Robert Odell, MSW, LICSW
Sexual and erotic awareness is integral to my practice with a relationship or individuals.
It is critically important for therapists working with sex-positive and consensually non-monogamous (CNM) clients to have a welcoming, knowledgeable, non-judgmental stance toward the full range of sexuality, relational structures and far-reaching personal development.
I have served since late 2019 as a mental health lead on the development team for the 2021 International Kink Health Survey (IKHS) from TASHRA (The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance.)
Sexual health promotes mental and medical health.
Every adult’s erotic play is a direct reflection of the self. How and why partners engage varies with each relationship, be it a two person couple, CNM, or chosen family.
Kink is sexual diversity created by the imagination and body reaching toward the spiritual. This high-minded definition is offset by the messy, carnal realities of erotic & sexual play.
Eros calls on adults to have a well-developed awareness of adult play supported by the pursuit of personal integrity.
Integrity/transparency is required to develop both commitment and desire.
Reaching new levels of consensual/mutual agreements can then become the heart of the matter.