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Should I prioritize friendship over sex?

In the modern landscape of relationships, the allure of physical intimacy often takes center stage, overshadowing the profound significance of emotional connection and friendship. Society bombards us with messages that equate love with lust, perpetuating the myth that a successful relationship hinges solely on sexual compatibility and consistent sex. However, a deeper exploration reveals that prioritizing friendship over sex not only fosters deeper emotional bonds but also cultivates long-lasting fulfillment and resilience in relationships.

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Why Asian American Clients Quit Therapy

In the realm of mental health care, the decision to seek therapy can be a pivotal step towards healing and self-discovery. However, for many Asian Americans, this journey often meets an abrupt end before it even begins. Statistics reveal a staggering truth: one-third of Asian Americans drop out of therapy before attending an intake session, and those who do start are likely to terminate prematurely. This reality prompts a critical examination of the barriers that hinder Asian Americans from fully engaging with talk therapy, as well as the necessary steps to foster a more inclusive and culturally sensitive therapeutic environment.

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The Longterm Effects of Postpartum on Mental Health

Let’s open a dialogue about a topic that often remains in the shadows: postpartum mental health, particularly for women of color. As we delve into this discussion, it’s essential to recognize the systemic disadvantages faced by women of color, compounded by a lack of support structures in the United States compared to other developed nations. The journey into motherhood is often depicted as a time of joy and fulfillment. However, for many women, especially women of color, it can also be a period of profound emotional challenges. The pressures of societal expectations, coupled with systemic inequities, can exacerbate the already complex emotions experienced during the postpartum period.

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Does it matter if your therapist looks like you?

When engaging with minority populations in therapy, emphasizing the significance of building a
therapeutic bond, embodying cultural humility, and employing a multicultural perspective is
crucial. This work can be undermined when the therapist is white. An overwhelming majority of therapists are white women, specifically. Though all therapists are taught to be multiculturally competent, the simple fact of not sharing a culture can be daunting. Clients may feel that they cannot share and end up leaving treatment. How can therapists of all cultures ensure cultural competency to aid them when their client is of a different culture?

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Navigating Identities: The Life of First Generation Asian Americans

Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing groups in the United States, often carrying the title of “model minority”, and the pressure to assimilate quickly into American society. Being an immigrant assimilating to American culture and lifestyle is not easy. Not only do many immigrants experience grief when leaving their countries, but they may also experience a feeling of exclusion due to lack of community and racial disparities. To embrace their culture completely means exclusion in their new home, but complete assimilation can lead to feelings of dissociation and confusion. Here, we will explore protective factors when learning how to balance these two worlds as an Asian American.

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Fostering Growth: The Importance of Neurodivergent Affirming Therapy

In the world that is constantly facing several different disasters and complexities, finding the right therapist can be akin to discovering a guiding light in the midst of darkness. However, for individuals who are neurodivergent, this journey can be fraught with additional challenges. Neurodivergence encompasses a spectrum of neurological differences, including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and more. These differences shape the way individuals perceive and interact with the world around them. Therefore, it becomes paramount for those seeking therapy to find a therapist who not only acknowledges but also validates their neurodivergent identity.

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