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Life Beyond Therapy: "I hate the holidays"

A recent email I got sums up many people’s attitude towards this time of year.

Dear Dr. Kimmel:

I hate the Holidays! People are so fake and everyone competes with each other for the best gifts, best parties, best tree decorations, etc. What can I do to get through this falsely festive time of year?

Signed,

Depressed Already in Bankers Hill

Dear Depressed:

Former "ex-gay" poster boy: "I won't be a weapon anymore"

Christian Schizzel spent 7 years being trotted around the country on media outlets as a poster boy for the ex-gay movement. Now, after reclaiming his gay identity, Christian says he won’t be a weapon anymore.

Father supported by Reddit users after asking for advice to support gay son

Earlier the month, Reddit users took a stand for LGBT equality, overwhelming supporting a dad who wanted his teenage son to openly live his truth.

Legally married gay couples won’t be allowed to stay together at shelter

KANSAS CITY, Missouri -- For 90 years, the City Union Mission in the heart of Kansas City has given a roof, meals and warm beds to homeless individuals and families in need.

That fact alone, said executive director Dan Doty, makes its most recent decision regarding same-sex couples and their families all the harder.

Even if same-sex marriage becomes legal in both Missouri and Kansas — a matter now working its way through the courts — same-sex couples will not be allowed to stay as couples at City Union Mission’s family shelter.

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Life Beyond Therapy: Healthy boundaries

If you listen to any kind of psychological advice show — from Dr. Phil to Dr. Drew — you’ll hear the therapist talking about “healthy boundaries.” A boundary is a marker, a dividing line. It tells me where my property stops and yours starts. Psychologically, it tells me when something is OK with me and when it’s not.

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NCLR #BornPerfect campaign leaders to urge UN to oppose "ex-gay" therapy

SAN FRANCISCO, California — National Center for Lesbian Right’s #BornPerfect campaign leaders Samantha Ames and Samuel Brinton will meet with the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) and representatives of the U.S. Department of State about the need to protect LGBT youth worldwide from the dangers of anti-LGBT conversion therapy.

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Transgender parents report experiencing discrimination, but their children are faring well

LOS ANGELES, California — A new Williams Institute report shows that substantial numbers of transgender people are parents, though at rates that appear lower than the U.S. general population.

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Life Beyond Therapy: My precious story

As a psychotherapist, clients often ask me: “Why is it so hard to change?”

We know what we want, we know who we want to be, and yet, it’s so hard to stop being the way we are and become this new person with healthier beliefs and behaviors.

One major obstacle to change is all the negative stories about ourselves that we tend to repeat over and over again. These stories bring us pain and keep us stuck in the past:

“I’ll never find a good man.”

“I always screw things up.”

“My childhood was awful.”

“My last girlfriend messed me so much that I’ll never get over her.”

Life Beyond Therapy: Why can't I sleep?

According to research, the average person (whoever he or she is) sleeps six to eight hours a night, almost 50 hours a week, and more than 2,600 hours a year. Without good, deep and regular sleep, the quality of our work, relationships and other activities usually suffer dramatically.

Insomnia is the inability to get the amount of sleep you need to wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Usually, the insomnia is a symptom of another problem, like feeling overloaded with responsibilities.

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Life Beyond Therapy: Letting go of a toxic parent

You can divorce an abusive spouse. You can call it quits if your lover mistreats you. But what can you do if the source of your misery is your parent?

I’m not talking about having a perfect parent, because there aren’t any. But what if you have a parent who is poisonous to you, one who sabotages your happiness, is dangerous to your self-esteem and may literally be “crazy”?

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