What can you expect when working with me as a marriage and family therapist specializing in sex therapy?
I follow the work of Virginia Satir but bring my sense of humor and zest for life into the therapy room. I deal with various issues in an open, honest, and educational way through a systemic approach meaning I look at a variety of factors and influences unique to a client’s life, which helps me create a boarder sense of what it’s like to walk in your shoes. The best way to help create change is through education and frank discussion about any difficult topic without judgment.
I’d like to think my clients and I have a good time in therapy, but when it’s time to face life’s challenges, we work hard together and tackle difficult issues as a team.
I’m also bilingual with fluency in both English and Spanish. I’m so lucky to work with different people in two languages–– it enriches my practice in so many ways. I love working with multicultural clients from around the world!
Area of expertise: SEX THERAPY
As a certified sex educator I get a lot of questions about being a sex therapist and how it manifests in my private practice. Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking to work with a sex therapist.
What is it?
A mental health therapist who provides systemic and contextual psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, families, or groups of people who are suffering from psychological, medical, or social issues of sexuality; including the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions within the scope of their practice.
What you can expect help with, but not limited to:
-Lack of Desire/Interest
-Pain in Sexual Activity
-Anxiety/Panic Disorders surrounding Sex
I deal with these issues in an open, honest, and educational way through a systemic approach (meaning I look at a variety of factors and influences unique to your life). I believe the best way to help create change for my clients is through education and frank discussion about sex without judgment.
All of this is done through talk therapy. We talk about the issues and I give homework for you to explore at your own pace. Please note that a certified and ethical sex therapist will never ask to have sex with you or to watch you partake in the act. If you know of this happening please contact your governing licensing board (AAMFT).
I’ve written extensively about different sexual topics and showcased my work at different conferences around the United States. Feel free to search the archive for articles like “10 Ways to be Sex Positive” to get a taste of what it’s like to work with me.
If you have any questions please feel free to send in an anonymous question or shoot me an email.
Samantha Heuwagen, MA LAMFT ACS
I look forward to helping you on your therapeutic journey!