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RECAMFT's Online Newsletter

June 2024

This month's event - June 7th! 

"Three Underlying Beliefs That Cause Anxiety and How to Change Them, a CBT Approach"

Presented by

Jennifer Shannon, LMFT

Friday, June 7th, 2024

10:00 am - 12:15 pm

Zoom, 2.0 CEs

Register here.

Don't Feed the Monkey Mind book cover by Jennifer Shannon, LMFTJennifer Shannon is a licensed psychotherapist and a Certified Diplomat in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy specializing in anxiety. She co-founded the Santa Rosa Center For Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has over forty years of experience treating children, teens, and adults.  She is the author of numerous books, including  Don’t Feed The Monkey Mind, The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens, and A Teen’s Guide To Getting Stuff Done, all published by New Harbinger Press.  Her books have been selected for the Reading Well Books on Prescription in the UK.  She speaks regularly at national conferences and has been featured on radio programs, and in magazines and newspapers.

Please join us for Sonoma County Pride! 

Sonoma County Pride theme

RECAMFT plans to participate with Redwood Psychological Association in the Sonoma County Pride Parade Sat. June 1st.

Register here.

Save the Date! Fri., Sept. 6, 2024, 10 am to 12:15 pm

"How Sexuality Influences The Clinical Picture For Female Clients"

Dr. Jenn Kennedy, PhD, LMFT

Board-certified Sex Therapist

Sexuality is layered and complex. It is also often all but ignored in the clinical sphere. In this highly interactive presentation, Jenn Kennedy, PhD, LMFT will discuss the most common issues that arise in the sexual realm and offer insight about how to discuss sex and intimacy with female clients. Using the Biopsychorelational model, Dr. Kennedy will describe how various factors influence client’s confidence, performance and interpersonal strategies to get their sexual needs met. She will also address unique diversity issues that arise for LGBT women around their sexuality.

Register here.


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Did you miss the BBS-MANDATED  3 CE Telehealth course? 

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Telehealth: Law & Ethics, Technology, and Best Practices for Connecting with Your Clients with Lisa Wenninger, BC-TMH

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RECAMFT's Mission Statement

The purpose of RECAMFT is to promote and maintain professional competence and integrity with knowledge, innovation, compassion, humor and respect for human dignity and diversity.

We do this by providing opportunities for networking, education and community outreach.

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June Compassion Fatigue Peer Support Group Meeting

        • Fri., June 21st
        • 10:30 - 12:00pm
        • Register here

Are you creative? 

Join us for our Crafting Group

Bring any craft you like, get on Zoom with us and visit with your colleagues while we knit, sew, paint, draw, cook, create, etc. 

  • Fri., June 14th, 11:30 am
  • Register here

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Guest President's Message:

Celebrating Diversity and Mental Health Awareness:

Santa Rosa Pride Parade and RECAMFT  

By Reyna Seminara, LMFT, RECAMFT Director at Large

Dear RECAMFT Colleagues:

2024 marks the first year, in my memory, that RECAMFT is marching as a group in the LGBTQ+ pride parade.  This year the theme is Heroes, Sheroes and Queeroes.

Santa Rosa is a city that pulsates with a rich tapestry of cultures, identities, and beliefs. One of the most exuberant expressions of this diversity is the annual Santa Rosa Pride Parade, a jubilant celebration of LGBTQ+ rights, equality, and inclusion. The Redwood Empire Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (RECAMFT) plays a crucial role in advocating for mental health awareness and support within the community. RECAMFT emphasizes the importance of acceptance, understanding, and self-care in fostering a more compassionate society.

The Santa Rosa Pride Parade is not merely a procession of colorful floats and vibrant costumes. The Pride Parade is a testament to the resilience and courage of the LGBTQ+ community. Each year, thousands of individuals gather to march proudly through the streets.  We show our pride by waving rainbow flags and chanting slogans of love and acceptance. The Pride Parade serves as a platform for LGBTQ+ individuals to assert our identities and demand recognition, equality, and respect.  The celebration also offers a space for allies to demonstrate solidarity and support, amplifying the message of inclusivity and diversity.

Love is love signAt the heart of the Pride Parade is the celebration of love in all its forms. It transcends boundaries of gender, sexual orientation, race, and religion. The Pride Parade reaffirms the fundamental right of every individual to love and be loved without fear or discrimination. In a world often plagued by prejudice and bigotry, the Pride Parade stands as a beacon of hope and defiance as we challenge societal norms and advocate for a more just and equitable future.

