Sex-Positive, Kink Allied Therapists in Ottawa, ON

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Kelly L Schill
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP(Q), MA
Verified
4 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1V  (Online Only)
I work well with daydreamers, soul-seekers, free spirits with haunting pasts - and those who have had trouble fitting in. More specifically, I work with adult clients, using an integrative approach that employs techniques from Mindfulness, Existential, Narrative, and Depth Psychology. I am queer-identifying, gender and sexuality-affirming, weight-inclusive, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and sex positive. I love working with clients who are spiritual, and those who have had strange experiences. I also have a special interest in helping asexual spectrum clients, gender non-binary clients, and other LGBTQIA2S+ folx.
I work well with daydreamers, soul-seekers, free spirits with haunting pasts - and those who have had trouble fitting in. More specifically, I work with adult clients, using an integrative approach that employs techniques from Mindfulness, Existential, Narrative, and Depth Psychology. I am queer-identifying, gender and sexuality-affirming, weight-inclusive, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and sex positive. I love working with clients who are spiritual, and those who have had strange experiences. I also have a special interest in helping asexual spectrum clients, gender non-binary clients, and other LGBTQIA2S+ folx.
(343) 297-8690 View (343) 297-8690
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Aroha Pride Counselling & Consulting
Registered Social Worker, BSW, RSW
Verified
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
Everyone needs some extra support sometimes. With Aroha Counselling, our mental health professionals support people who are coping with a range of experiences. Our practices are framed within an anti-oppressive, queer affirming, anti-racist, sex positive, trauma informed, and harm reduction lens. Clients can expect a welcoming and stigma free counselling environment. We provide services to anyone in need of support from all walks of life and have additional specialization in providing informed services to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Please note that all of our services are virtual.
Everyone needs some extra support sometimes. With Aroha Counselling, our mental health professionals support people who are coping with a range of experiences. Our practices are framed within an anti-oppressive, queer affirming, anti-racist, sex positive, trauma informed, and harm reduction lens. Clients can expect a welcoming and stigma free counselling environment. We provide services to anyone in need of support from all walks of life and have additional specialization in providing informed services to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Please note that all of our services are virtual.
(306) 994-6967 View (306) 994-6967
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Véronique Livermore
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, CCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2J
Waitlist for new clients
I see individuals in therapy for a variety of concerns such as: anxiety, adult ADHD, relationship issues, family dynamics, parenting, self-esteem & climate anxiety. In sessions, I aim to provide a safe, compassionate, non-judgemental space where you can explore your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours at your own pace. I help clients gain clarity about the challenges they are facing, find a healthy sense of balance, and learn strategies to cope more effectively. I like to collaboratively approach problems and help you find creative solutions that fit your values.
I see individuals in therapy for a variety of concerns such as: anxiety, adult ADHD, relationship issues, family dynamics, parenting, self-esteem & climate anxiety. In sessions, I aim to provide a safe, compassionate, non-judgemental space where you can explore your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours at your own pace. I help clients gain clarity about the challenges they are facing, find a healthy sense of balance, and learn strategies to cope more effectively. I like to collaboratively approach problems and help you find creative solutions that fit your values.
(343) 341-4030 View (343) 341-4030
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Chantal Jennifer Anne Campeau
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP(Q)
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2J
I focus on clients with relationship or sexuality concerns. This encompasses all types of relationships, including those that are ethically non-monogamous or LGBTQ+. I am also inclusive of BDSM and kink in sexuality. Currently, I am working with people from a diverse cultural background who are dealing with issues surrounding infidelity, relationship conflict, pornography, sex work, non-monogamy, and gender/sexual identity.
I focus on clients with relationship or sexuality concerns. This encompasses all types of relationships, including those that are ethically non-monogamous or LGBTQ+. I am also inclusive of BDSM and kink in sexuality. Currently, I am working with people from a diverse cultural background who are dealing with issues surrounding infidelity, relationship conflict, pornography, sex work, non-monogamy, and gender/sexual identity.
