F! All That with Michelle: Helpful Resources

This is a growing bank of resources for the clients I work with. If you suggestions for additions or concerns about what is offered here, please contact me.

    General Resources for All

    Websites

    Center for Nonviolent Communication: Information for how to communicate in healthy ways by identifying feelings and needs while respecting one’s own and others’ boundaries. 

    The Cards | Fair Play Life: A system to help couples address inequity in household tasks. 

    F! All That Wellness Coaching Mindfulness and Self-Care: A growing resource of instruction, guidance, practice, and insights for establishing and maintaining your mindfulness practice and self-care strategies.

    Hello Sunshine Yoga: Be here. Be you. Belong. We’re a kind, inclusive movement studio. We welcome all people of all backgrounds. A community, not a scene. A place to move and be moved. Come connect with your own unique light–that sunshine within.

    Mindful: A website about practicing and advancing mindfulness practice and skills. 

    Yoga Basics: A website with excellent resources on beginning yoga practice, breathing techniques, and other yogic resources.

    Books

    Articles

    Apps

    Balance: Meditation & Sleep (balanceapp.com): An app that teaches the fundamental skills of mindfulness with a large library of guided mindfulness practices for a variety of situations. 

    Gender and Sexually Diverse (GSD) Resources

    General GSD Resources

    CDC LGBTQ+ Youth Resources: Positive environments are important to help all youth thrive. However, the health needs of LGBTQ+ Youth can differ from their heterosexual peers. On this page, find resources from the CDC, other government agencies, and community organizations for LGBTQ+ Youth, their friends, educators, parents, and family members to support positive environments. 

    Equitas Cincinnati Medical Center: Equitas Health is a regional non-profit health system serving the healthcare needs of the LGBTQ+ community, people living with HIV, and others in need of care. 

    The Fenway Institute: The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and all sexual and gender minority (LGBTQIA+) people. 

    Human Rights Campaign: The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where every member of the LGBTQ+ family has the freedom to live their truth without fear, and with equality under the law. We empower our 3 million members and supporters to mobilize against attacks on the most marginalized people in our community. 

    Intelligent LGBTQ+ Student College Guide: In this guide, you’ll learn how to research colleges and review additional topics such as the unique challenges LGBTQ students face and the resources and legal rights available to them.

    Q Chat Space: A Community for LGBTQ+ Teens to find and give support, have fun, connect around shared interests and get good information. Chat with like-minded peers in live chats designed for you & by you, facilitated by folks who care.

    Queer Kid Stuff:  An edutainment company that brings LGBTQ+ and social justice media to kids and families! We make videos, podcasts, newsletters, and so much more! 

    The Trevor Project | For Young LGBTQ Lives: The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. TrevorSpace:  TrevorSpace is an affirming international community for LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. Sign up and start a conversation now.

    General Trans Resources

    Finding Your True Voice: A Guide to Gender-Affirming Verbal Communication An article by Emily Waters exploring the importance of, research behind, and steps to finding your true gender-affirming voice using a step-by-step guide. Thanks so much to Olivia for for sending me this very important resource!

    Trans Lifeline: US (877) 565-8860 or Canada (877) 330-6366 Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community. 

    TSER (Trans Student Education Resources): Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender non-conforming students through advocacy and empowerment. Founded in 2011, it is the only national organization led by trans youth. 

    WPATH: The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly known as the (Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, interdisciplinary professional and educational organization devoted to transgender health. Our professional, supporting, and student members engage in clinical and academic research to develop evidence-based medicine and strive to promote a high quality of care for transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals internationally. We are funded primarily through the support of our membership, and through donations and grants sponsored by non-commercial sources.

    Local GSD Resources

    Ashley Clemons: A local gender-affirming hair stylist located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Call or text 513-415-4651 for an appointment.

    Biz Jarvis at Hue Mane Salon: A local gender-affirming hair stylist located in Hamilton, Ohio. 

    Charles Onfire: A local gender-affirming barber/stylist in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Call or text 513-305-7293 for an appointment.

    Butler County Youth Community Safe Space: The Community Safe Space provides a comfortable for LGBTQ+ youth to be themselves with similar peers while parents and guardians engage in a separate, concurrent space for support and/or education. Facilitators have completed safe space training and background checks. We meet the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 pm. In order to protect our safe space, we ask newcomers to complete an online form so a trained facilitator can reach out to you by phone to get some limited information from you, answer your questions, and provide you with the location of our meetings. If you have any questions or are interested in becoming an enthusiastic volunteer of the coalition, please reach out to Oliver Holstein at oholstein@envisionpartnerships.com.

    Drug Rehab LGBTQ+ USA Ohio ResourcesA comprehensive list of addiction resources in Ohio for gender and sexually diverse people in need of support and services.

