Sex Therapy and Coaching
A new you starts today.
A new you starts today.
Are you stuck in unhelpful patterns in your relationship? Are you dissatisfied with your sex life? Are you struggling to communicate your needs/desires? Are you an individual struggling with anxiety, intimacy, or substance use? Are you a high conflict or conflict-avoidant couple looking to disrupt your painful cycle? All genders & sexualities, poly/open/monogamous couples, kinks, and sex workers are welcome and affirmed in my therapy room.
As a sex therapist, I offer a nonjudgmental space for you to gain insights into your thoughts, feelings, needs, and desires. Through those insights, we'll elicit changes you need to build healthy relationships and a satisfying sex life. As a SFSI-certified sex educator and Somatica-trained sex/intimacy coach, I have comfort with diverse sexual issues. We will work through shame, anxiety, and fear together as it comes up.
In couples therapy, I work from the Developmental Model, integrating attachment and psychodynamic perspectives. I use dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) techniques--such as mindfulness and distress tolerance--for more immediate symptomatic relief. You will learn practical tools while also gaining deeper insight into yourself and your relationship(s). We will work to understand not only the "what" but also the "why" of what is going on, which helps to develop self-compassion and lasting change. Due to the experiential nature of my approach, my clients often see changes occur in real time in the therapy room. Finally, I work from a social justice perspective, as we don't live our lives in a vacuum, but rather within the greater contexts of our society.
I believe in every individual's capacity for change. I believe that we are all shaped by our pasts, and that through gaining insight into that past, we can enact change. I believe that shame is the most paralyzing emotion, and therefore one of our biggest roadblocks to finding happiness. And I believe that the patterns we've learned in our past once helped us survive, but they may not be what's best to help us thrive.
For couples and polycules, I offer relationship counseling. I specialize in treating couples with sexual issues. In addition, I work with couples on communication, transitioning from monogamy to non-monogamy (or vice versa), deepening emotional intimacy, navigating gender/sexual identity shifts, and more.
For individuals, I offer 1:1 therapy. Typical concerns might be: sex anxiety, substance use issues, porn addiction or other unwanted sexual behaviors, erectile dysfunction, low desire or arousal, coming out issues, socio-political stress, phase of life issues, and so much more.
For more experiential learning specific to intimacy and the erotic, I offer Somatica® method sex/intimacy coaching. This is NOT personal psychotherapy, but an experiential approach to improving intimate connections, and can be done 1:1 or with couples.
For families, I work with queer/questioning adolescents, families with LGBTQ parents, and families struggling with healthy communication or adolescent substance use. I also like to work with families on managing feelings around social and political issues.
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leslie sherman, lmft #130852
885 Oak Grove ave #204, Menlo park, ca 94025
3190 South Bascom Ave #180, San Jose, CA 95124
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