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Beth Apfelbaum, MFT
- MFT | 43095
- | (if applicable)
- 830 Bancroft Way, Suite #110 Berkeley, California 94710
- 543 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
- (415) 863-2222
About Beth Apfelbaum MFT
- ADD/ADHD, Adult Performers, Alternative Sexuality & Lifestyle, Anxiety/Panic, BDSM/Kink, Body Size Diversity, Couples/Relationship Counseling, Depression, Fetishism, Grief & Loss, LGBQIA, OCD, Polyamory & Alt. Relationship Configurations, Sexual Dysfunction, Sex Work, Spirituality
- CBT, EMDR Therapy, Experiential/Somatic Therapy, Feminist, Group Therapy, Mindfulness, Sex Therapy
- I provide superbills (invoices) for insurance reimbursement
- Cisgender Female
- Jewish, White/European American
Over the last 25 years of clinical work, spiritual practice, sex counseling, and research review, I've developed a signature blend of innovative approaches that have helped many hundreds of individuals, couples, and group members to manifest, grow and savor the relationships and sex lives they desire.
With lovingkindness and grace, I warmly welcome, and knowledgably address, the needs of individuals and couples (and other romantic configurations) of all orientations, genders, and practices: from monogamy to polyamory, and from tantra to kink.
What most stands out about my offerings is that they bring forth a marriage of wisdom from ancient spiritual traditions with modern evidence-based insights on love, sex and relationship.
For the past 20 years, I’ve been facilitating ten-week Sexual Healing and Empowerment therapy groups for women.
The ongoing support and reflection of other women provides a safe and unique container for profound sexual transformation to occur. Participants consistently experience an accelerated unfolding of their erotic healing and power, beyond what they ever imagined.
Typical experiences include:
• Moving from shame-filled stories to owning your sexual truth
• Overcoming specific—even longstanding—sexual difficulties
• Unearthing your most charged passions and fantasies, for both healing AND pleasure
Illuminating fantasies, the most taboo part of our erotic mind, provides an especially fertile healing ground.
One of my biggest takeaways from the myriad of groups I've facilitated is that most people unintentionally create their own sexual distress. They do this by attaching themselves to limiting and negative beliefs generated by their minds—rather than residing in their bodies and listening to their deepest sexual truths.
Time and time again, I learned it’s what we tell ourselves about our sexuality that leads us awry.
This discovery led me to create an original body of work: Mindful Sexuality—A Psychospiritual Approach to Erotic Transformation. Using unique tools, techniques and practices clients experience profound and beautiful sex-positive transformations.
I also have extensive experience working with sexual trauma, most notably using EMDR to help survivors of sexual abuse. And I have a wealth of experience working with a broad range of sexual "dysfunction".
Finally, I founded the Loving Sexuality Institute to help promote sex-positive ways of being that reside within a large and loving field of awareness.
Or, at the end, what I decided on:
Finally, I promote what I call "Loving Sexuality," which allows for sex-positivity to be held in a large and loving field of awareness.