My mission is to create a safe, nonjudgmental therapy space that will make it easy for you to share your story. There’s no denying you are the expert on your life, your relationships, and your sexuality. I’m not here to tell you what’s right or wrong; I’m here to help you ease the pain, reduce the shame, and unlearn those intrusive thought patterns that are holding you back from experiencing the connection, pleasure, and self-acceptance that you’re craving. In my therapy room, we can talk openly about all aspects of your sexuality and relationship! Together, we will find ways to deepen your bond and create a life full of satisfying, true-to-you sex.
Brittany specializes in…
- Oregon Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies – Portland State University
- Masters in Social Work – Portland State University
- Advanced Trainings
- Certificate in Sex Therapy from the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy – ICEEFT Externship
My interest in sex therapy is not purely academic. I was drawn to this work in response to my personal sexual story. As a child in a religious family, I was taught that talking about and expressing my sexuality was shameful. In the religious schools I attended, I was not taught about ways in which my body can receive sexual pleasure; abstinence only and fear-based education was the only agenda. Unsurprisingly, my shame-based sexual upbringing had a negative impact on my romantic relationships as an adult. I was not equipped with the tools to communicate with a partner about my sexual likes and dislikes, and was unable to give and receive pleasure without feeling anxious. Add to the mix negative societal messaging about my body and the expectation that I was supposed to know everything about sex, I often felt stuck and dissatisfed.
Fortunately, I stumbled into several perspective-shifting experiences that opened my mind to the world of sex positivity. My relationship with a person who identified as kinky and my explorations with ethical non-monogamy have taught me that there is not a “right” way to have a relationship. I’ve also had to learn how to navigate mismatched desire, the most common struggle bringing folx into my sex therapy office! These experiences inspired me to pursue certification as a Sex Therapist.
Professionally, I am trained from a social justice, strengths-based, and trauma-informed framework. I strive to maintain a broad lens encompassing each individual’s identities, personal histories, and cultural contexts to guide our work together. This means that together we will individualize our therapy plan to meet your specific needs and goals — no “one size fits all” approaches allowed!
When I am not working, you can find me exploring all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer with my husband. From camping and hiking to backpacking and showshoeing, the outdoors is my happy place. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, photography, true-crime documentaries, puzzles, a good book, and dogs.