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RAINBOW GRIT – A Message for LGBTQIA Teens

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By Kara Johnson, M.A., LMFT Everybody needs a place where they can freely and safely express themselves. Yet I often hear from LGBTQIA teens that they feel  like no one understands what they are really going through.  They may feel  isolated from others. And, they may have lots of uncertainty about who they really are. …

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When Your Teen Identifies as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual…

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When Your Teen Identifies as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual…. By Melissa Johnson, PhD Psychologist (PSY13102), CEO and Founder of the Institute for Girls’ Development. One of the important tasks of the teen years is asking – and starting to answer –  “who am I?” The “who am I?” questions include: Who am I emotionally, socially,…

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Resources for LGBTQ Youth

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At the Institute, our goal is to provide an open-minded space for our clients to explore questions of identity formation and to equip teens and families with resources and support as they journey to an integrated, authentic identity. At the Institute Individual therapy: While all our therapists are trained to develop targeted, supportive interventions for…

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Talking with Your Daughter about Her Changing Body and Sexuality, Part III: Tips for Talking About Tough Issues, Continued

This is the third in a series that explores the topic of parents communicating with their children about puberty and sexuality. Part I explored the challenges of talking about these sensitive issues, and the reasons why it’s so important to find ways to talk nonetheless. Part II explored the first set of specific strategies you…

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Talking with Your Daughter about Her Changing Body and Sexuality, Part II: Tips for Talking About Tough Issues

Note: This is the second in a 3-part series that explores the topic of parents communicating with their children about puberty and sexuality. Part I explored the challenges of talking about these sensitive issues, and the reasons why it’s so important to find ways to talk nonetheless. Part II explores the first set of specific…

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Talking with Your Daughter about Her Changing Body and Sexuality, Part I: Challenges and Opportunities

Note: This is the first in a 3-part series that explores the topic of parents communicating with their children about puberty and sexuality. This article explores the challenges of talking about these sensitive issues, and the reasons why finding ways talk is so important. Part II will explore specific, concrete strategies you can use for…

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