Here at Affirming Matters, you will find compassionate and trauma informed approaches to help you unlock your true potential. As LGBTQ, polyam, and kink identified professionals, we stay actively engaged in the communities we serve and are highly aware of how intersecting identities can impact the way we navigate life. We offer coaching to provide a vast array of services tailored to your unique needs.
Affirming Matters provides the convenience of teleheatlh counseling and coaching services completely online in the comfort of your own home. Our passion and goal are to increase mental health access to underserved communities.
Our List of Coaching Services:
- Self Awareness & Emotional Intelligence
- Self-Esteem & Confidence
- Empowerment & Motivation
- Relationship Preparation
- Relationship Compatibility
- Relationship Negotiation
- Relationship Repair
- Gender Inclusion
Whether you need a helping hand in moving through trauma or someone to help you in your relationships – you have come to the right place. Sometimes it can be very difficult to get “unstuck” and move towards a life you want when you must keep parts of yourself hidden. You are free to be yourself here. This is a place for you to bravely play out all your pieces to see the whole picture.
You will find compassionate and trauma informed approaches to help you unlock your true potential. As LGBTQ, polyam, and kink identified professional, I stay actively engaged in the communities I serve and am highly aware of how intersecting identities can impact the way we navigate life.
Affirming Matters provides the convenience of teleheatlh counseling and coaching services completely online in the comfort of your own home. Our passion and goal are to increase mental health access to underserved communities.
If you find yourself struggling, I invite you to reach out and take the first step toward your dreams, desires, and a more fulfilling life. I offer free 15 minute consultations to see if we would be a good match.
I look forward to working with you on this journey of self-discovery and serving your needs in in any way I can!
I am a sex therapist in private practice in Dallas, Texas. My specialties are queer, kink, and consent! I am passionate about reducing shame and stigma when it comes to sexual minorities. I offer in-person and online sessions.
Connected Roots is a unique and holistic therapy practice built upon the three pillars of:
CONNECTION • GROUNDING • CONFIDENCE
We help our clients to:
Cultivate a deeper connection with themselves and others
Identify and strengthen the roots that keep them grounded
Build confidence in their ability to cope with life’s stressors
Our passion for working with people who identify their relationship style as non-monogamous, polyamorous, and/or alternative stems from our own journey living as a polyamorous couple. We specialize in guiding couples through the process of opening up their previously monogamous relationship, as well as helping those already committed to non-monogamy navigate the ups and down that may occur through engagement in this lifestyle.
Sarah Levinson is a relationship enthusiast with over 20 years of coaching experience. In the past nine years, she has focused on counseling on creative relationship structures, consensual non-monogamy and intimacy with individuals, couples and other configurations. During this time, she created the Polyamorous Women’s Discussion Group in NYC, a focal point for thought leaders in consensual non-monogamy for 8 years. She and Dr. Sisti also host the ongoing Polyamorous Men’s Discussion Group in NYC. Together they facilitated Relationship Anarchy: A Panel Discussion. They also created Consensuality: Experientials that Challenge Awareness with Rachel Klechevsky, LMSW. Sarah has also led workshops on creating rules within polyamorous relationships at Burning Man. Sarah has participated on several panels addressing polyamory and children.
She has done extensive workshopping with the Human Awareness Institute and is currently engaged in several relational and intimacy-focused workshops and trainings including Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT), FAP, DBT, Gottman couples work and sex therapy coursework at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Current MSW candidate at SUNY Buffalo.
Prior to her focus on non-monogamy, Sarah counseled lawyers in their career choices and advised law firm management on strategic hiring of lateral partners and groups for over 20 years. Sarah received her JD from Columbia University School of Law, completed postgraduate studies at Oxford University and received her BA from the University of Miami.
I have worked with people struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, self-esteem, PTSD, and existential issues. I have struggled with many of these things in my own life. I am offering my training and experience to help you explore your issues with compassion and understanding.
I have also worked with people navigating lifestyles such as LGBTQ+, polyamorous relationships, and BDSM. As a therapist, and a human being, I reject terms like non-normative and alternative to describe these choices. There is no right or wrong way to be a human being. Everyone deserves to feel accepted for who they are.
I believe “normal” is different for everyone. Finding our own version of normal and living an authentic life is essential to being happy. I believe that everyone possesses the strength to overcome the obstacles in their life. No two problems, no matter how similar, are alike – so I pull from a variety of treatment techniques, tailoring my approach to meet your particular needs.
