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Compulsive sexual behaviours/Sex addiction

Compulsive sexual behaviours are difficult to stop and stay stopped even though the behaviour has negative personal consequences (e.g., on relationship, family, finances, career, legal, social standing, sexual function).  Working with the person who experiences the compulsion, we explore the behaviour and work towards developing a positive sense of sexual health and intimacy. I also support impacted partners looking for direction and next steps.


Sexual arousal and desire may be associated with specific parts of the body or other non-sexual objects.  Where this is safe, consensual, and between adults, these may be incorporated into a positive experience. Where the arousal causes personal distress, harm, is non-consensual, and/or causes significant negative consequences personally or socially, therapy can help you identify the root cause, and engage with a satisfying expression of your sexuality.


Love addiction is not a diagnosis but is the term clients use to describe an experience of an overwhelming desire to be in a relationship that leads to unhealthy relationship choices with oneself and others. Therapy supports you in exploring this desire and the impact on your life.  We help you deal create new patterns of thought and behaviours so that you have a better chance of finding a satisfying intimate relationship

Sexual Function

Biology, psychology, and social influences can affect our ability, desire, or arousal to engage in a healthy, satisfying sexual life.  In therapy, we might identify the underlying issue, explore what is sexually satisfying for you, and consider how to help you reach or maintain this.  We might also explore additional resources to address organic obstacles to achieving your goals.

Sexual orientation

Who we are attracted to varies greatly for each person.  Sexual orientation may range from asexual (not interested in sex) to pansexual (potential sexual arousal regardless of another's biological sex and/or gender).  Therapy should never try to change your orientation.  Rather, therapy supports your process of exploring and developing a healthy sense of sexual attraction.


Gender includes the roles we take on socially as well as how we identify and present ourselves. Gender has more variety than a binary view of “male,” “female” (e.g., nongendered or third gender, or identifying as both male and female). Gender may be different from our biological sex. Therapy gives the space to explore your experience and questions of gender as it applies to you.

Biological sex

Sex, anatomical biology, is not exclusively binary (i.e., “male”, “female”). Intersex biology is not uncommon in humans. Biological sex and gender identity don't have to match. Therapy provides a place to comfortably talk about your biological sex experience.  


Relationship therapy focuses on making room for and expressing each person's perspectives, emotions, and needs.  We focus on improving communication in a comfortable, safe environment.  Habits that have developed in the relationship are identified and you have the opportunity to use new skills to engage a more positive experience.

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