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Getting to Know Respark Therapist, Zanna Haney

You know that book, 1000 Places to See Before you Die? Our Austin Sex Therapist at Respark, Zanna Haney, has several of those places in ming. Before Zanna dies she wants to take a cross country road trip with a large group of friends in a van or an RV and travel across the U.S. She would also like to back-pack Europe with her partner, and sky dive at some point, although she’s terrified to try it.

Zanna’s sexual role model is a hard question to answer. She looks up to so many people in the field of sexuality. If she had to choose, she would have to say Dr. David Ley because he was really a pioneer in going against the sex addiction community. Her next role model would be Dr. Chris Donaghue because “he is so damn authentic and really tells it like it is and goes against the grain and societal expectations. As you can tell, I don’t really like to play by the rules.”

Zanna’s relationship Role Models are Bethany Meyers and Nico Torterello because of the flexibility, understanding, and openness for growth that they provide each other is amazing and beautiful. “They are such a beautiful couple, that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person and I just adore them and their vibe.”

Two books that have influenced Zanna are “Come as You Are” by Emily Nagoski, “Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel Van De Kolk, and “Rebel Love” by Dr. Chris Donaghue. 

A few of Zanna’s favorite podcasts are “The Love Bomb” by Nico Tortello, and “Press Send” by China Alexander. 

Zanna’s next dream vacation is anywhere on a beach where she can just relax and have a nice frozen drink in her hand. She explains that often when she travels, she likes to explore and see so many sights that she often ends up more tired by the time she comes back from her vacation. Her next dream vacation she wants to really disconnect and just relax. 

Two of the most important things Zanna does every day is listen to music and put on a good dance number. She believes music is a universal language and feeling the music in her soul is extremely comforting. 

Zanna’s favorite story to tell? “…probably the story of how my partner and I met and spent our first full weekend together. He was so romantic and really wanted to celebrate my graduate school graduation. It’s a long story, so I won’t tell it, but it brings a big smile to my face.” 

Zanna’s advice to someone wanting to become a couples and sex therapist is, “Do your own work first. I think that is so important when becoming a therapist. In addition, make sure that you actually get good education, because it’s not something that you are taught in grad school. And you can’t just use your own experience alone, that can contain so much bias. So I would suggest finding a good sex therapy certification program, I really love the Sexual Health Alliance and would highly recommend it.”

Watch Zanna’s Interview with our clinical manager at our website here:

Contact us to schedule an appointment 512-537-0922.

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