Long Island Institute of Sex Therapy (LIIST)

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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.

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

Women Get Women Off Better

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Women in general are more likely to experience orgasm when “sex” includes kissing, non-genital touching, receiving oral sex, genital-manual stimulation, and use of sex toys– all behaviors more engaged in by women having sex with women.

This is the home that love built

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I rarely post something religious, but I found this meditation to resonate with my practice as a therapist for couples, relationships and individuals. What are your thoughts? How does love fortify your home? How is your home a refuge for you and your family? What joys and sorrys and mundane tasks has your home held you through? Sundays aren’t the only Sabbath days, how do you make time to care for yourself in whatever way is needed by you?

The Home That Love Made
Amanda Poppei

This is the home that love made.

It is full of the love that the founders felt, when they planned out these walls and raised these beams above us.

This is the home that love made.

It is full of the love of all who have worshipped here; those who have celebrated and grieved here; the babies dedicated, couples married, and family members mourned here.

This is the home that love made.

It is full of the love of our children, as they learn and laugh together, and our youth, as they grow into their own sense of purpose and meaning.

This is the home that love made.

It is full of the love of the staff who have served it, full of their hopes for this congregation, their hard work and their acts of dedication.

This is the home that love made.

It is full of the love of the choir, the love made so clear in the voices lifted here on Sunday morning.

This is the home that love made.

It is full of our love, the love of this community, despite our differences and our disagreements, the love that holds us together as a people.

This is the home that love made. Can you feel it?

May the love be with us always.

View this entry on UUA.org

Post-Partum Sex

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Have you had a baby recently? Take a peek at these great tips from A Woman’s Touch about healing your perineum, re-strengthening pelvic muscles, breast issues, vaginal pain issues, and low sex drive. If you’d like to read more, I suggest reading And Baby Makes Three for strengthening relationships, Your Orgasmic Pregnancy for women who are pregnant, and Hot Mamas for women who are pregnant or new mothers.

Gay Couples Lead Marriage in to the 21st Century

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What if the critics are correct…What if same-sex marriage does change marriage, but primarily for the better?

By providing a new model of how two people can live together equitably, same-sex marriage could help haul matrimony more fully into the 21st century. Although marriage is in many ways fairer and more pleasurable for both men and women than it once was, it hasn’t entirely thrown off old notions and habits. As a result, many men and women enter into it burdened with assumptions and stereotypes that create stress and resentment. Others, confronted with these increasingly anachronistic expectations—expectations at odds with the economic and practical realities of their own lives—don’t enter into it at all.

Read more in the Atlantic article. 

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.

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.