Here at Big Kid Comfort we understand what it means to be a Little. The giggles and the tears.
We also know that not every provider is going to understand what you need. We've put together a list of individuals who have extensive experience and expertise working with our population, and are able to provide you compassionate, understanding, and discrete service should have need of them.
Just remember, there's nothing wrong with you the way you are.
Dr. Rhoda Lipscomb, PhD, LPC
Dr. Rhoda Lipscomb has been counseling and coaching individuals and couples in human sexuality for over 28 years. She is an AASECT certified sex therapist, clinical sexologist, sexuality coach and an expert in the mental health field regarding AB/DL and age play.
She is passionate about the importance of competent mental health care for the AB/DL community, frequently speaks at AB/DL events such as CapCon, TeddyCon, US Littles, has been a guest expert on multiple podcasts regarding AB/DL acceptance. She strongly believes in the importance of educating therapists to better understand and work competently with the AB/DL community.
Aubrey Wadman-Goetsch, MS, LMFT
Sex therapy has been the focus of my clinical practice since my graduate training. As a sex therapist, I enjoy working with folks at all points along the sexuality spectrum. I have experience counseling clients who identify as kinky, BDSM practitioners, nonmonogamous, LGBTQ+, and sex/gender diverse individuals. I attend ongoing classes on BDSM to stay aware and informed of "Safe, Sane, and Consensual" best practices. I am a Kink Aware Professional and sex worker allied.
My clients are working to strengthen their relationships, and exploring sexuality and gender. My approach is open, compassionate, and systemic: "What are the roles of your relationships and your unique context?" If you want to feel more secure in your identity and connect with others in ways that are healthy and satisfying, we might be a good fit to work together. I look forward to talking with you soon.
Laura Deitsch, MS, LCPC
"My clients seek to gain interpersonal skills, relationship strategies, insight into harmful behaviors and improved communication habits. I work well with individuals grappling with identity crises, sexuality issues and unstable moods. My philosophy empowers clients to seek and implement their own solutions, with guidance and encouragement from me. I will help you set goals, devise strategies to be successful and then work to steer the course of your efforts. I have worked with individuals struggling with addiction, anxiety, grief and loss, depression as well as more serious mental health issues.
With nearly 15 years of experience in sexual health and its related dynamics, I am uniquely qualified to work with people who enjoy non-traditional relationships, sexual practices and interests. In addition, I have many years of experience working closely with individuals dealing with the difficult choices involving sexuality."
Nicholas Maio-Aether, MS, BCBA, LBA
Nicholas Maio-Aether is a Sexual Behavior Analyst and a Systemic Sex Therapist,
working with clients of all backgrounds, sexualities, genders, and relationship dynamics. He utilizes common techniques as well as less conventional, more modern ones. These can include the use of gaming, particularly RPGs, as ways of connecting with clients and bringing therapy to a place where it is not only helpful, but also enjoyable, relatable, applicable and generalizable.
Nicholas is one of only two Behavior Analysts to have completed a 350-hour supervised practicum in Sex Therapy, and is completing his second licensure program in Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT), expected in Fall of 2021. Nicholas’s specialty areas: LGBTQIA+; Kink; Autism; Compulsions; Sexual Anxieties.
Nicholas has been a contributor for HIV.net, Hustler Insider, and SexEdContinuingEd. He oversees training of BCBAs in sexuality nationwide, and offers supervision of certified professionals and practicum students in ABA, emphasizing individuality, human rights, and cultural competency. He is also on the Bylaws Committee for AASECT and owns Empowered: A Center for Sexuality LLC in Saint Louis. There, he and his team have served individuals, couples, and families from around the US.
Rob Wheeler, MA LMHC CBC
Rob Wheeler has been counseling individuals for over 30 years. He is a Certified Trauma Therapist, an AABC board Certified Bariatric Counselor, and is a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider. He has trained and supervised scores of therapists and is an approved clinical supervisor for those seeking licensure in Washington State. He is currently working on being certified as a mindfulness meditation teacher.
Mr. Wheeler is passionate about cultural competency in providing mental health care to the AB/DL and DD/LG communities as well as having a strong interest in the BDSM and kink communities. He utilizes an eclectic approach with strong leanings toward cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness meditation. He works extensively with survivors of narcissistic abuse. He loves coaching clients around nutrition and diet as it relates to positive mental health and works with individuals both pre- and post-bariatric surgery.