News & Events

Feb 13, 2017

Dr. Margie Nichols, IPG’s Founder and Executive Director, spoke at the first conference of the U.S. chapter of WPATH, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Dr. Nichols spoke on “Psychotherapeutic Dilemmas with Complex Clinical Cases”. The conference was held in Los Angeles, at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center, earlier this month.

Feb 10, 2017

Once again, Dr. Margie Nichols, founder and Executive Director of IPG, has been quoted in CNN’s Health column. Margie discusses BDSM and how the “Fifty Shades of Grey” series has brought increased visibility and acceptance of BDSM practices more into the mainstream. Read the article here.

Feb 6, 2017

IPG is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Susan J. Menahem, LCSW, as Executive Clinical Director, effective January 1st. Susan is a long-time IPG therapist with extraordinary skills, including holding AASECT-certification as a sex therapist, supervisor and trainer. In addition to continuing to see her own clients, Susan will be responsible for all clinical supervision and activities at IPG, including EMDR and sex therapy training. Well-deserved Susan!

Oct 4, 2016

IPG is happy to announce a new group for transgender and non-binary young adults, ages 18 – 25. We currently run groups for children and adolescents and are responding to the requests to add this additional group. This new group will be held the 3rd Saturday of each month, from 1:00-2:15pm in our Highland Park office. If there’s enough interest on the part of parents/guardians, we’ll start a group for them as well, during the same time period. Call the office to register for either group!

Jun 18, 2016

Dr. Margie Nichols, IPG’s founder, Executive Director and leader extraordinaire, recently presented at two more conferences. In April, she gave the opening keynote address at the AltSex Conference in New York City and on June 17, she gave a full-day training on LGBTQ clinical issues for the NYC “Sex Therapy in the City” series.

Jun 15, 2016

In June, several IPG’ers attended the annual AASECT conference in Puerto Rico. AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists) is the premier national certifying body for sex therapists. Several IPG therapists have AASECT certification while a few others are on their way. Gaining AASECT certification requires rigorous medical and psychological training as well as significant supervised clinical experience. This process takes years, so it was refreshing to attend workshops and meet other sex therapists and educators. A great opportunity to network and learn some of the latest research.

Mar 31, 2016

IPG’s founder, Dr. Margie Nichols, was a featured speaker at the annual Psychotherapy Networker conference in Washington, DC. Psychotherapy Networker is the most widely-read magazine for professional therapists, distributed worldwide. Margie spoke on issues of gender identity, transgender youth, and the LGBTQ community.

Mar 30, 2016

Psychotherapy Networker, the most widely-read periodical for professional therapists, has just published Dr. Nichols’ article “The Great Escape – Welcome to the World of Gender Fluidity” in its March-April 2016 issue. Margie, addressing clinicians, discusses the complexities of ever-evolving gender identities in the last decade or so.

Oct 6, 2015

IPG is very happy to announce a new playgroup for pre-pubertal transgender and gender non-conforming children.  This new group for young children will begin Saturday, November 21 and be held every third Saturday of the month in our Highland Park office.  There will also be a separate group held at the same time for their parents and guardians.  Both groups will be led by IPG therapists.  Interested parents should call our office at 800-379-9220.

Aug 19, 2015

IPG is so very, very sad to announce the passing of our beloved therapist, Neil Selden.  Neil was a wonderful therapist for many years at IPG, a joy to have as a colleague, and a great friend to us all.  We miss him so much.

Aug 19, 2015

IPG’s Founder, Margie Nichols, was a keynote speaker at the EFT Couples Therapy Conference in NYC in June.  Margie presented to a large audience of psychotherapists who provide Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy in their own practices.

May 21, 2015

IPG therapist James Fedor publishes an article in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.  James’ article is about older adults‘ involvement in retirement communities.

Apr 6, 2015

Congratulations to IPG therapist Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW, who has just been selected to be a regular contributor for The Huffington Post!  Laura’s blogs will be published every 2-3 weeks in the Gay Voices section.  Read Laura’s first blog, now up.

