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Mental Health, Sexuality, and Wellness Resources

Body-Positive and Health at Every Size (HAES) Care Services & Resources

Dr. Ana Paunovic, M.D., HAES-centered medical care (DC)

Be Nourished events and services for Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size (HAES), and fat liberation

Body Kindness with nutritionist and body-positive entrepreneur Rebecca Scritchfield

Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Lindo Bacon

Health at Every Size community resources

HAES Health Sheet Library (downloadable, explains common medical conditions in the context of fatphobia)

Resilient Fat Goddex consulting for health care professionals to better serve clients of size (also offers fat support groups and coaching to those suffering eating disorders)

Body-Positive Parenting

The Full Bloom Project (body-positive parenting)

Body-Positive Photography

Blue Boy Photography (trans-inclusive photography)

Three Boudoir photography studio

Healing Body Image

Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out– and Never Say Diet Again by Rebecca Scritchfield

The Body Positivity Card deck by Judith Matz and Amy Pershing

Paula D. Atkinson, LICSW Body Liberation support groups (on Zoom)

“The Problem with Poodle Science” video about the limitations of our research on weight and health, by the Association for Size Diversity and Health on YouTube

The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

You Have the Right to Remain Fat by Virgie Tovar

Size-Inclusive Fitness

Jessamyn Stanley (body image/fat yoga)

Mindfully Active body-inclusive fitness

Art Therapy

HCA Virginia hospitals including Dominion Hospital in Falls Church offer Integrative Therapy programs including a variety of art therapy programs.

Medical/Physical Care

Dr. Ana Paunovic, M.D., HAES-centered medical care (DC)

Dr. Carter Owen, M.D.– trans-friendly OBGYN & fertility specialist (VA)

Dupont Circle Physician’s Group– LGBTQIA+ friendly primary care (DC)

Hannah Schoonover, PT, DPT (they/them), pelvic floor physical therapist (DC)

Dr. Irwin Goldstein, founder of the field of sexual medicine (CA)

Dr. Marie Jeffsell, physical therapist who does pelvic floor work with men (DC)

MedStar Gender Affirming Surgery and support resources (MD, DC, VA)

Dr. Natalya E. Danilyants, MD, nonbinary-friendly OB-GYN (MD)

Northern Virginia Pediatric Associates for trans-inclusive children’s care

One Medical– LGBTQIA+ friendly primary care (DC)

Ophelia Mbah, PMHNP, psychiatric nurse practitioner (Baltimore)

Transition Physical Therapy, pelvic floor physical therapy services (NoVA)

Support and Coaching Groups

DBT skills groups offered through the Montgomery County Counseling Center (MD)

Gender Spectrum’s online groups for gender-expansive youth and their families

Gender Wellness Clinic youth support groups at The Heartwood Program (MD)

Paula D. Atkinson, LICSW Body Liberation support groups (on Zoom)

Rock Recovery therapeutic and group services for eating disorders in DC, VA, and CA

Trans & nonbinary support groups at the DC Center for the LGBT Community

Trans Families VA (Facebook page/community)

Surrogate Partners

Brian Gibney, surrogate partner therapist

International Professional Surrogates Association

Surrogate Partner Collective


Acebook, a free online dating network for asexuals

Ace in the Hole asexuality resource website

Ace Meetup, a Tumblr group for asexual community

A OK podcast about asexuality and aromanticism

Asexual Dating Site

(A)Sexual film by Angela Tucker

Asexuality Top 10 Common Misconceptions

The Asexual Visibility & Education Network

Celibate Passions, a free online dating network for asexual and celibate people

Fuck Yeah Asexual, a Tumblr for asexual support

The Invisible Orientation by Julie Sondra Decker

Yasmin Benoit’s Asexuality YouTube channel


Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out by Loraine Hutchins and Lani Kaahumanu

Bisexual events and groups at the DC Center for the LGBT Community

Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire by Lisa M. Diamond

Culture Debate

John Corvino, Ph.D. (professor of philosophy who deals with homosexuality in mainstream culture as well as gay religious shame)

Gay Men

The Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein

Inclusive Services

Carolina House Center for Eating Disorders for queer and trans-inclusive residential treatment services

Dupont Circle Physician’s Group– LGBTQIA+ friendly primary care (DC)

One Medical– LGBTQIA+ friendly primary care (DC)

Queer Ear Mental Health


Before “I Do”: Complete Pre-Marital Counseling Workbook for Heterosexual, LGBTQ, and Polyamorous Couples by Olivia L. Baylor


PFLAG national organization supporting LGBTQIA+ people and their families and loved ones

Rainbow Families (resources and support for LGBTQIA+ families with children)

Queer Women

Girlfag: A Life Told in Sex and Musicals by Janet Hardy

Girl Sex 101: A Queer Pleasure Guide for Women and Their Lovers by Allison Moon


SMYAL’s virtual programming for queer youth


“50 Strategies to Beat Anxiety” in Psychology Today

Rootd app for panic attack & anxiety relief


McLean Neuropsychiatric Treatment Center for treatment-resistant depression (VA)

Mental Health Tools

“Being Prepared for a Crisis” resource for families/loved ones, by the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential– and Endangered by Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook — What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing by Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz

Crisis planning worksheet for perpetrators of abuse (to be prepared to de-escalate)

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by Matthew McKay

The Feelings Wheel, an infographic for better defining your emotional state

The High-Conflict Couple: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy, and Validation by Alan E. Fruzzetti and Marsha M. Linehan

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

Negative Thinking

“15 Cognitive Distortions to Blame for Your Negative Thinking” in PsychCentral

“Why Is Self-Acceptance So Hard?” on Psychology Today

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior by Jeffrey M. Schwartz

Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Therapist Guide by Edna B. Foa, Elna Yadin, and Tracey K. Lichner

The Imp of the Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts by Lee Baer

The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Bruce Hyman, Ph.D. and Cherlene Pedrick, R.N.

