The Complexity of Passing as Cishet

on February 9, 2018

If something keeps coming up, I know it’s worth writing a blog article about.  And in the last few weeks, with LGBT+ clients, friends, and media references, the idea of passing – intentionally or otherwise – as cishet (cisgender and heterosexual) is something that keeps coming up. In the queer community, “passing” means being read […]

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Curiosity: What if it Didn’t Kill the Cat?

on February 7, 2018

One of the most valuable experiences I had in my 20’s was working in a sex shop. To be fair, this wasn’t your ordinary sex shop. It was a clean, brightly lit shop in San Francisco that was originally a co-op, female owned, and sex-positive store dedicated to sex education. When I had gotten hired, […]

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5 Relationship Lessons from the Game “Fog of Love”

on January 16, 2018

I’ve only ever purchased two things from a Facebook ad.  The first was a giant, beautiful, forest-themed tapestry that is now hanging in the waiting room of our new office suite.  I’m not sure how Facebook’s algorithms knew that this was exactly what I needed, but somehow they did, and here it now hangs:   […]

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Home for the Holidays: The Reality of Holiday Breaks

on January 5, 2018

Collectively, our society can have a pretty rose-colored-glasses view of what it means to come home for the holidays. On billboards, in magazines, in television and movies, we see happy, glowing people, joyously reuniting with their families to celebrate the holiday season. In reality, though, coming home for the holidays may not always be easy […]

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The New Year is Inherently Anxiety-Provoking

on January 4, 2018

Welcome to 2018 – out with the old, and in with the new! It’s time to sit down and make a list of all the ways that this is the year that you’ll be different than you’ve ever been before!  You’ll finally write the great American novel, run a marathon, lose 50 pounds of fat, […]

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Where is your identity when everything has changed?

on December 30, 2017

Mallory came to see me about two years ago, and she felt – in a word – stuck.  She had been in what she called a “dead-end relationship” with her girlfriend for five years.  She had been at her paralegal job, which she described as “simultaneously stressful and unfulfilling” for seven years.  Her life was […]

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5 Ways to Improve Your Sleep

on November 28, 2017

About two years ago, someone suggested that if I wanted to hire other therapists into my practice, I should change its name.  As a solo practice, my business name had always just been “Jennie Steinberg, LMFT, LPCC”.  But for obvious reasons, that wouldn’t work if the business was more than just me.  I needed to […]

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The Path to Mental Wellness Isn’t Linear

on November 17, 2017

This summer, I experienced severe, physical health problems for the first time. As unprepared as I was for how to cope with my new physical challenges, I was even more unprepared for how profoundly my physical health would impact my understanding of my own emotional wellbeing. I’d broken some bones as a kid, struggled with […]

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How Dating Taught Me to Be Myself

on November 15, 2017

I have dated a lot in my life. Mostly starting in my early twenties after graduating college, I jumped into dating head first. It was a harsh learning curve. My self-esteem wasn’t fully developed and I went into dates feeling nervous. I was fearful about being judged for who I was. I would hold back […]

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Why Sexual Assault Survivors Blame Themselves

on October 27, 2017

It’s not your fault. Before I dive into a blog article about sexual assault, I had to say that.  You may feel like it’s your fault.  Not only is that extremely common; it’s also trying to protect you from your pain, which I’ll discuss in this blog article in a moment.  But it can’t be […]

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