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Holding On To Your Sexuality With Breast Cancer Treatment

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There has been a heightened awareness of breast cancer lately– with Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy and the conversations and rebuttals since– so here is a timely column written  by Rosara Torrisi with advice for holding on to your sexuality while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. 

For more information, take a look at these books:

  • “The Lovin’ Ain’t Over for Women with Cancer” by Barbara and Ralph Alterowitz
  • “Woman Cancer Sex” by Anne Katz
  • “I Am Not My Breast Cancer” by Ruth Peltason

Also, consider these Web sites:

Help Your Marriage Last Longer

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This article in the Scientific American, entitled How To Have A Longer Marriage Than Kim Kardashian is a wonderful synopsis of the publications by John and Julie Gottman and their colleagues.

Gottman and colleagues have uncovered four crucially toxic behaviors that are bound to end your romantic relationship– contempt, criticism, stonewalling, and defensiveness

If you want to stop fighting and start loving again, contact Rosara Torrisi to reignite the passion in your relationship. 

You can call Rosara at 516-690-6779 or email her at RosaraTorrisiLMSW@gmail.com.

Sex and Disability

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Having a disability does not prevent you from being able to live a vibrant and sexual life. Check out this site (Undressing Disability) to learn more. If you are someone with a disability and you feel your sexuality is being hampered, Seek help today! You deserve to have a rewarding sense of your sexual self and a satisfying level of intimacy with your partner.

Gender Myths

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As a follow-up to yesterday’s article about the harm of misogyny in our culture, here’s a great one from Thought Catalogue about the pitfalls and inadequacies of gender stereotypes.

  • No, men don’t always want sex all the time.
  • Women can pay for dinner, clothes, cars, a home, etc. 
  • Men can clean a bathroom floor. 
  • Women definitely curse. 
  • Women can be pretty hilarious. They can also be pretty darn nerdy.
  • Men like all types of women… and all types of men.
  • Women and men dress in whatever clothes and wear whatever makeup they like because they want to.
  • Men have the right to commit, or not, to any relationship type.

Now, instead of “men” or “women” what if we just put in “People”?

New Parents

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You tirelessly plan for everything within your power to keep your child safe and happy. You spend countless hours thinking over how to raise your child in an uncertain world. You take days to shop around and research the best crib, stroller, diapers, pediatrician, day care, and kindergarten teacher. Have you thought about how important your relationship is to the happiness and well-being of your child? Whether this is your first child or the youngest of many, come join us for a workshop on how to enhance your relationship to withstand the strains of parenting and enjoy the wealth of your family for a lifetime together.

Sunday, April 14th, from 2-4pm at the Plainview Holiday Inn. $30 per person. Call 516-690-6779 or e-mail RosaraTorrisiLMSW@gmail.com to RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!

Indian Public Displays of Kisses

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This New York Times article discusses how, in India, it is now becoming more and more acceptable for lovers, young and old alike, to show affection in public. While this may seem far off from what’s happening in your bedroom or with your relationship, fighting for the right to love who you love and to share it out-loud is still being battled in the US, many couples presently find it difficult to physically display their affection for their partners, and individuals with abuse histories continue to struggle with consensual intimacy. Seek help today! You deserve to have a loving relationship, a rewarding sense of your sexual self, and a satisfying level of intimacy with your partner.

Rosara Torrisi, LMSW is a Kink-Aware Therapist

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Rosara Torrisi, LMSW has been recognized by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) as a welcoming and Kink Aware therapist. You can view her profile on their website here.

The NCSF is THE resource for people who are seeking psychotherapeutic, medical, and legal professionals who are informed about the diversity of consensual, adult sexuality.

What does kink aware mean?
Kink-Aware Professionals have specific knowledge of kink concepts and lifestyles, have researched and educated themselves in these areas. Kink Aware Professionals likely have some previous experience providing professional services to individuals with these interests.