Meet the therapist
I am a relationship and sex therapist specialized in improving relationships, intimacy and sexual health. Everyone is welcome! I work with couples, adults and teens from a variety of cultural and spiritual backgrounds (faith-based and secular). We are also LGBTQIA-friendly.
I am nationally certified by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), which has the highest standards for the profession. I am currently the only AASECT Certified Sex Therapist in the Des Moines area.
I believe relationships make life special. Relating well to oneself and to others is essential for a healthy and balanced life. But relationships are complex. Challenges in communication, intimacy, and sex are all too common. They are part of growing up as a couple, and they are also frustrating. If you are feeling stuck and want to learn more about overcoming such challenges, feel free to contact me. I will be glad to work with you and/or your partner towards your desired goals.
I use evidence-based approaches to help you feel comfortable with yourself and others. I am trained in a variety of individual, couples and sexual health approaches. Such approaches are adapted to the client's needs and goals. I also work with approaches related to shame/guilt and self-compassion. Currently, I am not trained to treat cases of ongoing domestic violence, serious drug addiction and sex offense.
For clarification, in terms of sex therapy, there is NO sex exercise done at the office, but individuals and couples may get readings and exercises to do at home.
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
AASECT Iowa Section Co-Lead
Certified Integrated Intimacy Practitioner (NW Institute of Intimacy)
Gottman Therapist for Couples
Emotionally Focused Therapist for Couples (EFT)
Certified Interfaith Spiritual Director
Masters in Public Health, University of Iowa, IA
Master in Health Administration, University of Iowa, IA
Masters in Business Administration, University of Iowa, IA
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My Professional Memberships:
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
American Association of Sexuality Educators and Sex Therapists (AASECT)
Northwest Institute on Intimacy, Seattle, WA (NWIOI)
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
The Gottman Institute (TGI)
Spiritual Directors International (SDI)
Joseli Alves-Dunkerson, LMFT, MA, MPH, MBA
IA State License MFT 095469
WA State License MFT LF6092.3982
Certified AASECT Sex Therapist