Scared Selfless – Michelle Stevens, PhD

This is an amazing book that a colleague recommended. It is called Scared Selfless: My Journey from Abuse and Madness to Surviving and Thriving, a memoir by Michelle Stevens, PhD. Dr. Stevens discusses trauma, PTSD, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and so much more. Please check out this fantastic book. Dr. Stevens writes about her extensive […]

Ellen Lacter, PhD – Ritual Abuse & Dissociation

Ellen P. Lacter, PhD specializes in ritualistic abuse. I wanted to share some of the resources she provides on her website. End Ritual Abuse She has written some great articles and included resources on her website. Here is a list and links to some of her recent articles: Helping Survivors Who Have Been Coerced to […]

Gender-Affirmative Therapy

I came across and article titled Gender-Affirmative Therapy for Kids: What Parents Need to Know by Margaret Nichols, PhD in the section – In Consultation of Psychotherapy Networker. For the last 30 years, Dr. Nichols has worked with transgender clients. This is the write up for Dr. Nichols: “Margaret Nichols, PhD, is a psychologist, AASECT-certified sex therapy […]

Gender Identity Terms Defined

I came across this article by Laurel Wamsley and NPR. Laurel goes through a glossary of gender identity terms with the help of GLADD and other organizations. I thought I would share. Some of the terms they define include sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, cisgender or cis, transgender or trans, nonbinary, gender, gender-expansive, and […]

Trans Awareness Week

It was Trans Awareness Week this past week! I have included a number of local and national and resources. Please click the links below for more information. Local Resources Pride Center of Vermont OutRight Vermont UVM Prism Center Prism Center UVM Transgender Resources UVM – Transgender Resources Planned Parenthood – Vermont Planned Parenthood Vermont […]

Raised On Porn – Documentary

I wanted to share this documentary that I came across this fall and wanted to share. The documentary is called Raised on Porn: The New Sex ED and was produced in September. I appreciate the discussion about dopamine and the mechanisms of access, exposure and addiction. All children and/or young adults will be exposed to porn […]

Does Parenthood Squash Romance?

Esther Perel is a therapist that specializes in couples work, specifically infidelity. I came across this article in the Psychotherapy Networker I wanted to share about parenthood and romance. She is amazing and I have posted about her books and TED Talks previously. She wrote and article called When Three Threatens Two: Must Parenthood Bring Down […]

Is It Mental Illness or Adaptation?

I came across an article in Forbes by Alison Escalante titled Researchers Doubt That Certain Mental Disorders Are Disorders At All based on a paper by biological anthropologists.  I so appreciate the conversation and the points that were brought up. I find that half of what I do while working with clients is validating their […]

Rape and Memory

Please take a moment and read this article from NPR by Sammy Caiola. I think it does a good job of explaining how the brain has a sympathetic response when met with a threat or crisis. It is important when someone goes through a traumatic event, that people around them understand the impact on the […]

Sex Education and Teens

Parents often ask me how to navigate educating kids about sex, intimacy, and consent. I thought I would share this podcast as something to listen to for support. They also include a great list of resources at the bottom of the write up on their website. I have concluded some of them below. Here are […]