Long Island Institute of Sex Therapy (LIIST)

Author: Rosara Torrisi

Why Collaboration is Important

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A friend recently sent me this article, particularly noting my propensity for collaboration with other providers.

Particularly important from this article is the following quote: “Further hindering change is the fact that adult physical medicine and psychological medicine remain in separate silos. Utilising ACE research requires breaking down these long-standing divisions in healthcare between what is ‘physical’ and what is ‘mental’ or ‘emotional,’ and that’s hard to achieve.”

ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences (such as abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction) which all lead to a greater likelihood of early death. Learn more about the pyramid from the CDC hereace_pyramid_wotext

 

This is also exceptionally present in my research on the sexuality of lesbian survivors of breast cancer. Health disparities start well before someone comes out as being gay. It’s also why I refuse to compare lesbian women and heterosexual women in my study. Yes, breast cancer is often a woman’s issue, but how an individual’s risks led them to that point isn’t just based on them being female. In my practice, so many of my clients find themselves sitting across from me because of events that started well before they were even conceived, let alone while they were growing up or what happened five months ago. I am enamored that good psychotherapy and good healthcare allows individuals the possibility of overcoming some of those obstacles. One of the ways I, particularly as a social worker, can assist in making this is possible for my clients is in collaboration with other allied people and professionals.

Moving ahead!

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The Long Island Institute of Sex Therapy (LIIST) has assisted many couples and indivudals with their relationships, their sexuality, and generally making their lives happier. A top goal of LIIST is to help clients enhance their experiences of intimacy and pleasure, whatever the context. We work on reigniting passion, enhancing communication, and promoting healthy sexuality.

In order to better serve our community, LIIST will be expanding. In September 2015, two new staff members will join us, we will have office hours Monday through Saturday, and a sliding scale will be introduced for those in need of financial assistance.

Keep posted for upcoming bios.

About the Bunnies

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IMAG1276_1_1Have you seen the bunnies recently? No, not the Easter bunny– the wonderful Kama Sutra bunnies by artist Bronwyn Schuster that have been hopping around on the LIIST business cards and some ads that can be found in places like the Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce website, and our letterhead. There are SIX different positions, see if you can collect them all!

Q&A at Jericho High School

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Rosara Torrisi, 2015 Best Sex Therapist on Long Island, was recently invited and presented to a group of high school students in Jericho for the second year in a row. All of the students were eager to ask sexologist, Rosara Torrisi about her work as a therapist, her work as a sex therapist, and some education about healthy sexuality. Here are some of the questions and answers. Continue reading