- Integrative, person-centered approach
- Attachment Based Therapy
- Relational Therapy
- LGBTQIA+ friendly
- Sex Positive
- BDSM/Kink Positive
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) trained
- Currently in training to become a Certified Sex Therapist
My main goal is for us to build a relationship where you feel safe to explore, accepted as you are, and capable of facing your challenges.
My passion is helping adults and couples/relationships navigate the complexities of being human. Everyone has their own unique story, and my goal is to help each client become the director of their own story by empowering them to take charge of their life.
I strive to create an atmosphere of warmth, safety, and curiosity in therapy. My style tends to be friendly, engaged, and active. We will work together to help you make greater sense of your life and improve how you feel.
I integrate a number of different psychological theories and methods into therapy, and my expertise includes psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, family systems, and mindfulness-based modalities. This means I try to balance addressing present-day challenges with identifying and healing the roots of those challenges, which often involve our formative experiences and relationships.
I feel it is important to consider and explore our internal experience of ourselves and others, as well as identify how our thoughts, feelings, and close relationships might interact in our lives and minds to create both difficulties and opportunities.
Appreciation of each person’s unique cultural context is very important to me, and I have experience working with people of many diverse gender identities, sexual orientations, relationship practices, racial/ethnic backgrounds, abilities, and spiritual beliefs.
I provide psychotherapy to residents of California either in-person (post-pandemic) in Pasadena or online via video therapy. Working with kinky and/or polyamorous and consensually non-monogamous people and relationships is one of my therapeutic specialties, as well as areas of my ongoing research work. To learn more about my work and approach, please visit my website at www.RyanWitherspoon.com
I look forward to seeing what we can discover together.
Heather M. Garner is a Licensed Certified Social Worker Clinical (LCSW-C) with a private psychotherapy practice in Towson, Maryland where she provides individual and couples therapy and sex therapy. Heather is a kink and consensual non-monogamy/ “poly”-knowledgeable sex therapist with extensive experience treating couples and individuals in the kink community. She has found that while most people worry about the first step of contacting a therapist, members of the kink and poly communities often have a more difficult time entering into treatment. Members of these communities need to find a therapist who will not make his or her lifestyle choices an issue when it is not one. They also should not be responsible for educating their therapist about his or her interests, sexual activities or desires. In working with Heather, you will find a kink and consensually non-monogamous/ “poly”-knowledgeable, non-judgmental, compassionate sex therapist who has worked with a wide variety of clients with varying interests, roles, gender identities, sexual orientations, and relationship structures. As a member of AASECT, Heather values her clients’ individuality and sexuality and works with clients to encourage consensual, exploitation-free, honest, protected, and pleasurable encounters. In addition to her direct work with clients, Heather also believes strongly in education for the mental health, poly and kink communities. She teaches consensually non-monogamous and kink-based continuing education courses for mental health professionals and regularly presents at kink community and group events. Along with her work with consensually non-monogamous/ polyamorous persons, Heather has training in Trauma-Focused Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Grief Recovery, is a Certified Relational Life Therapy clinician (RLT), and she holds a certificate from the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program, Sex Therapy Track.
Working for over a decade with individual, couples, and poly-families in the Las Vegas valley. Specializing in the Kink, Lifestyle, Poly-Family, and LGBTQAI Communities.
I am a registered mental health counselor intern in the State of Florida. I strive to provide a non-judgmental, empathic, and warm environment for those that might consider their sexuality or relationship status “different”. By different I mean, LGBTQAI+, being kinky, into BDSM, or non-monogamous, polyamorous, polyfidelity are all welcomed. You will be understood and accepted here. I also work heavily with the trans community, providing WPATH letters, and helping you to work on gender dysphoric symptoms. Don’t let a past poor experience with a therapist block what you need to work on.
I believe in a positive mindset can overcome any struggles you might have in your life. I can help change how you see yourself, your surroundings, and the world, so you can experience an amazing shift in your life. I would be honored to assist you in that process. I enjoy encouraging each person I come in contact with to realize their full potential.
Therapy is an opportunity to build trust in yourself and others, redefine your sense of self, choose your values, shift your relationship to the past, and create a life of meaning and engagement. I provide a contained space to have challenging, growth interactions as you create safety individually and together. In relationship work, I present ideas and ways of interacting, and you collaborate to create what is a good fit for you. There is no one right way to have relationships — only what is right for your relationship values.
