Minnesota's LGBTQ+ Mental Health Providers' Professional Network

MN LGBT Therapists
Network News - December 2010

Volume III, Issue 10


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It's Time to Renew Your Membership!

Meet Tom Glaser, LP

Upcoming Events

LGBT Friendly Support and Therapy Group Listings

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Have you Renewed your Membership?

It's time to renew your membership or join the network!
Annual memberships begin January 1, 2011, and run through December 31, 2011. Dues for the year are $40.00; two-year memberships run through December 31, 2012, and are $75.00.
Membership includes:  

  • A listing in the online directory at www.lgbttherapists.org 
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  • The ability to submit your own group and workshop offerings, articles, events, classified ads, and other content to the eNewsletter
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    Discounts at Network sponsored events 
  • Membership in Quorum
  • A networking potential with 284 eNewsletter participants and 99 LGBTA MN therapists

If you haven't visited the Network's web page recently, check it out: www.LGBTTherapists.org.  Review your listing for accuracy and send any change requests to White Ash at: web@White-Ash.com.

Lapsed members lose their directory listing at the end of January, 2011.    

Send membership checks made payable to Dennis V. Christian with LGBT Therapists noted on the memo line to:

    c/o Dennis V. Christian, L.I.C.S.W.
    420 Oak Grove Street, Suite 302
    Minneapolis, MN 55403

Online payment can be made through PayPal.com by going through the Network's web site.  

Contact Dennis with any questions at 612.940.7033 or

Please feel free to pass this information on to someone else who would benefit from becoming a member!

Featured Member
When Work Becomes Play - Tom Glasser
Tom Glaser becomes so enthused by the study of happiness that he often spends his precious downtime on it, especially now that he teaches classes called "Your Happiness Project."
"I try to take one full day off a week," Glaser explains, as part of his own Happiness Project. "It's a day of rest, away from work, doing whatever I want." The idea is rejuvenation. "This week it was Saturday. After sleeping in, I found myself reading about happiness, preparing to teach" he says apologetically, unable to contain his infectious smile.
It's a great case in point, actually, of one of his main ideas. Being true to yourself, following your passion. "Noticing-and then capitalizing on-what you choose to do during downtime is a great step toward more fulfillment," he says.
Glaser was inspired early this summer after stumbling upon The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. The class combines elements from the bestselling book with proven techniques from fields Glaser has studied and loved for years: Positive Psychology, Emotional Intelligence, Resilience Theory, Mindfulness Training, and more. 
As a psychologist, Tom works with many people seeking more happiness. But he's quick to explain that his class isn't just for the clinically depressed. "Despite living in the land of plenty, most Americans report only moderate life satisfaction. By implementing a few simple changes, such as giving one compliment a day to their spouse, for example, or offering even small kindnesses to strangers, they can be noticeably happier."
With meditations, music, in-class exercises and discussions plus daily homework, students map out their own, unique plan to a more joyful, fulfilling, fun life.  Which may or may not involve Saturday morning reading.
To register, or for more information, visit http://www.edina.k12.mn.us/community/adult/
Tom Glaser, MS, has been a grateful member of MN LGBT Therapists Network since its inception. He is a licensed psychologist in Minneapolis with over 24 years of experience.  He also teaches courses in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and sex ed, and offers a therapy group for men and women Tuesday evenings. In addition to Saturdays off, his own quest for happiness has led to studying with spiritual guides, riding his bike from here to Chicago, performing community theater, and relishing his mother-in-law's rhubarb crumb. For more information, visit www.tomglaserlp.com
Tom Glaser, MS
Licensed Psychologist
Loring Medical Building
1409 Willow Street
Suite 608
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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If you would like to be a featured member in our next eNewsletter contact me, Irene Greene at irenegreene@earthlink.net or 612.874.6442 I have some questions for you to answer and you can share info about your counseling services, yourself and what being a Network member means to you.
Let's all get to know each other!!

Upcoming Events

Gadie Hawkins! GSA and LGBTA Youth Dance
Thursday, Dec 2, 2010
4pm - 8pm
Webster Open School - 425 5th St NE - Minneapolis, MN

 Minneapolis Out4Good is hosting a social event for queer youth and allies on Thursday, December 2 from 4 to 8 pm!  Music- Dancing- Games- Food- Pictures... this is an event you don't want to miss!
Please spread the word to friends, students, and any other youth who might be interested!! 

*This is a smoke-free and alcohol/drug-free event for all attendees. Re-entry to the dance not permitted.

Eighth Annual WUMN Gala
Surrender to the Moonlight Magic of the Eighth Annual WUMN Gala onFebruary 12, 2011.
Gala Tickets are now available atTrue Colors Bookstore , 4755 Chicago Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55407, 612-821-9630
December 2 through February 1: $40.00 each
February 2 until Event night: $45.00 each
TABLES of 6, 8 and 10 can be reserved. 350 tickets are now available for the Premiere All Gal Gala.

