The Journey Towards Discovery

People often ask me how I became a sex therapist and how I ended up specializing in alternative means of sexual expression. After all, it is not a typical college major. Usually I smile and tell them that it has been a journey.

I began working in clinics that provided contraception, testing, and treatment for STI’s (sexually transmitted infections), and abortion services. Many of the women and men were scared, nervous, embarrassed to be there. And, as I discovered, undereducated about how the sexual aspects of their life worked. I was educating them about how to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy and sexual infections, and helping them to understand their sexual lives, desires, and behaviors. I realized that there was a need for more than the short-term, one-visit approach they were receiving in meeting a mostly physical need.


I studied sex therapy and found psychology still considered “out-of-the-norm” sexual behavior as pathological in nature, in need of correction. Yet, in my professional work, I didn’t see that as true in the people I was working with day in and day out. Instead of judging the things I didn’t understand, I explored deeper, discovering there was more to understand than to judge.


Sexuality Is Part Of Our Humanity


In our Western culture, we are still finding simple conversations about sex to be taboo or at best in poor taste. Yet our sexuality starts at birth and doesn’t end until our lives do. It is an innate part of our humanity. And, if “normal” sex is taboo, how much more difficult is it to breach the subject of alternative sex and sexuality? For those who are different in their sexual expression and desires, there is even a greater fear. This results in hiding who they are, denying what they want and questioning themselves. Often even resorting to calling themselves a freak.


When we don’t know who or where to turn to with questions, we often feel depressed, unfulfilled and question what is wrong with us. I seek to change that by sharing a new understanding, beliefs and resources to help each person find their happy, healthy, sexuality.



5650 Greenwood Plaza Blvd
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

rhoda@drrhoda.com
(720) 530-6545

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