Kink / Sexual Outsiders

In human sexuality, kinkiness is the use of unconventional sexual practices, concepts or fantasies. Kink plays a positive, healthy role in many people’s sex lives. However, integrating the nuances of kink, fetishes, and power-exchange into a loving, intimate relationship can be a challenge for some couples. Or maybe you want to work on something completely unrelated to your kink? A therapist who is sex-positive and kink-friendly can help you with both in a safe, welcoming and educated environment. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s kink experts today.

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Through out my time as a clinician, educating myself on issues surrounding the kink and nonmonogamous communities has been core to my practice. I know it can be hard for clients to feel safe talking about these things in therapy, due to fear of judgement from your therapist. I support all consensual activities, and want you to know that you can feel comfortable opening up about all of your identities, kinks and interests with me.

— Gina Pellicci, Clinical Social Worker in , NY

I pledge to provide LGBTQ+ affirming care, and consensual non-monogamy/sex-positive awareness. I am also a National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) Kink Aware Professional.

— Erick Sowell, Clinical Social Worker in Baltimore, MD
 

Whether it is a kink, a 24/7 dynamic, a polyamorous relationship, or an i-don't know-what-it-is, there is nothing that can't be talked about in a session. I have a heavy focus in decreasing shame and stigma around sex and sexual interests, especially for those who don't identify in the majority.

— Laura Wood, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in SEATTLE, WA

I am BDSM/Kink, Poly and ENM affirming. I have specialized training working with this population so you don't have to worry that you will spend your whole session educating your therapist on what terms mean or worried that you will be shamed or judged. You are free to show up as your authentic self

— Aydrelle Collins, Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

As a psychologist treating individuals of Gender, Sexuality, and Relationship Diversity (GSRD), my practice is inclusive of those of all genders, sexual orientations, identities, kinks, relationship structures, and behaviors between consenting adults.

— Eric van der Voort, Psychologist in San Diego, CA

Sex is still so taboo in America. This makes it particularly challenging for folx who engage in kink, D/s relationships, or work in the sex industry. Do you talk to your family about it? Your docotr? Your kids? It's a lot to navigate. I for one have paid for too many therapy sessions where I was educating my therapist. You deserve knowledgeable, capable support. Surround yourself with professionals who can see you, celebrate you, and support you where you are for all of who you are.

— Lou Sanfillipo, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Hyattsville, MD
 

Are you facinated by the idea of kink/BDSM and don't know how and where to start? Together we will navigate what turns you on & where to begin. Embarrassement and shame has no place here. Instead you will feel empowered, sexy and adventerous. You will learn to say what you want and more importantly what you don't want. Together we will figure out what to do if you want something and your partner wants something else. Talking about your fantasy can be as sexy and fulfilling as playing them out.

— Gwen Lotery, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

I have additonal training in power exchange, BDSM, DD/lg, and various D/s dynamics as they are practiced in dungeons or play parties, to those privately dipping their toes in for the first time, to maintaining 24/7 lifestyle relationships.

— Grace Ballard, Sex Therapist
 

I am trained and experienced in working with couples who are a part of erotically marginalized kink communities like BDSM, ABDL, swinging, and others.

— Anna Khandrueva, Therapist in Broomfield, CO

Leather, BDSM, ENM, Dom/Sub, Master/slave, SIR/boy (or boi), Daddy/son (boy or boi), Handler/pet dynamics.

— Cub Larkin, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Wilton Manors, FL
 

Proud to say I am kink-positive and knowledgeable, LGBTQIA2S+ inclusive, experienced in supporting HIV+ folx, sex worker positive, and genuinely enjoy challenging shame and stigma surrounding sexually expansive folx.

— Elizabeth Hawkins, Sex Therapist

Ever wonder what it might be like to see a therapist who isn't judging your kinks and sexual fantasies? Bringing my lived experience and clinical work to the room I affirm kink while asking curious questions that align with your goals.

— Birch Snogles, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ann arbor, MI
 

I am a kink-aware therapist and am working on my certification in Alternative Lifestyles. Kink shaming is NOT okay and I want to give you a safe space to talk about all of the things that you might worry about sharing with someone else due to fear of judgment. I'm familiar with BDSM and the joys the lifestyle can bring and also the challenges it can present. And no, I've neither watched nor seen that famous book/movie that supposedly interested everyone in BDSM.

— Chandra Niklewski, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in HAGERSTOWN, MD

In human sexuality, kinkiness is the use of unconventional sexual practices, concepts or fantasies. Kink plays a positive, healthy role in many people’s sex lives. However, integrating the nuances of kink, fetishes, and power-exchange into a loving, intimate relationship can be a challenge for some. Or maybe you want to work on something completely unrelated to your kink? A therapist who is sex-positive and kink-friendly can help you with both in a safe, welcoming and educated environmen

— Jerry Moreau, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

In human sexuality, kinkiness is the use of unconventional sexual practices, concepts or fantasies. Kink plays a positive, healthy role in many people’s sex lives. However, integrating the nuances of kink, fetishes, and power-exchange into a loving, intimate relationship can be a challenge for some couples. Or maybe you want to work on something completely unrelated to your kink? A therapist who is sex-positive and kink-friendly can help you with both in a safe, welcoming and educated environmen

— Jerry Moreau, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

I adopt a sex-positive outlook and understand that folx who fall in this group may be hesitant to bring up these aspects of themselves out of fear of being pathologized and in some cases, have even been harmed by previous therapists when addressing this topic. If you are a lifestyler or just getting curious, I'm more than willing to explore these areas with you and discuss how these practices relate to your life, relationships, interests, and ways to find community within them.

— Ben Hearn, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Cincinnati, OH
 

We’re all born with innate sexual response and drives (or a lack thereof), and our sexual identity is based on these innate responses; they’re an integral part of every person. Our current cultural sexual construct leaves most of us fumbling around in the dark, searching for an acceptable way to fit our perfectly unique sexual selves into the rigid construct that is normative sexuality

— Jan Tate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mebane, NC

I welcome all expressions of sexuality. I provide a non-judgmental space for clients who might feel marginalized because of their sexual preferences, or who want to dive into their own sexualities with support and encouragement.

— Pilar Dellano, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Plainfield, VT
 

I am kink-aware and have experience working with D/s relationships and various fetishes, kinks and alternative lifestyles. My approach is Sex-positive, and I do not judge or assume there is something "wrong" with you for your sexual expression. I also work with those that practice Ethical Non-Monogamy/Polyamory or interested in exploring alternative lifestyles. I provide a safe and accepting place for Sex Workers, and those in the LGBTQIA+ community.

— Meghan Arroyo, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

For the past 20 years, I have worked with erotic and sexual minority clients. Most often they see their kink as a resource, not the problem requiring therapy. Yet it’s still a road of self-discovery that can have its rites of passage. They may be discovering their kink identity, or are experienced kink practitioners or educators. The journeys often heal – and become a part of adult personal development. We know from research that they may also need the skill of an experienced diagnostician

— Robert Odell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA