My approach is a flexible, organic experience of healing for many emotional concerns, particularly anxiety, depression, grief, fear, anger, trauma, sexual and creative blockages. By working with the “here and now”, we can bring the hidden into light. That which has caused you to distort your inner strength can be brought to the foreground, and there, choices can be made. Influenced by the works of Fritz Perls, Karen Horney, Rollo May and Wilhelm Reich, I will help you explore what has been fed to you and become indigestible. We will work to move through the layers of pain towards a new, authentic expression of Self. I embrace all gender expressions and sexual orientations. The freedom to love who and how you choose is your birthright. I have experience supporting a variety of relationship configurations and lifestyles, and can assist in navigating issues that can surface in these choices, such as boredom, jealousy, intimacy blockages, differing needs and desires, sexual and emotional satisfaction.

My approach is a flexible, organic experience of healing for many emotional concerns, particularly anxiety, depression, grief, fear, anger, trauma, sexual and creative blockages. By working with the “here and now”, we can bring the hidden into light. That which has caused you to distort your inner strength can be brought to the foreground, and there, choices can be made. Influenced by the works of Fritz Perls, Karen Horney, Rollo May and Wilhelm Reich, I will help you explore what has been fed to you and become indigestible. We will work to move through the layers of pain towards a new, authentic expression of Self. I embrace all gender expressions and sexual orientations. The freedom to love who and how you choose is your birthright. I have experience supporting a variety of relationship configurations and lifestyles, and can assist in navigating issues that can surface in these choices, such as boredom, jealousy, intimacy blockages, differing needs and desires, sexual and emotional satisfaction.

Dr. Kolmes honored by Alameda County Psychological Association

The Alameda County Psychological Association (ACPA) has chosen Dr. Keely Kolmes, President and Founder of Bay Area Open Minds as the recipient of the 2018 ACPA Janet Hurwich Award for Leadership and Advocacy.

The Janet Hurwich Award for Leadership and Advocacy was created to recognize and honor an ACPA member who has promoted leadership and advocacy on behalf of the profession of psychology and the communities we serve.

Dr. Kolmes is receiving this award for their work on behalf of sexual and gender expression through founding Bay Area Open Minds, as well as for their work in digital ethics and helping survivors of online harassment.

Congratulations, Keely!

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Let us introduce you to Victoria Spiers, Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist.

Vicky

Hi, I’m Vicky Spiers.

Influenced and impassioned by feminist, queer, multicultural, and social justice theory and principles, I am body-positive, sex-positive, and queer, kink, & poly friendly. I identify as a queer, genderfluid, pan, kinky, fattie, radical, witchy warrior woman of color.

Specializations include (but aren’t limited to): anxiety/panic/social anxiety/shyness/sensitivity, queer/gender/racial/cultural identity, female-identified sexuality & experiences, negotiating liminal spaces, and grief/loss/endings.

I am especially drawn to working with people who identify as queer, alternative, different, weird, and/or rebellious.

Learn more about Vicky and her practice here.

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Let us introduce to you Eric FitzMedrud, Ph.D.
 
Hi, I’m Eric FitzMedrud, Ph.D. (PSY23669). I’m a clinician in private practice in Los Altos. The focus of my practice is relationship and sexual issues. I am highly skilled at perceiving the emotional and relational patterns beneath relationship conflicts and sexual challenges. I work with individuals, couples, and polycules to help people create the relationships they want, find the pleasure they desire, and to become the partner they want to be.
 
My psychotherapy practices welcomes and serves:
  • Kinky, open and poly clients as well as those practicing other creative consensual sexual and relationship styles. It is just fine if the kink or poly issue isn’t the focus of treatment.
  • People struggling with out-of-control sexual behaviors.
  • People considering opening or needing to renegotiate their relationship agreements.
  • Gay, Lesbian, and Trans-inclusive couples.
I am a sex-positive, consent affirming clinician. I am a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and I attend their conference yearly to stay up on the latest research, client issues, and treatments.
 
In addition to serving clients with sexual diversities, I am committed to giving back to people of color because my life has been enriched by mentors or color in many ways.
 
I’m also available for consultations, training, and guest lecturing.

Learn more about Eric and his practice on his site here.

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Let us introduce you to Michelle Baker, MFT

“I’m committed to providing quality care and service that equips clients with gained clarity, confidence, and connection in their embodiment and the relationships in their lives. I specialize in working with those who experience their gender, sexuality, and/or partnership configurations outside the narrow confines of what gets defined as ‘normative’ and am sensitive to the traumas that marginalized experience brings. My approach is relational, depth oriented, Buddhist informed, and values humor and realness.”

Learn more about Michelle and her practice on her site here.