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Are you in a COVID-19 Masturbation Rut?

Talking about sex can be scary enough, but talking about masturbation? Many sex therapists even shy away from it. Masturbation is deeply personal, intimate, and for some people an activity that you never admit to doing. Of course, there are some people that never touch themselves for self pleasure and that can be for all…

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The Secret to Desire in a Long Term Relationship

Esther Perel gave a TED talk a couple years ago that made her rather famous. She asks some poignant questions about relationships and desire which are listed as follows: Why does good sex so often fade, even for couples who love each other so much?  Can we want what we already have? Why is the…

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Making Kink COVID-19 Friendly

Our Clinical Director and Founder of Respark, Heather McPherson LMFT-S, LPC-S, CST was recently invited by Certified Sex Therapist and Psychologist, Dr. David Ley to contribute to an article that helps people learn how to engage in BDSM or kink during the Covid -19 Pandemic. Finding safe communities and kink knowledgeable therapists Kinksters often face…

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Why the PRIDE Movement is Important

Hi there! My name is Taylor Spaziani and alongside being the clinical manager here at Respark Therapy, I am also a graduate student at CU Denver, and working on my certification to become a certified sex therapist with the Sexual Health Alliance. Have we met yet? If you’ve scheduled an appointment with us, we probably…

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Rethinking Infidelity

Why do we cheat? Why do happy people cheat? What does infidelity mean to you? Why do we always think that Men cheat out of boredom and fear of intimacy, but women cheat out of hunger and desire for intimacy?  Esther Perel has been working with couples for 20+ years, and has seen many couples…

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5 Signs it’s Time to See a Respark Certified Sex Therapist

As Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, we learn in our training that it can take couples on average 7 years to get help. This is similar to how long it may take to start sex therapy, although sometimes it might take even longer! Don’t make the same mistake. Sure, it can be nerve racking to…

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Helpful Books and Podcasts from Respark Therapist, Zanna Haney

Sexual Education Resources that Influenced me in Becoming a Sex Therapist By: Zanna Haney M.A., LPC-Intern, Supervised by Heather McPherson M.A., LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST  One of the questions I often get asked is why I decided to become a therapist, and even more so why I decided to become a sex therapist.  How I became a…

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GTK (Getting to Know) Respark Therapist, Brenna Ansley Part 2!

Austin couples therapist, Breanna Ansley shares a few details about her life as a sex therapist in Texas. Brenna also has experience seeing clients in rural areas in Texas in online therapy. Here are some of her influential media resources that have helped her along in her journey. Books recommended by our Austin Sex Therapist A few books…

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TMI to Happy Endings

Our Respark Founder, Heather McPherson LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST was recently interviewed in Bravo. The article was centered on Denis Richards disclosing personal details from happy endings to penis size and cheating. Below are a few questions Heather was asked by Bravo. How can you have a sexy long distance relationship? If you are in a…

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Getting to Know Respark Sex Therapist, Brenna Ansley

Brenna Ansley is one of our inspiring Texas therapists currently seeing clients dealing with relationship and sexuality issues through online therapy. She is authentic, empathetic and compassionate with all her clients. Training and Theory In graduate school, Brenna focused on a dual track program in professional counseling and marriage and family therapy.  This allowed her…

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