(613) 604-9085 View (613) 604-9085
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Laurinda Cheng
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified
12 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1N  (Online Only)
I believe it takes great courage to explore our experiences, confront our problems, and dare to change ourselves. I aim to provide a warm, non-judgemental space where we can deeply engage with the issues you have brought to therapy. I am based in Ottawa providing individual counselling/psychotherapy services virtually in English to individuals 18 years of age and older in Ontario. I welcome clients of all backgrounds. I am allied to the BIPOC, LGBTQ, non-monogamous, and kink communities. I am also a provider for the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program for First Nations and Inuit.
I believe it takes great courage to explore our experiences, confront our problems, and dare to change ourselves. I aim to provide a warm, non-judgemental space where we can deeply engage with the issues you have brought to therapy. I am based in Ottawa providing individual counselling/psychotherapy services virtually in English to individuals 18 years of age and older in Ontario. I welcome clients of all backgrounds. I am allied to the BIPOC, LGBTQ, non-monogamous, and kink communities. I am also a provider for the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program for First Nations and Inuit.
(613) 801-8374 View (613) 801-8374
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Céleste Henderson
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1H  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am kink and polyamory informed and affirming.
My name is Céleste (she/they) and I am here to guide you through moments of uncertainty and confusion in both English and French. I identify as a queer French Canadian and have experience counselling folks from across Canada/Turtle Island. In my integrative approach, I incorporate teachings from solution-focused, emotion-focused, and strength-based lenses. This allows me to tailor my approach specifically for you. I come from the understanding that we are shaped by our experiences and our environments.
I am kink and polyamory informed and affirming.
My name is Céleste (she/they) and I am here to guide you through moments of uncertainty and confusion in both English and French. I identify as a queer French Canadian and have experience counselling folks from across Canada/Turtle Island. In my integrative approach, I incorporate teachings from solution-focused, emotion-focused, and strength-based lenses. This allows me to tailor my approach specifically for you. I come from the understanding that we are shaped by our experiences and our environments.
(343) 309-9483 View (343) 309-9483
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Thameena Nazir
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified
Ottawa, ON K1K  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy is based in a feminist, trauma informed, culturally inclusive, sex positive, and strength based framework.
If you are considering therapy, you have already started down your path to healing and self discovery. You will find a safe and non judgmental space with me that fosters empathy, validation and empowerment. I strive to build a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship with you. You are the expert in your own life and I am here to understand your experiences and support you in making meaningful and lasting changes. Understanding how systematic barriers and intergenerational trauma can affect our mental and emotional health is key to healing. I am very passionate about therapy; and it is a privilege to be part of your journey.
My approach to therapy is based in a feminist, trauma informed, culturally inclusive, sex positive, and strength based framework.
If you are considering therapy, you have already started down your path to healing and self discovery. You will find a safe and non judgmental space with me that fosters empathy, validation and empowerment. I strive to build a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship with you. You are the expert in your own life and I am here to understand your experiences and support you in making meaningful and lasting changes. Understanding how systematic barriers and intergenerational trauma can affect our mental and emotional health is key to healing. I am very passionate about therapy; and it is a privilege to be part of your journey.
(343) 306-4544 View (343) 306-4544
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Mara Toombs
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1G  (Online Only)
It takes bravery to start a therapy process, and I welcome you if you are ready to start. As a long-time practitioner of meditation, I employ presence-based strategies helping you connect with self-compassion, bravery and calm. In practice, we explore any habits that are causing difficulty, while also addressing ingrained beliefs and emotions that are contributing to these patterns. You set the pace for the counselling process and we walk through the process together. Using a combination of Narrative, Mindfulness, Emotionally-Focused, and Cognitive Behavioural approaches, I support enhanced resiliency and practical change.
