Sex & Relationship Therapy
I provide individual and couples therapy to adults focused on issues related to sexuality and relationships. Areas of expertise include:
• Anxiety or emotional discomfort with sex
• Concerns related to desire and arousal
• Pain during sex
• Erectile issues/ premature ejaculation
• Dealing with sexual side effects of medication, illness, or emotional stress
• Identity and orientation issues
• Experiences related to gender identity and transitioning
• Concerns related to sex and life transitions (marriage, pregnancy, children, menopause, illness)
• The aftermath of an affair and issues related to infidelity
• Concern about “compulsive” or “addictive” behaviors including issues related to pornography use
• Experiences of non-consensual sex and sexual assault
• Experiences of childhood or past sexual abuse
There are some issues that require attention before meeting with me so that our work can be effective. If you are experiencing any of the following issues I encourage you to find a therapist who specializes in this area and to receive treatment from them before scheduling with me:
• Suicidal thoughts or recent suicide attempts
• Issues related to substance use/abuse that inhibit daily functioning
• Untreated and/or severe psychological diagnoses (i.e. mood disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia)
• Active engagement in non-consensual behavior
I really enjoy helping to demystify sex and sexuality for my clients by modeling both curiosity and acceptance. I support my clients in their desire to overcome barriers in their sexual and emotional relationships by creating an open, comfortable space for people to talk about things they normally can't talk about. In general, sex and relationship therapy for an individual or couple is conducted similarly to psychotherapy for other issues. One difference is that we will spend more time talking specifically about your concerns related to sexuality and I will gather a detailed family, relationship, and sexual history within the first few sessions. A few important things to know about sex and relationship therapy include:
While some things we discuss may be uncomfortable, you will never be forced to disclose something unwillingly. Boundaries and direct communication are highly prioritized and in each therapy session, the client is ultimately the guide of how the session goes.
I will do my best to check in with you and ask questions in order to clarify language. Know that it is okay if you are uncertain how to describe certain experiences and emotions - we will work together and go slowly if needed so that you feel understood.
Sex therapy is meant to be a safe, private setting where sensitive and personal topics can be discussed. Although we may be discussing sexually explicit experiences and feelings, sex therapy does not involve any type of sexual exchange, nudity, or client/therapist touching.
If you are interested in sex and relationship therapy, but are feeling uncertain if it is the right choice for you or if you have any questions or concerns before making an appointment to meet with me, do not hesitate to email or call.
Individuals and couples of all sexualities, gender identities and expressions, and relationship styles are welcome!