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About Rachel Hoffman, LMSW

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Rachel Hoffman is a licensed social worker who has considerable experience working with teens and young adults. With an eclectic therapy style, Rachel has treated people with symptoms of depression and anxiety, especially those going through life-transitions such as break-ups, divorce or the death of a loved one.

Rachel is also a contributing writer for Elite Daily, focusing on the influence of technology on dating. Rachel ran an initiative for single parents living in the Queens area and run support groups for single parents and their children. Additionally, Rachel assists patients as a social worker on both the Oncology and Obstetrics units at the NYU Langone Medical Center.

Rachel is a member of both AASECT and NASW and is currently in graduate school earning her PhD in Human Sexuality.

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

How to use gender pronouns

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Having a hard time figuring out how to use a gender prounoun you’re not used to yet? This fun little app let’s you plug in a gender pronoun (she, he, they, xe, ze, ey, hir, fae, and hu) — perhaps yours, a friend’s, your child’s or parent’s– and understand how it’s used as a subject, object, posessive, and reflexive in a sentence. Try it!

Harmful Messages

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This ad does a great job of easily displaying the dichotomy of societal views of men and women in the workplace, the double-standards which we all have to contend with, but it misses the important note that the messages men receive are just as harmful. Either way, take a look. If you’re having difficulty balancing your roles in the office, with your family and with your friends, reach out for support and call Rosara Torrisi at 516-690-6770 to schedule an appointment today.

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. 

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”?