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In a city as vibrant and kinetic as New York and at a time when technology puts interaction at our fingertips, it can be challenging to find a space to cultivate authentic and fulfilling connections. Group therapy is a potent and transformative process that can help you develop a stronger and more honest relationship with yourself and others. Lead by skilled, queer-identified clinicians, we will explore a variety of issues both general…Find out more »
FREE Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group for Adults in the Kink, Poly, trans, GNC/NB, LGBQ, and Sex Work Communities
As an evidence-based treatment, DBT has been proven to effectively treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), eating disorders, treatment-resistant depression, and a variety of other disorders; “the overall goal of DBT skills training is to help individuals change behavioral, emotional, thinking, and interpersonal patterns associated with problems in living” (Linehan, 2015). DBT skills group as stand-alone treatment also has many benefits (Linehan, Korslund, Harned, Gallop, Lungu, Neacsiu, McDavid, Comtois, & Murray-Gregory, 2015; Valentine,…Find out more »
With just some simple turns of the rope and one simple knot you’ll be able to tie someone’s hands together, tie them to a chair, hog-tie them and more! The possibilities are endless. Bring a 30 foot length of rope, because in this class you will learn safely, in a hands-on manner. Bring a partner or find a match at the class! For real beginners, no experience necessary.Find out more »
Oral sex - everyone assumes we all know how to do it, but what do we REALLY know? Join us for the annual Steak & BJ Day as Shag shows you how to enhance your oral performance and learn how to be a giving lover to your penis-owning partner. First 10 people get a free gift 🙂Find out more »
This class will cover a variety of body harnesses that are pretty as well as practical. These bondage techniques will work for all types of bodies and many different types of scenes. Bring two 30 foot lengths of rope with you, because in this class you will learn safely, in a hands-on manner. Bring a partner or find a match at the class! No experience necessary.Find out more »
The Reverend Dr. Deb Berman, DMin, LCSW, Founder and Spiritual Director of PrideMinistry, will hold The Alternative Spirit Conference at a retreat center in Midtown Manhattan (exact address to be disclosed by organizers directly as to protect the safety and privacy of attendees). The conference will feature eminent Alternative Relationship, Alternative Lifestyle, Kink, BDSM, Poly, LGBTQAI2+, Queer, and Genderqueer affirming authors, psychotherapists, clergy, sexuality educators, advocates, theologians, faith community leadership, and researchers.…Find out more »
Transformational Chairwork is centered on the belief that there is a healing and transformative power in: (1) Giving voice to one’s inner parts, modes, and selves; and (2) Enacting or re-enacting scenes from the Past, the Present, or the Future The Transformational Chairwork/Four Dialogues Training is designed to introduce therapists to the practice of Chairwork, in an active, creative, and clinically-useful manner using clinical story-telling, role-plays, and live demonstrations. In this Three…Find out more »
Join in this class as we explore one of the greatest inventions of all time: Electricity! There are many different ways to incorporate electro into your sex and kink. Within this workshop, we’ll discuss ways to make the experience pleasurable or torturous depending on which way you want it to go. What are the safety precautions to take when dealing with electricity? Want to learn how to play with orgasm control using…Find out more »
Organized and produced by Michael Aaron, PhD, LCSW, CST and Dulcinea Pitagora, PhD, LCSW, CST, the 5th annual AltSex NYC Conference provides a local arena for clinical and educational discourse around alternative sexual practices. The phrase “alternative sexuality” is purposefully broad, and inclusive of non-conforming gender identifications and sexual orientations and an intersectionality of gender and sexual expressions. The AltSex NYC Conference is a forum designed to disseminate information in a respectful,…Find out more »
Clinicians unfamiliar with BDSM practices face common issues, including: countertransference; lack of competence in working with people with newly emerging sexual identities and/or with their partners; and discriminating between sexual abuse and “play” (Nichols, 2006; Pitagora, 2015). This seminar has been designed to bolster cultural competence in BDSM sexuality, which to date has been lacking in clinical training. Included will be a review of the literature related to healthy expressions of BDSM…Find out more »