Posts by Lisa Marchiano

Why I Won’t Work with Poly Relationships

I was 22. It would be years before I would go to graduate school to become a psychotherapist, but I was already playing that role unofficially with friends. It was the middle of the night, and Alexa and I were up late talking. We had gotten to know each other while working as counselors at…

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Dream Interpretation: Wisdom or Waffle?

Dream interpretation has been practiced throughout recorded history, but does it have a place in modern mental health treatment? The earliest recorded dream interpretation dates back to Mesopotamia. In ancient Greece, the sick would sleep among non-venomous snakes in temples honoring Asclepius. In the morning, they would report their dreams to priests, who would then…

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Transgender Teens: Sometimes Caution is the Right Approach

When Marci and her husband James* showed up in my psychotherapy office, they looked tired and worried. They had driven nearly four hours to come to a consultation with me, but that was not the reason for their exhaustion. Marci and James are part of the growing number of families who have consulted with me…

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