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How To React When Someone Comes Out

Coming out – the process of revealing your sexual or gender identity to others around you – can be terrifying.  Yet in an effort to live authentically, congruently, and freely, it is necessary to divulge certain very personal pieces of…

Welcome Jessy Coleman, LPC-Intern!

It is with great pleasure that Upside Therapy and Evaluation Center welcomes our new therapist, Jessica “Jessy” Coleman, LPC-Intern.  Jessy is supervised by Nichole Lecznar, MS, LPC-S.  Jessy received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Oklahoma State University,…

Treatment Guidelines for Transgender Individuals

Historically, the mental health and medical communities have not always had the best understanding of transgender and gender diverse health care and mental health needs – nor the best intentions in caring for those who are not cis-gender.  Thankfully, research,…

Parenting A Child With A Disability

Parenting is hard, bringing risks and rewards, struggles and highlights.  This is no different for a parent who has a child with a disability.  Yet parents of special needs children also experience increased isolation and loneliness, additional roles of warrior…

How To Make, And Keep, New Years Resolutions

Research has shown that while over half of Americans make New Years resolutions at the start of a new year, only 8% of Americans keep or fulfill their goal. Problems identified in why they can’t keep their goals include goals…

How to Cultivate Gratitude in Your Family

Increasing research supports the benefits of gratitude and a healthy practice of focusing attention on appreciations and gratefulness.  While this sounds great in theory, it can be hard to introduce this habit into the daily routine of family life.  Our…

Belonging: The Barriers, and the Benefits

To know that we are not alone, that we are indeed a part of something larger, is a psychological need that occurs as early as childhood.  Studies have shown that to be a part of a group or to have…

Teaching Consent to Children

As it often occurs, national events and headlines make their way to your living rooms and kitchen tables, and into our therapy offices, as well.  Lately, questions about consent, boundaries, and healthy sexual expression have been occurring, as well as…

Support for Gender Non-Conforming, Trans, and Non-Binary Individuals

Few topics generate such passion, and it can be hard to speak about the experience of gender non-conforming individuals without generating strong opinions from all sides of the political and moral spectrum.  Yet despite all of the strong emotions, for…

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