Amidst the festivities, RECAMFT stands as a steadfast ally.  We have challenged ourselves to advocate for mental health awareness and support within the LGBTQ+ community. With a membership of about 30% who identify as LGBTQ+, we recognize the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals, including discrimination, stigma, and rejection. RECAMFT offers a range of services aimed at promoting mental well-being and resilience. 

Through counseling, therapy sessions, support groups, and educational workshops, RECAMFT provides a safe and nurturing environment for LGBTQ+ individuals to explore their identities, navigate life transitions, and address mental health concerns. By fostering a culture of acceptance, understanding, and empathy, RECAMFT strives to create a community where individuals feel empowered to seek help and support without fear of judgment or discrimination.

The intersection of Santa Rosa Pride Parade and RECAMFT underscores the importance of LGBTQ+ rights and mental health advocacy. Discrimination, prejudice, and societal and family rejection can have profound effects on an individual's mental well-being, leading to depression, anxiety, and other psychological distress. Conversely, fostering a culture of acceptance, love, and support can promote resilience, self-esteem, and emotional well-being.

In conclusion, the Santa Rosa Pride Parade and RECAMFT embody the spirit of inclusivity, compassion, and resilience. They serve as powerful reminders of the importance of celebrating diversity, advocating for equality, and supporting mental health awareness within our communities. By coming together to affirm the rights and dignity of every individual, we can create a world where love triumphs over hate, and where everyone can live authentically and with pride.  If you are a RECAMFT member, please join us as we march at Courthouse Square on Saturday, June 1, 2024.  For more information go to our website at

We hope to see you on June 1st.

Reyna Seminara, LMFT

2017 RECAMFT President

2023-2024 Director at Large

Chair, Ethics Roundtable

Charter Member of the Racial and Social Equity Committee

Reyna Seminara, LMFTReyna Seminara, LMFT is a Director at Large on RECAMFT's Board of Directors. She has a private practice in Santa Rosa, CA. 

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Call for Submissions for the Sept 2024 Issue of The RECAMFT Therapist! 

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. See more hereWe especially welcome submissions where awareness themes intersect with mental health. Please send your submission (500 word max) to by the 15th. Questions?       

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Programs Committee Update

Welcome back, RECAMFT community! We are so excited to share some of the upcoming monthly CE events coming this fall.

RECAMFT Zoom presentations

  • Sept. 6th - Dr. Jenn Kennedy, PhD, LMFT, CSAT, Sex Therapist "How Sexuality Influences The Clinical Picture For Female Clients".
  • Oct. 4th and 5th - hopefully, 3 hrs each day - Professional Wills with Dr. Ann Steiner, PhD, LMFT (counts as 6 CEs Law & Ethics), more information coming soon. 
  • Nov. 1st - Dr. Shawn Giammattei, PhD, "Affirmative Family Therapy with Gender Diverse People and Their Loved Ones".  
  • Dec. 6th - hopefully, Dr. Stephen Tsao, PhD, "OCD and Exposure Prevention Response", more information coming soon...
  • Jan. 3rd - In-person Annual Members Meeting, speaker (TBD), and 50th Golden Jubilee Celebration Luncheon, Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa, 10 am to 2 pm.
We are still reviewing applications for presentations to be scheduled for Spring 2025. Please submit an application if you have a presentation idea to

Are you interested in seeing what we have coming up? Consider microvolunteering with the Programs & Conferences Committee! Microvolunteering opportunities: screening speaker applications; providing support at in person CE events; monitoring Q&A for speakers during monthly Zoom presentations. We are especially looking for a Programs Committee Chairperson.

We look forward to another year of bringing you quality, enriching presentations which support your professional growth and development.

With gratitude,
The Programs & Conferences Committee

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Scholarships, Honors and Awards

Joe and Pamela Ward Memorial Scholarship

Thank you to our donors and to those who have applied!

Joe and Pamela WardThis scholarship program was established in 2021 to honor the legacy of our late Administrative Consultants, who were known for their exceptional generosity, kindness, and special affinity for supporting early career clinicians.  RECAMFT awards annual scholarships of $1000 each and a free year-long membership. All Pre-Licensed and Newly-Licensed chapter members are eligible to apply for each year's awards. The 2024 application is now closed, and applicants will be notified soon.