As a gay cis male within the LGBTQ+ community I have a first hand understanding of the unique concerns and issues which arise for individuals, and couples, in the community. Topics and issues range widely and like our community, each individual is unique. Whether it be anxiety and depression or those compounded by other issues such as non-traditional relationships, lifestyle, HIV/AIDS, serodiscordant relationships, trauma, family, kink, or sex work, you have found a friendly and safe space to talk. People are unique, as such, solutions need to be too. I understand people enjoy different kinks and lifestyles, but you don’t need to navigate your concerns alone.
I am here for the benefit of the client. Together, we will find ways to bring the best version of themself to full realization. We work towards goals set together customized to client’s specific case. Specialties include working with acceptance therapy, reframing, CBT while remaining solutions-focused.
As a former New Yorker, I can be pretty direct. As a person in a second career, I understand the fear of stepping into the unknown. As a human being I relate to people having difficulties in finding the willingness to continue moving forward. Together we can work towards building the best version of you.
Online coaching from professional BDSM educator and former International Mr Leather, John Pendal – either as video calls to individuals and relationship groups, or workshops to larger numbers.
John has 17 years experience teaching BDSM workshops around the world. His life coaching practice helps people who feel like outsiders with any area of their life, both personal and professional. Coaching takes place over video calls, so you can be calling from anywhere in the world.
John is relatable rather than aspirational. During his life John has experienced negative thoughts, gay conversion therapy, coeliac disease, back surgery and identifies as autistic. He has also become the only British winner of the International Mr Leather contest in Chicago and had a ten year career as a stand-up comedian which has taken him around the world.
He wants to help other people, especially those who feel like an outsider. You may feel that way because of your gender or sexuality, neurodiversity, health diagnosis or just a feeling of “not fitting in”. John will listen and ask questions in total confidence and without judgement.
John has helped his clients to discover who they are, what their passions are, find their voice, achieve goals, accept themselves, be happier and change their lives.
If you would like to discuss a complimentary session with John please get in touch by email or using the contact form on his website: https://www.johnpendal.com/
John is a cisgender gay man (pronouns he/ him). In 2003 he became the 25th person to win the annual International Mr Leather contest in Chicago. Since then he has traveled extensively teaching BDSM workshops around the world, including at Beyond Leather in Fort Lauderdale, Down an Dirty in Melbourne, Edgeplay Scotland in Edinburgh, HunCon in Budapest, Inferno, Kinkferansen in Oslo, Leather Camp in Wichita, the London Alternative Market, Lupercalia in Canada, Minnesota Leather Pride, Mr Leatherman Toronto, Palm Springs Leather Pride, Rome BDSM Conference, SINSations in Leather, SM Bergen in Norway, Spring in the South in Atlanta, Tribal Fire in Oklahoma, and Thunder in the Mountains in Denver (every year from 2007 to 2017).
His full leather history is at http://www.leatherlondonguide.com/profile.html
I am a psychotherapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in private practice as a mental health provider. As a member of this community, I know how important it can be to find someone who understands sexual diversity when you are looking for a therapist. All of my services are conducted online through a video platform, so I can provide therapy to anyone in the State of California.
My job is to have hope for people, and I have a passion for assisting others reach their fullest potential in life. I believe all human beings hold inherent worth and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, no matter who you are, where you’ve been, and what you’ve done. You have value, and you matter.
Whatever you’re going through, I am here to support you, without judgment or bias. My approach to therapy is down-to-earth, meeting people where they are through conversation. I view all of my work through a social justice lens. Quality therapy requires full consciousness of the inter-sectional identities and complex stressors that affect our lives.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am a well-trained and experienced mental health provider. I also have a diverse set of work experiences that have shaped how I approach psychotherapy. I am both a Navy Veteran and a former Peace Corps Volunteer, but I spent the early years of my career as a community organizer in Los Angeles.
I have worked with many different populations in various locations, from New York City to Botswana, and I have a total of 4 years’ experience living and working abroad. While studying mental health and therapy at Columbia University in New York City, I had multiple opportunities that allowed me to learn from the best in the field.
My clinical foundation was built on working with adult survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. I also volunteered my time on a national LGBT youth suicide hotline. After New York, I joined the military to serve as a Naval Officer. I worked as an active duty mental health provider at 5 different duty stations, including two tours as the Director of Mental Health Departments on military installations. During those years, I treated nearly every mental health condition but maintained a specialty in treating issues related to trauma and/or sexuality. Today, I work with a variety of populations, including Veterans, refugees, and sex offenders.