It takes bravery to start a therapy process, and I welcome you if you are ready to start. As a long-time practitioner of meditation, I employ presence-based strategies helping you connect with self-compassion, bravery and calm. In practice, we explore any habits that are causing difficulty, while also addressing ingrained beliefs and emotions that are contributing to these patterns. You set the pace for the counselling process and we walk through the process together. Using a combination of Narrative, Mindfulness, Emotionally-Focused, and Cognitive Behavioural approaches, I support enhanced resiliency and practical change.
(343) 342-2462 View (343) 342-2462
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Julia Jeffery Garza
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Julia Jeffery Garza, RP(Q), MA
Verified
6 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2A
My goal in counselling would be to support you through an integrative, harm-reductive, sex positive, and person-centred approach where you are the expert in your own life.
Hello and welcome! Seeking therapy can be daunting, so let me share a little about myself to help you determine whether I might be a good fit for you. I strive to help my clients feel more like themselves and connect to a sense of meaning and fulfillment in their lives. The world we operate within can be incredibly challenging, and my hope is to support my clients in living more authentically alongside their various responsibilities. I work with clients ages 13+ experiencing anxiety/stress, depression, life transitions, long distance relationships, inter-cultural, relational, identity, sexuality/gender, and self-esteem challenges.
My goal in counselling would be to support you through an integrative, harm-reductive, sex positive, and person-centred approach where you are the expert in your own life.
Hello and welcome! Seeking therapy can be daunting, so let me share a little about myself to help you determine whether I might be a good fit for you. I strive to help my clients feel more like themselves and connect to a sense of meaning and fulfillment in their lives. The world we operate within can be incredibly challenging, and my hope is to support my clients in living more authentically alongside their various responsibilities. I work with clients ages 13+ experiencing anxiety/stress, depression, life transitions, long distance relationships, inter-cultural, relational, identity, sexuality/gender, and self-esteem challenges.
(343) 308-9268 View (343) 308-9268
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Sj Vriend
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1K  (Online Only)
It is my goal in therapy to create a working relationship that feels safe, collaborative, and effective. I work mainly with adults who identify as LGBT2SQIA+ or who are exploring their gender, sexuality, or relationship preferences (I am kink/poly-friendly). I support individuals seeking a more positive relationship with themselves and others, to cope better with stress and change, and to lead lives more congruent to their needs and values. My approach is informed by both my professional experience and lived experience as a queer and nonbinary person. I invite exploring problems with curiosity, compassion, and playfulness.
It is my goal in therapy to create a working relationship that feels safe, collaborative, and effective. I work mainly with adults who identify as LGBT2SQIA+ or who are exploring their gender, sexuality, or relationship preferences (I am kink/poly-friendly). I support individuals seeking a more positive relationship with themselves and others, to cope better with stress and change, and to lead lives more congruent to their needs and values. My approach is informed by both my professional experience and lived experience as a queer and nonbinary person. I invite exploring problems with curiosity, compassion, and playfulness.
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Melissa Hooper
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified
Ottawa, ON K1R  (Online Only)
Hello. My practice specializes in issues with sexuality, sexual dysfunction, infidelity, infertility, couple dynamics and the often connected feelings of anxiety, depression and shame. I offer respectful, judgment free compassionate care to clients experiencing troubling emotions and behaviours and work to release and heal feelings of guilt/fear/hurt related to sexual dysfunction, intimacy and identity. I work extensively with both individuals and couples in the areas of high/low sexual desire, arousal/orgasm disorders and Erectile Dysfunction, among others. My practice is LGBTQIA2S+Kink and Ethical non-monogamy supportive.
Hello. My practice specializes in issues with sexuality, sexual dysfunction, infidelity, infertility, couple dynamics and the often connected feelings of anxiety, depression and shame. I offer respectful, judgment free compassionate care to clients experiencing troubling emotions and behaviours and work to release and heal feelings of guilt/fear/hurt related to sexual dysfunction, intimacy and identity. I work extensively with both individuals and couples in the areas of high/low sexual desire, arousal/orgasm disorders and Erectile Dysfunction, among others. My practice is LGBTQIA2S+Kink and Ethical non-monogamy supportive.