Send your check, made out to WUMN, to PO Box 11624, St. Paul, MN 55111.RAMADA ROOM INFO: Mention WUMN when making your reservation; Group Code CGWOUG. Call 952-854-3411 or 800-328-1931. Reservation cut- off date is January 22, 2011. Group Rate is $79.00 plus tax. (includes Mall of America Coupon Book) .

True Colors Lesbian Fiction Book Club
The Lesbian Fiction Book Club will be discussing My Life With Stella Kane by local author Linda Morganstein at their next meeting on December 1st at 6pm. Pick up a copy and join them! New members are always welcome. The December book will be Command of Silence by Paulette Callen.

The 18th Annual Women's Arts Festival
December 11th, 10am - 5pm
Midtown YWCA, 2121 E. Lake St, Minneapolis. Admission is free and all are welcome.

BOP Scrabbletastic Fundraiser
(Bisexual Organizing Project of the Twin Cities)
Saturday, December 4 at 4:00pm
Walker Community United Methodist Church, Minneapolis, MN

LGBT Friendly
Support and Therapy Listings
Latitude at Twin Town
Brief Description:  Residential and outpatient chemical dependency / mental illness treatment program serving LGBT individuals. Programs are designed to provide individual care and meet the needs of each person.
Open to what type of clients: LGBT 18+
Date & time:  Residential 24/7 & Outpatient Monday, Wed, and Thursday 10am.
Ongoing group or time limited group:  Time limited
Support group or therapy group: Therapy
Location: St. Paul
Fee: Rule 25 County funding, Insurance, and self pay options.
Facilitator(s): LADC, LPC, LP, RN
Contact info: 651-645-3661
Steve Branco, MA LPC
Program Director
Meridian Behavioral Health

Mind Body Skills Group
Brief Description: 10 week psycho-educational support group based on the protocol from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. The focus of the groups is to teach a variety of skills based on the interaction between our mind and body. Skills include, but are not limited to, deep breathing, meditation, simple biofeedback, imagery and movement.  These skills facilitate relaxation and sharpen personal awareness in order to improve self-care choices.  The skills are useful as an adjunct to psychotherapy, as stress management, overall health and wellness and with physical conditions where stress is a component.  Each group has a teaching component, an experiential component and a sharing component.
Open to what type of clients: all
Date & time: the group typically runs twice per year, usually on Tuesday evenings
Ongoing group or time limited group:  a 10 week group
Support group or therapy group:  a support/educational group.  Intake is required.
Location:  Grove Psychotherapy, Inc.  219 SE Main St, Ste 506, Minneapolis, MN
Fee: set fee for the series, insurance does not apply
Facilitator(s):  Linda C. Nelson, MA, LP
Contact info:  612-379-2640 x15 or lcnelson2@msn.com
Linda C. Nelson, MA, LP
Grove Psychotherapy, Inc.
219 SE Main St, Ste 506
Minneapolis, MN  55414

Group Therapy for Women and Men
"Studies identify up to 40-60 percent of [mental health] patients as having histories of trauma."
"There is no better place than the community context in therapy groups to heal the life-sustaining internal and external object relations of traumatized persons." 

--Robert Klein, PhD, and Victor Schermer, MA, authors of Group Psychotherapy for Psychological Trauma

This group is especially effective for clients with trauma and/or interpersonal issues.  It was designed to provide accessible, high-quality therapy at a reasonable cost. Participants pay a reduced fee out-of-pocket.  Except Medical Assistance, no insurance is accepted. The group may be used as a client's sole form of treatment, or it may be used in conjunction with ongoing or occasional individual or couples therapy provided by other therapists.   
Tuesday Evenings from 7:00-8:30 PM
$35.00 per session
Pay out-of-pocket only

No insurance accepted except Medical Assistance
Advance payment of $140.00 required for each segment of four sessions
90-minute/$150.00 individual intake interview required
 Tom Glaser, MS
Licensed Psychologist
 Loring Medical Building
1409 Willow Street
Suite 608
Minneapolis, MN 55404

The Center for Women's Group Therapy

Offering LGBT friendly groups for all women.

