Deconstructing Heterosexism for LGB Affirmative Therapists (Part 2)

​​ For Clinicians In the spirit of Pride month, I want to talk about how a clinician can put the work of deconstructing heterosexism (from Part 1) into practice. Dr.’s McGeorge and Carlson give specific recommendations for clinicians wanting to more effectively serve the LGBTQ community after self-of-the-heterosexual work begins (I’m not sure it ever ends). Personally, I like when clinicians talk about their role in the community as also taking place outside of the therapy room. McGeorge and Carlson seem to understand this very well. I hope the following recommendations are as helpful to you as they have been for me. McGeorge and Carlson have a lot to offer on this topic and I highly recomme

"The Fire Drill": A Coping Technique for Tempers, Triggers, and Big Feelings

One of the big reasons we practice fire drills is because one of our normal human responses to loud noises is to freeze. This response is adaptive in some contexts, but if the loud noise is trying to tell you to get out because there is a fire -- freezing can be deadly. That is why we practice the response of standing up and exiting while listening to a loud noise. When our brain goes into panic mode, like when we see a snake or hear a loud unexpected noise -- our cognitive processes change drastically. We don’t choose our response the same way we choose what we want for dinner. Our primitive brain takes over, our heart rate goes up, our stomach sinks and we might feel a sudden urge to run,

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