Sex Therapists in Happy Valley, OR

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Dr. Jessica Moran
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PhD
Verified Verified
Happy Valley, OR 97015
Waitlist for new clients
I am a certified sex therapist that focus on sexual satisfaction for adults and couples.
You are successful. Others often make comments about how "perfect your life is" because from the outside they see someone with a perfect marriage, great kids, and a wonderful job. But on the inside you feel anything but perfect. You are struggling to keep your head above water, you haven't felt connected to your spouse in months, sex has disappeared and you no longer have the energy to even try to initiate intimacy. You're frustrated with most or all areas of your life and feel like you have no one to turn to that will understand.
I am a certified sex therapist that focus on sexual satisfaction for adults and couples.
You are successful. Others often make comments about how "perfect your life is" because from the outside they see someone with a perfect marriage, great kids, and a wonderful job. But on the inside you feel anything but perfect. You are struggling to keep your head above water, you haven't felt connected to your spouse in months, sex has disappeared and you no longer have the energy to even try to initiate intimacy. You're frustrated with most or all areas of your life and feel like you have no one to turn to that will understand.
(971) 351-0738 View (971) 351-0738
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Dr. M J Rose
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, ACS
Verified Verified
Happy Valley, OR 97086
I work with clients who are motivated to be well and who will invest in the belief that they can utilize what they learn in counseling to improve their lives. As a counselor educator who has had a clinical practice for 20 years, I offer the most current evidence-based treatment for clients with a variety of issues, but love working with couples most. Growing together is difficult in the best of circumstances, but when there is illness, infidelity, financial issues, struggles with parenting, or sexual difficulties, staying together can be tough. I can help!
I work with clients who are motivated to be well and who will invest in the belief that they can utilize what they learn in counseling to improve their lives. As a counselor educator who has had a clinical practice for 20 years, I offer the most current evidence-based treatment for clients with a variety of issues, but love working with couples most. Growing together is difficult in the best of circumstances, but when there is illness, infidelity, financial issues, struggles with parenting, or sexual difficulties, staying together can be tough. I can help!
(503) 406-4911 View (503) 406-4911
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Tim Ludeman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Happy Valley, OR 97086
You thought that you were going to have a great marriage, but so far that hasn't been working out. You hate the idea of divorce, but also hate the idea of coming home from work and having a big fight, so maybe you just avoid each other in order to keep the peace. You've perfected how to go through the motions with your friends and family, but behind closed doors, the two of you can hardly look each other in the eye. Or maybe you are struggling with a job you don't like, being too busy and stressed out all the time, or feeling stuck in a life you know should be better. You were created to live a dynamic life, and this isn't it.
You thought that you were going to have a great marriage, but so far that hasn't been working out. You hate the idea of divorce, but also hate the idea of coming home from work and having a big fight, so maybe you just avoid each other in order to keep the peace. You've perfected how to go through the motions with your friends and family, but behind closed doors, the two of you can hardly look each other in the eye. Or maybe you are struggling with a job you don't like, being too busy and stressed out all the time, or feeling stuck in a life you know should be better. You were created to live a dynamic life, and this isn't it.
(503) 406-4221 View (503) 406-4221
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Peter Gold Phd
Counselor, PhD, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Happy Valley, OR 97086  (Online Only)
People come to me usually for one of two reasons: (1) things are going well but they want to grow and evolve, (2) things are hard because of a past traumatic experience or a current situation, and healing and change is needed. Symptoms often include anxiety, depression, issues related to trauma, anger, grief and relationship issues. I work from a depth psychological perspective which means that I address the cause of symptoms as much as the symptoms themselves.
People come to me usually for one of two reasons: (1) things are going well but they want to grow and evolve, (2) things are hard because of a past traumatic experience or a current situation, and healing and change is needed. Symptoms often include anxiety, depression, issues related to trauma, anger, grief and relationship issues. I work from a depth psychological perspective which means that I address the cause of symptoms as much as the symptoms themselves.
(360) 564-0694 View (360) 564-0694
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Gina Worley Individual And Couples Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Happy Valley, OR 97015
Waitlist for new clients
Have you been feeling stuck in your relationships or old memories and experiences you thought you were over? Anxiety, depression and feeling overwhelmed can keep us from being present in our everyday lives. How about communication with those you are close to? Do you avoid hot topics for fear it will lead to another fight? Has infidelity created painful wounds? These are common issues that many people struggle with and yet there are solutions to these difficulties even if you have had the same argument for 30 years. Let me help you navigate a new way with your partner, your family, your co-workers.
Have you been feeling stuck in your relationships or old memories and experiences you thought you were over? Anxiety, depression and feeling overwhelmed can keep us from being present in our everyday lives. How about communication with those you are close to? Do you avoid hot topics for fear it will lead to another fight? Has infidelity created painful wounds? These are common issues that many people struggle with and yet there are solutions to these difficulties even if you have had the same argument for 30 years. Let me help you navigate a new way with your partner, your family, your co-workers.
(503) 343-9346 View (503) 343-9346