(343) 306-1527 View (343) 306-1527
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Brad Garrison
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, CCC
Verified
Ottawa, ON K2P  (Online Only)
I specialize in sex therapy, couples / marriage counselling, and work with LGBTQ+ and transgender communities and have experience offering service to diverse clients from marginalized, BIPOC, poly, and kink communities.
Sex and relationships are often at the core of our lives. The ways in which we connect with others - and with ourselves - can have significant impacts on our health and well-being. Communication barriers, sexual dysfunction, disconnection, infidelity, domestic abuse, trauma, and other kinds of psychosocial concerns are common challenges that lead people to seek therapy with me. Many of my clients are wanting to calm anxiety, develop coping skills, increase sexual satisfaction, reconnect with partners, or heal from trauma and abuse.
I specialize in sex therapy, couples / marriage counselling, and work with LGBTQ+ and transgender communities and have experience offering service to diverse clients from marginalized, BIPOC, poly, and kink communities.
Sex and relationships are often at the core of our lives. The ways in which we connect with others - and with ourselves - can have significant impacts on our health and well-being. Communication barriers, sexual dysfunction, disconnection, infidelity, domestic abuse, trauma, and other kinds of psychosocial concerns are common challenges that lead people to seek therapy with me. Many of my clients are wanting to calm anxiety, develop coping skills, increase sexual satisfaction, reconnect with partners, or heal from trauma and abuse.
(249) 444-4094 View (249) 444-4094
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X T Belcastro
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
I'm queer & neurodivergent and centre the 2SLGBTQ+ community & those in close relationships with 2SLGBTQ+ community. Are you, or your relationship looking for a therapist with lived experience as a queer &/or trans person? Are you looking to untangle your understanding of diagnoses like ADHD, Autism & BPD? I aim to support you in exploring self, your relationships, processing & unburdening the past and move toward healing. I centre the topics you bring, while affirming fluidity & queering my therapy lens'. I often draw from Internal Family Systems (IFS), Psychodynamic, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), EFT, Polyvagal Theories.
I'm queer & neurodivergent and centre the 2SLGBTQ+ community & those in close relationships with 2SLGBTQ+ community. Are you, or your relationship looking for a therapist with lived experience as a queer &/or trans person? Are you looking to untangle your understanding of diagnoses like ADHD, Autism & BPD? I aim to support you in exploring self, your relationships, processing & unburdening the past and move toward healing. I centre the topics you bring, while affirming fluidity & queering my therapy lens'. I often draw from Internal Family Systems (IFS), Psychodynamic, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), EFT, Polyvagal Theories.
(437) 747-5052 View (437) 747-5052
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Lise Walker
Registered Social Worker, MSW
Verified
Ottawa, ON K1A
BIPOC, LGBTQ+, non-monogamous & kink friendly, and experience working with consensual non-monogamy (ethical non-monogamy, open relationships & polyamory).
Currently accepting patients for virtual & in person EVENING appointments. Tired of feeling tense, having a short fuse, struggling to get things done or feeling hopeless? Emotional experiences impact our health and well-being and can leave someone feeling stuck, disconnected in our relationships or with physical symptoms. Overwhelmed, fear, anger and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. They impact our day to day and relationships with partners and family. I can help you overcome these, guide you through a process of change and teach you coping strategies.
BIPOC, LGBTQ+, non-monogamous & kink friendly, and experience working with consensual non-monogamy (ethical non-monogamy, open relationships & polyamory).
Currently accepting patients for virtual & in person EVENING appointments. Tired of feeling tense, having a short fuse, struggling to get things done or feeling hopeless? Emotional experiences impact our health and well-being and can leave someone feeling stuck, disconnected in our relationships or with physical symptoms. Overwhelmed, fear, anger and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. They impact our day to day and relationships with partners and family. I can help you overcome these, guide you through a process of change and teach you coping strategies.