The funds that make these awards possible have been generously donated by members of our chapter and are doubled by matching funds authorized by our Board of Directors. Your donations will go twice as far! Please visit to apply or give a tax-free donation today!           

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Prelicensed Support - 3000 Hour Club

The Board invited a new RECAMFT student member, Nick Prosch, to consider assisting with our Prelicensed Committee. RECAMFT hopes to roll-out some great new programming for our 90 prelicensed members this fall. 

If you would like to help Nick get started, please drop a line to and let us know. 

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We Need You! Jobs for Awesome Volunteers

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  • Prelicensed Committee!
  • Programs Committee
  • Racial & Social Justice Committee
  • Newsletter Editor Assistant (ideally comfortable with web publishing, blogs, social media, etc.)
  • Tech 2 - Social Media Manager

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RECAMFT's Listserv For All! Check it out! 

Our listserv has over 400 members on it, and is active daily with great conversations, resources, offerings, in search of, books, movies, office rentals, jobs, internships, etc. You can view the home page of our listserv at

If you are not currently enrolled in the listserv, please email and ask to be added. You have the option of setting up your account to be 

      • Read individual emails
      • Read a digest of 12 emails
      • Or read online only

After you have been added to the listserv, you can change the way you receive the emails to any of the above choices. In Gmail the emails will appear under your Forums tab. To send an email to the listserv, simply address your email to

If you do not want to be on our listserv, you can delete your account or write to and ask to not be a part of the listserv. But we urge you to give it a try. You are missing out on a ton of meaningful collaboration with your colleagues. We hope you will enjoy being part of our online community! 

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RECAMFT's Racial and Social Justice Pledge

RECAMFT is committed to equity including addressing structural racism and systemic injustice. We endeavor to be inclusive and value individuals from all ethnicities, ages, races, sexual orientations, genders, languages, abilities, religions, citizenship statuses, and socioeconomic backgrounds into our chapter and into treatment.

We strive to advocate, educate, collaborate, and strategize for positive racial and social justice change within our membership and our community.

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The Redwood Empire Therapist Newsletter will take a break during July and August. Content deadlines for our Sept. edition are 8/15/24.

News from the Racial & Social Justice Committee (RSJC)

RSJC is excited about RECAMFT participating in the Sonoma County Pride Parade June 1st! 

Be bold be brave be yourselfThe 2015 RECAMFT President, Kris Spangler, LMFT, attended the April 12, 2024 Board meeting and submitted a proposal for RECAMFT to participate in Sonoma County's Pride Parade. Kris was working with Jennifer Silverman from Redwood Psychological Association (RPA).

At our April RSJC meeting, it was decided to make this an event for which our members can register so we know approximately how many of us will be attending. Of course, members are welcome to come, spur of the moment, too. We plan to have special stickers to give our folks when we line up for the parade, identifying us as LGBTQ+ Affirming Care Therapists. If you register ahead of time, it will help us know how many stickers to pre-order.  

The Pride Parade event is available for registration at no charge. We have a donation button there to help cover the costs of stickers, giveaways, and other things needed for the booth. The parade registration fees and booth costs were covered by our President, Dr. Bob Casanova, PsyD, LMFT so participation would not need to come from the current budget. Unfortunately, we were turned down for a booth because they had so many applications. We encourage you to donate when you register, and appreciate whatever you are able to give. 

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Celebrate Sonoma County 2024 Juneteenth! 

"Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Excerpt and artwork from found here

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News Flash!  The Community Mental Health Hub at Hanna Center Is Expanding Mental Health Early Intervention Programs for Children, Youth, and Young Adults

The Community Mental Health Hub at The Hanna Center is implementing an early intervention program that provides specialized services to children, youth, and young adults. This start-up Early Intervention Psychosis program allows the Hub to offer intervention services at the first onset of Clinical High Risk (CHR) symptoms that may lead to Psychosis Syndrome. The Hub’s early intervention program will have a team of specialized providers including a psychiatrist and/or psychiatric nurse practitioner, clinical supervisor, two clinicians certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp), family support specialist, peer specialist, and employment and education specialist. Research shows that treatment at the earliest detection of these types of illnesses can lead to fewer and less severe recurrences.