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Anissa Bahrenburg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
I am enrolled in an advanced certification program for Relationship and Sex Therapy at the Modern Sex Therapy Institute.
Hi, I'm Anissa, I'm a therapist and the founder of Carnelian Counseling, LLC. I'm excited to explore the work that we can do together. I am fortunate to do work that I love. Therapy is one of the greatest gifts that you can give yourself. It is an investment of time, money and most of all ENERGY in yourself. You are worth it and you can do the work! I offer Sex & Relationship Therapy as well as Clinical Supervision. I work from a trauma informed and strengths based perspective. I believe that you are resilient, strong and wise. I am present-focused and have a collaborative and direct approach.
I am enrolled in an advanced certification program for Relationship and Sex Therapy at the Modern Sex Therapy Institute.
Hi, I'm Anissa, I'm a therapist and the founder of Carnelian Counseling, LLC. I'm excited to explore the work that we can do together. I am fortunate to do work that I love. Therapy is one of the greatest gifts that you can give yourself. It is an investment of time, money and most of all ENERGY in yourself. You are worth it and you can do the work! I offer Sex & Relationship Therapy as well as Clinical Supervision. I work from a trauma informed and strengths based perspective. I believe that you are resilient, strong and wise. I am present-focused and have a collaborative and direct approach.
(503) 568-1201 View (503) 568-1201
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Kiki Carlstrom
LPC Intern, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Linn, OR 97068  (Online Only)
Topics I explore with clients: processing all types of trauma, sex & sexuality (pleasure, barriers, sexual shame, non-monogamy, desires, & so much more!), exploring racial identity & supporting BIPOC, creating healthy relationship dynamics, healing childhood wounds, body autonomy, religious wounds, ancestral wisdom, anxiety, depression, & navigating stress.
Lasting healing is a subtle & gradual process, & thankfully we don't have to do it alone. In supporting your healing journey, my desire is to see you move from constriction (pain/trauma/symptoms) into expansion (pleasure/liberation/alignment with self). I believe we do this by: recognizing the barriers in our lives, finding the ways in which trauma has been stuck & stored within the body, & gently moving through stagnant pain/symptoms by establishing safety & recalibrating the nervous system together. Therapy is a beautiful co-creative process where we get to support the life you envision; one that honors your most sacred self!
Topics I explore with clients: processing all types of trauma, sex & sexuality (pleasure, barriers, sexual shame, non-monogamy, desires, & so much more!), exploring racial identity & supporting BIPOC, creating healthy relationship dynamics, healing childhood wounds, body autonomy, religious wounds, ancestral wisdom, anxiety, depression, & navigating stress.
Lasting healing is a subtle & gradual process, & thankfully we don't have to do it alone. In supporting your healing journey, my desire is to see you move from constriction (pain/trauma/symptoms) into expansion (pleasure/liberation/alignment with self). I believe we do this by: recognizing the barriers in our lives, finding the ways in which trauma has been stuck & stored within the body, & gently moving through stagnant pain/symptoms by establishing safety & recalibrating the nervous system together. Therapy is a beautiful co-creative process where we get to support the life you envision; one that honors your most sacred self!
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Leah Haas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
With 15 years of experience in the field of sexuality education and a passion for sex therapy, I specialize in supporting clients address intimacy, desire, healthy relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual trauma, kinks and any other sexuality related topics.
My approach to therapy is collaborative, creative, and compassionate. My goal is to create a safe and warm space, so each client feels comfortable sharing what's on their mind and in their heart. This may include diving into trauma, grief, and other challenging life experiences that prevent a person from feeling at peace and operating at their highest potential. The philosophy that guides my work is that everyone has the inner wisdom needed to thrive. My role is to help clients access this inner wisdom so they can heal, grow and live the fulfilling life they are seeking.
With 15 years of experience in the field of sexuality education and a passion for sex therapy, I specialize in supporting clients address intimacy, desire, healthy relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual trauma, kinks and any other sexuality related topics.
My approach to therapy is collaborative, creative, and compassionate. My goal is to create a safe and warm space, so each client feels comfortable sharing what's on their mind and in their heart. This may include diving into trauma, grief, and other challenging life experiences that prevent a person from feeling at peace and operating at their highest potential. The philosophy that guides my work is that everyone has the inner wisdom needed to thrive. My role is to help clients access this inner wisdom so they can heal, grow and live the fulfilling life they are seeking.
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Melinda Arnold
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CST, NCC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97219
