LGBTQ+ Families and How to be Proactive at School

David Strah, Weekday Morning and Weekend Counseling for Gay Men

LGBTQ+ Families and How to be Proactive at School A guest blog by David Strah, Associate MFT, Associate Clinician at GayTherapyLA When we consider LGBQ+ families, it’s important to consider how parents can be proactive at school.  I can happily report that my two kids loved school and overall their academic experiences have been positive.  … Read moreLGBTQ+ Families and How to be Proactive at School

When the Gloves Come Off: 10 Ways for Gay Men To Handle Interpersonal Conflict

In the sport of hockey, somehow it became acceptable — even preferred — for its players to not only skate around on ice and toss a puck around, soccer-style, with sticks, but also occasionally to break out in fights.  You always know when one is about to happen.  Somebody does or says something to piss … Read moreWhen the Gloves Come Off: 10 Ways for Gay Men To Handle Interpersonal Conflict

On Gay Men and Father’s Day

On Gay Men and Father’s Day:   Frankly, this day (Father’s Day) is a tough day for me.  I grew up pretty severely emotionally abused by an angry father who raged at the world in fury, bitterness, resentment, and despair, pretty much every day, at having a gay son — and holding me responsible for … Read moreOn Gay Men and Father’s Day

Gay Men’s Relationships: How to Make It Work on Four Levels

In my psychotherapy practice recently, I have worked with a number of clients on issues of how to strengthen their relationships with a partner.  In my experience and observation over 20 years of doing couples therapy, and individual therapy with clients who are working on relationship issues, I think managing a relationship comes down to … Read moreGay Men’s Relationships: How to Make It Work on Four Levels

Supportive an HIV-Positive Family Member – “The Worried Mom”

Counseling, Therapy & Coaching for Gay Men

Dear Ken,

My son is 26 years old, and I’m his mother. I live in a suburb of a major American city. My son just told me he is HIV-positive. How do I respond to this? I love my son, and I want him to be happy and healthy, but I’m just now sure “how” to react. Any advice?

Signed, Worried Mom

Dear Worried Mom,

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It’s All in the Family: How Friends and Family Can Help Someone Living with HIV

Most of these columns have focused on advice or suggestions for how someone living with HIV/AIDS can improve their own mental health for a variety of topics. Recently, I had a request for a column on how family and friends can help. Too often, friends and family want to help out or react to a person’s HIV disclosure the “right” way, but they’re not sure how.

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