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SEX THERAPIST | SEX EDUCATOR | Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

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 am the 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 dedicated to facilitating research that have historically silenced marginalized voices and providing evidence-based education and resources about sex and sexuality.


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. 


Certified Sex Therapy Informed Professional | Training | Integrative Sex Therapy Institute (ISTI) | Attendee | March, 2023

A Rainbow is Not Enough: Kink, BDSM, and Race | Clinician Event | KPACT | Presenter | October, 2022

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 Community Event | Pineapple Support Network | Presenter | July, 2022


Psychedelics in Psychotherapy | International 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



June 2018

City College of New York

New York, NY

BA Psychology


June 2021

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling



Certified Clinical Trauma Professional


National Certified Counselor

National Board of Certified Counselors


2019 - 2021

Northwest Sexual Counseling



Zita Nickeson, Ph.D, LMHC, CST

private practice

2022 - present

Body & Bind Counseling


2021 - 2022

Northwest Sexual Counseling



Zita Nickeson, Ph.D, LMHC, CST

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