(Now providing supervision for associate counselors) I work with individuals and couples looking for help overcoming trauma, sexual abuse, sexual dysfunction, anxiety, relational distress and life transitions. We can start with a free phone consult to ensure that I am a good fit. I am also happy to help connect you to another therapist if we determine there is a better fit for you. I earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Multnomah University in 2012 and have achieved a certification as a sex therapist since. It is my privilege to share in the stories of my clients and do my best to guide them to a place of healing.
(Now providing supervision for associate counselors) I work with individuals and couples looking for help overcoming trauma, sexual abuse, sexual dysfunction, anxiety, relational distress and life transitions. We can start with a free phone consult to ensure that I am a good fit. I am also happy to help connect you to another therapist if we determine there is a better fit for you. I earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Multnomah University in 2012 and have achieved a certification as a sex therapist since. It is my privilege to share in the stories of my clients and do my best to guide them to a place of healing.
(503) 406-8848 View (503) 406-8848
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Marriage and Relationship Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, MA, MBA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
I have completed both Masters and PhD Level training in Relationship and Sex Counseling and Post-Doctoral training with Drs.
Hello, my name is Steven Cohn. Since the onset of Covid 19 I am currently conducting all of my couples sessions via teleconferencing. I meet with couples who live anywhere in Oregon, including Bend, Eugene, and Ashland. My clients are reporting that our online sessions feel just as meaningful and productive as our in-office sessions. If love, intimacy, and passion has faded from your relationship, then I'm here to help. Poor communications, financial problems, low sexual desire, blending a family, child rearing, an affair, in-laws, and/or health concerns can slowly erode relationship vitality in even the most loving unions.
I have completed both Masters and PhD Level training in Relationship and Sex Counseling and Post-Doctoral training with Drs.
Hello, my name is Steven Cohn. Since the onset of Covid 19 I am currently conducting all of my couples sessions via teleconferencing. I meet with couples who live anywhere in Oregon, including Bend, Eugene, and Ashland. My clients are reporting that our online sessions feel just as meaningful and productive as our in-office sessions. If love, intimacy, and passion has faded from your relationship, then I'm here to help. Poor communications, financial problems, low sexual desire, blending a family, child rearing, an affair, in-laws, and/or health concerns can slowly erode relationship vitality in even the most loving unions.
(503) 610-5372 View (503) 610-5372
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Diana Groener
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Note: Please don't use the phone number provided by Psychology Today, I never get those messages. Email me instead or call 503-626-6226 ext 104 to leave a private voicemail. These last few years have been hard on everyone, changing relationships, priorities, and perspectives. I am honored to be your guide to building greater connection and meaning in your life. I work with individuals and couples on issues of sexuality, intimacy, and emotional expression. I also work with issues of vicarious trauma and burnout. I can help you reduce the conflict and stress in your life, developing greater resilience in the process.
Note: Please don't use the phone number provided by Psychology Today, I never get those messages. Email me instead or call 503-626-6226 ext 104 to leave a private voicemail. These last few years have been hard on everyone, changing relationships, priorities, and perspectives. I am honored to be your guide to building greater connection and meaning in your life. I work with individuals and couples on issues of sexuality, intimacy, and emotional expression. I also work with issues of vicarious trauma and burnout. I can help you reduce the conflict and stress in your life, developing greater resilience in the process.
(971) 273-5187 View (971) 273-5187
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Jennifer M Besst
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
I offer both traditional general therapy and sex therapy, with a current focus in my practice on treating sexual pain disorders (such as dyspareunia and vaginismus), anxiety about sex, coping with low desire in self or partnership, building sexual & relationship security and confidence, and coping with stress brought on by relationship difficulties including: finding a dating partner, moving in together, managing conflict, balancing household responsibilities fairly, break-ups/divorce, and exploring an open-relationship. Please navigate to my website if you'd like to learn more about my therapeutic style and background.
I offer both traditional general therapy and sex therapy, with a current focus in my practice on treating sexual pain disorders (such as dyspareunia and vaginismus), anxiety about sex, coping with low desire in self or partnership, building sexual & relationship security and confidence, and coping with stress brought on by relationship difficulties including: finding a dating partner, moving in together, managing conflict, balancing household responsibilities fairly, break-ups/divorce, and exploring an open-relationship. Please navigate to my website if you'd like to learn more about my therapeutic style and background.
(503) 444-8808 View (503) 444-8808
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Madeline Ball
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MFTA
