Value of Mentors

The other day I was listening to the On Being podcast, with Krista Tippitt discussing friendship. She talked about getting advice in her twenties from a woman in her 50’s, about how you always want to have people in your life who are younger and older than you. That friend remained in Krista’s life well… Read more »


Sex, Self-Care & New Motherhood

“I don’t know how to put it exactly. I guess I just don’t feel like a sex kitten anymore, you know? I think something about this having a baby process has made me grow up. All of a sudden it’s like I want real intimacy.” I was chatting with a friend whose son was born… Read more »


What’s the #1 Training Topic YOU DID NOT GET in Grad School That Could Either Get You Sued or Fill Your Practice?

In recent years it has become apparent to therapists like Esther Perel, Terrence Real, and others that all therapists that treat couples and families need more training in sexuality, intimacy, and sexual dysfunction.  Up until 2015, there was no training in the Pacific Northwest for therapists wishing to add AASECT certification to their skillset. A… Read more »


The 5 Steps to Becoming an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Northwest Institute on Intimacy was founded to further the field of sex therapy by training therapists to be sex-positive, holistic providers of the couples and individuals they see in their office. There are many important reasons a therapist would want to get training in Sex Therapy. For more information see our blog post The # 1… Read more »


One More Reason to Love Oxytocin: The 30-Day Challenge

By: Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers and Taylor Ulrey Collaboration and Reference: www.thebabbleout.com/health/oxytocin   Several months ago, a friend of mine told me she had begun having terrible menstrual cramps. I suggested that the next time she was on her menstrual cycle, she try masturbating to orgasm one of the days her cramps were bad. I explained… Read more »