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I certainly have personal and professional experience with the intersection of being LGBTQ and polyamorous. I'm thrilled to share that scholars in APA's Consensual Non-Monogamy Task Force are conducting a study to better understand the lived experiences of people who's identity and relationships reflect this intersection. There's not enough research completed or in process regarding CNM, so any research on the topic is thrilling to see. If you're LGBTQ and identify as CNM or have multiple sexual or romantic relationships, please considering adding your voice to this important study.
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My friend and colleague, Courtney Geter, LMFT, is hosting a free class that could be extremely helpful and valuable for many of you. Regardless of what you're struggling with, the skills and knowledge in this class will apply to your mental and physical well-being.
After an exceedingly busy June full of professional and personal growth, my work schedule has opened up. I am again able and willing to accept new clients. If you, or someone you love, has been wanting, wishing, hoping to see me as a counselor now is your/their time.
I would much prefer that new clients are ideal clients - working through self acceptance and relational trauma while being polyamorous, kinky or transgender. If this is you, I invite you to put in an appointment request and let's begin your journey to healing and authenticity.
The Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) reached out to me as a practitioner with LGBTQGE people to let me know about a survey about being LGBTQGE in the South. I'm a huge advocate for research and often feel frustrated when I can't find adequate research on topics important to me and my work as a counselor. Please consider spending a few minutes sharing your experience because you could inform future work in healthcare for LGBTQGE people in the South.
As you know, there is very little data about LGBTQ people who live in the South. Our goal with this survey is to hear from as many LGBTQ individuals as possible about their health care experiences. The results of this survey will be used to help increase access to LGBTQ-friendly health care in the South and will inform our new Southern LGBTQ Health Initiative. The survey is offered in English and Spanish
The survey is for LGBTQ people who live in the South and are 18 years or older; it takes less than 15 minutes to complete and is available at:
Announcing a new therapy group (yes, it's different from a support group) especially for polyamorous people. To my knowledge, this does not yet exist anywhere and it certainly is a new offering in the Atlanta area.
For all of the information about the group, click over here.
I'm excited to share that my colleague at Wellspring Counseling Center, Wyatt George is starting a new support group on Tuesdays, especially for transmasculine adults. He's modeling the group after our existing and highly successful North Fulton Transgender Youth Support Group (and adult group). Just in case this group would be helpful for you or someone you love, here's the details you'll need to attend:
This group will be devoted to providing a safe space for transmasculine people to share personal experiences and support among their peers. Open to all individuals, regardless of specific gender identity, though there will be a focus on the experiences of transmasculine individuals.
Every two weeks on Tuesdays starting October 10th (6:30-8pm)
Wellspring Counseling Center
700 Old Roswell Lakes Pkwy, Suite 300
Roswell, GA 30076
No need to RSVP or consult with a facilitator before the event, but if you have questions and would like to speak with Wyatt beforehand, contact him at WyattGeorgeCounseling@Gmail.com
As a LGBTQAI2S person who struggled through my adolescence, I know personally the pain of seeking understanding, belonging, acceptance from my family, peers, and most importantly myself. Hearing horror stories of the supposed mental health treatment that so many LGBTQAI2S youth endure, I vowed to myself to be a safe place where youth can feel free to explore, express, and assert themselves for at least the time they spend in my office.
The pain of confusion, rejection, and shame LGBTQAI2S youth face as they're determining who they are and who they will be is life-threatening for many. It can be totally unbearable, leading youth to at least seriously considering suicide, and many attempting (or worse, succeeding) suicide. I found this infographic that helps explain why it's so important for mental health providers and family members to contribute to the empowerment and acceptance of LGBTQAI2S people, including youth.
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Yesterday will likely go down in history books because America elected Donald Trump as our next President. Normally I don't think it's appropriate to talk politics with my clients, or even potential clients (that's you dear reader). Today it's not about politics. It's about hate. And fear. And Love.
I woke up this morning to my friends, family, colleagues, and communities fearful for their lives, hearts, and souls. I felt a sense of dread in the pit of my heart that I haven't felt ever before. I imagine this is exactly what many people of color, Muslim, and openly transgender/queer people feel daily as they walk in the world, in communities that hate them with such violent passion. I look around me in a traditionally conservative part of town and wonder how many of my neighbors voted for a man who not only condones but brags about perpetuating sexual assault.
Meeting with my colleagues at Wellspring Counseling Center this morning, I'm reminded that we have kind, loving, and supportive communities who will shelter and protect our hearts and souls. As we wait in worry to see how this election will affect the future of America, I vow to hold space for the traumatized, the fearful, the desperate, the hurting. I will do my part to heal hearts and provide rest for weary souls who fight daily for everyone's right to live and love authentically and in power.
If you are reeling from the results of this election, please take good care of yourself. Reach out to your support network, seek the support and kindness available to you. Practice gratitude for all the love, peace, and beauty in your world for we attract more of what we are grateful for. We are inviting all of our clients at Wellspring to leave an anonymous note of love for all the hearts who pass through our office. If you need to feel unconditional love and acceptance, come visit us.
Last month (October 6th) I was invited to guest host on my friend and colleague Courtney Geter's podcast, Let's Talk Sex. In this episode she interviews researcher, educator, and coach Dr. Eli Sheff about polyamory and her work with polyamorous adults and families. It was a lot of fun and I'm honored to be included. I believe I represented the Atlanta Poly community well.
Please give it a listen and share with anyone in your life who is curious about polyamorous relationships.
Here's the episode description: Courtney talks with expert witness, researcher, author, and relationship coach, Dr. Eli Sheff about the polyamory lifestyle including managing dating and families. Also joining, is guest host Anna Baxter, LAPC and President of Atlanta Poly Meetup. Tune in to this live audience show to learn about poly AND hear questions and answers from our audience! To find out more about Dr. Sheff visit elisabethsheff.com, and to find out more about Anna and Atlanta Poly Meetup, visit www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Polyamory
Sex and relationship therapist Courtney Geter, LMFT and host of the Let's Talk Sex podcast has invited Dr. Eli Sheff* to discuss polyamory and dating. I will be a special co-host as well! Courtney wants YOU to join us for this audio podcast to learn more and ask questions! If you can't make the live recording October 6th at 6:30pm (Facebook event), then be sure to watch iTunes for the episode. I will of course share the recording here when it's up!
*Dr. Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamory in the US, and the worldwide expert on polyamorous families with children. Dr. Sheff specializes in gender and sexual minority families, kink/BDSM, and issues facing trans* people.
During my portion of the discussion, I will sharing tips and tools to help polyamorous people be successful when dating. One of those tools is a Guidebook, an idea I've adapted from CunningMinx of the Polyamory Weekly podcast. I've included below a PDF guide to creating your own Guidebook.
A counselor passionate about love, communication, and happiness for all. I feel called to help people find internal and external peace by living and loving more authentically.