How to Become an LGBTQ Competent Therapist

January 28, 2020

Being LGBTQ competent is more than just understanding the mechanics of sex or the use of pronouns. Often, potential clients contact me and tell me that they have had extreme difficulty finding a therapist who is LGBTQ competent. In the interest of developing inclusive therapists, here are some initial actions to becoming LGBTQ competent. Of…

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Survivors of Sexual Violence, We Believe You.

Kristine Seitz, MEd, MSW, LSW is a staff therapist at Council for Relationships Voorhees. She is a sexuality educator and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University.  CW: descriptions of sexual violence I believe survivors.  Period. End of Sentence.  End of paragraph. This should be the end of the story. …

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Learning From Caitlyn Jenner: Supporting Transgender People

In April, Bruce Jenner spoke about her transition to being a woman in a two-hour television special that drew nearly 17 million viewers. Through tears, Jenner revealed that her whole life she’s had “the soul of a woman” but with her image as an invincible athlete, she could never really be “her.” On Monday, she…

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It’s Just Marriage

October 25, 2014

We’re quickly arriving at a moment in time when we won’t be talking about “gay marriage” anymore because there won’t be a distinction between “gay marriage” and “marriage.” When the Supreme Court declined to take up the issue of same sex marriage last week the effect was to let stand state laws that will lead…

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Sexuality: The Impact on Team Dynamics

February 3, 2014

Last week, University of Missouri football player and NFL draft hopeful Michael Sam publicly announced that he is gay. In April, Jason Collins, a former NBA player, shared the same announcement. The reaction to their news has been mostly positive thus far; President Obama has applauded and encouraged both of them. However, if Michael Sam…

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When the Student is Ready

December 10, 2012

Very few therapists at Council for Relationships are involved exclusively in providing therapy to clients. A number of us teach – either as members of the Jefferson University’s faculty in the School of Psychiatry, or facilitate workshops throughout the tri-state area, or as part of the Community Partnership Initiative work with schools, faith-based organizations and…

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