Online Therapy for Intimacy & Sexuality

Online Therapy for Intimacy & Sexuality in Ontario by Registered Psychotherapists

When we hear the word intimacy, many of us think of sex. But intimacy can be thought of as an all-encompassing term that can be used to describe more than sex. Intimacy refers to our connections or sense of closeness with others. Intimate connections, whether emotional or sexual, are cultivated through safety, trust, and transparency. Sexuality refers to how we experience and express our sexual selves; the identities we embody, our expression of these identities, and our attraction to others.

Our experiences of intimacy and sexuality are often influenced by a variety of contextual factors, such as cultural and religious narratives, social norms, family dynamics, and past relationships. These experiences can also be further complicated by trauma, discrimination, and oppression which may result in stress, anxiety, and shame. While these areas and dynamics can be complex, understanding can be crucial in developing deepened awareness of our experiences.

Areas related to intimacy, sex, and sexuality that are commonly brought to therapy include fear of vulnerability with others, lack of connection within relationships, discrepancies in sexual desire between partners, anxiety/shame around sexual performance and/or appearance, increasing sexual pleasure, and desire to explore sexuality. This may include sexual identities, desires, fantasies, and consensual non-monogamy.

Through individual or relational sessions, therapy can be a space to explore your experiences of intimacy, sex, and sexuality. In the process, you may gain a better understanding of the barriers impacting your comfort in connecting with others or explore your experiences and expression of sexuality. As you understand these barriers and further explore your sexuality, you can create space for increased connection, acceptance, pleasure, and sexual satisfaction.

 

Find a Therapist for Intimacy & Sexuality at Psychotherapy Collective

Finding a therapist for intimacy and sexuality can be difficult. At Psychotherapy Collective, our Registered Psychotherapists provide both individual therapy sessions and couple therapy sessions to allow you the flexibility of exploring these issues with or without your partner. View our psychotherapist profiles below and book a free consultation.

Melissa Letourneau
MSc, RP

Melissa Letourneau
MSc, RP

My therapeutic approach is grounded in authenticity, trust, and often humour. I carry a systemic lens, exploring the way culture, community and family shape our experiences and aspirations. I believe people have the wisdom to navigate life’s challenges and as a therapist I strive to help empower clients to facilitate change. I work with individuals, couples, children and families.

Julia Biamonte
MSc, RP (Qualifying)

Julia Biamonte
MSc, RP (Qualifying)

As a relational therapist I observe the impact relationships and life experiences have in shaping our interactions and external views of the world. I believe therapy is a safe space to be true to who you are, to be honest with your feelings, and to explore your current challenges with the goal of empowering you to reclaim your ideal self. I work with individuals, couples, children and families with an expertise in interpersonal relationships.

Chris Pankewich
MACP, RP (Qualifying)

Chris Pankewich
MACP, RP (Qualifying)

At the core of my work with clients we seek to explore our unique responses to three fundamental questions; What direction do I want/need to shift my life towards? What actions can I take to make this a reality? What is getting in the way of achieving this? I believe you know what is truly best for you and my role is to support you through this therapeutic exploration rather than lead it. I work with individuals, couples, and youth 16+.

Cara Briscoe
MSc, RP (Qualifying)

Cara Briscoe
MSc, RP (Qualifying)

My approach to therapy is founded on collaboration, drawing from your insights to co-create your path towards personal growth and empowerment. I carry a systemic lens in therapy, exploring the impacts of sociocultural factors and how they shape your identity and relationships. I strive to provide a supportive environment to allow you to connect with your most authentic self. I work with individuals, couples, families, and youth.

Teresa Smith
MSc, RP

Teresa Smith
MSc, RP

My therapeutic approach strives to honour and validate clients’ own wisdom regarding their emotional experiences. I work collaboratively with clients to navigate their path to healing, carefully and mindfully exploring relationships with partners, family, friends, and oneself in order to develop a balanced mental, emotional, and physical state of wellbeing. I work with individuals, couples, and families.