(613) 938-1000 View (613) 938-1000
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Scott Howcroft
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1V  (Online Only)
I work with a range of clients including those in the LGBTQ+ community, those from different cultures. Though I mostly work with individuals at the moment, I am a sex positive, poly-aware therapist and respect all relationships. If you're feeling stuck (life or career), grieving, depressed or anxious I am happy to work with you. I specialize in life transitions, relationships, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem.
I work with a range of clients including those in the LGBTQ+ community, those from different cultures. Though I mostly work with individuals at the moment, I am a sex positive, poly-aware therapist and respect all relationships. If you're feeling stuck (life or career), grieving, depressed or anxious I am happy to work with you. I specialize in life transitions, relationships, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem.
(647) 951-7250 View (647) 951-7250
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Carla Condon Barton
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, MSc
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1R
I am also kink and poly-informed and affirmative.
Becoming a therapist has been an intentional journey that is the direct result of a desire to collaboratively facilitate healing in myself and others. It is difficult to be in the world right now and the impending fear and anxiety around us can contribute to feelings of overwhelm and a sense of disconnect from ourselves and others. This might have us feeling hopeless, isolated or 'stuck'. Our work together will foster the resilience and self-compassion needed to weather these storms and to recognize and celebrate the wisdom found in the struggle.
I am also kink and poly-informed and affirmative.
Becoming a therapist has been an intentional journey that is the direct result of a desire to collaboratively facilitate healing in myself and others. It is difficult to be in the world right now and the impending fear and anxiety around us can contribute to feelings of overwhelm and a sense of disconnect from ourselves and others. This might have us feeling hopeless, isolated or 'stuck'. Our work together will foster the resilience and self-compassion needed to weather these storms and to recognize and celebrate the wisdom found in the struggle.
(709) 400-6694 View (709) 400-6694
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Sean Hale
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified
Ottawa, ON K2P  (Online Only)
I am a Kink-Aware and Poly Affirmative therapist.
I have 12+ years experience working in coaching and psychotherapy. While working with both individuals and couples, I provide an empathetic and non-judgemental approach. I work with a range of clients and specialize in Relationship issues, Men's issues, Life Transitions, Communication, Self-esteem, Identity development, Overcoming Shame, Mood regulation and LGBTQ+ issues. My approach is eclectic, meaning that one size does not fit all. I work within your paradigm to find what works for you. I work with you at your pace and using methodologies that are most suited to your needs.
I am a Kink-Aware and Poly Affirmative therapist.
I have 12+ years experience working in coaching and psychotherapy. While working with both individuals and couples, I provide an empathetic and non-judgemental approach. I work with a range of clients and specialize in Relationship issues, Men's issues, Life Transitions, Communication, Self-esteem, Identity development, Overcoming Shame, Mood regulation and LGBTQ+ issues. My approach is eclectic, meaning that one size does not fit all. I work within your paradigm to find what works for you. I work with you at your pace and using methodologies that are most suited to your needs.
(647) 905-0540 View (647) 905-0540
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Nathan MacRae
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, RSW, MSW
Verified
Ottawa, ON K1Y  (Online Only)
There is a path forward to a fulfilling and happy future for everyone. Working together, I can support you in cultivating compassion for yourself and others, taking pride in who you are, navigating relationships and moving through the difficulties that arise in life. As a queer trans person, I use an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, intersectional framework, supporting the queer, trans, kink, and non-monogamous communities in unpacking identity, sex and relationship issues, emotional dysregulation, trauma, depression, anxiety and addiction. I offer gender-affirming hormone and top and gonadectomy surgical readiness assessments.
There is a path forward to a fulfilling and happy future for everyone. Working together, I can support you in cultivating compassion for yourself and others, taking pride in who you are, navigating relationships and moving through the difficulties that arise in life. As a queer trans person, I use an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, intersectional framework, supporting the queer, trans, kink, and non-monogamous communities in unpacking identity, sex and relationship issues, emotional dysregulation, trauma, depression, anxiety and addiction. I offer gender-affirming hormone and top and gonadectomy surgical readiness assessments.