Early behavioral health intervention is essential to slow symptoms and the progression of mental illnesses that can lead to social isolation, poor functioning, and premature death. "Early identification of mental health conditions, followed by prompt intervention, plays a crucial role in saving lives and improving patient and family functioning,” says Noeli Zamora, Clinical Director of the Community Mental Health Hub. “Recognizing the signs early on and seeking immediate help can significantly alter the course of recovery, ensuring individuals receive the support and treatment they need as soon as possible."

Hanna Center is committed to addressing traumas that impact our community. Our Community Mental Health Hub provides all individuals bilingual and culturally sensitive one-on-one clinical care. Our Residential Program provides safe and supportive housing and treatment for transitional-aged foster youth while the Hanna Institute develops innovative methodologies and trauma-informed practices to inform our own work on campus and across the country. Hanna Academy, our community partner, is a Non-public high school that educates, prepares and empowers students with learning and emotional challenges to succeed in school and life by developing their unique and individual talents and gifts. Connecting it all: a dedicated Hanna team comprised of counselors, educators, scholars, and leaders.

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Highlights from RECAMFT's Board of Directors

The May Board meeting highlights... Some of the key issues addressed: 

  • Dr. Bob Casanova attended the CAMFT Annual Conference in LA, a live event May 3-4, 2024. The opening keynote was Elizabeth Smart who presented for 2 hours about her kidnapping at the age of 14, and being held captive for 9 months. He said it was an absolutely riveting talk. The closing keynote was Derald Wing Sue on every day microaggressions, and how to respond. He also had high praise for CAMFT’s Exec. Director, Joy Alafia. Dr. Casanova provided this picture of Ms. Smart from the Annual Conference. 
  • At the behest of the President who noted the unassigned zip codes, the Secretary wrote to the CAMFT Board to request Napa zip codes, and unassigned Sonoma county zip codes be assigned to RECAMFT, pending approval by the CAMFT Board at their June Board meeting.
  • The Board agreed to have the Annual Day-long Board Retreat on August 23rd at Cynthia Psaila's office conference room in Petaluma. 
  • Past President Gina Culver did an informal survey at Lifeworks with the prelicensed employees. They want targeted trainings (IFS, Narrative Therapy), they feel overwhelmed and are members of CAMFT, but not RECAMFT. The Ad Hoc Prelicensed Committee hopes to meet and discuss a plan for a prelicensed program beginning this fall.

  • Above pic L-R: Top: Reyna Seminara, Dr. Laura Strom, Dr. Bob Casanova; Center: Cynthia Psaila, Nick Prosch (new student member), Emily Larkin; Bottom: Gina Culver, Pat Hromalik, Jessica Heaney. Photo of the May Board meeting by Laura Strom.
  • Racial and Social Justice Committee composed a two-paragraph recommendation for a Land & People Acknowledgement Statement for the Board to consider adopting. Dr. Strom noted Napa needed to be added assuming the CAMFT Board approves allocating those zip codes to us, and suggested the statement be revisited and presented for adoption in June.
  • Board discussed a desire for antisemitism training. Dr. Casanova said the Board previously wanted a presentation on Islamophobia in conjunction with any training on antisemitism, and wondered if this is still desired. After discussion, it was determined the Board did want to see both topics addressed in future CE trainings.
  • Jessica Heaney said the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors declared racism a public health crisis.

  • Dr. Laura Strom said Hanna Center notified RECAMFT they have received $2 mil funding for a new program for kids, and sent a press release. Dr. Casanova suggested we put the notice in the next newsletter, and eblast it to our members since some of them might pursue opportunities with the new program. Dr. Strom will see that the notice is sent to members and posted.

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Members - Check out our Free CE Library!

Woman in library.Members - you can access recordings of our zoom events from 2023, 2022, and 2021  in our new on-demand library which has been migrated over to Thinkific (

NEW! RECAMFT On-Demand Programs:

NEW! RECAMFT discount codes are posted for members only here: (requires sign-in using your RECAMFT member email/password)

NEW! Dissociative Identity Disorder training (DID). 4 CEs:

NEW! Ketamine training (May 2023), 2 CEs:

Members can watch the video, pass the test, fill out the evaluation, and download your certificate. It's that easy! You can earn CEs for any recorded event if you didn't already earn CEs from the live event. 

