Saturday, June 16, 2012


DYKE DRAMA Our community is a complicated web that can get pretty tangled when thousands of us come together at once. Maybe you're afraid you'll run into your ex. Or afraid you won't. Maybe you're having an argument with your wife or girlfriend that seems like it's going to ruin the whole day. Maybe you're single and feeling overwhelmed by all the sexual energy in the air, or feeling lonely and left out. How can you survive this unique social scene? •Take care of unfinished business ahead of time, when there's space to talk calmly and be direct. It's easier to communicate that way, than when you're in a crowd. •Focus on experiences instead of appearances. Remember that your self-worth is not determined by who you're seen with, or who you're seen by. •Don’t try to solve all your relationship problems in one day. In fact, the flurry of emotions swirling around in this super-social atmosphere, might just make this the worst possible day of the year for relationship decisions. •Consider celebrating sober. Nothing heightens conflict, confusion, and miscommunication like alcohol and other drugs. Be honest with yourself about whether mood-altering chemicals are more likely to enhance the celebration, or turn it into a day you'll regret. KEEPING IT REAL In queer culture, this is a major holiday weekend. Holidays create pressure to act festive no matter how you feel. It's good to enjoy yourself, of course. But what can you do at those moments when your happy face feels false? • Check in with yourself. This is especially important if you're feeling stressed out or emotionally numb. Slow down. Take a breath. Notice what's going on in your body. Step away and be alone for a while, if you can. Even better, plan ahead to schedule in some down time. •Let go of expectations. The word "should" might pop into your head at any time, whether it's about what you wish would happen around you, or how you think you're supposed to respond. Take another breath and get present with what's actually happening. Starting with how you genuinely feel, here and now, will give you a wealth of information about what you want to do next. • Take care of your body. When your physical needs are met, your mind will make better choices about how to enjoy the day. If the party brings out the kid in you, your inner grown-up may need to remind you of mundane necessities like taking time to sleep, or packing water and food. (Have you seen the lines at the cafes around Dolores Park?) Think about what your body will need before you take it out to play. • Ask for help. Ask a friend to check in with you at various times during the festivities. Tell a therapist or someone you trust about your hopes and fears for the big weekend, and when it's over, talk about how you're feeling then. Read more at

Friday, January 20, 2012

Feb 25 Psychopharmacology 8 CEUs


Monday, September 26, 2011

Depression & The New Psychopharmacological Interventions

Depression & The New Psychopharmacological Interventions

Instructor Melissa C. Anderson, MFT, PhD

Saturday, October 15, 2011

12 noon to 4 pm - 4 CEUs

Pre-registration and payment required by Oct 5

In this workshop we will explore the neurobiology of depression, including maternal & post-partum depression, and look at how antidepressants work. Specifically:

--MAO (mono-amine oxidase) inhibitors,

--tri-cyclics such as Elavil &

--SSRIs , drugs like Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil

We’ll also look at the effects of adjunct treatment for major depressive disorder and “treatment resistant” depression with newer so-called second generation antipyschotics such as

--Abilify & Seroquel

We will consider drug treatment during pregnancy, and post-partum depression, examining recent reports of effects on prenatal and early childhood development.

No prior knowledge of psychopharmacology required.

Instructor Melissa C. Anderson, MFT, Ph. D. Neurobiology, is in private practice in Berkeley & San Francisco. She is adjunct faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies where she teaches psychopharmacology, and does research on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder at Kaiser in Oakland. Melissa earned her doctorate in Biomedical Science with a specialization in Neurobiology from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, in 1988, and received a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from New College of California in 2001. Her research on the biochemical aspects of anxiety and trauma have been published in Brain Research Bulletin and the European Journal of Pharmacology.

This course meets the qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. (CEU Provider Jeanne Courtney, PCE3107.)

This class will be held in Oakland. Exact location will be emailed the week of the class. Questions or direction clarification - 510-459-9669.

--$90 if paid/postmarked by October 5

--$95 late registration (call for availability, email information, and pay by PayPal or credit card only)

--Pre-registration required, limited enrollment

--Directions and exact address will be sent by email the week of the workshop

To register:

1) Email or snail mail the following information to , Jeanne Courtney, MFT, POB 453, El Cerrito, CA 94530.

Full name

Agency (if applicable)

Mailing address



Phone number (s)

Email address

MFT or LCSW License Number

Where did you hear about this seminar? (Please be as specific as possible)

2) Make your payment in one of the following ways:

---a) At send payment to email recipient

--b) Mail check made out to Jeanne Courtney, MFT, POB 453, El Cerrito, CA 94530

--c) Call Jeanne Courtney at 510-527-5662 ext. 2 to give your credit card information by phone (Visa, MC, Discover, AmEx).

Friday, October 8, 2010

Oct 19 FREE Make Friends with Your Body, Make Friends with Movement brown bag workshop

October 19 Tuesday - This month at the FREE Make Friends with Your Body workshop on Tuesday at noon, you can share your thoughts and feelings about movement and body image. My co-facilitator will be Marta Fernandez, a HAES physical trainer. FREE Make Friends with Your Body brown bag workshops

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

FREE Make Friends with Your Body workshops Aug 17

August 17 Tuesday - This month at the FREE Make Friends with Your Body workshop on Tuesday at noon, you can share your thoughts and feelings about looks and body image. FREE Make Friends with Your Body brown bag workshops