KEZIAH L. MAYERS

MA, LMHCA, NCC, CCTP
SEX THERAPIST & SEX EDUCATOR

I'm not much for formalities, so you can call me Kez! 

 

My pronouns are she/her. I am queer, polyamorous, and kinky identified.

 

I am the founder of Body & Bind Counseling. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in WA, a Sex Therapist, a Sex Educator​, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I am also a Research Associate and member of the Social Media Outreach team on TASHRA's International Kink Health Study (IKHS). Additionally, I do contract work as a FetLife liaison for TASHRA.

 

Across various cultures and social structures, education about our minds, our bodies, and our potential as individuals within a collective has been lacking. I am dedicating my career to facilitating research that have historically silenced marginalized voices and providing evidence-based education and resources about sex and sexuality.

MY STORY

As a young girl, born and raised in the West Indies, I was fascinated with the human body and mind. I sought to learn everything I could, and if I didn't understand, I would ask a million questions until I did. I spent my days in libraries and between the pages of books. A desire birthed within me to learn as much as I could about the body and mind. This desire took me all the way to graduate school.

 

During my graduate program, I realized that sex was not something commonly discussed in counseling. This realization led me to reflect on my own experiences in counseling. I had been a part of the kink community since 2016 and in my personal counseling, I never felt comfortable talking about sex and kink with my counselors. My counselors did not ask me about the role of sex in my life, my perception as a sexual being, and ways I may have used sex to avoid difficult work. Sex wasn't something commonly discussed in my culture, nor did I have access to appropriate educational or health resources. This was unfortunate because sex was part of my expression and connection with others, and kink was part of my identity. 

 

became passionate about creating a safe space for the people I serve by providing what I wished I had received, and later what my clients had been missing from their own counseling. I wanted to empower my clients to advocate for themselves, to learn new things, and grow into their capabilities. I wanted to teach my clients about their bodies, dispel sexual myths that held them back, provide specific suggestions to improve their sexual pleasure, give room to help them explore their sexual identity, provide opportunities for experimentation and discovery, promote safety and autonomy, and lead them to a greater sense of self-confidence. 

RELEVANT TRAININGS & EXPERIENCE

On The Edge: Extreme and Taboo Fetishes in the Black Kink Community | Training | TASHRA | Attendee | August, 2022

 

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional | Training | PESI | Attendee | August, 2022

 

Maintaining Your Sexual Autonomy | Sex & Self Event | Pineapple Support Network | Presenter | July, 2022

 

Psychedelics in Psychotherapy | Conference | PsychotherapyNetworker | Attendee | July, 2022

 

Show Me While You Tell Me: Virtual Demo and Networking Event | Community Event | TASHRA | Facilitator/Moderator | June, 2022

 

Innovations in Excellence in Therapy with Kink-Identified Clients (Advanced) | Training | TASHRA | Attendee | April, 2020

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

undergraduate

June 2018

City College of New York

New York, NY

BA Psychology

graduate

June 2021

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling

certifications

2022

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

2021

National Certified Counselor

National Board of Certified Counselors

internship

2019 - 2021

Northwest Sexual Counseling

 

Supervisor:

Zita Nickeson, Ph.D, LMHC, CST

private practice

2022 - present

Body & Bind Counseling

 

2021 - 2022

Northwest Sexual Counseling

 

Supervisor:

Zita Nickeson, Ph.D, LMHC, CST