Interview with Dr Rachel Robbins

Would you like to share your name? Rachel Robbins

What prompted you to become involved in a love, relationship or sex related field?  At a young age, I witnessed friends and family struggling with identity and the aftermath of challenging and traumatic situations. I decided I wanted to be part of a community that made a difference in creating an open dialogue and environment around sexuality.

What is your title? Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Sex Educator

In a few sentences, how do you describe what you do?

I am a long time sex educator and sex therapist and specialize in providing non-judgmental supportive psychotherapy services for a range of sexualities including LGBTQQ, BDSM, Kink, non-monogamy, gender fluidity, and sex workers. I help with working through issues with sexuality, and supporting kinky/LGBTQQ individuals with non-sexual concerns.

As a sex educator, I offer free, accurate, non-judgmental, confidential information and referrals regarding all aspects of sexuality and gender over the phone and via email.

What sort of education, background, experience etc do you have for this work?

I have a doctorate in psychology, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. I have completed 2 60 hour training courses in sexuality, along with multiple other workshops and trainings for specific aspects of sexuality.

What sort of additional training did you feel you needed to do more for your clients? I specifically sought out most of my non-doctoral sexuality training in order to participate in a community and gain the knowledge and skills necessary for competent work.

How long have you worked in this industry? Almost 15 years

If you have a main focus or niche – what is it? My main focus is on sexuality of all kinds. Within my therapeutic work, one goal is addressing and supporting sexuality concerns after trauma.

What lead you to that specialty? I have found that many professionals are challenged or afraid of addressing sexual concerns, specifically with individuals with a traumatic background. My belief is that people from all walks of life, and all ranges of experience, deserve and can have healthy and happy sexual experiences.

What has been the hardest thing about your work? Navigating a system and community that can be judgmental about the sexuality of others.

What has been the most rewarding thing about your work? Creating a space for people to feel comfortable with their sexuality either as a focus point, or as one aspect of who they are.

Tell us about your business.

How long have you been in business? One year.

Did you expand an existing business? No

Do you have a website and/or blog? Yes.

How could someone get in touch with you? Email- or phone (415) 625-9778

Who are your favorite types of client? I enjoy working with clients who identify as LGBTQQ or kinky, and/or who are motivated to accomplish their goals, even if they are not sure what those goals are yet.

How do you promote your business? Online, and through word of mouth.

Have you written any books or developed any products for your clients? no

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