Damiana Chi, Ph.D.
Mistress Damiana Chi, Ph.D. has been a full-time practicing Professional Dominatrix in Los Angeles since 2000 and has one of the most highly-regarded reputations in the U.S. pro domme community. Trained in traditional BDSM techniques, Mistress Damiana has incorporated these skills into developing her own style of domination that is very unique and personalized, resulting in an experience that is profound, cathartic, as well as grounding for her submissives. Because she is naturally psychologically-minded and has an educational background and clinical training in psychology, her practice of the art of domination is very psychological in nature.
Dr. Chi holds a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology, M.A. degree in counseling psychology, and a B.A. degree in behavioral studies. Her educational background, clinical training, and post-graduate studies were rooted in depth psychology (Jungian and archetypal) and is at the heart of her understanding and teachings of BDSM dynamics. The marriage of her two long time passions–depth psychology and BDSM–gave birth to her Dominatrix training course, called The Dominatrix Archetype: A Psychological and Practical Methodology Workshop. The success of her signature course has since led to founding her training academy, The Dominatrix Archetype Academy, where she offers psychologically-based in-person and online BDSM courses to Dommes, subs and anyone else in the kink lifestyle.
Dr. Chi is a Certified Sexologist, specializing in kink-knowledgeable life coaching and BDSM psychodrama play therapy. She does not offer psychoanalytically-based psychotherapy (as per her past clinical training) because she does not believe in analyzing “why” one is into BDSM or the sources of one’s kinks, for this does not assist one’s healing and personal growth. She works with clients in an empathic, coaching-style approach in support of a sex-positive kink/BDSM lifestyle, focusing on building a healthy self-image and self-acceptance, and nurturing relationships. Dr. Chi endeavors to support the kink community and people who are exploring kink/BDSM privately, by way of her many years of experience and expertise in the fields of BDSM and psychology.