Sex-Positive, Kink Allied Therapists in Santa Cruz, CA

See all therapists in Santa Cruz
Photo of Dean Khambatta, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA
Dean Khambatta
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I am a sex positive and kink aware therapist.
I value connection, collaboration, social justice, and anti-racism. I strive to give my clients a safe, non-judgmental place to be themselves and to achieve their goals. My approach to therapy is person-centered, gender-affirming, strength based, and trauma informed. I understand the importance of an intersectional multicultural approach that incorporates race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, class, and individual experiences. I firmly believe that you are the experts of your own experiences and that my role is to guide and support you through the therapeutic process.
(831) 257-1801 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
Photo of Melissa Fritchle, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA
Melissa Fritchle
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I am a sex positive therapist with a background in working with trauma and body image issues.
If I were to pick one theme that runs through my therapy work, it would have to be Empowerment. I believe completely in people's abilities to change their own lives. In whatever age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or culture we feel we belong to; we have the power to decide how to respond, perceive, define, believe, and present ourselves to others. I feel my role as a therapist is to ask questions, be curious and draw out the power of each person's own spiritual, emotional, and relational authority over their own lives.
(831) 419-6156 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Not accepting new clients
Photo of Sylvie Stein, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA
Sylvie Stein
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
My work is neurodiversity affirming, queer and LGTBQIA+ affirming, and sex, kink , and poly-positive.
Hi there! My name's Sylvie and my pronouns are she/her and they/them. As a therapist, I am tender with people, tough on systems, and committed to our collective liberation. I've been a mental health worker for over six years in schools, at a crisis center, and as a family therapist. I'm particularly experienced in and passionate about working with trauma in its many forms, and partnering with you to transform harm into what serves you, your beloved relationships, and the world you want to see. I offer individual counseling with youth and adults and relationship counseling with loved ones of all kinds.
(408) 766-2985 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
Photo of Liz Vines, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Santa Cruz, CA
Liz Vines
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
As an LGBTQIA+ allied clinician, I am kink /poly friendly and feel passionate about helping people thrive in their preferred lifestyle.
Do you feel like you are “too sensitive for the world around you?” Are you fine one moment and then overwhelmed with emotions the next? Maybe you’re in a “good” relationship, but can’t stop wondering whether it’s right for you. It can feel scary and lonely when it seems like your life is going well on the surface, but underneath there is a different reality. Many of my clients live with trauma, anxiety, extreme stress levels, and depression. They manage to expertly float through life finding “success” while feeling empty and depleted. The good news is that the skills that have helped you come this far are already in place.
(949) 749-7169 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
Photo of Dominique Oster, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Santa Cruz, CA
Dominique Oster
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Therapy isn’t just for those in crisis, and things do not have to be bad to get better. As a sex & relationship therapist, I know that we all contain multitudes! You are allowed to be grateful for your life AND want more! More Connection. Pleasure. Joy. Your desires are valid and undeserving of shame or judgment. I believe that our bodies have wisdom beyond what our minds may acknowledge, and unlocking the ways our deepest selves have learned to store/apply our legacies of trauma, indoctrination, and shame can open the gates to experiencing pleasure and wholeness in the present. I am unreservedly kink , queer, SW & BIPOC affirming.
(831) 298-8593 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
Photo of Sienna Forest, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Santa Cruz, CA
Sienna Forest
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
I believe that every person carries the potential to heal and grow from the challenges of life. We are all experts in our own lives, and my job as therapist is to help guide and support you on your path towards reconciling past and present in order to create a better future. As human beings, we exist within the framework of our culture, community, and identity. Healing blossoms from connection, collaboration, compassion, and the courage to explore our innermost selves. I offer walk-and-talk therapy for clients in Santa Cruz alongside teletherapy. I love working with adolescents, young adults, couples, and polycules.
(831) 217-3791 
View
Office is near:
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
Photo of Kristen M. VanKlootwyk, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Santa Cruz, CA
Kristen M. VanKlootwyk
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Traditional and CNM partnerships, kink , queer and LBTQIA+ inclusive and sex positive .