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Photo from the August 2022 Day-long Board Retreat of Board members relaxing after lunch at Occidental Arts & Ecology Center.

L-R: Jessica Heaney, Gina Culver, Dr. Jean Hayes.

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Members Messages

Members please submit your messages by the 15th monthly to have them appear in the Newsletter

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A Therapists’ Documentary: Stutz (2022)

By Cynthia Psaila, LMFT

Have you noticed that most Hollywood depictions of the therapist-client relationship are unsettling renditions of reality? Specifically, the films, What About Bob? (1991) and Bad Therapy (2020) come to mind. However, recently I watched a documentary that more accurately depicts some of the complex work therapists and clients undergo in their endeavor to improve emotional health. I was moved after watching Stutz, the 2022 documentary directed by Jonah Hill portraying his own relationship with his psychiatrist, Dr. Phil Stutz, MD. This poignant and yet controversial documentary unmasks the true healing potential within the therapeutic relationship.

As an LMFT, I notice the complexities of sharing my profession with social acquaintances. I find myself putting my ‘human’ foot forward when meeting people. If I lead with my profession some people become reserved. Others ask probing questions akin to which clients do I dislike the most? One can attribute some of this stigma to the Hollywood depiction of the traditionally private relationship between therapist and client.

Stutz neither mocks nor mystifies this relationship. Jonah deeply unveils his vulnerability throughout this factual film—at one point turning the documentary upside down by revealing his fears had kept him from being honest. Dr. Stutz remains patient throughout, with unconditional positive regard. He is flexible and yet challenging. He displays confidence in the treatment plan, while never losing the rapport that is essential to growth and safety in relationships. Jonah, in turn, gains tools and relational depth within the therapeutic bond that help him to begin healing.

The controversial component is the inherent dual relationship for Dr. Stutz and Jonah as they make a documentary together. Through this process, Dr. Stutz reveals personal information not typically shared with a client. The Psychiatrist has ‘the tables turned’ in his role with Jonah as the director. It is also clear that by revealing himself to Jonah, Dr. Stutz experiences personal growth (similar to what one might see in the therapeutic relationship). There was risk in making this documentary and I ask, would you do it? Professionally, my answer is probably not. However, I cannot help but wonder if the dual relationship was worth the therapeutic gain for Jonah who unmasked his fears and longing for approval through the process of filming. It was as if the production of this documentary was an experiential component to the therapeutic work, ultimately revealing deeper unconscious material—hooray Hollywood!!

As I now review my conclusions, I have become aware of the accusations of emotional abuse and sexual assault by Jonah Hill. Should I have enjoyed this documentary as much as I did? I answer this question with mixed feelings. Truthfully, it is uncomfortable to highlight any film (fact or fiction) that is directed by an accused. However, this documentary felt worth discussing given the cultural implications it has in Hollywood and popular culture—this is what our clients, and the public, will watch and learn about our profession. This revealing documentary certainly illustrates the humanity—inherent imperfections—in us all. Yet, despite these imperfections, it documents and dignifies the potential to heal within the therapeutic relationship.

Cynthia Psaila, LMFT

Cynthia Psaila, LMFT, is a Director at Large on RECAMFT's Board of Directors. She has a private practice in Petaluma, CA.

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"Stutz" Netflix link.

Photo credit: Netflix 

Ethics Roundtable

Got a sticky problem?

Come discuss it confidentially with your colleagues at our next Ethics Roundtable

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Not consultation, just a great way to get some ideas about how to handle your sticky case. Friendly and open group.  Learn more here.

  • Fri., June 21st,  2024
  • 12 to 1:30 pm
  • Zoom
  • Register here.
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    Best Practices Review for Clinicians Doing Sex Therapy with Lesbians

    By Dr. Jenn Kennedy, PhD, LMFT

    Board-certified Sex Therapist

    Hands make a heart.I came out as lesbian at age 19 and have navigated that process repeatedly for three decades. The queer community is consistently neglected in research, and therefore our clinical knowledge is hampered. Pairing my passions of sexuality and queerness, my PhD dissertation was a systematic review of the literature—with a focus on best practices for clinicians doing sex therapy with lesbians.

