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Marriage & Family Therapist

Northampton Sex Therapy Associates, LLC

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Sex and Relationship Therapy
For individuals, couples and people in poly relationships
Northampton Sex Therapy Associates, LLC (NSTA) is the only group private practice in New England dedicated exclusively to providing sex therapy, relationship therapy, and sexuality counseling to individuals, couples, and people in poly and non-monogamous relationships. Like most other forms of psychotherapy practice, sex therapy is exclusively talk therapy. This means meeting regularly with a therapist to talk about how to overcome whatever problem you have presented. During these meetings, sex therapists share their knowledge of human sexuality and expertise in working with sexual functioning and relationship challenges.

Our clinical approach is grounded in research and evidence, rather than smoke and mirrors or vague, general promises. We provide clinical approaches and solutions that actually work, based on research and clinical experience.

Over the course of a person's lifetime, multiple factors can add up and lead to difficulties with sex. Stress, trauma, illness, the side effects of medications, depression, and lack of self-esteem often negatively impact a person’s sexual functioning and desire. It is not uncommon for couples and individuals to experience sex-related challenges at some point in their lives. Everyone, and every body, deserves to experience satisfying, exciting, loving, and fulfilling sexual relationships and sexual contact. Sex therapy can often help.

Most clients come to us with trauma, shame and guilt about the ways in which they are sexual and embodied. NSTA therapists understand the ways in which trauma—and the resulting fear and anxiety—impacts sexual functioning, and inhibits healthy sexual behavior. We help clients overcome sexual difficulties by using trauma-­informed clinical practices.

Anxiety and shame are at the root of most sexual dysfunctions. These are typically emotions and feelings that trap human beings in rigid and fearful ways of expressing, or not expressing, themselves. These emotions and feelings have a powerful impact, particularly on how we manifest ourselves in sexual ways, sometimes to the point of retreating and hiding our bodies and sexuality, and occasionally to places of sexual compulsivity and over-expression.

Regardless of the ways in which clients experience challenges with sex, we are in a unique position to help them navigate the often complex pathway toward feeling at home in their bodies and in their sexuality.
Bio
Each therapist at NSTA was handpicked because of their dedication, their vision, their clinical brilliance, and their ability to see sex through a more complex lens than just a series of behaviors and techniques. All therapists at NSTA understand that sex is far from just being something that we do, but is more about the rich and complicated meanings that we make out of the things that arouse and excite us.

At NSTA, clinicians are skilled and highly trained relationship and sex therapists. We can assist clients in sorting out conflicts in relationships arising from differences in sexual values, attitudes, and/or behaviors. Using an integrated approach that includes evidence-based modalities such as behavioral, cognitive, psychodynamic, and systemic therapy, we aid people in relationships in resolving their sexual problems.

We are also able to provide insights to clients who already have satisfactory sexual lives, but seek to enhance their relationships in more creative ways. In addition, we provide help and support in showing our clients how to communicate about sexual needs and wants in clear and easily understood ways. Therapy is provided as needed, whether brief—as in one session—or more lengthy therapy interventions, depending on the presenting complaints and the skills and resources of each relationship.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Domestic Violence  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Adolescents  Family Conflict  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Anger Management  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Anxiety and Panic  Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Premarital Counseling
 Asperger's Syndrome  Grief and Loss  Relationship Issues
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Group Therapy  Self Esteem Issues
 Bicultural Difficulties  Herpes and STD Counseling  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Body Image Issues  Life Transitions  Sexual Dysfunction
 Chronic Illness  Loneliness  Stress Management
 Couples Therapy  Marriage & Family Therapy  Trauma and PTSD
 Depression  Marriage Counseling  Women's Issues
 Divorce  Men's Issues
Certifications
 Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP)  Certified Sex Therapist (AASECT)
 Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Education/Training
Therapists at NSTA are all licensed clinicians with substantial experience in sex therapy, supervised by a Board-certified Supervisor of Sex Therapy. We are licensed in the commonwealth of Massachusetts either as licensed independent clinical social workers (LICSW) or licensed marriage and family therapists.
Memberships
American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR)
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Transgender American Veterans Association
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
Payments Accepted
All blue cross/blue shield insurance plans and any out of network plans cash, check and credit card
Hours:Monday - saturday 8am - 7pm
License:LMFT