Mazzoni Center HIV AIDS services Philadelphia PA LGBT health

It is now clear that the attack that happened at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub was motivated by hatred of LGBTQ people.  This attack was perpetrated against a largely Latinx crowd on a night designed to bring people together, to celebrate community in what should have been a safe space.

While messages of support and solidarity have been expressed throughout the country, we have so much more work to do as a community, as a nation, and as a society for all LGBTQ people to feel safe, healthy, accepted, and equal. 

Today we ask everyone to keep these victims and their Read more...

The Tennessee state legislature recently passed a bill that would allow professional counselors and therapists to violate their professional code of ethics and turn away LGBTQ clients, based on “sincerely held principles.” Proponents of the legislation cite first amendment rights, specifically religious freedom. However, constitutional rights are different from ethical codes. 
 
As a therapist, I don’t believe that counselors who refuse treatment to clients based on sexual orientation and Read more...
Philadelphia Trans Health Conference Mazzoni Center
Mark your calendars for the 2016 Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, which will take place June 9-11, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Last year we welcomed more than 4,000 attendees for three days of learning, networking, and community-building, focused on the holistic health and wellness needs of trans individuals, their families and communities.  
 
Registration for the Professional Track of the conference - which includes Trans Clinical Care Management Read more...
Lisa Richman therapist Mazzoni Center LGBT Philadelphia
New Year’s resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep, but that doesn’t stop many of us from making them year after year.  Something about the calendar transition forces us to reflect on what aspects of our lives are going well - and which ones could use retooling.  
 
In my work I see people every day who are trying to effect a positive change in their lives.  In addition to one-on-one and couples therapy, I facilitate a weekly drop-in support group for LGBTQ people who are in recovery, or Read more...
Mazzoni Center MSW Intern Bob Pileggi

The holidays can be a time of great joy and excitement – and also great disappointment and disconnection. Maybe you remember years past of hiding your full self in order to be acceptable to family. Or maybe your family still doesn’t want your partner to come to a holiday celebration. Or maybe you want to wear a fabulous red dress instead of a button-down and khakis, but that’s not going to happen because your family still can’t get over the fact that as a kid you liked to cook and knit more than play football. There are lots of reasons that LGBT folks can end up Read more...

Mindfulness Mazzoni Center LGBT health holiday stress

With the holiday season upon us, there are abundant opportunities for connection and enjoyment – in addition to stress!  So much of our holiday stress is connected to outsized expectations, family tensions, financial concerns, intimate relationships, travel headaches, or other factors.

Some good news: whatever the source of your stress, mindfulness can be a powerful and effective tool to help you more fully experience the things that delight you at this time of year.

Mindfulness is primarily about paying attention to life in this moment. Not only can it help us enjoy Read more...