    Here are the highlights:

    Women’s sexuality is most affected by the following factors: body image; family of origin and culture; attachment history; trauma history; physical ability; age; relationship to self and to pleasure. These are familiar elements of any case conceptualization; however, they are particularly pointiest when talking about sexuality with a woman. Her sex life cannot be considered in a vacuum, but rather, her age, history, family dynamics, experiences and temperament must be factored in.

    In addition to the issues that affect all women, lesbians, as a marginalized population, have additional stressors and considerations that impact their sexuality. These include the following:

    Social Stigma: Lesbians face numerous unique societal and cultural challenges with the combination of both homophobia – fear, dislike and prejudice against lesbian identities – as well as heterosexism, where society sees heterosexuality as the default, preferred or “normal identity.” Lesbian sexuality is both fetishized and dismissed as “not real sex.”

    Coming Out: Coming out is a unique developmental milestone for LGB individuals and far from being a singular event – more likely a long process. Vivienne Cass identifies six common stages of development in the homosexual identity formation: confusion; comparison; tolerance; acceptance; pride; synthesis. In therapy with queer clients, we meet them where they are in their coming out journey—which often is not a neat, linear path through these stages. 

    Power Dynamics: Role negotiation invariably arises with lesbian couples. When both partners are female, they must verbally or nonverbally assign roles and negotiate sexual initiation, relationship duties, and the power balance. Complementarity reflects how the couple’s characteristics are different, but interrelated. Each partner may be attracted to or aroused by different things, but it may be complementary to what their partner wants. Lesbian sex requires a greater degree of interaction, role differentiation, and coordination of behaviors and desire than most area of a couples’ life. Clinicians cannot assume the roles or responsibilities held by lesbian couple clients—in or out of the bedroom. Rather, they need to inquire and stay open to a fluid, intricate system co-created by the clients. While lesbians value fairness and equality, they may also be drawn to partnerships with power differentials. That does not mean that either partner holds all power in all areas, but rather, they likely share power in various contexts.

    Sex versus Intimacy: Lesbians tend to prioritize intimacy over sexuality and same sex female couples took more time having sex and included whole body contact. Lesbians consistently reported higher levels of satisfaction with their sexual experiences. Lesbians also report longer lovemaking sessions compared to other couples, so the conversation starts to shift toward quality versus quantity. Researchers found lesbians (versus heterosexual women) rated giving versus receiving sexual activity was desirable and led to higher levels of satisfaction. Lesbian sexuality has greater fluidity than male same sex sexuality—meaning it’s particularly sensitive to situational, interpersonal, and contextual factors.

    Clinicians working with queer women should also have awareness and understanding of the following: knowledge of queer history; knowledge of the social stigma attached to a queer identity; awareness of our own bias; awareness of clinician counter transference; awareness of privilege and oppression of minorities; understanding of the mechanics of sex between two women; signaling on the part of the clinician as to the comfort regarding the topic of sex in the clinical space.

    Fortunately we are seeing more representation of queer women in research. In parallel to what we know from research, I’m continuing to form my own theories in the therapy realm with my clients. The field is ripe for contribution.

    Dr. Jenn Kennedy, PhD, LMFTDr. Jenn Kennedy, PhD, LMFT, Board-certified Sex Therapist has a private practice in Santa Barbara, CA. She will be speaking at RECAMFT on Fri., Sept. 6, 2024. 

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    Link to our Therapy Groups page and a PDF of current offerings - RECAMFT.ORG/Therapy-Groups

    CLICK HERE to learn more about local group offerings, and payment to advertise your group. 

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    Past President's Notepad

    A meeting of three past presidents and one president elect, plus some wonderful extras! 

    Here's a photo from the May 2, 2024 Zoom meeting with the folks working on RECAMFT taking part in the Pride Parade.  Thank you to 2015 President Kris Spangler for this great proposal! Dr. Jennifer Lotz, we've loved working with you!!!


    Top: Gina Culver, 2023 President

    Laura Strom, 2022 President

    Center: Emily Larkin, 2025 President

    Jennifer Lotz, PhD, Redwood Psychological Association Membership Chair and Liaison coordinating RPA's Pride walk with RECAMFT's

    Bottom: Kris Spangler, 2015 President, and the person who proposed RECAMFT participate in the Pride Parade 

    Randy Cheek, 2022-23 Director at Large

    Thanks to all these folks for getting us involved in the 2024 Pride Parade!  

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