A Guide to Choosing a Kink-Aware Therapist

I’m very pleased to announce that the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom has published an article I co-wrote with Geri Weitzman, Ph.D. on choosing a kink-aware therapist. You can find both the long article (16 pages) and a short FAQ on the Kink-Aware Professionals page. Here is a direct link to download the printable pdf of the 16 page white paper.

The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory Communities. They do this through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with their partners, to directly benefit these communities.

Read a snippet from NCSF’s press release below.

NCSF Publishes Important Information for Your Mental Health

NCSF and the NCSF Foundation are proud to announce two new and valuable publications: A Guide to Choosing a Kink-Aware Therapist, and the Therapists Guide to Polyamory.

A Guide to Choosing a Kink-Aware Therapist , created by Keely Kolmes Psy.D. and Geri Weitzman Ph.D., will help people who engage in BDSM find a therapist who can accept them without judgment or prejudice. Some therapists cause more harm than good when they slap a label of mental illness on a client simply because they enjoy kinky sex.

“Over the years, I have received many calls from folks around the globe who wanted access to therapy that was respectful of their kink identity, but didn’t know where to turn to find it,” says co-author Geri Weitzman, PhD. “We are excited to share this resource on finding kink-aware therapists with our community, in the belief that a warmly accepting therapeutic environment should be available to all.”

“Therapy needs to be a place where you can feel safe to bring your whole self. I hope that our article is a helpful tool for kink-identified clients and the therapists who want to learn more about working competently with them,” agrees co-author Keely Kolmes, Psy.D.

NCSF has also published second paper for therapists: A Therapist’s Guide to Polyamory. This resource can also be found on their site.

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