Tips to Survive Thanksgiving in Post-Election Turmoil

How can we get through Thanksgiving without harming anyone or being harmed? We must keep our expectations low, and our goals specific. Try to connect over being right.

Boys Will Be...What We Let Them Be

Ken Corbett's "A Murder Over a Girl," is a must-read psychological diagnosis of our current political and cultural climate.

This Election Is Not Just About You

America is about freedom and opportunity for all, not just a few.

Who Looks After You?

Psychotherapy offers relational support that is crucial to our emotional wellbeing, no matter who or how old we are.

Dear Actor (or Artist), What You do is Invaluable

Actors, and all artists, develop their own voices so as to inspire the voices of other people. And in that sense, one can practice their artistic craft in everything they do.

Leslie Jones Is a Movie Star Who Makes Me Laugh and Cry

The more diversity of characters and actors we see on our stages and screens, the more opportunities we can create for identification and empathy between one another.

A Case of the Trumps

Leon Neyfakh talks to psychotherapist, Mark O’Connell, LCSW, about how Trump is making his way into his clients’ psyches.

Celebrating Marriage Equality's One Year Anniversary

How have things been different for loving couples since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, one year ago?

Tony-Nominated Director Liesl Tommy Makes More Than History

When we share our authentic stories and listen carefully to those around us, we all win. And we can thank people like the Tony nominated director Liesl Tommy, for showing us how.

Silence Is Killing Your LGBT Relatives

All queer people are equally in the crosshairs of homegrown hatred. Our straight families and friends need to recognize this openly and explicitly.

Tips to Disinherit Your Daughter Without Guilt

Exposing our socially conditioned misogyny can help us to heal from it, and to reclaim everyone we disinherit when our biases go unchecked.

The Same Sex Parent-Child Wedding Dance

Marriage equality has given us the opportunity to discuss the possibility of same sex parent-child dancing at weddings, and the underlying significance of such rituals.

Queer Couch for the Straight Girl

A queer therapist describes therapy with a straight woman, and how the therapist being out helped the client to create a new story for her life.

What We Can Learn From a Traveling, Talking, Mime

Master storyteller, Bill Bowers, shows us how to make the invisible visible in his new solo show about traveling the world as a mime who talks.

Psychoanalysis and CBT Go to Couples Therapy

What if psychoanalysis and CBT went to couples therapy to resolve their never-ending war? This comedic one act explores what that might be like.

Stop, Breathe, and Think

We can blame Donald Trump for rousing this primitive strategy of dehumanizing anyone who challenges us, but we can blame only ourselves for allowing it to flourish.

The Oscar Speech I Wanted: Mya Taylor From "Tangerine"

I commissioned Mya Taylor from the film "Tangerine" to give the Oscar speech I wanted this year. Hollywood and the Oscars need to do better to celebrate unsung lives and stories.

Hollywood Diversity Awakens!

Casting with diversity in mind is a gift for everyone.

A Quick and Easy Guide to Surviving the Holidays

No matter how functional your family is you are guaranteed to be disappointed by the holidays in some way, and also to disappoint. But you can get ahead of all this with my help; forewarned is forearmed. Here are some easy do's and dont's to help you navigate through the Helliday minefields and to even possibly have a good time.

My Gay Voice and Yours

The great documentary "Do I Sound Gay," explores the cultural misogyny and homophobia that inhibits all of our voices. We can all benefit form challenging these norms and allowing ourselves more freedom to listen and to have authentic voices of our own, regardless of our gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

Guns, Mental Health, and Insurance

We can’t identify who is going to be the next shooter with tests and diagnosis. But we can adjust our thinking regarding optimal mental and physical health and, rather than continuing to stigmatize those individuals engaged in long term talk therapy, accept the fact that it provides great benefits for all of us.

Coming Out and Taking In

As righteous, thrilling, and important as coming out is--and it is!--it is equally important to take in. Taking in is when we recognize the potential others see in us and let ourselves make meaning out of it.

Viola Davis Matters

Onscreen storytelling is only enhanced by diversity, both in front of and behind the camera. Letting a variety of people into our imaginations and our lives often yields huge rewards.

How to be a Groomsgal

Marriage equality is not just for "the gays." Wedding ceremonies and customs are evolving for all couples.

What Is Transgender? A Beautiful Short Film With an Answer

Dylan is a short film written and directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, and is based on a interview done with Dylan Winn Garner. The film follows a young trans man as he explains his story, his exploration in the trans community, his family's acceptance of his identity, and ultimately his physical and emotional transformation.

The SCOTUS Ruling on Marriage Equality is Good for Everyone

The language of American law--e.g., “Marriage is a commitment between one man and one woman.”--is sometimes in need of a hermeneutic update in order to truly do its job: to protect us all. In much the same way it is often necessary to use anomalous language in a variety of disciplines--medicine, psychology, religion--as we live, learn, and evolve.

Fun Home and the Gift of Being Out

The Tony Award-winning musical, Fun Home—based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel—show us that living our truth leads to a livable life.

Same Sex Wedding Advice for Everyone

Marriage equality is flourishing across the United States, yielding more same-sex weddings than ever before. Here I share a few ideas – some from my own experience – for navigating the unknown terrain of same-sex weddings, all of which will help any couple (gay or straight) who want to celebrate individuality over tradition.

Don't Just Ask Bruce Jenner for Answers, Ask Yourself

The more we understand our own relationships to gender, the more room we have to live with freedom, with authenticity, with a sense of integration, and the less we scapegoat our marginalized sisters and brothers who are targeted, discriminated against, and attacked.

Celebration Planning Can Be Effective Therapy

Can planning a wedding (or any milestone celebration) be effective therapy? Yes, it can! I explained how in my interview with the Imago Relationships International Think Tank.