I am a proud Californian. San Diego is home, but I was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. I come from a blue-collar, working-class family. A midwesterner at heart, I completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology at The Ohio State University. Early life experiences shaped my values in compassion, honesty, hard work, and empathy.
I may be a trained clinician, but you are the expert on your life. Therapy is a collaborative process in assisting you to find greater peace in life. It can be hard work, but I’ll help to carry the burden. I look forward to hearing your story.
There are few incidents more distressing than the experience of being judged and rejected by a health care professional we went to for help and understanding. Yet this is typical for those of us in alternative lifestyles and can leave us feeling even more hopeless and suspecting maybe we there is something wrong with who we are and what we do that seems so natural and sustaining in our world. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, with 30 years experience in practice – experienced for even longer in alternative sexual lifestyles including BDSM, swinging and polyamory. I am well-versed in working with LGBT individuals as well.
My reputation is known in the alternative field for many years as one of the few therapists in my area (Philadelphia vicinity) to go to for help. While many people come to me through the grapevine or personal encounters, professional colleagues will refer individuals to me as my knowledge and experience in these areas is well known. I am empathetic and provide unconditional respect; however, I will not hesitate in being frank and direct with you when it would be of benefit.
In addition to understanding and collaborating with people who come to me for help, I am skilled in a wide range of therapies and, as you might expect, professional, while deeply unconventional. I strongly believe that therapy should productive and never be boring. My practice is holistic, creative, and results-oriented.
I help with many life-style problems, including communication and contracting, psycho-education, and general counseling. I also specialize in treating varieties of trauma, anxiety disorders, grief, emotional regulation, and self-esteem issues. The therapies I use include various forms of cognitive-behavioral therapies, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Emotional Freedom Therapy, EMDR, and traditional methods drawn from the shamanistic/spiritual/magical healing practices of other cultures and systems.
Counseling partners can become a primary focus at times, e.g., dealing with the negative reaction of the more straight member, or problems in an alternative relationship(s). However, I will not meet with anyone who is being forced to attend a session (we all know the keystone word: “consensual”). Ultimately, the best way to decide is to talk with me on the phone, and if you feel encouraged, meet with me to see whether there is a fit.
Research has consistently shown that the connection between the individual and the counselor plays the strongest role in therapeutic outcomes. While I do not take insurance for ethical, business, as well as confidential reasons, my sessions are 2 hours and reasonably priced. However, in many cases I can supply receipts which will result in some reimbursement from your insurance company or flex account.
Love Positive Counseling is all about infusing every moment with love, for self and others. From love comes compassion, respect, and consideration. By bringing love into your individual and relationship therapy process, I hope to bring more love into your heart, your life. We all have the power to change the world with our passion, dreams, and smiling faces.
Relationships that value love are more fulfilling, emotionally and spiritually. We can foster more love, respect, and compassion in your relationships through empathic connection. We can heal emotional injuries, inspire more passion, and create the relationships of your dreams. I particularly love helping people considering and exploring ethical non-monogamy (swinging, polyamory) navigate the choppy waters of uncharted territory in their relationships.
Because I am so passionate about this work, I host a weekly polyamory support group for anyone in or considering polyamorous relationships. More details are available here: Poly Support Group.
Love extends beyond the connection between people. Love for self is a powerful healer. We can focus on fostering more love for your self, boosting self-esteem, confidence, authenticity; alleviating depression, anxiety, uncertainty; healing pain and trauma. I particularly love helping people transitioning from a conceptualized self based on societal and familial expectations to an idealized sense of self based on their true nature. I’m passionate about helping transgender youth (13-26) and their families who are discovering their identity and individuality.
Because I am so passionate about this work, I facilitate a free weekly support group for transgender or gender non-conforming youth (13-23). More details are available here: Trans* Youth Group.
I work primarily with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, increasing my clients’ psychological flexibility – contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being and changing or persisting in behavior based on chosen values. I also incorporate Family Systems Theory in both individual and relationship therapy. Our family experience greatly influences the way we relate with people in the present day. Understanding our most influential relationships can bring understanding and love for our self.
The therapeutic relationship is sacred, built on comfort and trust, and I appreciate the opportunity to partner with you to improve your world.
