Sophia "Sophie" Pimsler, MA LMFT (She/Her) Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Sex Therapist Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200)
Finding the right therapist can be a daunting task. However, there is good news! As the saying goes… “We can’t pick our family, but we can pick our…” therapist!
I provide individual therapy for ages 10 & up and specialize in relational/couples therapy. I hold a Masters of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and a Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Before becoming a therapist, I completed myBachelor'sof Science in Dance with a minor in Alcohol & Drug Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I continue to work in the performing arts, am a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200), and use somatic interventions in my therapy practice. As a sex therapist, rather than working from the brain to the body, I investigate where the body is holding past experiences and how that impacts one’s daily life. Clinical research has supported that our bodies have untapped information that our cognitions are unable to access as readily. Therefore, through body & mindtreatment you will experience more rapid and long-lastingresults.
When working with clients I enjoy providing space to discuss three subjects that we are told not to: money, politics, and sex. These three topics are often the key stressors in our relationships with others and essential to directly process. Growing up in a mixed religious and cultural household, I have a passion for helping people navigate differences. Some of these might be conflicting ideologies or values, differing cultural/racial identities, or spiritual practices.
By being encouraged to discuss various aspects of sexuality, we can see how it relates to our overall mental health. This may include the impact of life transitions on relational intimacy, libido concerns, performance anxiety, mismatched desire, sexual discomfort, sexual trauma, questions about sexuality or sexual identity, and/or past events that are affecting sexual connection. I enjoy helping people of all gender, sexual, and relational identities. I also have extensive experience working with survivors of religious trauma, including those recovering from the trauma of conversion therapy.
I believe that trust is the cornerstone of the client and provider relationship. Therefore, I will make certain collaboration and connection are integrated in every session. I look forward to guiding your healing journey.
Makenzie McMahon, MS (She/Her) Sex Therapist
I hold a Masters of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy and a Graduate Certification in Sex Therapy from the University of Wisconsin- Stout.
When I talk to people about my education and career, I’m often met with the question: “but why sex therapy?” The answer is simple really, “why not sex therapy?” Sex and sexuality are important, valid, and intregal part of our lives and as such, they should be normalized and celebrated. Through my work, I get the privilege to help others find and/or strengthen and empower the parts of themselves that are paramount to their being, their relationships, and their lives.
I am passionate about helping people connect with themselves through strength-based and collaborative approaches as I believe you are the expert on yourself. Through this work, I hold a safe, affirmative, and non- judgemental space where all are welcomed and celebrated as they are. My goal in providing services is to work collaboratively to find solutions while meeting you where you’re at and guiding you to where you want to be.
I am passionate about helping all individuals and couples, including folx in the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities. Some of my interests for all folx include BDSM/kink, sexual and gender identities and exploration, relationship orientations, adolescents, adjustment concerns, orgasm difficulty, and concerns surrounding libido.
I look forward to working with you and being a part of your journey! Makenzie is supervised by Amanda Holmberg MS LMFT
Eric Anfinson, MS LMFT (He/Him) Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Sex Therapist
I hold a Masters of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy from University of Wisconsin- Stout, and continued on to receive a Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a specialized way of working with trauma.
Sex & Sexuality can be a bright and healthy part of our lives and relationships, but when things go wrong it can feel like they're overshadowing everything else. I strive to help individuals and couples bring joy into their sex and sexuality through meaningful therapy in a supportive environment. My goal is to help you resolve the here and now concerns as well as feel confident and empowered to move forward after therapy.
I feel passionate about helping people work through a myriad of sexual challenges such as: Low or mismatched desire, erectile dysfunction, early or delayed ejaculation, difficulty with orgasm, painful sex, sexual trauma, and more. As a Sex and Relationship Therapist, I enjoy helping people of all gender, sexual, and relational identities, and have experience working with the LGBT+, BDSM/Kink, and Poly communities.
I utilize an eclectic approach to sessions, with focus on collaboration and solutions. I provide a welcoming, non-judgemental, and safe environment, so that you feel comfortable and assured that your story is heard and you are empowered to reach your goals. I am excited to meet with you for a free consultation appointment where we can look at first steps to improving your relationship or sex life.
Dr. Lauren Fogel Mersy, PsyD LP (She/Her) Licensed Psychologist AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
I received my masters and doctorate in clinical psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Phoenix, Arizona. I completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota’s Program in Human Sexuality. I’m a certified sex therapist with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). I have over 10 years of experience working in the mental health field. My areas of interest and expertise include low libido/sexual desire, partners and couples with mismatched libidos, sexual and pelvic pain, orgasm difficulties, erection difficulties, early ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, sexual anxiety, sexual shame, compulsive and out-of-control sexual behavior (some people refer to this as sex addiction), and couples and relationship therapy. I also enjoy working with individuals to explore and affirm their gender identity, sexual orientation, and diverse relationship structures (including ethical non-monogamy, polyamory, swinging, open marriage, etc).
My goal is to work as a partner with my clients to create a therapeutic experience that best meets their individual needs and concerns. I use a combination of modalities and techniques in my practice, including Masters and Johnson’s sensate focus therapy exercises, mindfulness, cognitive and behavioral therapy techniques, and Gottman Method. I have completed Level 3 practicum training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and I use Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my practice.