    GLAST (Gays and Lesbians Achieving Sobriety Together): GLAST stands for Gays & Lesbians Achieving Sobriety Together. GLAST is the only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer + substance use prevention & resource program in the Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky area. We are not affiliated with any 12 step group, religious organization or medical group. However, we do work with these groups to help others recover from addiction. We are a tax exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

    GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) Cincinnati Chapter: GLSEN Greater Cincinnati is a chapter of GLSEN, a national organization fighting for every student’s right to a safe, supportive education. GLSEN Greater Cincinnati is a grassroots initiative, working locally in our community to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Our chapter supports students and educators locally, organizes around LGBTQ-affirming public policy, plans teacher trainings, and hosts events. Facilitators have completed safe space training and background checks.

    PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Cincinnati: PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Our mission is to build on a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQ+ people and allies who support one another and to educate ourselves and our communities to speak up as advocates until all hearts and minds respect, value and affirm LGBTQ+ people.

    Local Trans Resources

    Crossport: Crossport is a not-for-profit* social support organization serving transgender individuals in the Greater Cincinnati and surrounding area, including partners, families, friends, and other allies. Guided by the values of acceptance and compassion, we strive for mutual understanding and equal treatment. We also serve as an educational resource for the transgender community and an outreach to the general public.

    Living with Change: Living With Change engages with schools and businesses to help ensure transgender youth are protected and accepted while working with politicians to change existing policies, prevent discriminatory ones, and promote initiatives that help transgender youth thrive in a more inclusive and equitable future. 

    Heartland Transwellness Group: Heartland Trans Wellness Group is a Cincinnati, Ohio based project working to create community and improve resources for transgender people. They facilitate a series of trans groups that rotates on a monthly basis. 

    Transform Cincy:  At their new location, Transform Cincy has expanded to provide more opportunities for trans youth and the community. Check out the website for more information about all three!

    • Closet: At Transform we work with transgender and gender non-conforming youth to provide free wardrobes with everything they need head to toe. The destination is yours to create, we are here to help you get started; with free clothing and wardrobe styling.
    • Community Groups: Join us every 4th Wednesday of the month for community groups for K-12 transgender youth and parents! We offer a safe space for connection, advocacy, resources, education, and support. Facilitators have completed safe space training and background checks.
    • Drop-In Programming: Check the website for a schedule of weekly and monthly events for youth and adults.

    Transgender Advocacy Council (TAC): The Transgender Advocacy Council was formed to act as an umbrella organization supporting both individuals and new and long existing grassroots transgender support organizations in the greater Cincinnati area in the areas of policy advocacy, direct services, outreach to encourage culture change, community organizing, and other key strategies.

    TransOhio: TransOhio serves the Ohio transgender and ally communities by providing services, education, support, and advocacy, which promotes and improves the health, safety and life experience of the Ohio transgender individual and community.

    Local Gender-Affirming Mental Wellness Professionals

    Chrystal Bright, LPCC-S (she/her)
    Catalyst Counseling
    8809B Cincinnati Dayton Rd
    West Chester Township, OH 45069
    (513) 360-8205

    Megan Cahill, LISW, LCSW (she/her)
    Creekside Therapy Center
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    513-202-6654

    Sami Goodpaster, MA, LPC (she/her)
    Supervised by Grey Nelei, LPCC-S (they/them)
    Fairfield, OH 45014
    513-472-1664

    Leslie Hamilton, MS, LPC (she/her)
    Supervised by Cassy Unkraut, MA, LPCC (she/her)
    Woven Wellness Group
    Hamilton, Ohio 45011
    513-440-1335

    Scout Kopech, LPC (she/her)
    Mockingbird Counseling
    10999 Reed Harman Highway, Suite 329-B
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
    513-434-6043

    Sage Maniates, LPC (they/them)
    Rootworks Wellness
    3345 Whitfield Avenue
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
    513-935-3323

    Michelle Minette, MA, CHLC (she/her)
    6 S. 2nd Street, Suite 410
    Hamilton, Ohio 45011
    513-518-7529

    C. Grey Nelei, LPCC-S, LICDC (they/them)
    Fairfield, OH 45014
    (513) 995-1396

    Terri Telesz, LISW-S (she/her)
    Find Your Way Counseling and Consulting
    10945 Reed Hartman Hwy, Suite 313
    Blue Ash, Ohio 45242
    (513) 852-7911

    Sarah World, LISW-S (she/her)
    Find Your Way Counseling and Consulting
    10945 Reed Hartman Hwy, Suite 313
    Blue Ash, Ohio 45242
    (513) 852-7911

    Parents of GSD-Identifying Youth Resources

    Free Mom Hugs: An organization of parents working to empower the world to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community through visibility, education, and conversaion.

    Mom Hugs From the Queen City:  A FaceBook group of parents (relatives and friends) that want to give HUGS for anyone that feels they may need one. We believe LOVE IS LOVE and everyone deserves a HUG! 

