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Julie Labanz

MA, LPCC-S, CST (she/her/hers)

Most people ask me why sex therapy? I grew up in Cincinnati, a town that is known for being rather conservative. I have witnessed friends, family, and strangers experience shame, pain, embarrassment, and more because of the taboo stigma that accompanies sex. No matter what part of the United States you might find yourself in, people are still struggling to talk about this beautiful and life-giving (literally!) act.

I am passionate about helping break down the walls of discomfort and shame and working to open people up to talking about sex. I believe that education can bring about great change and I would love to see people stop settling for mediocre and step into the fullness of their own potential.

It is clear to me that educating others about their bodies decreases shame and opens up conversations around self-love, consent, and healthy boundaries.

I have so many friends tell me I’m the first person to teach them what a clitoris is, or that it’s normal for sex to not last for hours like in porn, or that sex isn’t supposed to hurt… ever! My hope is that by providing a safe space for people to begin having discussions about sex, we can slowly see change to where people are comfortable with their sexuality and they are empowered to make healthy choices for themselves and their bodies, based on empirically supported research.

I enjoy working with a wide variety of sexual concerns ranging from: mismatched libidos, affair recovery, sexual dysfunction/pain, vaginismus, kink exploration, exploring ENM/CNM/open-relating, out of control sexual behaviors, porn addiction, sexual shame, general education, lack of pleasure, communication challenges, and more.

I love working with couples on general communication challenges, affair recovery, and getting back to a place of contentment and happiness together. I also work with folx in the LGBTQIA++, kink, and ENM communities. Additionally, I work with couples/polycules and individuals 18+.

Education & Qualifications
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Ohio: #E.2102378-SUPV
  • Licensed Professional Counselor in Kentucky: #272502
  • Certified Sex Therapist through The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Cincinnati Christian University (while I do not incorporate faith into counseling by default, I am able to provide faith-based counseling upon request)
  • Gottman level 1 training
  • EMDR informed
  • Havening informed
  • PREPARE/ENRICH certified
  • DBT trained