I also have a background working in integrated medicine, and enjoy helping clients seek out holistic care with medical and other professionals to make sure we are approaching your concerns from all angles.
Amanda Holmberg, MS LMFT (She/Her) Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist AAMFT/Board Approved Supervisor Clinic Director/Owner
I hold a Masters of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy from University of Wisconsin-Stout, where I also enjoy teaching as an adjunct instructor. I have extensive training and experience in working with sexual concerns of any kind. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a specialized way of working with trauma. I also have over 10 years of experience working in the mental health field.
Much of the work I do involves helping couples or individuals who, for whatever reason, are not having the kind of sex life they want to have. This could be due to: recent life transitions that have put sex at a low priority, low/mismatched desire, erectile dysfunction, early ejaculation, sexual trauma, sexual pain, and more. I enjoy helping couples bring back sexual enjoyment who cannot quite identify why it got lost in the first place. One particular area I enjoy working with is individuals or couples who are struggling with sex after a cancer diagnosis. I am passionate about helping those with gender identity or sexual orientation exploration and those in non-traditional relationships (poly, swinging, open marriages, kink, etc).
Many couples also find themselves experiencing life transitions or issues unrelated to sex concerns. I can definitely help there too! I have special interest in working with: high conflict couples, couples considering divorce, and blended families. When appropriate, I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy with couples.
I work to make everyone who enters my office feel comfortable and confident that we can work collaboratively to get to a better place for you. I am happy to answer any questions about beginning the process of therapy and also offer a free 30 minute consultation appointment to help you determine if we are a good fit.
Part of my work as a therapist has also been facilitating presentations and workshops on the topic of sexuality and sex therapy to the public, graduate students, and therapists. I have presented at the local and national level. I look forward to continue to do more of this in the future and welcome the opportunity to do so. I also offer supervision, internships, and consultation to therapists. I am an LMFT board-approved & AAMFT approved supervisor for those seeking their LMFT and LPCC licensure.
Jen Jasperson, MA LMFT
(She/Her) Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
I hold a masters degree in Counseling & Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate school. I have been driven to continue to receive extra trainings post graudate school and have specialized training in: EMDR & Brainspotting for trauma and Maternal Mental Health.
I am passionate about working individually with women on improving their lives. I particularly enjoy using my specialized training in trauma to help women work through traumatic events either from childhood or adulthood that feel "stuck" or are affecting their ability to live their life they way they want to. This can also include working through sexual shame/anxiety & low or mismatched desire.
I also enjoy working with women who are struggling with any of the many complexities that can occur while trying to become mamas and after. This includes: infertility, pregnancy loss, traumatic births, and postpartum anxiety, depression, and other struggles. I know these are hard things to find ways to cope with, and I know that they can affect your ability to connect intimately with your partner. I enjoy helping women heal from the trauma of this, find new ways to take care of themselves, and connect better with their partner. I also offer a support group for women struggling with infertility at our sister clinic, Radiant Living Therapy.
I want you to feel like I am engaged with you, with you on the ride, and actively helping you with your therapy goals. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing how I can be of help!
(She/Her) Masters Level Intern Therapist
I hold a bachelor’s of science in psychology with a minor in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. I am a current graduate school student obtaining my master’s in counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy track, from St. Thomas University. Sexuality requires vulnerability, which can be difficult to express individually and in relationship. I am passionate about aiding individuals and couples in exploring their masked vulnerabilities to better connect and create a fulfilling life partnership. I have a strong interest in all aspects of female sexuality. I enjoy helping women explore both it’s expression and constraints from cultural and societal ideals/norms. I also enjoy working with couples or individuals who are going through the transition of becoming new parents and navigating their sex life postpartum. I also work with sexual trauma, depression/anxiety, and teens. Creating a safe space for self-exploration is crucial. I use a systemic lens when helping clients combined with evidence-based therapy practices such as mindfulness and CBT.
Due to Kailey being a supervised clinician in her masters program she is able to offer services at a reduced fee based on need. Kailey is supervised by Amanda Holmberg MS LMFT
(She/Her) Masters Level Intern Therapist
I hold a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in Psychology, Sexuality Studies, and Gender Women Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato and am a current graduate student pursuing my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler Graduate School. As a queer Black woman, I am passionate about helping all populations including those belonging to BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.
I believe that through empowerment, self-growth, and self-acceptance, we can all live our undeniable truth, which is why I am interested in a holistic and eclectic approach when collaborating with clients on their journey. “Look down at your body, whisper, there is no home like you.” – Rupi Kaur
Due to Jasmine being a supervised clinician in her masters program she is able to offer services at a reduced fee based on need. Jasmine is supervised by Amanda Holmberg MS LMFT
Sexual Wellness Institute, PLLC is a specialized sex & relationship therapy practice in Plymouth, MN. We serve clients all over Minnesota and Wisconsin and are located near Maple Grove, St. Louis Park, Wayzata, & Minnetonka.