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  Most of us know what the first four letters in LGBTQIA stand for: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender. Many of us know what the “Q” represents-Queer/Questioning. A few may even know that the “A” stands for Asexual. What is…
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Banish the Winter Blues! Familiar refrains of “Oh the weather outside is frightful…” and “Dashing through the snow…” seem to carry special significance in the greater Chicago area, where our winters are known for their bite and tendency to drag…
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For many, the winter holidays bring with them snowy weather, familiar tunes, and a host of seasonal events and get-togethers. While this can be a joyful time of togetherness, many find it to be a very stressful time of the…
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In recent years, young adult (YA) lesbian and gay fiction has begun to proliferate. It is exciting to see so many new writers emerge and to read stories about the diverse experiences of young queer people. This month we will…
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Why does psychotherapy work? There are many reasons, but today we are going to focus on one in particular-the therapeutic relationship. One of the biggest predictors of success in therapy is a good relationship between the client and therapist. However,…
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When should you and your partner seek couples therapy? Unfortunately, there’s not a simple answer. Couples’ reasons for seeking relational therapy or couples therapy vary broadly.  In some cases, couples might only take action when there’s an undoubtable problem. This…
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It’s hard to navigate different sex drives in partnerships. A difference in sexual desire can cause strain and stress for all involved. Sexual desire sits somewhere on a continuum for each of us, and ranges from very high sex drive…
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Fact #1: Being transgender is hard. Fact #2: Transgender stress is common It is no surprise that transgender individuals experience a kind of stress that cisgender (those who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth) individuals do not.…
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One of the most common reasons couples fight is because people in relationships often spend a lot of time and energy trying to explain why they are right. In a disagreement, the “who-was-right-and-who-was-wrong” aftermath can persist for much longer than the argument itself, and can easily…
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Share Tweet  Jim, a gay man in his early 30’s and a mid-level manager at his company, has been dating Marshall for about six months now. Things have been going great so far. That is, until Marshall introduced Jim to…
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