Apr 2, 2015

IPG Founder and President Margie Nichols presented a workshop for sex therapists and researchers at the 2015 SSTAR (Society for Sex Therapists and Researchers) Conference in Boston.  IPG therapist Laura Jacobs co-presented with Margie on Gender Affirmative Therapy.  Several IPG therapists attended the conference as well.

Apr 2, 2015

Margie Nichols’ keynote speech at TEDx is online now!  The video of Dr. Nichols’ presentation at TEDxJerseyCity, “Breaking the Gender Binary:  Transgender Youth Explosion” can now be seen on the TEDx website – click here.

Mar 16, 2015

IPG’s Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Margie Nichols, presented a training for other clinicians on March 14 at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) in New York City.  The prestigious ICP is one of the oldest post-graduate training institutions for psychologists and licensed social workers.  Dr. Nichols’ symposium was entitled “Beyond Alphabet Soup, Toward a Theory of Sex and Gender Diversity”.

Dec 3, 2014

Read IPG Therapist Dr. Michael LaSala’s new blog on Psychology Today. Dr. LaSala writes about LGBT people going home for the holidays.

November 25, 2014

The Pride Center of New Jersey selects IPG Founder and Executive Director Margie Nichols to receive the LGBT Community Service Award.  The award is presented for “significant and enduring contributions to the quality of life and pride of NJ’s LGBT Community”.  The award will be presented to Dr. Nichols on January 11.

November 19, 2014

IPG is looking for a therapist to work two days a week in our Freehold office.  MUST have experience working with young children.  LSW’s and LAC’s welcome to apply.  Please email your CV with cover letter to info@ipgcounseling.com.

October 13, 2014

The article, “Condoms and Connection: Parents, Gay and Bisexual Youth, and HIV Risk”, written by IPG therapist Michael LaSala, Ph.D., was recently published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and U.S. News and World Report describes Dr. LaSala’s research here.

September 25, 2014

IPG therapist James Fedor, LCSW, recently authored a chapter in the book, “The Lives of LGBT Older Adults: Understanding Challenges and Resilience”, which deals with issues faced by older LGBT adults.

June 12, 2014 – June 14, 2014

Nine of IPG’s psychotherapists attended the Trans Health Conference, held annually in Philadelphia.  IPG therapists were among the 300 healthcare providers of the 3,000 attendees at this important conference.  We made sure to be there to get the latest information on affirmative transgender health care.  IPG therapist Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW, was a presenter on the mental health track.

June 5, 2014

IPG therapist Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW, authored two chapters in the upcoming book “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves”, a wonderful resource for the LGBTQ community and the general public.  Ms. Jacobs also edited the history chapter of the book and is working with the publishers to develop future educational, medical and legal programs for the community.

May 16, 2014

Psychologist, sex therapist and author Suzanne Iasenza, Phd, came to IPG to present her training for IPG’s psychotherapists:  “What’s Queer About Sex? Models and Techniques for Couples”.

May 6, 2014

IPG Vice President Nancy Musgrave attended the Garden State Equality Roundtable for organizations working with LGBT Youth in New Jersey.  The purpose of the Roundtable was to discuss issues affecting LGBTQI youth in NJ, and to work together on solutions.  Participants will meet again in August.

April 10, 2014

IPG staff attended a training on the 5th edition of the therapist “Bible” – the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (the DSM).  Trainings like this ensure we are up-to-date with changes in insurance reporting and practices in the field.  The training was provided by IPG’s own Manda Gatto, LCSW.

March 31, 2014

Dr. Nichols again attended the annual SSTAR (Society for Sex Therapy and Research) conference, held in Pittsburgh this year.  Dr. Nichols and other IPG staff regularly attend professional conferences to keep our sex therapy practice current and on the cutting edge.  They exchange the latest research, exchange ideas and occasionally make presentations themselves.

January 16, 2014

In February, we’ll be moving our Highland Park office to 1119 Raritan Avenue, Highland Park.  This new space will be larger, beautiful and more comfortable for clients and staff alike.  Great thanks to our fabulous architect, Judi Monk of Shade Studio in Highland Park!