Overcoming Perfectionism: A Self-Help Guide Using Scientifically Supported Cognitive Behavioural Techniques by Roz Shafran, Sarah Egan, and Tracey Wade

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The Cognitive Behavioral Coping Skills Workbook for PTSD: Overcome Fear and Anxiety and Reclaim Your Life by Matthew T. Tull, Ph.D., Kim L. Gratz, Ph.D., and Alexander L. Chapman, Ph.D., RPsych

Anal Sex

Anal Pleasure and Health: A Guide for Men, Women, and Couples by Jack Morin, Ph.D.

Episode 18 of the Sex and Psychology podcast with Dr. Justin Lehmiller, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Anal Sex, But Were Afraid to Ask” with Dr. Evan Goldstein

The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Men by Bill Brent

The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women by Tristan Taormino

BIPOC Sexuality

Afrosexology (sex education for Black people)

The Black Girl’s Guide to Couples’ Intimacy by Dr. Lexx Brown-James, LMFT, CSES, CSE

For People with Vulvas

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski

“Demystifying Female Ejaculation: What You Always Wanted to Know But Didn’t Know to Ask” by Francesca Gentille

General Sex Ed

The Body Electric School

The Guide to Getting It On by Paul Joannides

Helping Us Grow Sexually (H.U.G.S.)

Rebel Love: Break the Rules, Destroy Toxic Habits, and Have the Best Sex of Your Life by Dr. Chris Donaghue, Ph.D.

SexSmartFilms (videos on a wide variety of sex education and sexual literacy topics)

Wellcelium (sex ed, intimacy, relationships; queer/trans founded)

Oral Sex

She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring a Woman by Ian Kerner


Body Beloved: A Tantric Journey (Meetup in MD)

Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century by Barbara Carrellas

Workshops with Sex Educators

Elle Chase class list

The Wheel of Consent online workshop series with Amy Weissfeld and JoJo Bear

Youth Sex Education

Our Whole Lives developmentally-appropriate sex education resources from the Universal Unitarian Association


Yes, No, Maybe So: A Sexual Inventory Checklist on Scarleteen

Anal Health

Anal Pleasure and Health: A Guide for Men, Women, and Couples by Jack Morin, Ph.D.

Exploring Sexuality

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski

Contemporary Male Sexuality by Barry & Emily McCarthy (aimed at cismale sexuality)

“Decipher Male Sexuality Through the Wisdom of These 8 Books” on Pretty Progressive (aimed at cismale sexuality)

“Frequency of Pornography Use and Sexual Health Outcomes in Sweden: Analysis of a National Probability Survey” in the Journal of Sexual Medicine

“Four Pillars of Strength” couples sex therapy exercise

Magnificent Sex: Lessons from Extraordinary Lovers by Peggy Kleinplatz and A. Menard

Sex Outside the Lines: Authentic Sexuality in a Sexually Dysfunctional Culture by Dr. Chris Donaghue, Ph.D.

The Six Principles of Sexual Health on the Harvey Institute website

Yes, No, Maybe Checklist on Bex Talks Sex

Yes, No, Maybe So: A Sexual Inventory Checklist on Scarleteen


“Men: A Step-By-Step Guide to Masturbating for Heightened Pleasure” in the Times of India (for people with penises; CW for gendered language)

Sex for One: The Joy of Selfloving by Betty Dodson (primarily aimed at AFAB/cisfemale sexuality)


Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters– and How to Get It by Laurie Mintz (aimed at cisgender heterosexual partners)

Becoming Orgasmic: A Sexual and Personal Growth Programme for Women by Julia Heiman (for people with vulvas; CW for gendered language)

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski (for people with vulvas; CW for gendered language)

The Elusive Orgasm: A Woman’s Guide to Why She Can’t and How She Can Orgasm by Vivienne Cass, Ph.D. (for people with vulvas; CW for gendered language)

The Multi-Orgasmic Man: Sexual Secrets Every Man Should Know by Mantak Chia and Douglas Abrams (for people with penises; CW for gendered language)

Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS) resources

Post-Partum Sexuality

The Orgasmic Mama

Sexuality After Childbirth: Debunking the Myths and Discovering New Heights of Pleasure by Yonina Rubenstein

Sexy Mamas: Keeping Your Sex Life Alive While Raising Kids by Cathy Winks & Anne Semans

Safer Sex Supplies

Lorals panties latex alternative to dental dams

Senior Sex

Guide to Wicked Sex: Senior Sex with jessica drake and Joan Price DVD

Sensate Focus

“Recovering Your Sex Drive with Sensate Focus Mindful Touching Techniques” on YouTube by Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Supervisor, CE Provider

Sensate Focus description & instructions PDF from Cornell Health

Sex Toys, Supplies, and Supports

A Femmecock sex-positive toy reviews

Hey Epiphora sex-positive toy reviews

Ohnut review on Allure (tool for limiting depth of PIV penetration)

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