(604) 330-0117 View (604) 330-0117
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Meagan Szwed
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K0A
Hi, I'm Meagan! I am most passionate about working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship and sexuality concerns, personality disorders, caregiver burnout, and stressed-out mamas. I work from a trauma informed, antiracist, 2slgbtqia+ ally, harm reduction, sex positive, consumer survivor informed, feminist approach. What does all that mean? It means that I appreciate and accept YOU for YOU, no matter who you are, whether you are an upper-class white dude with a porn addiction or an organic farmer who is trans struggling with anxiety.
Hi, I'm Meagan! I am most passionate about working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship and sexuality concerns, personality disorders, caregiver burnout, and stressed-out mamas. I work from a trauma informed, antiracist, 2slgbtqia+ ally, harm reduction, sex positive, consumer survivor informed, feminist approach. What does all that mean? It means that I appreciate and accept YOU for YOU, no matter who you are, whether you are an upper-class white dude with a porn addiction or an organic farmer who is trans struggling with anxiety.
(289) 379-7917 View (289) 379-7917
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Skye Fitzpatrick
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1R  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My practice is definitively LGBTQ2S+ positive, kink-friendly, and inclusive of those in non-monogamous relationships.
As a clinical psychologist and university professor who develops and tests therapies for trauma, borderline personality disorder/emotion dysregulation, and couples, I focus on getting people good therapy that actually works. Often, past traumas keep people stuck, intense or painful emotions like shame or anxiety make people’s lives feel closed in, and couples want to connect but find that something is persistently wedging them apart. I use science-supported methods to help people find freedom from these forms of suffering and live a life they choose for themselves instead of one that painful emotions or past traumas boxed them into.
My practice is definitively LGBTQ2S+ positive, kink-friendly, and inclusive of those in non-monogamous relationships.
As a clinical psychologist and university professor who develops and tests therapies for trauma, borderline personality disorder/emotion dysregulation, and couples, I focus on getting people good therapy that actually works. Often, past traumas keep people stuck, intense or painful emotions like shame or anxiety make people’s lives feel closed in, and couples want to connect but find that something is persistently wedging them apart. I use science-supported methods to help people find freedom from these forms of suffering and live a life they choose for themselves instead of one that painful emotions or past traumas boxed them into.
(647) 557-2953 View (647) 557-2953

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Sex-Positive, Kink Allied Counsellors

Why might an individual want to see a sex-positive, kink-allied therapist?

A sex-positive or kinky individual may want to see a sex-positive, kink-allied therapist because the client may feel safer and more supported discussing their experiences and challenges. A therapist who identifies as kink-friendly will have experience with clients having diverse sexual preferences and will likely be nonjudgmental and supportive about issues brought to the table. It is important to note that sex-positive, kink-allied individuals may find equal success with therapists who do not have such specialised knowledge and background. The most important factor in the success of therapy is for the client and practitioner to form a strong, trusting bond.

Do therapists have special training to gain expertise in sex-positive, kink-allied treatment?

Generally, no. There are limited training programs and unofficial accreditations that therapists can pursue, but a therapist’s expertise will ultimately come from their previous experience with similar clients, their engagement with organisations that promote sex positivity or kink-allied lifestyles, and the importance they place on safety and cultural sensitivity.

How can individuals recognise a good sex-positive, kink-allied therapist?

An experienced therapist is able to help clients explore their sexual identity and expression and relieve any discomfort or stigma attached to discussing such matters and the client’s overall challenges. A therapist who is sex-positive and kink-allied is able to create an environment that honors a client’s experience and sexual preferences. To recognise a good therapist, clients can simply ask directly about topics and issues important to them and gauge their comfort level and connection with a clinician based on the responses.

Can clients benefit from having a therapist with a focus on sex positivity and alternative sexual lifestyles?

Some individuals may feel most comfortable knowing that the clinician they’re working with has a commitment to creating an atmosphere of sex positivity and has experience with relationship diversity and alternative relationship structures. Working with a sex-positive, kink-allied therapist may help clients respect their own challenges and improve identity-affirming treatment.