SEX THERAPY FOR INDIVIDUALS & COUPLES
Sex & intimacy is at the very core of the human experience. When it comes to sex, we have complex thoughts, fantasies, feelings and desires like no other beings on the planet. When things are going right, we may not give sex much thought because it just happens easily and naturally. When things are not going well however, sex can peck away at our self-esteem, destroy our relationships, and be a chronic source of pain, fear and frustration. If the sexual problem is big enough or has persisted long enough, it can cause even the strongest people to feel hopeless.
My aim is to help individuals and couples start feeling better at their very first session. We may not solve all of life’s challenges in one visit, however we can certainly assess the situation, get a plan in place and begin working to help you achieve your goals. Simply coming to your first therapy session is the beginning of the healing process.
My studies at the Harvard Business School back in the 1980′s made me practical, solution focused and an effective problem solver. After Harvard and a successful business career, I attended graduate school in San Francisco where I studied the vast breadth and depths of the human sexual experience.
My Ph.D. is in Human Sexuality, which is very different than a Ph.D., in Psychology. It is not better by any means however it is very different. I certainly work with and welcome clients who have mental illnesses, however that is not the crux of my practice. My academic education is in sexuality while my clinical training is in marriage counseling and relationships.
I work with any matter related to sex and intimacy. I work with any matter related to men and women’s sexual health and sexual dysfunction. I have direct professional experience with most alternative forms of sexual expression. I work with all sexual minorities and have post graduate certification in LGBTQ Family Systems. I am a gender-specialist and work with people wherever they are on the continuum of gender variance.
Specializing in sexuality as I do allows me to be fully emersed in the nuances of sex therapy and couples counseling. Being current on the newest and most effective treatment options is important and because I see similar cases repeatedly, it is likely this won’t be my first time helping somebody with a sexual concern similar to yours’. Most of my clients have seen at least two other therapists. I believe that specializing as I do plays a critical role in my ability to help people solve what were previously unsolvable problems.
It is important for therapy to be effective and it is also important for therapy to be enjoyable. I try to make our sessions something my clients look forward to. Due to the nature of the topics we are dealing with, not every session is always fun, however the idea is that my clients are growing and improving each week, and making progress feels good. I truly believe that there is always hope no matter how bleak things may seem. Regardless of the goal you are focused on achieving, my intention is to help you create sustainable change with a process designed to work for you.
Dr. Neil Cannon is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Professor of Couples Counseling. Neil is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and the Rocky Mountain Section Leader for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT). Neil is also a contributing author to the college text book, “Reproductive Health: The Biology, Psychology and Sociology of Sexuality,” and the author of “Understanding Sexual Taboos.”