Why Northwest Institute on Intimacy?
The mission of the Northwest Institute on Intimacy is to make it standard of care that all people seeking psychotherapy can expect to see someone with expert training and supervision in individual, couple, sex and spiritual intimacy therapy. We believe that no matter what client issue is being presented, whether relational, sexual, historical, circumstantial, intrapersonal or other, the therapist needs to be adept at assessment, diagnosis and treatment without a lack of training or self-of-the-therapist issue interfering with care.
The Institute was created to meet a need generated by a significant deficit in the training of psychotherapists. Most individual and couples therapists and psychologists have little to no training in sex therapy. Yet sexuality is core to intimacy in most relationships. In addition, sex therapists have little to no training in couple’s therapy. Yet couple dynamics effect every sexual relationship. And both have little to no training in the spiritual aspects of how to nurture a lifetime erotic partnership.
Holistically Trained Therapists
The Institute provides this advanced training in a succinct and streamlined way for local and distant therapists. It then allows them to take their holistically trained status and reach people seeking highly qualified therapists. A therapist trained in all of these areas is called a Certified Integrated Intimacy Practitioner™.
High Caliber Referral Source
The Institute also seeks to be a one-stop referral source for pastors, doctors, teachers and community leaders … really anyone, looking to find the highest qualified individual, couple or family therapist. In order to be listed on the institutes’ site, a professional must demonstrate that they are trained in individual, couple, family, sex and spiritual intimacy therapy. They must also demonstrate on a bi-annual basis that they continue to be in good standing.
The Northwest Institute on Intimacy was founded by Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD who saw the need for therapists to be trained in all areas required for long lasting intimacy and relationship vitality. You can learn more about her at tinaschermersellers.com.