When you’re ready to live and love more authentically… Begin your journey here: www.lovepositivecounseling.com
I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW 92435) under supervision by Adrina McCarthy( LMFT #107939)
*Currently Accepting CA clients only*
I’m a native New Yorker living in Los Angeles, I obtained my Bachelor’s from UCLA and Master’s of Social Work from the University of Kansas. I specialized in interdisciplinary healthcare and led groups for behavioral pain management. Since interning in the family clinic at KU, I’ve volunteered at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. I am passionate about mindfulness, sex-positive education, and mental health.
My personal beliefs & interests
2020 has been a doozy of a year for all of us, and we’ve needed to find ways to cope with pandemic-level stress. In addition to YouTube yoga, sourdough bread-making, and Zoom parties, therapy is an indispensable tool for addressing your mental health needs. My goal is to provide a space to unapologetically be yourself and gain personal mastery.
My approach is:
1. Strengths-based: let’s identify the strengths you already have and use them to accomplish your goals.
2. Client-centered: you know you best! I’m here as a facilitator not a director
3. Evidenced-based: I love to geek out on data and use methodologies based in research.
Therapy is a process. I believe there is no one size fits all solution. As a result, I approach each situation with curiosity and openness. I am here and ready to listen with empathy, ask questions, and suggest therapeutic modalities. Let’s work together to try-on solutions that work best for you.
I trained as a counselor in the heart of San Francisco – land of inclusiveness, sexual exploration and no judgments! I specialize in addressing alternative relationship styles, including kink, consensual non-monogamy and LGBTQIA. If you are searching for a forum to improve your relationships and to become your best self, without shame, secrecy, or having to fit into anyone else’s concept of “normal”, then you’ve come to the right place. I recognize the unhealthy dynamics that can become entrenched between people who care deeply for one other and I help clients return to the connection and vulnerability that they have lost. I am an AASECT certified sex therapist, a somatic psychotherapist and a licensed marriage and family therapist practicing since 2008.
Mindful Sex and Relationship Therapy, LLC is a private practice specializing in sexual and relationship issues. Terri provides nurturing guidance and mindful approaches to various issues, including sexual dysfunction, affairs, and gender identity. Terri is a sex-positive therapist and can help you understand and express your sexual desires in a healthy consensual way. She will be honored to help you live a happy (and sexually fulfilling!) life with the ones that you love.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapy associate (LMFT-A) conducting individual, relational/couple, and family therapy. Both as a therapist and as an educator, I highly value the role of diversity and social issues, specifically focusing on marginalized populations including gender identity, sexual orientation, and alternative lifestyles among others. I’m a kink-aware professional and I strive to provide a collaborative, non-pathologizing, and comfortable space for individuals who identify with various forms of kink, BDSM, and/or consensual non-monogamy, as well as individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community. I also offer online / teletherapy to clients who reside anywhere in Texas.
To schedule an appointment or a consultation, please email me or text at the business number. In addition, you can schedule an appointment directly through my website!
Do you feel there’s something missing in your relationship, but don’t know where to start in rebuilding your connection? Have you tried to talk to your partner about the issues between you, but feel discouraged in finding answers that bring real and lasting change?
Relationships can become complicated over time as communication breaks down, and arguments become filled with defensiveness and unresolved anger. Whether you find yourselves arguing the same points over and over again, or shutting down and saying nothing out of defeat, you may feel like you’re getting nowhere in improving your overall life together.
Discovering your particular relationship ‘ruts’ can be the beginning to finding common ground and healing the conflicts between you. I can help. Together, we can address issues such as lost intimacy and love, broken trust, infidelity, ineffective communication, imbalance of time together and space apart, boredom, codependency, or issues specific to alternative lifestyles.
I’m a licensed professional counselor and AASECT certified sex therapist specializing in BDSM, kink, polyamory, non-monogamy, sex work, and other alternative lifestyles.
Who would you be if you shed the chains of shame and limiting thoughts? Who would you love and how would you love them?
Through individual sessions both virtual and/or in-person, I can help you choose the life you have always wanted.
I am trained in multiple modalities, including Access Consciousness Bars, Facelift and Body Processes, and Hands of Light Healing. I coach couples seeking to create greater intimacy in all manner of lifestyles. Relationship difficulties are NOT because you are poly or kinky. Learn tools of tantra, BDSM, communication and deliberate orgasm.
