50 Shades of Stigma: Are we as kinky as we think we are?

Originally published at Psyched in San Francisco The popularity of the 50 Shades of Grey books has been staggering. They have become the 9 1/2 Weeks of a new generation; glorifying the excitement of power, bondage, and…well, mind games. In fact, those who know what consensual BDSM participants actually do together have criticized the trilogy … Continued

Bay Area Psychotherapists Affirming of Diversity in Sexuality

Our networking group for Bay Area Psychotherapists has a new mission statement: We are a group of San Francisco Bay Area psychotherapists and psychotherapy students who affirm that sexual and gender diversity are natural expressions of the human experience. We provide a safe haven for mental health clinicians to gather, network, support, and consult. Our … Continued

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 … Continued

Bay Area Therapists Affirming of Diversity in Sexuality

Are you a TADS? Please join our group: Bay Area Therapists Affirming of Diversity in Sexuality This is a free group for mental health professionals in the Bay Area of California. We offer support, networking, and consultation for Bay Area clinicians and mental health trainees who embrace the full range of sexual expression of consenting … Continued

Announcing Bay Area Kink/Poly-Aware Therapist Networking Group

I am organizing a support/networking/consultation group for Bay Area clinicians that would allow students from various training programs to meet and network with one another and also allow them to connect with those of us who are already established as kink & poly aware professionals. If you are interested in being a part of this, … Continued

My Article on Bias in Mental Health Services to BDSM Clients

I have finally gotten around to scanning and uploading a copy of my article “Investigating bias in psychotherapy with BDSM clients.” It was based upon my dissertation research in which I used an anonymous Internet survey to ask 175 BDSM clients and 17 mental health professionals about their awareness of biased and exemplary psychotherapuetic care … Continued