Dr. Shawn Chrisman – Working with Poly and Consensual Non-Monogamous Communities

10/05/2018 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Shawn Chrisman is a Dallas, Texas therapist specializing in relationship and sexual issues, infidelity, communcation building, sexual problems, gender counseling and identity.

Intimacy & Sexuality . . . Do these two words bring about feelings of discomfort, shame, guilt or inadequacy? Are you struggling with an issue around sexuality?

When you feel good about your most intimate relationship with a significant other, you experience daily joy, better relationships with your partner and are able to offer the best of yourself. When you have a concern about intimacy or sexuality, you may struggle with your relationships or experience anxiety and depression.

In counseling, we work together to overcome:

• Low desire and lack of intimacy in relationships
• Sexual performance concerns (e.g., erectile dysfunction, sexual pain, rapid ejaculation)
• Disclosure or exploration of attraction, gender identity, BDSM lifestyles
• Porn addiction or other client-identified problematic sexual behaviors
• Recovery from sexual trauma

With a specialization in sexuality, I additionally work with individuals and couples in navigating polyamorous or open relationships. Clients may come in with a concern about sexual orientation, gender identity or interest in kink activities; we work together to explore how this is impacting the client and how best to move forward. My approach to therapy is Individual Psychology. As individuals, we hold a basic interest in the welfare of others. This interest, along with an individual’s way of seeing the world, drives the choices we make. I believe we are all naturally motivated to work towards positive outcomes in our lives. Along the way, we may encounter areas in our lives that we feel are obstacles to accomplishing our personal life goals. Through the counseling relationship, we will identify your goals and work to improve areas you feel need some work to get you back on track.

In my previous (career) life, I worked in professional sports, agency, retail and start-up environments. After 11 years in marketing and advertising, I decided to take an exit ramp from the world of business and move over to the world of counseling and psychology. I hold a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Mississippi State University, a Master’s in Sports Management from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Southern Methodist University. I am a member of American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, National Association for Alcoholism, and Drug Abuse Counselors and Texas Counseling Association.

Sponsor: Center for Discovery

Center For Discovery has been providing residential and outpatient treatment for adults and teens for over 20 years. Center For Discovery provides treatment for men and women with eating disorders, teens with eating disorders, teens with mental health disorders, and teens with substance abuse issues. Each of their locations is dedicated solely to one of their specialized treatment programs.

Center For Discovery has been dedicated to providing successful residential and outpatient treatment for years, and over that time has developed a proprietary treatment model that has helped us create a legacy of success. Their proprietary program allows for one-of-a-kind treatment to be provided to every client to support their healing, growth, and recovery.

Admission: $20

Date(s) - 10/05/2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ogden Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, Richardson