Sexual expression is a dynamic, deeply personal, and unique aspect of our identities. Understanding how we share love, experience intimacy, and connect with ourselves and others is a joyous and vulnerable journey worth taking. Whether you are seeking therapy individually or for your relationship, seeing a therapist that is knowledgeable about kink, ethical non-monogamy, and non-traditional sexual expression is important. I have received my Kink Informed Certification from the Sexual Health Alliance and am dedicated to constantly staying up to date on this topic.
The mental health field has a history of pathologizing and judging sexual relationships and behaviors that lie outside of what society deems acceptable, and many people involved in kink have reported that they worry about this attitude showing up in their therapy space. This is understandable! It is impossible to make progress when you do not feel safe and understood. One of the things I am deeply passionate about as a therapist is offering my kinky and kinky-curious clients mental health services that are well informed and welcoming of their individuality and lifestyle.
If kink is central to the reason you are seeking therapy or you just need a therapist that is informed and non-judgemental, I aim to provide support that depathologizes kink and is focused on your goals.
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) is a sex-positive advocacy and educational organization. They aim to provide education around alternative sexual lifestyles and expression and advocate for non-discrimination of consenting adults involved in the associated communities.
Midori hosts sex educators, therapists and community members to discuss consent and kink. She does an excellent job sharing discussing different aspects of consent, how communication can affect and enhance our relationships, and how consent builds more resilient communities and organizations.
Playing Well with Others gives an introductory guide to navigating the community aspect of kink.Topics covered include examining your own motivations, needs, wants and desires, joining established communities, planning play and aftercare, and thriving in your relationships as you explore new territory.