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Shay Kahani

MSW, LISW, LMSW (she/her/hers)

Experiencing difficulties with sexual connection can feel isolating. Struggling with trauma that keeps you from connection can make that feel even worse. My passion is for helping clients to explore their sexuality and find the right place for them. To explore their past traumas, to be able to live a peaceful life, and to feel better about themselves. My work involves helping clients explore their feelings and become emotionally stronger.

I also recognize that traditional “talk therapy” doesn’t always help break past the negative messages that drive shame and pain and I aim to incorporate trauma-informed methods including EMDR, Expressive Art Therapy, and mindfulness as a way to get “unstuck” from your trauma.

My passion is for helping clients explore their sexuality to find their right place.

As a result of my continued training in the field of sex therapy, I enjoy working with a wide variety of sexual concerns such as: intimacy, sexual trauma, parenting issues, broken trust, sexual identity exploration, sexual dysfunction, vaginismus, open relationships, passion, sex addiction, pregnancy and post-partum depression, changes in the family and relationships, LGBTQIA++, and more.

I also work with folx in the LGBTQIA+ community, ENM/CNM and other forms of open relating, the kink community and more. I work with individuals, families, and couples 16+.

Through your work with me I hope you come to know yourself and your partner(s) better and experience healing to give you the fulfilled life you deserve.

Some areas of specialization: 
Consensual Non-Monogamy/Ethical Non-Monogamy/Polyamory
Desire Discrepancy
Erectile issues
LGBTQIA+ relationships
Low libido
Men's sexual health
Painful sex
Performance anxiety
Pleasure enhancement
Pornography issues
Premature ejaculation
Problematic sexual behavior/sex addiction
Purity culture
Rekindling desire
Sexual anxiety
Sexual trauma
Sexual identity/orientation
Trans-affirming/gender exploration
Vaginismus/vaginal pain
Women's pelvic pain and sexual health

Education & Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Social Work - Youngstown State University
  • EMDR certified and CIT (consultant in training)
  • Expressive Art Therapy certified
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) certified sex therapist
  • Licensed Independent Social Worker in Ohio #I.2103173 and Kentucky #257029
  • Speaks Hebrew