326a4261Sex and intimacy are at the very core of the human experience.  When something isn’t working in this realm of our lives, it can have a profound impact on the quality of our life.

My goal is to help every single client start making progress and feel better beginning with their very first session.  We may not solve all of life’s problems in one visit; however, we can certainly assess your situation, start formulating a treatment plan, and begin a process designed to help you achieve your therapeutic goals.

From Cambridge, to San Francisco, to Denver…

Back in the 1980’s, my time in Cambridge at the Harvard Business School taught me to be a practical and effective problem solver.  Later, the education I received in human sexuality while studying in San Francisco laid the foundation for my understanding of, and my continued curiosity about the vast uniqueness of the human sexual experience.  When I graduated in San Francisco with my Master’s degree in Public Health, I came back to Colorado to do my clinical training in Marriage & Family Therapy and get licensed in Colorado.  The clinical training program I went through for three years as a sex therapy intern doing both individual and couples counseling while being closely supervised and mentored taught me to be solution focused and strength based.

Principles of Positive Psychology greatly influences my approach to therapy and to life; and I look at all situations from a sex positive, non-shaming lens.  All this combines to help my clients because I take a strength based approach to all matters related to sex, intimacy & relationships.  I see strengths in people, not pathology.  I always have hope in the infinite possibilities that come with being human.

I am grateful to have had a successful business career however something was always missing for me.  That something was my deep desire to help people who had been sexually, emotionally, and or physically abused that led me to become a sex therapist.  As it turns out, about half of my clients have a history of abuse, trauma and or bullying.

It was in San Francisco where I attended graduate school and studied the vast breadth and depths of the human sexual and gender experience.  My Ph.D. is in Human Sexuality while my clinical training is in Marriage & Family Therapy.  In addition to completing a two year post-graduate certification program in Marriage & Family Therapy, I also have post-graduate certification in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender family systems.

I work with any matter related to sex and intimacy, as well as gender identity.  Specializing in human sexuality and relationships allows me to be fully immersed in the field and the nuances of sex therapy.  Being current on the newest and most effective treatment options and protocols is important and, because I see similar cases repeatedly, it is likely this won’t be my first time helping somebody with a sex, gender, or relationship concern similar to yours.

Most of my clients have seen multiple therapists before arriving in my Cherry Creek office. Specializing has played a critical role in my ability to help many people solve what had previously been unsolvable problems for them.  I truly believe that there is always hope no matter how bleak things may seem. Regardless of the your goals for therapy, my intention is to help you create sustainable change using processes that are based on sound counseling principles.  I am grateful today that more than half of all my new clients come from referrals from physicians, colleagues and past clients.

About Neil…

Dr. Neil Cannon is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist & Supervisor of Sex Therapy.  Neil has been the Colorado Section Leader for The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) since 2007.  He is also the immediate past Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee for AASECT (2014 – 2016).

Neil is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT).

Most every month during the school year, Neil can be found teaching graduate and post-graduate students of psychology, counseling and social work at one of the leading colleges and universities throughout Colorado, including The University of Denver, The University of Colorado, Regis and Metropolitan State University.

Neil is a Professor of Couples Counseling & Family Therapy at Denver Family Institute (2008 to Present).  

In addition to teaching in Colorado, Neil is an instructor at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work Sexual Health Certificate Program.  The University of Michigan is well known in the field of sex therapy for being one of the leading programs in the world for licensed clinicians on a path towards becoming sex and gender therapists.  

Dr. Neil Cannon is a published author, professional speaker, supervisor, mentor, and nationally recognized expert on sex, intimacy and relationships.   

Neil is also a Mental Health Disaster volunteer for the American Red Cross.



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