Kink and BDSM
A Kink is a bend or twist in something that is usually perceived as being straight and narrow, and kinky sexual practices – kink – is used as an umbrella term for any forms of sexuality that go beyond the confines of traditional or “vanilla” sexuality. This can include but is not limited to:
- BDSM – the practices of bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism.
- Dominant/ submissive relationships
- Group sex
- Play partnerships
- Fantasy and role-playing
- Voyeurism or exhibitionism
Kink is a healthy expression of sexuality and connection!
Some of the challenges folks may face include:
- Using kink/ BDSM as a form of therapeutic expression
- Consent and Negotiation
- Boundary setting and boundary erasure
- CNC – consensual (ethical) non-consent
- Abuse in the context of kink and D/s
- Understanding and setting limits
- Navigating multiple play partners
- Shame, stigma, and pathologization
Safer kink frameworks I use:
- Safe Sane and Consensual (SSC)
- Risk Aware Consensual Kink (RACK)
- Personal Responsibility Informed Consensual Kink (PRICK)
I am able to support individuals and small groups (play partners, families of all types, and similar small gatherings) in counseling sessions by fostering a safer space to share challenges and concerns to support everyone in feeling seen and heard.