Matters relating to sex and sexuality can be consuming, sometimes confusing, and can affect many other aspects of our lives. They can also be somewhat awkward to talk about, especially when we might think that we’re the only one with these thoughts, desires, issues or problems. We may have been brought up not to talk about these things openly and society can play a pivotal role in how we view ours and others’ sexuality.
Often, people worry that their therapist or counsellor won’t understand or that they will be judged for having desires or needs that might be different from what society might view of sex and sexual activities. Some people might feel that they need to teach their therapist about common sexual diversities before the therapy can even start and others may have concerns that their therapist might focus on their sexual preferences as “the problem”.
Choosing a counsellor who is sexuality-affirmative can help to make the whole process much less worrying and means that you’ll be talking to someone that is likely to have an understanding about what it is that you’re talking about.
There is a whole spectrum of different gender and sexual expressions and I welcome those who are engaged in consensual, albeit transgressive sexualities who are seeking a place to understand and be understood.
These include, but are not restricted to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, celibate, polyamorous, non-monogamous, or swingers and those involved in BDSM or Kink lifestyles or practices, and anyone on the trans and gender variant spectrum.
While not necessarily sexuality-related I also welcome those who identify as D/s, M/s or in any other consensual power dynamic relationship style.