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
I specialize in sex therapy and helping people figure out where sex fits into their lives.
Are you an individual or couple looking for more fulfillment? I specialize in working with relationships to create change. Monogamous, poly, or open my desire is to work towards your common goals to create lasting change. I love working with couples developing healthy sexualities, LGBTQIA+ individuals developing their sexual and gender expression, and people on the journey of healing. I use a person-centered approach, with a whole lot of fun and humor, to authentically provide a space for a collaborative, non-judgmental relationship. Creating mindful awareness into your lived experience we gently address patterns and build insight.
I specialize in sex therapy and helping people figure out where sex fits into their lives.
Are you an individual or couple looking for more fulfillment? I specialize in working with relationships to create change. Monogamous, poly, or open my desire is to work towards your common goals to create lasting change. I love working with couples developing healthy sexualities, LGBTQIA+ individuals developing their sexual and gender expression, and people on the journey of healing. I use a person-centered approach, with a whole lot of fun and humor, to authentically provide a space for a collaborative, non-judgmental relationship. Creating mindful awareness into your lived experience we gently address patterns and build insight.
(971) 217-9162 View (971) 217-9162
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Deborah A Johanson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Linn, OR 97068
Limited Openings: My passion has always been to work with people; and I love what I do! By the time a person/couple comes to me, she/he is usually experiencing discomfort, has run out of ideas, and needs help. My favorite client is the one who recognizes this need and has the desire to make change happen. It takes courage to risk involving an unknown person in such an intimate process; and it takes courage to change. I have 25 years experience helping clients with concerns including sex and intimacy, relationship needs, transitional change, personal growth, behavioral difficulties, mood disorders, grief, and others.
Limited Openings: My passion has always been to work with people; and I love what I do! By the time a person/couple comes to me, she/he is usually experiencing discomfort, has run out of ideas, and needs help. My favorite client is the one who recognizes this need and has the desire to make change happen. It takes courage to risk involving an unknown person in such an intimate process; and it takes courage to change. I have 25 years experience helping clients with concerns including sex and intimacy, relationship needs, transitional change, personal growth, behavioral difficulties, mood disorders, grief, and others.
(503) 966-3912 View (503) 966-3912
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Holly Richmond
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97225
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, and hold a PhD in Somatic Psychology (body psychology). This unique combination of credentials facilitates a focus on clients' cognitive process as well as mind-body health. I work with a diverse client base including women, men, couples and gender-diverse individuals on relationship and sexuality issues. My treatment specialties include: recovery of sexual health after sexual trauma, sexless marriages/relationships, compulsive sexuality (often called "addiction") and non-traditional sexual expression including fetishes and redefining monogamy.
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, and hold a PhD in Somatic Psychology (body psychology). This unique combination of credentials facilitates a focus on clients' cognitive process as well as mind-body health. I work with a diverse client base including women, men, couples and gender-diverse individuals on relationship and sexuality issues. My treatment specialties include: recovery of sexual health after sexual trauma, sexless marriages/relationships, compulsive sexuality (often called "addiction") and non-traditional sexual expression including fetishes and redefining monogamy.
(424) 255-3638 View (424) 255-3638
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Haley Wilson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MCOUN, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97086
Waitlist for new clients
Sex. Intimacy. Pleasure. — These topics feel intimidating and vulnerable to talk about. You’ve googled how to have better sex. You are feeling discouraged about your sex life and wondering if there's more to explore. Maybe you can’t even think about sex without feeling uncomfortable, much less talk about it. You want to feel confident in yourself, reconnect with your partner, and heal from the past. You think you are ready to open up, get curious about yourself, and tell your story. Now what? Let's see if we are a good fit!
Sex. Intimacy. Pleasure. — These topics feel intimidating and vulnerable to talk about. You’ve googled how to have better sex. You are feeling discouraged about your sex life and wondering if there's more to explore. Maybe you can’t even think about sex without feeling uncomfortable, much less talk about it. You want to feel confident in yourself, reconnect with your partner, and heal from the past. You think you are ready to open up, get curious about yourself, and tell your story. Now what? Let's see if we are a good fit!
(458) 203-1531 View (458) 203-1531
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Dr. Tom Murray. Your Sex And Relationship Therapist.
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97209  (Online Only)
