Desirée N. Robinson is an Integrative Psychotherapist passionate about supporting people to repair emotional wounds around sex, intimacy, body image, and self-worth. She supports individuals and couples to navigate how to use their skills for connection— as opposed to survival or protection. Every session is client-centered with a focus on education, empowerment, and inviting her clients into a new (and more fulfilling) way of living. Humor and insight are key to her psychotherapy work, and she actively works to diligently support her clients in cultivating and nurturing the insight, awareness, and skillset to do life and love in a way that gets their needs met.
Desirée specializes in supporting people around marital & premarital counseling, depression, anxiety, discernment counseling (deciding whether to stay or go), ethnic/racial trauma, sex and faith concerns, navigating life changes, and self-esteem/body image concerns. Her experience includes her work with adults from a diverse range of demographics, including married couples, high-conflict couples, individuals, families, veterans, LGBTQ+ adults, gender non-binary adults, and those practicing CNM/ENM.
Desirée is well-versed in applying creative methods to her counseling practice, and she employs a wide range of techniques in her skill— including but not limited to EMDR therapy, the Gottman Method, mind-body tools and techniques, de-escalation skills, drawing/journaling/mapping, and inner-child work.
Education and Research
Desirée holds degrees from Towson University (B.S. in Family Studies and Community Development) and New Mexico Highlands University (M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work) and is in pursuit of her Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology from the International Institute of Clinical Sexology.
Her training in substance abuse assessment and treatment for ethnically and spiritually marginalized indigenous populations in New Mexico drove her desire to study integrative practices as a way of supporting people in impactful and personally significant ways. Since then, she has studied evidence-based practices around assessing and treating addiction, trauma, mental illness, relational dysfunction, and complementary and integrative modalities including sand tray therapy, clinical hypnosis, ego state therapies, and more.
Currently, her research centers around the impact of self-esteem, sexual self-esteem, and power on relational dynamics within different systems.
When Desirée is not facilitating sessions, she enjoys amusement parks, domestic and international travel, sitting at the feet of wise women and elders, working toward finishing her degree, and dreaming about living in a #TinyHouse.
She is passionate about training and presenting to other therapists, having provided training in places such as the UAE before the pandemic. Her next training will be for yoga teachers, supporting bodies of all shapes and sizes, and she is hopeful to provide that training in-person later this year.