Release shame and conditioning in order to lead a more fulfilling life. Shed anxiety and fears. Address your physical and emotional issues not just with talk, but also with potent energetic change. Resolve trauma.
Individual and packages of sessions available. All sessions half-priced for veterans, active duty military, first responders and health care workers.
Your first step is to book a complimentary Gratified Life Discovery Call where we will discuss your goals, and strategize some ways to achieve them including, but not limited, to working with me. Also, feel free to visit my website, and download my free e-book The Sexual Authenticity Handbook, Own Your Pleasure, Find Your Power
I also facilitate many types of virtual classes and meet-ups. View our calendar HERE
Tune into my YouTube channel for more free resources on self-love, personal growth, poly, kink, and living a turned on life.
I’m part of the Auckland queer, kinky, and polyam communities, and live openly. I recognise that not everyone has the desire or the privilege to do so! I am also fat, chronically ill, and carefully manage my time/spoons. I provide sessions three days a week. I am MNZAC registered with NZAC.
I’m based in West Auckland, with a disability-friendly office in Avondale. There’s plenty of parking, gender-neutral toilets, and the atmosphere is relaxed.
Currently I provide counselling to individuals aged 18 and over.
I am happy to take enquiries through the contact page on my site. I look forward to hearing from you 🙂
I specialize in working with issues of complex and adulthood trauma, sexual violence and domestic violence, LGBTQ+ populations, substance use and addiction, alternative sexualities such as polyamory/non-monogamy, kink/BDSM, and sex work. I also believe that forms of social oppression such as racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, and so on, operate as traumas and stressors as well and thus, are of clinical concern as barriers to wellness. My practice is grounded in the principles of non-judgment, positive regard, harm reduction, and compassion. I earned my Masters in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
Psychotherapy can and does work.
Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals (ACA, 2010). At Renew, we want to empower you with the tools to . . .
- find happiness and fulfillment
- uncover habitual patterns and create a positive path
- create a new vision with new options
- find balance in a life that is constantly changing
- unlock creativity
- access your own inner guide
- heal from the inside out
- grow into your full potential
Our counseling services are offered from our office or by Telehealth appointments.
Behavioral Health Therapy
Behavioral therapy is an umbrella term for types of therapy that treat mental health issues and disorders. This form of therapy seeks to identify and help change potentially self-destructive or unhealthy behaviors. individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. Such persons may help individuals deal with issues associated with addiction and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.
- Mood Disorders
- Adjustment Disorders
- Trauma Reprocessing
- Stress Management
- Therapeutic Yoga/Mindfulness
Life Coaching h is a type of wellness professional who helps people make progress in their lives in order to attain greater fulfillment. Life coaches aid their clients in improving their relationships, careers, and day-to-day lives. Life coaches can help you clarify your goals, identify the obstacles holding you back, and then come up with strategies for overcoming each obstacle. In creating these strategies, life coaches target your unique skills and gifts. By helping you to make the most of your strengths, life coaches provide the support you need to achieve long-lasting change.
- Business, executive, and leadership coaching
- Career coaching
- Dating and relationship coaching
- Diet and fitness coaching
- Divorce coaching
- Family life coaching
- Financial coaching
- Health and wellness coaching
- Life skills coaching
- Mental health coaching
- Spirituality coaching
Integrative Health Coaching & Integrative Medicine
Integrative Health Coaching (IHC) empowers you to make lasting health behavior changes for your lifelong well-being. It bridges the gap between medical recommendations and your abilities to successfully implement those recommendations into your complex life. Integrative health puts the patient or client at the center of the care and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. Integrative Medicine (IM) is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.
What does Integrative Health Coaching look like?
- Integrative health coaches work with the whole person, taking time to listen to your concerns, and asking powerful questions to help motivate you to make changes.
- Coaching helps facilitate behavior change in a structured, supportive partnership between you and your coach.
- Coaches can help you to identify obstacles to change and create strategies for forward movement.
- Coaches provide additional resources for making healthy behavior changes.
- Sessions can take place via the following: virtual, telephone, or in person.
- Teaching and improving coping skills with life’s ups and downs.
Sexual Health Education & Coaching
Sex education is teaching and training about a range of topics related to human sexuality and sexual health. These can include sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, sexual pleasure, sexuality across cultures, relationships, intimacy and many others. Providing information, advice and counseling to patients diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) plays a pivotal role in helping the patient understand and manage their sexual health without stigma attached. Sex coaching is the marriage of sexology – the scientific study of what people do sexually and how they think and feel about it, and coaching – a person-centred modality geared toward creating results in clients’ lives. Sexual health education and coaching service may look like community outreach and education, groups, partnership or one-on-one client sessions.
