5th Annual AltSex NYC Conference

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,… Read More

New TGNC GROUP

Provider led new group that is forming and will start at the end of March. Current membership reflects trans men, gnc people and those who identify with the masculine spectrum. This is a weekly group with a 12-week commitment required. Fee is $65/group. It is a space where TGNC folks can connect and share their experiences related to all aspects of gender as well as work on social skills and social anxiety…. Read More

TGNC GROUP

Provider leg ongoing ongoing weekly TGNC group with membership currently reflecting trans women, gnc folks and those who identify with the female spectrum. 12-week commitment required. Fee is $65/group. It is a space where TGNC folks can connect and share their experiences related to all aspects of gender as well as work on social skills and social anxiety. It is a combination of psychodynamic process and peer support. For more information or… Read 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,… Read More

Summer Personal Training Specials Are Here!

Personal training by Nickey Douglass Here’s what to do: 1) Contact Nickey Douglass via IG @NickeyStayFit or [email protected] 2) Mention ManhattanAlternative.com 3) Pick your summer special! a deal on 12-pack training sessions, incorporating functional training, body sculpting, weight lifting, or a mix of all 3 a special rate for ongoing personal training customized to fit your health and fitness goals Nickey Douglass is a certified personal trainer with over a decade of… Read More

Gender Inclusive Terms for Sexual Health, Pregnancy, and Birth

Click HERE or on the following link to see the full live Google doc of Gender Inclusive Terms for Pregnancy, Birth, and Sexual Health: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pSq-wQq_gVCw7Px4gexKH1QXY5X9nJCaR-mCXWGvBVM/edit While there is a notation in this document giving permission to share and repost, the original author is not listed. If you’re reading this and happen to know who the author is, please comment or send me a message so I can update this post. Thank you!   

Hormones & Handcuffs

How many trans or gender nonconforming people are involved in BDSM, nonmonogamy, or other forms of alternate lifestyles?  Actual numbers do not exist, but anecdotal evidence suggests percentages are significantly higher than in cisgender (non-transgender) populations.  Why? Those of us in the transgender and gender nonconforming community have nontraditional relationships with our bodies.  A large number experience bitter dysphoria pretransition, having spent decades tormented by a conflict between our inner identities and external selves.  So often this clash centers on genitalia, the most… Read More

Cross-post: Sliding Scale Appointments Now Available!

I have the pleasure of announcing that beginning this summer I will be working under the supervision of Dr. Kelly Wise, psychotherapist and AASECT certified sex therapist. I’ll be taking on a limited number of sliding scale appointments at his Union Square office, working with individuals, couples, non-traditional relationships and families, and current or former sex workers on issues across the spectrum of gender identification/expression, sexual orientation/expression, D/s dynamics, relationship status, and intersections thereof. Please contact me directly via email or… Read More

Thinking Globally about Sex and Gender: The Yogyakarta Principles

A couple of years ago I discovered a document called the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, created in 2006 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia by the International Commission of Jurists and the International Service for Human Rights, on behalf of a coalition of human rights organizations in reaction to egregious international human rights violations pertaining to individuals marginalized for their sexual… Read More

The (In)visibility of Gender Diversity in Graduate Level Education

While the abstract below refers to the lack of education on gender diversity in graduate level psychology programs and to the pathologization of gender diversity in related literature, it’s clear that the reification of heteronormative gender roles is also rampant in the field of social work (Hicks, 2014). As someone who holds master’s degrees in both psychology and social work, I experienced this phenomenon first hand twice, and as someone whose practice… Read More