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What can a sex-positive, kink allied therapist help with?

A sex-positive, kink allied therapist may be attuned to the social, mental, biological, and culturally sensitive aspects of a client’s experiences. Individuals with a wide range of challenges and concerns may find it easier to discuss their lives and emotions in a space they feel is safe and non-judgmental, exploring and understanding their sexual identity, navigating consensual non-monogamy, feelings of shame, power dynamics in relationships, healthy communication, self-acceptance, anxiety, and depression.

Why would an individual seek a sex-positive, kink allied therapist?

When clients open up about their sexual identities, they may be at their most vulnerable. A sex-positive, kink allied therapist may help them feel heard and seen, and connect with them in a safe and judgment-free atmosphere. Such a familiarity may eliminate some extra time spent explaining the basics of an individual’s relationship(s), kink identity, or sexual identity with the provider. Clients may find a greater understanding, valuing, and honoring of their challenges with a sex-positive, kink allied therapist, and work together in an identity-affirming way.

Which therapy types are most suitable for sex-positive, kink allied therapy?

The type of therapy most useful for individuals seeking sex-positive, kink allied therapy will depend on the specific questions and topics that person seeks help for. Some popular treatments in this domain include trauma-informed care; attachment-based therapy, which analyzes relationships early in life and adverse childhood experiences; culturally sensitive approaches, in which the approach to therapy based on the client’s specific background; and mindfulness-based behavioral therapy, which can help an individual maintain focus and control over their thoughts.

What should someone look for in a sex-positive kink allied therapist?

As with any therapist, an individual should inquire about the clinician’s education, licensing, and experience in treating others who share their background. A client should feel safe with the therapist, and that their autonomy and identity are honored. Clients may look for a practitioner who respects the use of preferred pronouns, avoids heteronormative language, and is committed to non-pathologizing approaches. Clients should feel comfortable talking about personal thoughts, feelings and experiences.