Kink Competent

You should never feel anxious about telling your therapist about what you're into, which is why it is important to find someone who won't make a big deal out of floggers, cuffs, and collars. While therapy isn't always focused on these things, having a therapist you can be open with is crucial. 

As a sex positive and kink competent clinician (with specialized training and lived experience), I will not judge what you and other consenting adults do, nor turn it into something to be psychoanalyzed. I want to be there to help you celebrate the joys and process the difficulties that come with it, because not only do I understand it, but I have been there.

I follow the best practices put out by the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Working with People with Kink Interests.

I am a proud member of sex positive organizations American Association of Sexuality, Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and National Coalition For Sexual Freedom.

I have advanced training in sexual health and therapy through the Ohio Center for Relationship & Sexual Health. 

See for yourself the difference of a sex positive and kink competent clinician, schedule a complimentary video call and lets chat about what you need

I recognize impact of stigma and oppression...

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My partner, myself, and some of my amazing team at Midwest Furfest

I know first hand how hard it is to find a therapist "who gets it". I want my clients to know that I am understanding and knowledgeable about things they love that other folks don't seem to understand.

I recognize the issues that arise due to stigma and oppressive narratives. I have personal experiences in being heavily involved with the furry community, which has helped in shaping me to become a more open and competent therapist in understanding issues of stigma and oppression on marginalized communities. 

 

I view therapy as a change agent, not just within relationship, but politically. I take a humanistic approach to my practice, where I confront things like racism and stigma head on in my work. I know that these issues can create feelings of disconnection between yourself and those you love. I know it can impact your relationship, it can impact your sex life, it can impact your self expression, which is why I bring it into the room and talk about it directly.

Many therapist programs are "hetero-normative and monogamous", which is why I advocate for further education of clinicians. I have presented at multiple conferences and taught on the topics of kink, furry, and LGBT+  These allow the chance for therapists to expand their comfort level and gain knowledge so they can better serve kinky, poly, and furry folks. Additionally, I host panels at various furry conventions on topics like mental health, finding a therapist, and furry psychology.