Amy Palmer, Couples & Sex Therapist

Amy is a Certified Sex Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Amy specializes in all forms of consensually non-monogamous (CNM) relationships. Clients find Amy when they are looking to navigate a new dynamic or are feeling stuck in their current relationship style. 

She also works with clients who are experiencing desire differences in their relationship, are navigating an STI/STD diagnosis, struggling with anxiety in or out of the bedroom or are simply exploring their own sexuality.

Let’s face it, communication is complicated. Nobody teaches us how to do this in life. Emotions can become overwhelming leaving us feeling alone and stuck. This is why Amy is here.  She believes in providing you with skills and resources to navigate all difficulties that may come your way. She doesn’t just sit and passively listen. She goes deep and gets to work.

Amy Palmer, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Her Approach

Amy has been in a consensually non-monogamous relationship for more than 25 years. “I’ve been there, and I’ve seen a lot.  I’ve witnessed many friends going to some amazing therapists only to spend their sessions trying to educate their counselor on their lifestyle, or worse, defend it. I believe you deserve a therapist who understands and is knowledgeable in CNM.”

Amy draws from Gottman, person centered, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral theory. She helps clients in understanding their unhealthy thinking patterns, navigating positive relationship dynamics and improving sexual intimacy and identity.

“I feel my strengths in the therapy I provide are the non-judgment approach I bring to each session, my compassion, my relaxed style as well as my ability to challenge clients when necessary.  I believe in building a therapeutic relationship that is characterized by openness, trust, and collaboration.”

Amy’s Sexual and relationship role models are Esther Perel, Emily Nagoski, and Betty Dodson.

Who She Can Help

Amy works with clients who are experiencing desire differences, sexual dissatisfaction or dysfunction, infidelity, low libido, and “porn/sex addiction.”  She welcomes the LGBTQ+ and kink communities. She is sex-positive and affirming to all sexual orientations and gender identities. 

Amy specializes in all forms of consensually non-monogamous (CNM) relationships. Clients find Amy when they are looking to navigate a new dynamic or are feeling stuck in their current relationship style. 

Struggles may include feelings of jealousy, shame, guilt, stigmas, and fear as well as breakdowns in communication.  These are all common feelings and experiences that so many go through. You are not alone, and you certainly aren’t broken or doing it wrong.

Some issues Amy is passionate about:

  • Consensual non-monogamy
  • Desire differences
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Kink/BDSM

Credentials and Training

Amy is Licensed Professional Counselor Associate.  She holds a Masters Degree in Education in Couples and Family Therapy, and is currently pursuing her 90-hour AASECT sex therapy certification through the Sexual Health Alliance.

Here are a few of Amy’s trainings and credentials.

  • Diversity & Couples Issues with Nicoletta Heidegger, Dr. Zhana Vrangalova, & Dr. Melody Brown – February 2021
  • Modern Sexual Issues in Education and Therapy with Dr. David Ley, Ph.D – March 2021
  • Getting our own KINK on with Midori – July 2021
  • Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) – December 2021
  • Keeping the Spark Alive with Dr. Rhonda Balzarini – February 2022
  • Coming Together: Techniques for Working with Relationships & Couples – November 2022
  • Gottman Level 1 – January 2024
  • Professional Trauma Professional – January 2024
  • Certified Sex Therapist – Sexual Health Alliance – February 2024
  • Gottman Level 2 – In process
  • From Trauma to Triumph – Dr. Joe Kort – January 2024

Amy's Background

Amy is originally from Northern Virginia but has lived in Austin for 23 years. She is a yoga instructor and massage therapist. She enjoys taking her three dogs (two Yorkies and a German Shepherd) to the park and lakes. She is also a huge foodie, who loves finding new and delicious restaurants all over the Austin area.

Prior to becoming a therapist, Amy served in the United States Air Force as a mental health technician. Afterward, she received her degree in public relations where she worked for several small boutique firms in Austin, Texas.

 

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