Now providing virtual sessions all over Ontario
Relationship therapy and sex therapy are interconnected, and relationships provide a better context for understanding and resolving sexual problems. There is a common myth that if you work on your relationship issues, the sexual issues will resolve themselves, and this isn’t true; you must also address your sexual problems.
Sexual issues are sometimes resolved quickly by providing psychoeducation about sex in general or sexual problems in particular. In more complicated cases, however, further clinical intervention may be necessary such as problems related to sexual desires, erectile dysfunctions, pornography, ejaculation issues or sexual pain.
A relationship issue can range from simple to complex, including issues related to communication, sex, infidelity, negotiating boundaries for the relationship, polyamory, non-monogamy, intercultural issues, mixed orientation etc.
There is no one way to be in a partnered relationship(s). All relationships are different, and there are many ways you can manage to deliver what you desire and want.
My intention during the sessions is to help you empathically join in on your partner’s journey and witness their inner experiences. By doing so, you will become emotionally connected.
My services are poly, kink, LGBTQ, and Consensual Non-Monogamy (CNM) supportive and informed.
Call me today to discuss your needs and find solutions.
Sex therapy is a type of talk therapy that’s designed to help individuals and couples address medical, psychological, personal, or interpersonal factors impacting sexual satisfaction. If a lack of intimacy or difficulty communicating with a partner leads as your most serious personal concern, a sex therapist is the place to start.
A fulfilling sex life is vital to your health for many reasons. Physical and emotional elements of a healthy sex life have far-reaching benefits, including lower blood pressure, better heart health, and stress reduction. Sex is also just a natural, fun part of life. Sexual dysfunction can lead to relationship complications, loss of confidence, and many other negative effects.
Conflict is inevitable in relationships, but how we deal with it can make all the difference. Learn simple tools for effective communication in your relationship and enjoy happier, more supportive relationships with your spouse or partner(s). Call me today or book your session with me.
Non-monogamy refers to romantic or sexual relationships that involve more than two people, where all parties are aware of and consent to the involvement of other partners. This can include relationships like polyamory, where people have multiple romantic partners, or open relationships, where partners are free to have other sexual partners outside of the relationship. Non-monogamy is based on the idea of ethical and respectful communication and negotiation between partners.
Whether non-monogamy is healthy or not depends on various factors, such as the individuals involved, their communication skills, the type of relationship, and the rules and agreements they have established.
Like any relationship, non-monogamous relationships require clear communication, trust, and mutual respect between partners. When these elements are present, non-monogamous relationships can be just as fulfilling and healthy as monogamous relationships. However, when partners don’t communicate effectively, there may be more opportunities for misunderstandings, jealousy, and other relationship challenges.
It’s important for individuals involved in non-monogamous relationships to be aware of their own emotional needs and boundaries, and to make sure that these are being met. If all parties are able to communicate effectively, establish clear agreements and boundaries, and maintain a strong sense of trust, non-monogamy can be a healthy and fulfilling form of relationships.
Non-monogamous relationships can include kink and fetish, but they don’t have to. Kink and fetish refer to sexual interests and activities that are considered unconventional or outside of the mainstream. Some people in non-monogamous relationships may choose to include kink or fetish elements in their sexual practices, while others may not.
It’s important to note that consent and communication are key elements in any sexual relationship, regardless of whether it is monogamous or non-monogamous and whether it involves kink or fetish. All parties involved should be aware of and comfortable with the sexual practices taking place, and should engage in them freely and enthusiastically.
It’s also important to be aware of the laws and social attitudes surrounding kink and fetish practices, and to engage in them in a safe and responsible manner.
For the time being, we will be conducting appointments exclusively through virtual means.
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I am an Ottawa-based Registered Psychotherapist and have a full-time private practice. In the past, I worked in social service agencies for many years. I offer individual, relationship, and sex therapy in English, Arabic, and Armenian to adults 18+, and I do not work with minors.
In 2011, I earned a master’s degree in Counselling from the University of Ottawa. I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario (CRPO#001132) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. In addition, I am a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA#3058). My clinical training focuses on relationship and sex therapy and trauma/PTSD. Since 2013, I have been at Algonquin College as a seasonal professor, teaching courses in mental health and addiction.
I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to publish peer-reviewed articles and contribute chapters concerning Counselling, coming out, and trauma related explicitly to LGBTQ+ refugees and newcomers to Canada. I have presented numerous workshops and continue to offer trainings nationally and internationally on the mental health of LGBTQI+ and SOGIE refugees and asylum seekers.
In 2020, I launched my online learning platform to offer courses to clinicians who work with the refugee population. Learn more about my elearning platform at www.mnelearning.ca
Early in my professional career, I specialized in individual therapy and served clients with depression, anxiety, PTSD and grief. Since then, I have taken my clinical work to a higher level and gained expertise in four areas: PTSD and Trauma, Sexuality and Gender Identity, Sex and Relationship Therapy, and Refugee mental health issues. I have received various trainings in these areas since choosing to specialize. As an example, I received training from Division 56, Trauma Psychology, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Global Institute of Forensic Research in writing immigration evaluations for immigration courts. Furthermore, I have completed multiple trainings in trauma/PTSD therapy and relationship therapy (Poly. Kink). I have participated in numerous training opportunities in the field of sex therapy, sexuality, and gender identity.
I am a LGBTQI+/poly/kink/CNM supportive and informed therapist.
In addition to Narrative Exposure Therapy for PTSD (NET), I have also been trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD and Experiential Therapy and Focusing. I integrate social justice and rights-based principles into my work as a trauma-informed therapist.
In recognition of my dedication to helping LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers in Canada, I received the 2017 Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
AffiliationsI have an international affiliate membership with Division 56, Trauma Psychology, the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Global Institute of Forensic Research.