    Ohio Mama Bears: This group is a geographically based shoot off of the Just Because They Breathe, Serendipitydodah and FreedHearts groups for Moms of LGBTQ+ kids in Ohio (but not limited to Ohio – All are welcome.) A place where we can love on each other in more tangible ways and be a more present source of support and socialization. 

    Proud Parenting: A webiste with the latest news and information impacting LGBTQ+ lives and the lives of their families.  

    Resources for LGBTQ Parents of Children with Special Needs:  As an LGBTQ parent raising a child with special needs, you may face unique challenges. However, by accessing the various forms of help that are available, LGBTQ families can become empowered to understand their child’s needs, handle potential discrimination, and navigate their options. Learn more about medical, financial, and emotional support resources for LGBTQ parents of children with disabilities.

    Serendipitydodah: A private FaceBook group for moms of LGBTQ kids hosted by Real Mama Bears. The Real Mama Bears organization is a network of groups, websites, special projects & resources dedicated to supporting, educating and empowering families with LGBTQ members and the LGBTQ Community.

    Mindfulness and Self-Care

    40 Positive Affirmations to Add to Your Day:  A list of affirmations from authors, philosophers, researchers, and celebrities. There’s value in patting yourself on the back. Positive affirmations are short statements that can help brighten your outlook on the world when you say them to yourself regularly.

    Balance App:  Balance is an innovative, personalized meditation experience that helps people improve their stress, sleep, focus, mood, and more.

    The Free Mindfulness Project: The Free Mindfulness Project has been created to develop a collection of free to download mindfulness-based exercises in a centralized location. The spirit of this project is one of openness and compassion, encouraging the sharing of resources with the wider community. The focus of this site is mindfulness as practiced in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and other closely related approaches. 

    Mindful: Mindful is a website that offers courses, personal stories, news-you-can-use, practical advice, resources and insights that speak to anyone from novice meditators looking for guidance to corporate managers exploring new ways to cultivate workplace engagement and fulfillment. 

    Stanford Health Care Mindfulness and Meditation Resources:  A list of guided imagery meditations focusing on positive images and thoughts to change your thinking patterns in order to promote well-being and relaxation.

    Self-Compassion Practices from Dr. Kristin Neff: A list of practices designed to change merciless judging and criticizing to kindness and understanding.

    Parenting Resources

    Children’s Success Foundation: A website with resources for parenting using the Nurtured Heart Approach

    Co-Parenter Self-Help Center: A website built to help divorced parents communicate with an app and articles on both co-parenting and parallel parenting.  

    Resources for Families going through Divorce: A website with resources for parents going through a divorce that includes local providers for those living in Butler County, Ohio. 

    Understanding the Connection Between Cyberbullying and Social Media: A Comprehensive Guide

    Surviving Toxic Relationships Resources

    Articles

    12 Rules of the Narcissistic Family: Acceptance is conditional, and you must take sides.

    Dealing with a Manipulative Person? Grey Rocking May Help: Ellen Biros, MS, LCSW, a therapist in Suwanee, Georgia, describes grey rocking as a technique for interacting with manipulative and abusive people. This can include people with narcissistic personality disorder or antisocial personality disorder, as well as toxic people without a mental health diagnosis.

    The Pretzel Logic of the 180: On the face of it, it seems like something worthwhile — getting on with your life without regard to what the cheater is doing. The 180, they tell us, is for YOU. To make you strong. It’s not to win back your cheater. And yet, most of this advice is patently ridiculous and predicated on remaining a chump. Let’s take some of these point by point.

    Vulnerable and Grandiose Narcissism Are Differentially Associated With Ability and Trait Emotional Intelligence:We examined the association between two types of narcissism, grandiose and vulnerable, and self-reported as well as ability emotional intelligence (EI). The latter results are consistent with previous findings showing that individuals with high level of grandiose narcissism tend to overestimate their abilities. Vulnerable narcissism is probably connected with more realistic self-perception of emotional abilities.

    What is gray rocking? It’s important to take care not to lose sight of yourself when grey rocking. “Grey rocking requires a disconnect from your emotions and feelings,” Biros explains. “So it’s possible to experience symptoms of dissociation or complete disconnect from your own feelings and emotions.”

    Attorneys

    Melanie Mize, Attorney at Law: Melanie Mize has extensive experience in both the family law and civil arenas. She is equally skilled at advocating in a courtroom and negotiating outside of it. Melanie helps clients navigate the turbulent waters of family law issues, both in Domestic Relations Court and Juvenile Court. She has a passion for finding a solution that minimizes the impact of litigation on children. Melanie serves as a Community Parenting Coordinator for the Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court. Melanie also regularly volunteers with the Hamilton County Court of Domestic Relations Family Law Clinic. Check out interviews with Melanie!