If you are suffering in your relationship, or if you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, therapy can provide immediate relief so that you can move beyond simply getting by. Being truly heard or offered tools to make change are available to you in therapy. Busy working professionals, students, new parents, the newly retired, of all genders and orientations are welcome in my practice. I can offer you a safe place to be witnessed, rest, restore and heal. Contact me for a free 20 minute session today.
(510) 660-0689 
View
Office is near:
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers online therapy
Photo of Hannah Joy Tamezoujt, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Santa Cruz, CA
Hannah Joy Tamezoujt
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
I celebrate clients of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as gender identities and sexual orientations, and am kink and nonmonogamy positive. I work within a liberatory, decolonial lens which takes into account not only how our early relational experiences shape us, but how the cultural and economic environments we inhabit influence us as well. If you are coming to therapy as a couple or family I will support you in paying attention to the nonverbal behaviors that may be contributing to painful dynamics of disconnection.
(831) 208-3278 
View
Hosts group in:
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
Photo of Anica Leon-Weil, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA
Anica Leon-Weil
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Welcome! I’m glad you’re here and appreciate that you’ve taken the first step towards finding support. I believe we all have the capacity to experience satisfaction, fulfillment, and joy in our lives by exploring the barriers to these things, learning new ways of self understanding, and developing coping skills for the challenges we face. I use a holistic and varied approach drawing from many modalities including CBT, Mindfulness, Solution Focused, Attachment Theory, and many more, along with a backdrop of trauma focused, racial and social justice informed, compassionate, and self determination based care.
(831) 400-5293 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
Photo of Lisa Navarra, Pre-Licensed Professional in Santa Cruz, CA
Lisa Navarra
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified
**PLEASE READ: PRIVATE PAY only and no insurances or superbills. Sliding scale waitlist for gender diverse folx** Hi there, I'm Lisa - my pronouns are they/them. I believe you have everything you need inside of you; I support you seeing this. I'm a coach and therapist. I've been a mental health worker for over six years in adult residential center, school-based, and community-based, as a behavior coach, and individual/family therapist. My approach is warm, direct, strengths- and mindfulness-based. I work primarily with teens and young adults, which may also include family. My work is neurodiversity affirming and LGTBQIA+ affirming.
(831) 273-2952 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
Photo of Lisa Marie Howe, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA
Lisa Marie Howe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Do you feel like there must be more to life? Do you feel stuck, frustrated, detached, or uninspired? Work, caregiving, or other life stressors have you feeling burnout? Somehow, despite the persistent demands on you and your time, you feel bored. You feel drained and exhausted but can’t sleep. You are working so hard but feel increasingly cynical about the impact of your efforts. Maybe you can identify the kinds of things you'd like to do, that next professional step you’d like to take or that healthy habit you know will make you feel better, but are having trouble acting on those desires.
(831) 661-9336 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers online therapy
Photo of Kevin M Weiland, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA
Kevin M Weiland
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Suffering comes in many forms. It is personal and intimate and often times overwhelming and sometimes debilitating. But you don’t have to face it alone. Many people have sought my help for feelings of anxiety, stress, overwhelm, and an out of balance work-life; others, for unresolved trauma , PTSD, and other stress-related disorders which keep people trapped in disregulated states of being; still others because they were unhappy with their life and the spark of their passion was dim.
(650) 864-8920 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers online therapy
Photo of Cas Chamberlain, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Santa Cruz, CA
Cas Chamberlain
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified
My specialty is supporting humans on their path of awakening. This includes integrating expanded states of consciousness (psychedelic experiences, spiritual awakenings) and deprogramming from societal conditioning that doesn't work for them. Often included in this is integrating aspects of self which tend to be marginalized, such as sexuality or alternative lifestyles. My clients are often free-thinkers, seekers, passionate and sensitive souls, trying to find balance. Individuals & Couples.
