- Conveniently located in North Portland at the intersection of N. Fremont and N. Williams Avenue
- 3537 N Williams Ave, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97227
What should I expect in a first session of couples therapy?
During the first session, we will discuss what brings you to couples counseling and explore what you’d like to change about your relationship. This is your first opportunity to share your story with your therapist and to ask your therapist any questions you have about the therapy process. We understand the anxiety clients feel as they begin the therapy process. Rest assured your therapist will guide you through the first session with compassion and understanding.
What if I want to do couples therapy but my spouse is unwilling to come?
While we encourage both partners to attend the first couples counseling appointment, we understand it isn’t always possible given one person’s resistance to attending therapy. If you’re in this situation, please call us to speak with a therapist about your unique situation. We will discuss the best option for your situation. We are here to help you.
What happens in sex therapy?
Sex therapy is like traditional psychotherapy that, specifically, addresses physical or psychological concerns related to sexual health. Sex therapy is entirely talk therapy; there is no touching during sessions. The therapist may give you and your partner tasks/exercises to perform outside of session on your own time. Common issues addressed include: low sexual desire, painful sex, concerns regarding past sexual trauma, concerns about sexual interests or sexual orientation, trouble with reaching orgasm, and other sexual health issues.
What is the difference between a sex therapist and a couples therapist?
Sex therapy and couples therapy are separate sub-specialties of mental health counseling. Treating sexual concerns requires specialized, post-graduate training and certification. Treating couples requires intensive training in evidence-supported couples counseling techniques. We specialize in both couples and sex therapy.
Do I need to be in a relationship to be in sex therapy?
No! We treat individuals with sexual concerns as well as couples. It’s important to feel confident in yourself as a sexual person! We can help you achieve your individual sexual health goals.
I’ve never been to a counselor or talked to anyone about my problem before. How do I start?
You can start by sending us an e-mail to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation. You can talk to a counselor about your concerns and decide if our services are the right fit for you. We know it is nerve-wracking an will help you through each step of the way.
Ready to talk? We’re ready to listen.
Reaching out to schedule a consultation can feel scary and nerve racking. We promise to answer all of your questions and guide you through the therapy process with compassion, understanding, and professionalism. We will respond to your message within 48 business hours.