Suicide Prevention Month: How to Find and Offer Support to LGBTQ Teens

It’s National Suicide Prevention Month and that got me thinking about how the world can feel brutal sometimes: mean comments, rumors, judgment. Research unfortunately has found that LGBTQ youth are at higher risk for suicide. For their 2020 National Survey […]

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Moving Toward Black Grief

The Black community needs support. Discover how the ATTUNE method leans into the pain and builds trust.
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Intern Spotlight: Meet Sara Mercier-Kennedy

M.S. Clinical Mental Health Intern Graduated from Colorado State University with a double Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology, where I focused on Gender Identity formation, and LGBTQIA+ issues.  Specifically those in relation to the Transgender population and access to health-care and mental health counseling by knowledgeable counseling professionals and doctors.  I then went on to …

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Menstrual Discs: A Unique Option for Back to School

After a week of constant ads for menstrual discs on my Snapchat, I finally gave in and tried them. The prospect of a 12-hour, no-(or-low) leak, potentially cramp-reducing product with the option of mess-free sex on your period? Enough to […]

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“Small ‘T’ trauma” and Its Effect on Dating

Want a fulfilling relationship? It all begins with knowing and healing the real you.
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How To Change Your Own Contempt

You may not even be aware of how you are acting or speaking out of contempt—often it can feel like you are being genuine. Dr. John Gottman realized there needs to be a path that leads to a culture of appreciation, and that is by expressing your feelin…

Abigail Maher

Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern Abby earned her Masters degree from Northwestern University where she specialized in working with the LGBTQIA+ population. In addition to her clinical work Abby is an active volunteer with The Trevor Project, a national organization dedicated to suicide prevention for LGBTQIA+ youth. She is a volunteer member of the Human …

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Putting Body Image in Perspective

Every summer, after trading sweaters for swimsuits, many young people find themselves struggling with body image. Throughout middle and most of high school, I too felt insecure about my body. Looking back, I understand where my negative view came from. […]

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Dating During the Pandemic: Tips for Young People Who Are Living at Home

Ellen FriedrichsIf you are a teen or young adult who lives at home during COVID-19, and are dating or sexually active with a partner, navigating this part of your life — with your partner, with parents or guardians — is complicated. A lot of househol…

Learning How to Love Through Friendships

Alice DraperFor as long as I can remember, I have worked on cultivating strong and meaningful friendships. It’s through these friendships that I have discovered what I hope to get out of romantic relationships. My friendships teach me the importance of…