5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Going On PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is on the minds of many gay men in New York City. It seems everyone knows someone on it or is taking it himself. The drug effectively blocks HIV infections 92-99% of the time for people who take it everyday, yet it remains controversial. Some have argued that it will ... [Read More]

How To Manage Your Stress

Unfortunately, stress is inevitable. So, what can we do about it? I’ve always thought a little stress can be good. It can help to motivate you, it can encourage you to perform better, and it can heighten your excitement about a task. However, it’s all about moderation. Too much stress can cause ... [Read More]

4 Steps to Combat Shame

Shame is the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are bad, wrong or broken and therefore unworthy of love and belonging. It is a universal emotion that we all share when something we have done or not done could cause disconnection with others. Shame gets its power from ... [Read More]

3 Skills for Validating Your Partner’s Feelings

In any relationship, communication is essential, especially to get your needs met and let your partner know how you feel. When it’s working well, both partners can feel loving, connected, and secure. But when you encounter defensiveness or misunderstanding, it's easy to feel unsupported or to worry ... [Read More]

Finding a New Story: The Power of Storytelling

Everyone has a story, and that story is made up of many more intertwined stories. The stories you tell about yourself can change the way you feel, affect your relationships, and can impact your growth and progress. This blog will show you a way to identify and label your stories, and to show ways ... [Read More]

How to Relieve Stress by Deep Breathing

One of these simplest ways to calm yourself down when you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or scared is to focus on your breathing. It sounds so simple, yet we tend to forget to do it in the heat of the moment. Can breathing actually affect our mood and make us feel calmer? When people are under ... [Read More]

Make Friends With Your Feelings

How many times has someone asked you ”what are you feeling?” You answer, “I don’t know; I guess I’m fine.” Fine is really not a feeling. Our emotions have a physiological sensation. We sense them in our bodies and sometimes it’s difficult to describe what we actually feel. By learning to connect ... [Read More]

The Surge: Understanding Your Body’s Response to Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their lives.  Some of us encounter it more often than others and to differing degrees and intensity.  In fact, anxiety is a normal reaction to change, risk, new experiences or perceptions of threat.  Anxiety can be an uncomfortable experience and can ... [Read More]

5 Tips for Dealing with Transitions

Our lives are always changing: a new job, a new friendship or relationship, an illness, a graduation, or even the loss of a loved one are all different types of transitions.  Transitions come in all shapes and sizes.  A larger scale transition like a break up, job change, or apartment move may have ... [Read More]

How Trauma Gets Passed Along

“I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.” -James Baldwin Trauma is defined as a distressing or disturbing experience resulting in an emotional response. This can include violence in your community such as a crime, a ... [Read More]