    Randal S. Bloch, Of Counsel: Randal S. Bloch is Of Counsel at Wagner & Bloch, practicing exclusively in the area of family law. She is a senior lecturer on family law for the Cincinnati Bar Association and is a Family Law Certified Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association. She co-authored a chapter on the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act for Sowald Morganstern Domestic Relations Law. She has served on the Hamilton County Community Action Agency Board of Trustees and for the Women Advocates for Divorce Education.

    Deborah L. McPartlin, Partner: Deborah L. McPartlin practices exclusively in the area of family law. She has extensive experience with family law and has represented clients in a number of matters, including collaborative law, divorce, negotiated dissolution, legal separation, annulment, prenuptial agreements, child custody cases, child support cases, spousal support cases, and appellate cases. Deborah was recently named a 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Star. She has researched and contributed to articles and chapters for the Ohio State Bar Association and Sowald Morganstern Domestic Relations Law.

    Books

    Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents: If you grew up with an emotionally immature, unavailable, or selfish parent, you may have lingering feelings of anger, loneliness, betrayal, or abandonment. You may recall your childhood as a time when your emotional needs were not met, when your feelings were dismissed, or when you took on adult levels of responsibility in an effort to compensate for your parent’s behavior. These wounds can be healed, and you can move forward in your life.

    Divorcing a Narcissist: Advice from the Battlefield: Author, Tina Swithin, understands what it’s like to divorce a narcissist. Tina spent over four years on the battlefield of the Family Court System while acting as her own attorney in a desperate attempt to protect her two young daughters. While Tina’s first book, Divorcing a One Mom’s Battle details Tina’s personal journey and court battle, her new book offers solid advice and sanity-saving wisdom for transforming from victim to survivor. Education is power and Divorcing a Advice from the Battlefield is your personal guide and resource for navigating through high-conflict divorce. 

    The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence: A date won’t take “no” for an answer. The new nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling. A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help. The threat of violence surrounds us every day. But we can protect ourselves, by learning to trust—and act on—our gut instincts.

    How to Kill a Narcissist: Debunking the Myth of Narcissism and Recovering from Narcissistic Abuse: Narcissistic abuse, by nature, is designed to keep you trapped in shame-based vertigo. It doesn’t just go away because you know it exists. Narcissism creates a set of beliefs, behaviours and paradigms in its target which must be changed from the inside.

    It’s My Turn: This book is for adults who are dealing with a self-absorbed parent. It provides a clear understanding of narcissism and coping strategies. It was written from my personal experience of growing up with a narcissistic mother. It will also give you the necessary tools to gain freedom from the suffocating grip of narcissism.

    Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead: Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. 

    Not “Just Friends”: Rebuilding Trust and Recovering Your Sanity After Infidelity: One of the world’s leading experts on infidelity provides a step-by-step guide through the process of marital infidelity—from suspicion and revelation to healing, and provides profound, practical guidance to prevent cheating and, if it happens, recover and heal from it.

    Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers: The first book for the millions of daughters suffering from the emotional abuse of selfish, self-involved mothers, Will I Ever Be Good Enough? provides the expert advice readers need to overcome debilitating histories and reclaim their lives.

    Local Narcissistic Abuse Informed Mental Wellness Professionals

    Chrystal Bright, LPCC-S (she/her)
    Catalyst Counseling
    8809B Cincinnati Dayton Rd
    West Chester Township, OH 45069
    (513) 360-8205

    Megan Cahill, LISW, LCSW (she/her)
    Creekside Therapy Center
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    513-202-6654

    Mandy Friedman, LPCC-S CCDVC CCTP (she/her)
    Clermont Mental Health
    431 Ohio Pike, Suite 214
    Cincinnati OH 45255
    513-655-6911

    Michelle Minette, MA, CHLC (she/her)
    6 S. 2nd Street, Suite 410
    Hamilton, Ohio 45011
    513-518-7529

    Websites

    Divorcing a Narcissist: A website centered around a woman’s divorce from a narcissistic partner who is also the father to her children. 

    One Mom’s Battle: A website centered around a woman’s divorce from a narcissistic partner who is also the father to her children. 

    Unfilteredd: A website dedicated to providing resources to survivors of family, work, and romantic narcissistic abuse with podcasts, vocabulary, and articles. 

    Workshops

    F! Fawning: An ongoing four-month program to help you feel empowered and take up the space that is meant for you without feeling apologetic or guilty.

    Survivors of Narcissistic & Abusive Personalities: SNAP is an educational Recovery Series for Survivors, Concerned Loved Ones and Professionals. Check out interviews with Mandy Friedman, the creator of SNAP!

    Second Saturday Divorce Workshop: Learn important informaton for, during, and after your divorce. This is an opportunity to hear from and ask questions of attorneys, financial professionals, and mental health professionals.