As a Board Certified Clinical Sexologist and Sex Therapist, I provide a safe space to identify issues and work through sexual challenges that are impacting your emotions, experiences and concerns, and improve your sexual pleasure and relationship satisfaction. Sex therapy supports individuals and couples obtain a realistic understanding of sexual intimacy, and gain insight and growth to maintain a sexual connection that is healthy, meaningful and fulfilling.
I provide a sex-positive, open-minded, inclusive, non-shaming, and non-judgmental approach to support your intimacy and sexuality in alternative relationships, polyamorous lifestyles, consensual non-monogamy, sex worker challenges, and exploration of BDSM and kink-friendly. I provide the foundation and guidance to support your sexual goals while offering acceptance, compassion, dignity, and respect regarding your non-normative lifestyle.
I work with individuals and couples who have problems in their sexual functioning or are unsatisfied with their quality or frequency of sexual activity. I specialize in intimacy issues as they relate to the relationship—the low sexual desire or desire discrepancies, sexual inhibitions, recovering from infidelity, shame, or sexual anxiety, and a unique understanding of one’s relationship sexual history and preferences.
We collaborate together in navigating challenging conversations and dialogues to communicate your desires to your partner in your relationship. If you want to bring back the spark in your marriage, explore an open non-monogamous relationship, are interested in BDSM, and want to be treated with dignity and respect being a sex worker.
The P-LI-SS-IT Model
Permission (P): I establish a safe space and permission for clients to discuss their sexuality concerns providing validation of the importance of sexuality as a human being.
Limited Information (LI): I focus on individual sexual concerns and provide psychoeducation to change myths and misinformation regarding sexuality.
Specific Suggestions (SS): I provide a comprehensive analysis and assessments of the sexual history and define concerns. I am providing you with information regarding the subject matter and a treatment plan with goals addressing your concerns.
Intensive Therapy (IT): I deliver an individualized and specialized treatment plan that considers mental health issues that may be impacting you, including anxiety, depression, alcohol and substance use, obsessive-compulsivity, and personality disorders.
Intimacy & Sex Therapy Common Goals
· Increasing your pleasure, intimacy, and connection with your partner
· Learning to talk about sex and individual desire with your partner
· Resolving conflicts and disappointments in your relationship that may contribute to sexual problems
· Developing a greater understanding of your sexual style, tastes, and preferences
· Creating realistic expectations about sex, body image, and your self-talk
· Understanding the impact of past experiences on your current behavior/ideas about sex
· Using specific techniques to overcome problems such as painful intercourse or performance anxiety
I have had success working with individuals and couples of many different ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and identities, and welcome into my practice. I always strive to learn from my clients and help them in ways they are most comfortable. From a non-judgmental, “sex-positive” perspective, my approach means I believe sexual activity between consenting adults is reasonable, healthy, and necessary for a satisfying life and relationship.
Intimacy & Sexual Health Concerns
· Addiction Recovery Intimacy
· Alternative Lifestyles
· Arousal and Orgasm Challenges
· Communication & Sexuality
· Couple’s Desire Discrepancy
· Cybersex & Pornography
· Exploring LGBTQ+ Issues
· Female Sexual Health
· Fertility & Infertility (IVF) Treatments
· Infidelity Recovery Intimacy
· Inhibited Sexual Desire
· Intimacy Relationship Challenges
· Kink & Fetishes
· Low Sexual Desire
· Male Sexual Health
· Men’s Sexual Dysfunction
· Open Relationships
· Pain During Sex (Vaginismus, Dyspareunia)
· Premature Ejaculation
· Sex After Pregnancy
· Sex After Medical Illnesses
· Sexual Trauma
· Women’s Anorgasmia
· Women’s Sexual Dysfunction
I am compassionate and supportive of your path and journey to healthy, meaningful, and satisfying sexuality. Please feel free to contact me today for a Free 30 Minute Video Consultation to discuss your concerns regarding your intimacy, sexuality, and sexual health concerns.
Note: As with any psychotherapy, there is never any physical touching, disrobing, or sexual activity of any kind.
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