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Warrior needs help. Badly. [May. 16th, 2011|09:22 am]
I'm struggling with this one, and I hope that someone out there might be able to point me in the right direction.

I need to find an alternate lifestyles friendly psychologist or psychiatrist in the Cleveland area.

I don't have the energy to go into details right now, but if you know of someone you can recommend, please let me know. Anonymous comments allowed, if you don't want your name associated with your response. Thanks!

[User Picture]From: bart_calendar
2011-05-16 01:35 pm (UTC)
Not your city, I know, but Polychromatic lists one in Columbus and one in Cincinnati. It might be worth calling one or both of them up and see if they can refer you to someone in Cleveland.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-16 02:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks; if no one comes up with a local recommendation I will definitely be trying that. I worry that people get themselves on the list because they are willing to tolerate such things and it's a way of getting more patients through the door. I know at least one person who went to a "alt friendly" counselor and spent all her time either educating the person or resisting heteronormative advice.
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2011-05-16 01:43 pm (UTC)
Also google on the kink aware professionals list and the bisexuality aware professionals directory.

Failing that... Contact the local LGBT, poly, and/or kinky orgs for recommendations. You didn't say which alternative sexuality you were wanting the professional to be knowledgeable in, but there is often overlap among the groups, at least in open mindedness. Get a few names and interview them over the phone as to their level of knowledge and tolerance wrt the given sexual preference.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-16 01:53 pm (UTC)
I want someone who can look at "pagan, bisexual, and polyamorous" and not regard those as things that need treatment. Contacting the local LGBTQ group is a good idea. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: pachamama
2011-05-16 01:48 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-16 01:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, no one listed within 100 miles. Though I may try calling the Columbus one and see if they can refer.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-16 04:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Maybe I just lucked out, but just in case...

Wow, sounds awesome. I hope I'm as fortunate!
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[User Picture]From: kyburg
2011-05-16 04:52 pm (UTC)
I had to say something. I'm aghast. I've got nurses, social workers, educators - and me - in the family, and this is something we all knew about, took in stride and so on. Like, in the seventies? I know, I know, California born and bred, but holy merde. COME ON.

That said - the Feelinggood.com website referral page points to the Beck Institute, and drilling down? I find:

Edwin R. Shirley Ph.D.
Founding Fellow
University Hospitals of Cleveland
Mood Disorder Program
11400 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, Ohio
Phone: 216.844.2400
Fax: 216.844.2877

This is the cognitive approach that I favor over just about everything else, because it works for me. Mileage may vary with everyone else, yadda ya.

But I want to know if you run into issues - because Mamma may just go smack a bitch if you do.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-16 05:00 pm (UTC)
It's pretty bad out here. But I am getting a couple leads. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-16 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks; I expect it to be challenging, to say the least....
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[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2011-05-16 05:51 pm (UTC)
Not sure if this will help but.... my therapist wasn't super familiar with alt lifestyles but I spent our first meeting interviewing her about her attitude and knowledge. I generally do this with health professionals.

It can be a way or weeding out the ones who not only don't but *won't* get it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-16 06:08 pm (UTC)
I am shooting for the ideal first, and then will work on the possible. Thanks! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: brujah
2011-05-16 07:21 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest the Kink Aware Professionals link, but I see that it's already been covered. So, I will just tell you that I love you.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-16 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dear. It's much appreciated.
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[User Picture]From: flirtaciousj
2011-05-17 04:40 am (UTC)
No recommendations here, but definitely *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-17 05:33 am (UTC)
Thanks so much.
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[User Picture]From: xhollydayx
2011-05-18 05:00 am (UTC)
Dr Robert Chapman in Lakewood (Saturdays a few hours in Cleveland Heights). 216-228-3500

He is a psychologist. If he is not what you are looking for, he has been pretty good about finding others. I see him, and think he's great. A friend wanted a female who was experienced with certain tihngs, and he found someone outside of his practice that she has been happy with.
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From: anonymousalex
2011-05-19 05:16 pm (UTC)
I don't have any helpful or useful information, but I must say, what are they teaching these people in the schools? Don't they know that people seeking therapy aren't likely to have enough spare spoons to argue over what isn't their problem?

I hope the useful information you have gotten will lead to an acceptable person who helps you.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-19 05:52 pm (UTC)
I have phone calls out and am keeping my fingers crossed. And the monogamy/heteronormativity model is very frustrating.
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