Sex & Relationship Therapy

We are a sex-positive practice.  We view human sexuality as a core component of human health and wellness, and consider sex to be an important aspect of adult relationships.  Our expertise is supported by extensive training and certification by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).  We bring prior experience working with folks in traditional and non-traditional relationship structures, and are kink- and poly-affirming.

Link: AASECT

Link: Kink Guidelines (2019)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer Affirmative Practice

We affirm the wide-ranging diversity of sexual and gender identities, expressions, and developmental experiences.  We recognize the impact of transphobia, homophobia, and sexism on the lives of our clients and their families.  We engage in community and professional activism to support the wellness of those individuals whom we serve.  Our expertise is supported by extensive academic and clinical training at the graduate and post-graduate levels.  Our training has strengthened a familiarity with the complexities of the lived experiences that exist within the LGBTQI communities.  We practice an Informed Consent model for gender affirmation services, and are generally influenced by the WPATH Standards of Care.

Link: ALGBTIC: Competencies for Counseling with LGBQI Clients (2009)

Link: ALGBTIC: Competencies for Counseling with Transgender Clients (2009)

Link: WPATH Standards of Care (2012)

Men's Wellness, Consciousness-Raising & Wholehearted Living

We view therapeutic work with men as a unique clinical competency that requires a cultural familiarity with the emotional and social lives of men.  We emphasize the importance of understanding masculine norms and expression, gender socialization, and the societal expectations of men.  We recognize that men makeup a heterogeneous gender group, and that a broad range of diverse experiences exists among them.  We validate the disenfranchisement some men experience based on other identities and societal stigmas (e.g. men of color; transgender men; men who practice a religious faith other than Christianity; men who are homeless; etc.) that complicate their access to power and privilege often ascribed to men based on gender alone. We recognize the ways traditional gender beliefs and messaging negatively impacts men and boys, separating them from the most human parts of themselves while increasing the difficulty of relating emotionally with others.  We work to instill a sense of self-compassion and compassion for others among men, and to validate the strengths associated with masculinity.  As a practice, we seek to educate other professionals, community members, and our clients about men's gendered experiences, while additionally working to support access to counseling services.

Link: APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men (2018)

Trauma-Informed, Body-Centered, and Mindfull Practice

We are a trauma-informed practice.  Trauma-informed care requires our understanding of trauma and an awareness of the ways trauma can impact individuals, communities, and the therapeutic process.  We recognize the importance of culture and context on the ways people perceive and process traumatic events.  We are careful to avoid the retraumatization of folks in our office by prioritizing the co-development of trust and safety within the therapeutic relationship, and purposefully work to establish shared power and accountability while creating goals for therapy. Body-centered and mindfulness practices are used to help develop resilience and strengthen skills to establish inner-peace.

Link: Guide to Trauma-Informed Care (SAMHSA, 2014)

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