Sexuality is a major area of the human self. In relationships, managing erotic & sexual differences often define primary partner narratives.
Sexuality inclusive therapy also requires a trauma-informed approach. After learning developmental, sexual, relational, social & medical histories, I work with clients individually & together to achieve their goals. A developmental approach allows me to work with them on personal growth both individually and relationally.
Relationship therapists once routinely referred clients with sexual problems to sex therapists. David Schnarch & Ruth Morehouse, (Ph.Ds) with whom I trained and consulted from 1998-2008, pioneered the integration of relationship and sex therapy in the early 1990s. (see Therapy Links)
In 2008 I began two years of training, consultation & supervision with James “Jim” Maddock (AASECT President 1987-89), a brilliant clinician, educator and sexologist, and his wife & clinic partner Noel Larson. They combined systemic theoretical training with remarkable clinical skills.
Amongst other distinguished clinical educators, I have trained multiple times with Esther Perel and Marty Klein and recently with Suzanne Iasenza. All of them focus on integrating sexual and relational therapy.
I am a member of the Clinical Social Work Association, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.