Who can benefit from Integrative & Sexual Health Coaching?
Erin Wallis, CSC, IHC
Erin Wallis is an Integrative Health Clinician, Coach and Skills Trainer, with a diverse educational background and certifications in allied health, early childhood education, special education, health and human services, advocacy, and human sexuality. Erin has worked in residential, hospital, educational and clinical settings. Erin conducts various support groups, skill based groups (such as dialectical behavioral therapy) and educational groups. Erin will walk with you on your unique journey to health and well-being, providing comprehensive, inclusive care.
When working with Erin you will be provided a safe, confidential space. Erin is a trained Culturally Responsive, LGBTQ+ Affirming, and Kink-Aware Professional.
Get Well * Be Well * Stay Well
My name is Samantha Gerson and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is licensed in CA and NY State. I earned my Master’s in Clinical Social Work at University of Southern California, and my Bachelor’s degree from New York University. Beyond my clinical practice, I run a nonprofit for survivors of institutional abuse and conversion therapy, where we provide free resources.
Our Work Together:
As a therapist, my goal is to provide a space for you to be authentically who you are, without judgment. I provide support during the hard times, ask tough questions when necessary, and work with you to find practical solutions to your challenges. I aim to forge a deep and trusting relationship, so that you feel comfortable discussing your most protected thoughts and feelings. There are no quick fixes, but developing life skills, improving self-respect, and connecting deeply with loved ones can be key in building wholeness in mind, body and spirit.
Trauma and PTSD:
Sometimes the effects of trauma leave us feeling scared or hopeless. We may experience delayed feelings of anger or frustration, and at times even fear. Many of us may experience avoidant behaviors, night terrors, intrusive thoughts, feel unsafe with ourselves, or even feel as though we are disassociating or having an out of body experience due to the trauma we experienced. Often we avoid reminders of the trauma, but sometimes it appears in our lives (places, smells, memories…etc) and it is outside of our control. At times, trauma can cause impulsive behaviors, struggles with boundaries, or issues with relationships (social, romantic, family or work). My practice focuses on individuals who have a history of trauma and /or experience CPTSD. I have extensive experience working with survivors of sexual assault, abuse, domestic violence/intimate partner violence, human trafficking, the commercial sexual exploitation of children, conversion therapy, institutional abuse, gential mutilation, and neglect and abandonment.
This process looks different for everyone. By using a trauma informed lens, it is my goal to empower you, help you find your resiliency and process emotions you regularly experience. I utilize a humanistic approach, combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness to provide coping skills, process emotions, and create interventions that will work with you in mind. These modalities are inclusive of skills building through imagery exercises, breathing exercises, regulating emotions and increasing distress tolerance. Other ways in which I work with clients ays I include rapport building, utilizing narrative therapy, and engaging in various role play activities.
Personality Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, & All that comes with it:
Do you ever act without thinking and wonder why you do the things you do? Do you feel a lack of control with your impulses or an inability to create appropriate boundaries? Perhaps you feel that without intense responses, you won’t be hear.
This feelings are normal and often out of our control. Those of us with trauma may have increased symptoms such as these. Working with me can help you challenge this behaviors out of your control and provide you with the skills to cope with them in your daily life.
Depression and anxiety can also leave us feeling overwhelmed, lethargic, and hopeless. We may experience low energy, loss of interest in things we once enjoyed, lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating, or feelings of intense sadness. We may feel alone and isolated, worry excessively, experience racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating and/or completing tasks, irritability, and have difficulty sleeping. We can tackle this utilizing CBT or engaging in mindfulness activities.
These types of symptoms and behaviors can often cause impairments or deficits within our families, workplaces, goals, and interpersonal relationships. In addition to my general focus on trauma, I specialize in working with those who experience personality disorders, depression, and anxiety; which actually commonly stem from life transitions, social interactions, daily stressors, relationship struggles and work life balance (all trauma related). I hope to alleviate these symptoms and improve your quality of life by targeting these issues and getting to the root of the problem.
