Jeff Salzman and Kelly Bearer

Same sex relationships – are they different from hetero relationships?

In most of the Western world, same sex relationships are legally recognized and have gained even the status that marriage, heretofore reserved only for hetero couples, affords. Knowing about the differences between men and women and also how these differences in perception, habits, education, etc. influence the relationships between men and women—and which often are the cause for separation—we would think that same sex relationships have the advantage of each partner being familiar with the general ways of the other. Is this true? What are the challenges with which same sex relationships are struggling?

In our show, we have invited a man and a woman, Jeff Salzman and Kelly Bearer, to tell us about their experiences in relationships with partners of their own sex and to lift the veil of mystery surrounding this topic.

Streamed live February 12, 2016

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About Jeff Salzman

Jeff SalzmanJeff Salzman worked with Ken Wilber for three years building the Integral Institute. He is co-founder of CareerTrack, one of the world’s leading professional development companies. A long-time spiritual practitioner in many traditions, he has a Master’s Degree in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Naropa University. Jeff spent the last few years as a co-founder and a lead teacher of Boulder Integral, now The Integral Center. These days he travels, teaches, and comments about current events on Integral Life and The Daily Evolver. Find him on Twitter @DailyEvolver.

Jeff says about himself:

I am an integralist, an evolutionary, and now a public commentator who, swimming against the current of prevailing culture, is heartened by the state and future of things. It seems to me self-evident that life is animated by the power of evolution, inside and out, and that we are riding a geyser of emergence toward a sacred world. In this blog, I will make that case or grow trying! – See more HERE.

About Kelly Baerer

Kelly BaererKelly Bearer, MA is a professional counselor, specializing in individual and group therapy and heart-centered hypnotherapy, and maintains a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. Sessions can be held online via Skype or in-person at her office in downtown Boulder.

A graduate of Naropa University (2005), specializing in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, she currently serves as a private counselor working with a broad spectrum of clients. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, trauma, grief, relationships, LGBTQ, and life transitions.

With 10+ years of experience, Kelly is well versed in Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, Integral, Transpersonal, Humanistic, and Voice Dialogue methods of psychotherapy and healing techniques. As a senior student of Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, she is also a published author in the Journal for Integral Theory and Practice. Her article titled “Toward an Integral Treatment Methodology for Schizophrenia” was adapted from her Master’s thesis research and practice.

Also an ordained Zen Monk and meditation teacher, Kelly’s interests lie in exploring the intersection of spirituality and psychology—the ground where our healing journey begins!