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.
Benjamin Howard, MAEd, MACG, LPC (he/him)
Licensed Professional Counselor
Specialties: I have a particular passion for working with LGBTQIA+ clients to address concerns related to stress management, trauma, anxiety and depression, career counseling, sex counseling, and consensual nonmonogamy.
We all have needs. Sometimes they’re big, complicated needs like a feeling of belonging or sense of purpose. Sometimes needs are more basic like getting enough sleep or feeling safe where we live. Whenever we don’t get a need met, that creates unfinished business – needs that linger around. Too much unfinished business and we become fragmented, unable to effectively deal with our present because we’re so consumed about past needs or too worried about future ones. Using a foundation based on a combination of Gestalt Therapy, Feminist Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy, I help people define and address their needs.
Training & Background:
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor serving clients remotely throughout Illinois. With nearly a decade of experience working with a diverse range of students and clients ages 14 and up, I have served as a college educator, academic advisor and career coach since 2011 and a mental health practitioner since 2018. I earned my MA in Counseling & Guidance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and my MA in Education from the University of St. Mary.
I’m a huge nerd! Outside of my counseling work, I spend a lot of my free time gaming with friends and family, reading or watching sci-fi, and getting lost down Wikipedia rabbit-trails. I’ve also become a big fan of history YouTube. Self-care is important, so I also take regular walks and aspire to flexibility by practicing yoga.
Disclaimer: All licensed services provided under the full professional and clinical control of Dr. Jeana Lucarelli, MA, PsyD.
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.
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
I have a passion for working with people struggling with substances, intimacy issues, partner betrayal, and developmental and adult trauma. My approach is grounded in research with interventions that are guided by neurobiology, attachment theory, and trauma informed care. I incorporate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, and Mindfulness practices.
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.
Arianne (she/her/hers) works with adults interested in improving some aspect of their life. For individuals, this can involve ameliorating the effects of trauma, adapting to transitions such as career change or parenthood, or working with stress, anxiety or depression. For couples, triads, or other relationships, Arianne helps all members find clarity in their communication so that they can have the relationship they want.
How do you craft the story of your life?
We all have stories or patterns that we learned either as children, or developed as we grew up. What stories support your vision?
(“I have a fulfilling relationship,”” I am successful in my career,”” I am a good parent.”)
What other stories might hinder you?
(“I will never be enough,”” it is my fault.”)
Sometimes we may not even hear the stories we tell ourselves, but only feel that something is holding us back. Uncovering that, and crafting the right stories, is key to achieving your goals. We start by finding where contentment or joy may lie for you, strive to understand any obstacles, and discover your strengths to step past them.
Finally, because past experiences feed into our social interactions, the inclusion of current trauma science can deepen our work together. I am trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model (CRM and TRM1) and practice mindfulness-based EMDR.
What stands between you and the life you want to live?
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #114096
(supervised by Eliza Steel, LMFT #107513)
Trained as an holistic sex therapist, I am able to “see past the kink” and work on whatever issues and goals you identify. I do not see kink as the problem and am even open to the possibility that it might be part of the solution. My practice is entirely online through secure video. I work with most private insurance companies, as well as Idaho Medicaid, and offer a sliding scale for those who are uninsured or prefer not to use insurance.
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.
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.
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.
I can be reached via email at email@example.com or by text/phone at 859.492.8509.
Hi! My name is Edwin Ancarana. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (Lic. No. 77503) based in Austin, Texas. I graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. I have been in practice since 2012.
My ideal clients are working professionals that struggle to build their ideal lives. They struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, and trauma, which manifests in poor communication, troubled relationships, overwhelming addictions, and PTSD. They have busy schedules and are open to new technologies such as telehealth or online therapy.
I have successfully worked with clients on a wide range of issues, including relationship communication and intimacy, anxiety and depression, gender and sexual identity and transition, addiction and recovery, and physical/sexual/emotional trauma and PTSD. I have worked in both private-practice and substance-abuse treatment settings. I am LGBTIQ, poly, and kink friendly and knowledgeable.
Sharing and being vulnerable with another human being takes courage. I honor that courage by partnering with you to hear your story, create new narratives about your life experiences, teach you skills for dealing with overwhelming thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and help you discover communication tools that can enhance and strengthen your 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.
McKenna is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Cupping Therapist and owner of Unravel Massage. They serve the Columbus OH area with individualized holistic care focusing on trauma work. ?️?⚧️ They are an alternative sexuality, gender spectrum, and kink aware ally both in and out of their practice.
By appointment only.
At Unravel Massage, we believe long term growth and adjustment stems from the client.
Like a potter’s wheel, we help center the clay so it can take a balanced form. Our mission is to facilitate our client’s restoration from past and present stress and trauma by integrating multiple massage and cupping modalities. We also can comfortably team with the client’s existing healthcare practitioners, be it a conventional, supplemental, and/or holistic medicinal resource to promote optimal health.
Ohio License Number: 33.024935