December 24, 2013

No surprise – the Toy Drive was a big hit with the kids!  IPG staff kicked off our 1st Annual Toy “Drive and Delivery” on Dec. 20 when we delivered toys to the almost 50 children at a family shelter in Edison, NJ.  Even Santa was there, and we’ll be honest – we were as excited as the kids!  Pictures can be seen on IPG’s Facebook page.

September 17, 2013

Dr. Nichols’ important new article about LGBT youth suicide is published on goodtherapy.org

September 16, 2013

IPG begins therapy support groups for gender non-comforming youth at our Jersey City office.  Separate groups will be held for their parents and guardians.  All groups will be led by our licensed therapists.

July 1, 2013

In Dr. Nichols’ latest GoodTherapy blog, she reviews the eye-opening new book “What Do Women Want” by Dan Bergner.  Read about Bergner’s conclusions from the perspective of a certified sex therapist by clicking here.

March 14, 2013

CNN Health News cites certified sex therapist Dr. Margie Nichols in “What to do after an affair”.

Jun 21, 2013

IPG Executive Director Dr. Margie Nichols is accepted as a regular blogger and named a “Topic Expert” for GoodTherapy.org. Her blog on LGBT issues will appear monthly; read the first one about conversion therapy for young people. She will also reply to Good Therapy readers’ questions as a Topic Expert.

June 21, 2013
Dr. Margie Nichols and IPG therapist Israel Martinez are quoted on the CNN’s Health blog about coming out as a couple and the issues involved.
June 1, 2013
Dr. Margie Nichols is thanked in the acknowledgements of Dan Bergner’s new book “What Do Women Want“.  Margie had been interviewed by Dan numerous times pre-publication to talk about human sexuality.
May 10, 2013

Dr. Stephanie Sasso begins a support group for partners of transgender individuals.

April, 2013

IPG therapist Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW, is appointed Secretary of the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center Board of Directors.

March, 2013

IPG therapist Dr. Michael LaSala appears on BBC Radio about his book “Coming Out, Coming Home“.

February, 2013

Ian Kerner, best-selling author of ‘She Comes First,’ asked Dr. Margie Nichols to join his site, GoodInBed.Com, as a blogger and sex expert.

January, 2013

Dr. Margie Nichols speaks with Lisa Ling on the Oprah Network. Watch Preview Here »

January, 2013

IPG therapist Mike Moran, joins the faculty of the Rutgers School of Social Work, to teach a course on LGBTQ Issues. In April 2013 IPG therapist Sherill Cantrell, a school psychologist as well as a clinician, was a guest lecturer in Mike’s class on the topic of  dealing with adolescents.

Mike joins other IPG staff members who have academic positions at Rutgers.  Dr. Michael LaSala is an Associate Professor and Director of the Rutgers Masters in Social Work program, as well as the author of the acclaimed book ‘Coming Out, Coming Home.’  Alison Grant teaches courses on Solution-Focused Therapy and Colleen Powers teaches Play Therapy with Children. 

October, 2012

In a Daily Beast video, IPG founder and Executive Director Dr. Margaret Nichols discusses the legality and therapeutic value of using sex surrogates with patients:  http://www.thedailybeast.com/videos/2012/10/10/margie-nichols-sex-surrogacy-is-not-illegal.html

June, 2012

IPG started ‘Gender Spectrum’ groups, therapy and support groups for gender nonconforming and transgender young people and their parents.  The groups are enormously successful and have inspired attempts to start similar groups through our Jersey City office.  Manda Gatto, Evangeline Croix, Stephanie Sasso and Mina Vargas run the groups in Highland Park and soon will be teaching Jersey City group facilitators what they’ve learned.

TGNC youth (trans and gender non-conforming) are ‘coming out’ like never before, and in our attempts to help this population we also put up a ‘Transgender Youth’ page on our website and include a comprehensive ‘Transgender Resource Guide’ on the site as well.

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