What does a sex therapist do?
As a therapist I listen to people’s stories and learn about the different struggles they have encountered. I learn about their blocks and help them to process and create ways to move beyond the hurt and shame and embrace a vibrant sexual life.
It is so difficult for people to ask for what they want—clarity is not a skill that individuals are taught in life. So many mixed messages, why are we told that we need to “look good” and be sexy, but we also can’t give it up too fast- we have to match an image of what someone else wants.
How do we own what we want? How do we identify what we want outside of what we think we should be built around other people’s views?
Areas of Practice
Are you and your partner struggling with communication? Looking to improve intimate connection? Or did you recently have a child and now want to rekindle your relationship after baby? I work with couples to address a myriad of personal, sexual concerns in a sex-positive, non-judgmental way. I work with those who are in non-traditional relationships, moving through relationship agreements, want to explore differing sexual interests and communication and intimacy issues.
I have an ongoing mindfulness practice which is foundational to my practice. I work with individuals to address underlying anxiety to re-connect with the body. Whether it is healing through past trauma, reclaiming sexuality after birth or furthering connection with your partner I blend mindfulness based therapy philosophies with other standard therapeutic techniques.
Sex can be a difficult topic for people to talk about, even to those who they love and trust. Sex therapy can be a way to use sex as a tool to build a better life. Healing shame from present or past sexual trauma and normalizing discussions around sex.
Pregnancy is an incredibly exciting, vulnerable time for parents. Welcoming a new life into the world provides unique challenges to individuals and couples. Through my work as a birth doula and therapist I help clients prepare for potential issues that may come up. I also am available to assist during postpartum to provide support through developing coping skills, new tools, building support and adjusting through this major life transition.
Please contact me with any questions you may have. I would love to hear from you!