamory, swinging, and BDSM (Francoeur, et al., 1999). Millions of adults not only engage in BDSM, swinging, and polyamorous activities, but they have developed a community that shares …

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What is Polyamory?

Polyamory has many definitions depending on which poly community that you are asking. For the purposes of this blog series, we are identifying “polyamory” as the practice of having more than one intimate relationship within the context of honesty, openness, and chosen family. Polyamorous relationships are traditionally romantic in nature, but sexuality is optional. There are …

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