Faith Harper is a licensed professional counselor, board supervisor, and counselor educator in San Antonio, Texas. She works as a quality assurance administrator for the Children’s Behavioral Health Division of the Center for Hope, an adjunct professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has a private practice providing counseling that focuses on sexuality and intimacy work as well as supervision to LPC interns.
Harper earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oklahoma, her Master’s degree in community counseling and her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio. While Harper didn’t intend on specializing in sexuality and intimacy, through her work she found clients had many issues related to sexuality, intimacy, and complicated romantic relationships.
As she got more training in this area, she began to formally provide therapy related to these issues. Soon, she began providing training to other therapeutic professionals on sexuality related topics, specializing in ethics and countertransference. Harper believes that human beings are remarkably resilient in the face of overwhelming obstacles, including trauma.
Shame, sex, and silence
Sex is one of those topics we allude to, joke about, dance around, but rarely really TALK about. Much of the therapeutic work done in counseling related to intimacy and sexuality is de-shaming common human experiences. A large percentage of that is pragmatic discussion and psychoeducation about sex. We take away the shame’s power when we talk about these issues from a practical standpoint. The three most common issues I provide psychoeducation on in therapy are kegels, lube, and sensate touch. So often so, I have declared these topics “the holy trinity of sex therapy.” Don’t forget to Google “sensate touch” and “sensate focus.”