(831) 273-9647 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
Photo of Erin Liana Johnson, Counselor in Santa Cruz, CA
Erin Liana Johnson
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
Do your sensitivities to the world and relationships sometimes feel like more of a burden than a blessing? Do you want to get into better relationship with yourself and your body? Maybe you are experiencing a difficult life transition or wrestling with pain, fear, or despair at the state of your life or the world. Perhaps you want to explore parts of yourself that have previously been held silent by anxieties or conditioning. If so, I would be a great fit for you!
(831) 215-4138 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
Photo of Teresa Locascio, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA
Teresa Locascio
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
In a fast-paced world full of distractions, it's easy to become overwhelmed and run-down. When this happens, it's important to slow down and take care of yourself. Mental and emotional health is just as important as physical, and therapy can be a way for you to learn tools to regain stability and overcome obstacles you may be facing. People sometimes find themselves uncertain about starting therapy. My goal as your therapist is to create a safe space where you feel supported and heard as we work together to navigate challenges that come your way.
(831) 278-4802 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers online therapy
Photo of Lisa Black, Psychologist in Santa Cruz, CA
Lisa Black
Psychologist, PsyD, BCN, BCB
Verified
Dr. Black specializes in trauma, TBI/concussion, insomnia/sleep issues, anxiety, depression, and coping with chronic illness. The therapies Dr. Black specializes in are neurofeedback, biofeedback, ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), existential therapy, motivational interviewing (MI), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT),and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I).
(858) 205-6896 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Not accepting new clients
Photo of Bridgette Payne, Pre-Licensed Professional in Santa Cruz, CA
Bridgette Payne
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, ASW
Verified
Are you having a hard time communicating with your loved ones? Or yourself? As a therapist specializing in relationships, I offer compassionate support to couples, families, and individuals wanting more connection. I can help you get to the heart of what matters quickly and leave you with concrete communication skills to keep your relationships strong long after therapy ends.
(831) 264-0659 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
Photo of Michael Ryan Guichet, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA
Michael Ryan Guichet
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Marriage and relationships are challenging and it is even harder to ask for what you want. Often people believe they are broken or their desires are shameful and I work to create change and facilitate communication. As a licensed psychotherapist, specializing in sex therapy, I work to help individuals, partners, and couples to connect. It is my passion to heal shame, have the hard talks, and facilitate communication. Personally, I know the challenges of maintaining the passion in a long term relationship and I don't believe it is normal to give up on intimacy.
(831) 346-1251 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
Photo of J. Sarah MacEwan, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA
J. Sarah MacEwan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Bring me your grief, your sadness, your anxiety and your overwhelm. Bring me your wounded parts, and let's hold them close. Together. Your soul is ready to heal. Too many of us are suffering in isolation, with complex challenges and big feelings that we were never meant to carry on our own. But once we have a place where we feel seen, heard and held without judgment, we naturally begin to heal. Allow me to be that place for you. I love supporting people with grief and loss, life transitions, anxiety, depression, trauma, and issues around self-worth and self-esteem. I am so glad you found me.
(831) 888-1750 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers online therapy
Photo of Dayna Lea, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA
Dayna Lea
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
There's nothing hurt that can't be healed and there's nothing broken that can't be fixed. With insight, compassion and humor, I will support you on your journey towards right relationship with yourself and others. I am comfortable sitting with people who are having a challenging time and will create a safe space for us to move together towards deep healing and change. I invite a co-creative experience where together we hold the vision of your highest good and best possible life.
(831) 667-5108 
View
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers online therapy


See more therapy options for Santa Cruz

Sex-Positive, Kink Allied Therapists
Sex-positive counseling in Santa Cruz for sex-positive clients

If you are sex-positive or are looking for help with being sex-positive in Santa Cruz or for a Santa Cruz sex-positive therapist, these professionals provide kink allied therapy in Santa Cruz and counseling for sex-positive clients.