With my brief-oriented approach, backed by the science of what works in sex therapy and couples counseling, you'll gain clarity, break old patterns, tackle mind-chatter, and experience satisfying sex and intimacy.
Should I stay or should I go? A huge question that's weighed on you. It keeps you up at night, stressing you out. Life would be so much easier if your relationship wasn't so hard. You wish you could communicate better; feel understood. But, damn, your shit and their shit get in the way. Not to mention the pressures of career, aging parents, or demanding children. It all gets thrown in the mix, leaving you exhausted, distracted, and disenchanted by the status quo. You want things to change (better sex, intimacy, connection); you're finally ready to take charge of your life in a new and meaningful way. You've come to the right place!
With my brief-oriented approach, backed by the science of what works in sex therapy and couples counseling, you'll gain clarity, break old patterns, tackle mind-chatter, and experience satisfying sex and intimacy.
Should I stay or should I go? A huge question that's weighed on you. It keeps you up at night, stressing you out. Life would be so much easier if your relationship wasn't so hard. You wish you could communicate better; feel understood. But, damn, your shit and their shit get in the way. Not to mention the pressures of career, aging parents, or demanding children. It all gets thrown in the mix, leaving you exhausted, distracted, and disenchanted by the status quo. You want things to change (better sex, intimacy, connection); you're finally ready to take charge of your life in a new and meaningful way. You've come to the right place!
(971) 273-5215 View (971) 273-5215
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Joshua Bytendorp
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97266  (Online Only)
As a queer neurodivergent (autism/ADHD) sex therapist, I provide a unique experience for my clients to be able to work through issues around sex, sexuality, trauma, religious trauma, gender dysphoria and other mental health issues. I provide a safe nonjudgmental place for those who identify as queer, neurodivergent, kinky, ENM who wants a therapist who has extensive training and understanding of the issues that you face and deal with.
As a queer neurodivergent (autism/ADHD) sex therapist, I provide a unique experience for my clients to be able to work through issues around sex, sexuality, trauma, religious trauma, gender dysphoria and other mental health issues. I provide a safe nonjudgmental place for those who identify as queer, neurodivergent, kinky, ENM who wants a therapist who has extensive training and understanding of the issues that you face and deal with.
(503) 400-3683 View (503) 400-3683
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The Center for Couple's & Sex Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPC, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232  (Online Only)
Our therapists are highly specialized, compassionate, and dedicated to helping you create more pleasure and connection in your life. We believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality, specialized therapeutic care. The Center stands with and supports LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Latinx, AAPI, Immigrant and Native communities. We are gender and trans-affirming, anti-racist, and open to supporting folks in monogamous and non-mongamous relationships of any kind. We pride ourselves on providing sex positive therapy to all individuals in our community.
Our therapists are highly specialized, compassionate, and dedicated to helping you create more pleasure and connection in your life. We believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality, specialized therapeutic care. The Center stands with and supports LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Latinx, AAPI, Immigrant and Native communities. We are gender and trans-affirming, anti-racist, and open to supporting folks in monogamous and non-mongamous relationships of any kind. We pride ourselves on providing sex positive therapy to all individuals in our community.
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Heidi Swartzmiller
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214
I have a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy from Lewis and Clark with a focus on International Families and Sex Therapy.
Welcome! I enjoy working with individuals and couples, and walking alongside them in their healing. I believe therapy is a collaborative experience between the family and therapist, that each client has the resiliency and resources they need already within, and that it is our job to uncover them. My work with clients considers biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors. I specialize in working with clients who are experiencing relational distress, sex concerns, infertility/pregnancy issues, transracial/transnational family dynamics, processing trauma, religion and spirituality, body-image concerns, or low self esteem.
I have a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy from Lewis and Clark with a focus on International Families and Sex Therapy.
Welcome! I enjoy working with individuals and couples, and walking alongside them in their healing. I believe therapy is a collaborative experience between the family and therapist, that each client has the resiliency and resources they need already within, and that it is our job to uncover them. My work with clients considers biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors. I specialize in working with clients who are experiencing relational distress, sex concerns, infertility/pregnancy issues, transracial/transnational family dynamics, processing trauma, religion and spirituality, body-image concerns, or low self esteem.
(503) 966-8786 View (503) 966-8786