Evidenced- Based Practices:
I utilize a variety of evidenced based practices that best supports you individually; these practices that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness practice, Dialectal Behavior Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: CBT is an effective way to help with identifying negative thought patterns and irrational beliefs. By identifying these negative patterns and core beliefs, we can reframe these thoughts into more positive ones, therefore changing our feelings and behaviors.
Mindfulness practice: Mindfulness is a skill that helps us stay in the present, without interpretation or judgment. It helps to relax the body and mind, decreasing stress and anxiety. Mindfulness may include imagery, guided meditation, and deep breathing exercises.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR is a modality that helps to alleviate traumatic or blocked memories. It uses bilateral stimulation (BLS-eye movements or tapping) to stimulate both the left and right hemispheres of the brain, for the purpose of helping the brain heal and connect to new information.
TFCBT: Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy or counselling that aims at addressing the needs of children and adolescents with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other difficulties related to traumatic life events. It is generally 12 sessions long, dependent on the client’s needs. It is considered a short-term treatment program.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy: DBT is an evidence-based psychotherapy that began with efforts to treat borderline personality disorder. There is evidence that DBT can be useful in treating mood disorders, suicidal ideation, and for change in behavioral patterns such as self-harm, and substance abuse. Some individuals who have a history of trauma can experience intense emotions leading to unhealthy behaviors, which can be processed through DBT. DBT involves working on distress tolerance skill building and emotional regulation.
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I am a Master’s level Sex Positive Therapist and Sex Coach with extensive education and experience working with LGBTQ, Kink & Alt-Sex clients as well as sex addiction and chemical recovery. I use a trauma informed, nonjudgmental and strengths-based approach to help you achieve your goals for healthy relationships, positive change, healing, and personal growth. You will be provided a safe, supportive space for acceptance, exploration, and opening yourself to possibilities. Additionally, I welcome anyone who may have a history of sexual trauma, extreme play, and any general mental health.
Due to the sensitive nature of the needs in these populations, I have positioned myself to be available to anyone without fear of being reported.
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I have come into work as a sex therapist with a reverence for sexual diversity and erotic intelligence. I am deeply rooted in my own personal journeys and explorations, as well as engagement with grassroots community organizing, academic theory and research, and ongoing clinical training. Where some therapeutic models might begin from an assumption of pathology, disease, and disorder, I find survival strength, resilience, and innate creativity at work even in the most challenging of experiences. Within the erotic is a life force that strives not just towards health but towards flourishing. I use modalities that cultivate the mind-body connection to help you explore what health and flourishing are for you.
Perhaps you are interested in exploring your gender, sexual orientation, or structures of your intimate relationships, challenges that occur in non-monogamous or kink relationships, or perhaps you need a gender and sexuality affirming space to discuss other aspects of your life. Perhaps you seek to explore sexual fantasy and desire, or are experiencing challenges in your sexual health. Perhaps you want to attend to the impacts of trauma. I specialize in working with trauma, consensual non-monogamy, kink and BDSM, sex work, intimate partnership grief, and compulsive sexual behavior. I am also situated in Queer, feminist, anti-racist, decolonizing, and liberation psychologies, and I cultivate culturally-attuned and socially-just relationships.
Tim Norton is a Los Angeles-based sex therapist working in private practice, and host of a podcast on erectile issues and male sexuality – Hard Conversations. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern California. Tim is a proud member of American Association of Sex Counselors, Educators, and Therapists (AASECT), the Los Angeles Sexological Association, and works part-time with the Pain Psychology Center in Beverly Hills. Tim is kink-friendly, experienced in working with non-monogamy, whether ethical or a secret affair, as well as sexual struggles, chronic pain/discomfort, and trauma. You can contact him via his website, and for people not in the Los Angeles area, Tim offers limited national/international coaching sessions via online video-conferencing.
I provide Kink knowledgeable counseling, coaching, and education to those I work with, whether just starting your exploration or having identified as Kinky for years. I am a sex positive advocate for the Kinky, and strive to provide an open and caring environment for counseling, coaching and education that does not require YOU to educate ME on Kink (although I am an avid learning of new possibilities). I am comfortable working with individuals and multiples, and those I have worked with generally describe me as having a relaxed and comfortable style. I pull from a variety of therapeutic modalities focussing on what goals you have and how to best support you in accomplishing them. While there is a difference in counseling and coaching, I draw on techniques within both to better serve those I work with. I continually strive to become antiracist and enjoy working with Diverse racial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as well as those who are involved in mixed race/interracial relationships and/or families.