 Our groups are co-facilitated by Candace Margulies, LICSW and Ilise Katz, LPCC.  The groups are psychodynamic, insight oriented, on-going therapy groups emphasizing relationship building, intimacy, and depth.  Our groups are 90 minutes and are held on weeknights in our office at 3754 Pleasant Avenue in south Minneapolis.  Most insurance is accepted and we have a sliding fee scale.  For more information or to request a free intake interview, call 612 802 1405

Women's Integrative Therapy Group

 Weekly group, talk therapy for 5-6 weeks followed by an outside integrative experience such as art therapy, music therapy, journaling, meditation, psychodrama, yoga, voice movement, feldenkreis . We go to the same outside practitioner for a minimum of three times over a 15-week period.
Open to what type of clients: Women, of all sexual orientations, late 30's through late 60's. High functioning people who are open to stretching, exploring and willing to take some risks. Issues include depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, relationship concerns, sexual concerns, grief and loss
Wednesday's 4:30-6:30
Ongoing group- has been in operation in this format for 20 years.
Therapy group
Location: 1599 Selby Ave. #107, St. Paul (office of Ruth Markowitz)
Fee: $50 per session. No sliding fee. Some Blue Cross coverage depending of their plan.
Facilitator: Ruth Markowitz, MA, LP
contact Ruth for information: 651-222-5457

Over Forty and Over Men: Coming Out & Sexual Identity Group for Women

Starting January 10, 2011, Edina Comfort Care will be offering a group, Over Forty and Over Men. This group is for all women over the age of 40 who are struggle with identity issues or deciding to come out.
The group will begin Monday, January 10th from 6:00pm-7:30pm and it will be facilitated by a licensed therapist. At this time the group will meet every Monday for ten weeks. The cost is $20.00 per session or the individual can utilize their insurance. The group will meet at the clinic, 7300 France Ave S. Edina. Please call 952.913.5403 and reserve your seat. Call quickly since this group has traditionally filled quickly.

7300 France Ave S. #208
Edina, Minnesota 55435 952.913.5403
Email: edinacomfortcare@aol.com
website: edinacomfortcare.com

Gay Men's Therapy Group

Tuesday Evenings for two hours

Dr Peter Olson
Licensed Psychologist
Golden Valley, MN

Sexual Abuse Therapy Group for Women

Tuesdays, 415-545pm


Most insurances accepted
For more information and to receive a flyer contact:
Irene Greene, MSEd. Psychotherapist   612.874-6442

Mindy Benowitz, PhD., L.P. 612.870-0398
100 West Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN  55404

"Tongues Untied" Discussion Group
Monthly on 1st & 3rd Mondays
4:00-6:00 PM
Appleby Hall 41, University of MN-Twin Cities
Join us for bi-monthly discussions with other GLBTQ People of Color and FREE PIZZA! With the growing population of GLBTQ students, staff & faculty of color on predominately white and heteronormative college campuses, we see the need to create a space we can call our own to discuss issues that affect us, and have respectful open discussions concerning the intersection of race and sexual identity. Undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, community members -- all are welcome! Though we appreciate our white allies, we ask that attendance be limited to GLBTQ people of color. 
For more info, contact Jason Jackson at
LGBTQ Couples Group (For estabished couples)
Brief Description:This group is a 6 week group for LGBTQ couples who have been together for awhile (eg., 3 years or more) and are looking for ways to strengthen and improve their relationship.  
Open to what type of clients:lesbian couples, gay couples, bisexual couples, transgender couples, and queer couples who have been together for awhile (eg., it is suggested that the couple has been with each other for a minimum of 3 years or more). Group will occur if 5 couples register.
Date & time:Tuesdays, February 15-March 22, 2011 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Ongoing group or time limited group:Limited Time
Support group or therapy group: This is a therapy group where members will find support from other group members and receive psychoeducation. Participatants will participate in sharing, discussion, group exercises, and couple exercises.
Location:Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fee:$150/couple, will bill BCBS
Facilitator(s):Ross Aalgaard, MDiv, MSW, LGSW
Contact info:Ross A. Aalgaard
Westminster Counseling Center
1200 Marquette Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-332-7743 ext 285

GLBTQ survivors of sexual violence peer facilitated support group
Where: Sexual Violence Center in Minneapolis.   This group is free and offered to people who identify as LGBTQ  and who have experienced any forced or unwanted sexual contact.  All meetings are closed and confidential.  We are planning on starting the group in February or March of 2011.  Currently we are taking names from people who may be interested in joining.  You can call 612.871.5111 or 612.871.5100 ext. 14 to get on our waiting list.  Groups will be held at our office: 3757 Fremont Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412.  There are no fees as we are a non-profit agency.   

Welcome to the MN LGBTQA Therapists eNewsletter of "The Network." The Network is a MN based grass-roots group of queer & allied mental health therapists, students in mental health related fields, and community mental-health related agencies. Our group shares information and resources that impact our varied work in the mental health fields and that is unique to the particular needs of the LGBTQ communities we live in and serve. We welcome submissions to this eNewsletter that are pertinent to mental health and LGBTQ issues ! All Network members are welcome to contribute to this monthly eNewsletter. Just send your referral question, announcement, member accomplishment, space available information, event, conference, workshop, group information, or other pertinent notice to irenegreene@earthlink.net.

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