Psychotherapist specializing in gender and sexuality issues, LGBTQIA folks, and sexual disorders. Sex positive and queer affirming.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mebane, NC
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
Gender and sexuality define who we are, the way we love, and how we connect with others. Diverse and, therefore, controversial, our gender and our sexuality are too often handled without acknowledgment of the power they hold. I work with marginalized identifies, including but not limited transgender, non-binary, intersexed, gay, lesbian, bisexual and non-monogamy. ,The focus of therapy on the client's self defined needs, along with specialized services of Hormone Replacement Therapy support and
My approach to working with men is through the lens acknowledging that we live in a culture where to be a man is defined by one's ability to be "strong." This condensing of human experience contributes to the intense pressure men are under to exist in the world in a way that is difficult for any human to accomplish.
I am psychodynamically oriented in my approach, as this approach places importance on the factors that shaped the individual. Particularly, the development of self during childhood and the lessons that our family of origin or primary caregivers gave us. The patterns from childhood of boundary setting, ability to be assertive, identifying needs, and level of comfort with intimacy continue to impact the present. Identifying these patterns allows us to set new patterns that serve us as adults.
I am a trained sex therapist and couples counselor, with experience working with a wide array of both normative and non-normative relationship structures. I have extensive experience working with same sex couples, couples working through the transition of one partner, mismatched sex drives, and polyamorous couples. I utilize John Gottman's assessments, impart Non-violent communication skills to couples, and encourage couples to identify adult attachment styles as they build intimacy.
My approach to treating trauma is rooted in evidence based practices that incorporate both the psychological impact of traumatic events and the physiological reverberations of the trauma that outlast its immediate threat. Trauma therapy begins only when the person is fully equipped to face the intensity that processing through difficult emotions may bring. Addressing the disorganization that occurs during trauma through building the skills to identify triggers progresses to healing.
I specialize in working with people who identify as trans and/or gender non-conforming or non-binary. My clinical work was featured in a NY Times Magazine article in June of 2019 titled "The Struggles of Rejecting the Gender Binary." I speak about non-binary sexuality at conferences and work with patients exploring their gender identity to navigate the societal challenges that come with being outside of cis world views.
I currently run two groups related to kink/sexual outsiders. The "Edging Sexual Norms" group is designed for people with fetishes and "non-normative" sexual preferences that have been a consistent source of distress, shame, or tension in their day-to-day lives. Through focused group work facilitated by a clinical sexologist, clients will learn to explore and express their sexuality without shame. They will overcome social stigmas. And they will learn to integrate their
I am a trained sex therapist, along with being a Certified Sex Offense Treatment Provider. I was trained at the Joseph J. Peters Institute in Philadelphia and conduct forensic psychosexual evaluations for pre and post release individuals with sexual offense charges or convictions. I work with individuals and couples to address a broad array of sexual issues, from paraphilic interests to erectile dysfunction.