I run a private practice in the Mission district of San Francisco with adults, teens, tweens, and relationships. Primarily, I address issues related to trauma and abuse, including harm reduction and behavioral interventions for high risk behaviors. I also work with young professionals to address challenges they are facing in succeeding or advancing in career, relationships, and other areas of life– including stress management, increasing positive mood, accessing flow states, and more.
I always strive to create a space that is friendly, aware, and affirming of marginalized identities, including sexual and gender identities (LGBTQ+), non-monogamy/polyamory, and kink/BDSM. I am aware of intersectional identities, and work to honor and address the dynamics in the therapy room.
In order to learn more about me, and schedule a time for a complimentary consultation, please go to my website: https://annamcdonaldtherapy.com.
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.
Outside of my years of personal experience in non-monogamous relationships, I bring my training and background in Gottman Method Couples therapy, Somatic Experiencing® techniques, mindfulness meditation, and my coaching credentials certified by the non-profit International Coach Federation. You can see the full list of my education and credentials on the About page.
I approach each session with the intention ofempowering you with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand your situation, to uncover the actionable steps you can take to reach a solution, and to craft the relationships that you want to have. I strive to create a safe space where your thoughts and feelings can be heard, and where you can learn more about yourself through self-inquiry, mindfulness, and custom-tailored exercises.
- polyamory (hierarchal, non-hierarchal, solo polyamory and more)
- open relationships and open marriages
- opening up closed relationships or closing previously open relationships
- developing conscious monogamous relationships
- the LGBTQIA community
- the ace spectrum (asexual, demisexual, greysexual, aromantic, demiromantic, etc)
- BDSM and kinksters
- relationship anarchists
- sex workers
- trauma survivors and people living with PTSD
- people of any gender identity, sexual orientation, or relationship format
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.
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.
I help people with alternative sexualities who feel alone, abnormal, and unlovable. I show them how to accept themselves in their beauty and strength, so they can experience loving connection in their lives. I’m a Certified Somatic Therapist, which means I use a combination of talk, touch, and movement to work with you as a whole person – not just a brain, but a body, heart, and spirit. In this form of therapy, we use the body as a primary source of information and healing. By getting you in conversation with your body, I can help you to discover the habits that are holding you back, the stories you tell yourself that keep you stuck, and the pathway to different possibilities in your life. Release trauma, get relief from chronic pain, befriend your body and find the love and the life you deserve.
I’m a psychologist, social worker and systemic consult (DGSF, in training), I offer professional online counseling that covers topics such as open relationships, relationship anarchy, polyamory, sex-positive lifestyle, as well as topics such as BDSM and fetish.
Especially for relationships off the conventional models, there is often a lack of professionals who are aware and familiar with these topics.
Through this interdisciplinary education and my humanistic view of man, it is possible for me to include psychological aspects, life circumstances and personal relationships in an undogmatic and holistic way. Therefore I can optimally accompany my clients by considering different approaches and perspectives. I support self-reflection through an appreciative, non-judgmental and resource-oriented approach.
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.
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.
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
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.