"You shouldn't have to educate your therapist about poly, kink, queer, or gender non-conforming issues."
Heath Schechinger, Ph.D., is a licensed counseling psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-chair of the American Psychological Association Division 44 Consensual Non-monogamy Task Force. He also offers therapy and consultation services in the San Francisco Bay Area .
In addition to providing support for anxiety and depression, Heath specializes working with alternative relationships, sexualities, couples/partners, infidelity, and sex therapy. He has considerable experience in working with concerns related to polyamory/open relationships, kink, TGNC/NB, and LGBQIA. He has multiple published articles, including the largest study to date on effective therapy practices with people engaged consensual non-monogamy.
Many people seek Heath out because of his expertise and advocacy with diverse sexualities and relationship structures, and/or because they prefer to work with a therapist who is knowledgeable and affirming of their marginalized identity or lifestyle. He welcomes people of every ability, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, race/ethnicity, and religious/spiritual affiliation, and strives to integrate aspects of your unique cultural background and intersecting identities.
Heath's approach to therapy can be described as emotion-focused, compassionate, and holistic. He creates a safe and judgment-free space to bravely explore your concerns and desires. He enjoys facilitating corrective emotional experiences by exploring and at times, re-experiencing suffering, through a safe and compassionate lens . He also works collaboratively to examine attachment patterns and barriers to growth to help discover strategies for enhancing communication and intimacy. Together you’ll create tangible goals, and he’ll take an active role in supporting you along the way.
Personal/intrapersonal growth and development
Identity exploration (gender, sexuality, relationships)
Life/career & relationship transitions (pre-marital, opening up, separation, infidelity, divorce)
Interpersonal issues (romantic parter(s), friends, family)
Coming out/visibility management concerns
Anxiety, stress, panic
Grief and Loss
Individuals, couples, multiple partners
Poly, kink, trans*, gender non-conforming
Creative & artistic communities
Individuals engaged in non-traditional work
Individuals who want to open their relationship
Individuals engaged in or impacted by infidelity
First generation college students
Undergraduate and Graduate students