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Sex Therapy

Who is sex therapy for?

Sex problems are common in relationships. Many people want a better sex life and want to feel loved and desired by their partner. It is difficult for couples to resolve sexual problems on their own because people often feel ashamed to talk about their sexual desires fearing they are not normal, when in fact a very broad range of preferences and behaviors are normal. A sex therapist can help clarify this and other matters.

Why do people need sex therapy?

Many people do not know how to talk about their erotic needs or their emotional needs, both of which are addressed in sex therapy. Couples often live with sexual difficulties for years before seeking help, and in that time, partners may experience so much disappointment and alienation that they may fear their problems mean they are incompatible. Once people experience disappointment, it is difficult to find resolution without help.

What happens in sex therapy?

People have many misconceptions about what takes place in sex therapy. First, it is a form of talk therapy in which partners discuss their sexual concerns; it does not involve touching or physical exploration of any kind. Sex therapy typically helps couples get comfortable talking to each other about sex so that, in the privacy of their home life, they can openly discuss their sexual desires and make decisions about what they want to do. Couples are typically assigned activities to do at home that build intimacy skills.

What kinds of problems do sex therapists treat?

Very often, partners differ in their degree of sexual desire and struggle over how often to have sex. Or they may have fights about porn use or have difficulty connecting sexually after one partner is unfaithful. Men may have problems with premature ejaculation. Women may find themselves struggling to become aroused or to achieve an orgasm. Sometimes partners feel like they have lost the sense of attraction to their partner. These are all common issues dealt with in sex therapy.