Have you ever found that saying “I’m sorry” just does not do the trick to feel connected with the one who is offended?  Or, on the other hand, have you ever received an “I’m sorry” and realize that it just does not feel like it meant anything or penetrated your hurt? I...

Couples who have experienced an affair within the relationship often ask me, “Is it possible to overcome this?”  The short answer is “Yes!”  Their pain and difficulty notwithstanding, affairs have the possibility of occasioning new bonds that can be even more meaningfu...

May 1, 2016

By Kimberly Castelo, LMFTA, CIIP

Certified Integrated Intimacy Professional


Men who struggle with Erectile Dysfunction (ED) often ask me, “What is wrong with my penis?”  My answer to them, which is often a surprise to my male clients, is: “NOTHING!  Nothing is wrong wit...

April 25, 2016

Women who have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) often have issues around:


Hair growth on face, chest



Irregular menstrual cycles

Male pattern baldness

and more …..



These issues can be difficult to manage.  Many women with PCOS tell me that they eat co...

When working with people around intimacy, I often assess how a couple flirts.  Flirting between those who are dating is expected, but after years of being married or living together, people forget to flirt or even how to flirt.


The reasons for flirting are so important...

September 30, 2014

When some people hear the word “conflict” or “confrontation,” they experience negative feelings. Those words can make people run for the hills because they can mean that a situation is difficult to handle. Dealing with conflict is not something people usually like to d...

September 11, 2014

Children are not confident on their own; confidence is developed.  How can parents foster confidence in their child?  Here are just a few tools to add to your parenting tool box!


  • Praise: Praise is a tricky topic because if you praise your child when they reall...

July 24, 2014

When you go to a therapist or a doctor, you are given a diagnosis. Depending on the diagnosis, you may think your situation is no big deal or you could find it worrisome.  Diagnoses can be concerning things.  


Truth be told, it can be easy for society to see you a...

July 10, 2014

There are many different reasons why people feel shame around sexuality and intimacy.  In this post, we will focus on one reason, which is what we have been taught.  In families in which bodies are taught to be dirty and sexual desire is to be avoided at any cost until...

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