Written by: Michelle Topal, MSW, LCSW – LGBT Therapist & Licensed Clinical Social Worker Separation and divorce can be a difficult, painful process for everyone involved. It represents significant change and loss, and triggers in most people, deep feelings of failure, lack of control, rejection and abandonment, and can cause anxiety and depression in […]
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(Adapted from an earlier supportive letter after Orlando Shooting) Written by: Michelle Topal, MSW, LCSW – LGBT Therapist & Licensed Clinical Social Worker There is grieving across the country, as well as fear and anger. There is also a sense of disbelief; that this is not who we are as a country. This has been […]
Written by: Michelle Topal, MSW, LCSW – Adult & Child Therapist, Offering Individual, Couples, Family & LGBT Counseling So, I was watching something where people were complaining about “political correctness” and how problematic it was. It got me thinking: What is the difference between political correctness and empathy? Political correctness became a disparaging term in […]
Written by: Michelle Topal, MSW, LCSW – LGBT Therapist & Licensed Clinical Social Worker I might have a gay child. How do I ask them, so I can tell them that I’m supportive? I have been working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) kids and the community for many years, and one thing I […]
Written By Michelle Topal, MSW, LCSW It has been a long time since I’ve posted something & I feel compelled to do so, to communicate something of hope & acceptance in light of the passing of Amendment One. It’s not easy to be hopeful when fear & intolerance shape people’s decision making. It’s not easy […]
Written by: Michelle Topal, MSW, LCSW – Psychotherapist Raleigh-Durham NC So, we got our umteenth call today from someone seeking couples therapy who had talked with BCBS customer service. And once again, they were told that couples therapy is a covered benefit depending on how the therapist “codes it” and to tell the therapist this. […]
Written by: Michelle Topal, MSW, LCSW- Licensed Clinical Social Worker Raleigh & Durham NC I have had this letter either in my office or my home since I was a kid. Every so often I look and reflect on it; as a piece of personal and social history. Given what is finally again being discussed openly […]
Written by: Michelle Topal, LCSW- Psychotherapist in Raleigh & Durham NC The tasks of parents are endless and overwhelming and it’s understandable that you would welcome help wherever you could get it, including your child. And, well, you’ve managed to raise a very mature and responsible child, even one eager to be helpful and thriving […]
Written by: Michelle Topal, MSW, LCSW- Psychotherapist Raleigh & Durham NC. There has clearly been a lot in the local and national media recently about the passing of HB2, and rightfully so; this legislation is an affront to the rights and liberties of the LGBT community. As a psychotherapist I am aware that not only […]
Written by: Michelle Topal, MSW, LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker Raleigh & Durham NC This has been a difficult time for the LGBT community. As if all the current legislation across the country – and the heated rhetoric around it – weren’t enough, we are met with the embodiment of that conflict in the […]
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