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Mental Health

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.


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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. 

(720) 530-6545


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Aubrey Wadman-Goetsch, MS, LMFT Intern

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 throughout the state of Nevada 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.

(725) 222-1147


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."

(702) 328-6151


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, 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.


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Rachel Benson, MS, BCBA, LBA, CSE, CBS

Rachel Benson is a Sexual Behavior Analyst working with clients of all backgrounds, sexualities, genders and relationship dynamics. Through her empathetic approach, Rachel creates a safe and nurturing space where clients feel understood and validated. She combines various therapeutic modalities to tailor treatment plans that address each client's unique needs and challenges. She is passionate about keeping up with the latest research and best practices to provide clients with the most effective and evidence-based intervention.

Beyond her work in therapy, Rachel maintains a holistic view of wellbeing. Her own self-care practices and commitment to personal growth allow her to bring authenticity and empathy to each session. She believes in the power of collaboration and works hand-in-hand with clients to empower them on their healing journey.

Rachel believes that regardless of circumstances or background, you deserve a therapist who recognizes you are a human being first. Even though your circumstances and background have shaped what is your current reality, she can offer hope, strength and a structured approach guided by your needs to achieve your goals.

(630) 715-7726

Affirming Therapy Center

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At Affirming Therapy Center, we support and encourage your desire for growth in a completely non-judgmental way, in a space that acknowledges your unique personhood and distinct challenges. You are welcomed and valued here.

Helping you in understanding, accepting, and embracing your own beliefs, identities, and lifestyles is cornerstone in providing the support and encouragement you need to grow, to bring clarity to your choices, and to enhance your life and relationships. We focus on making you feel safe to explore your feelings and to express yourself. 

As with everything in life, there are ups and downs, and sometimes you need someone to talk to. Maybe you have inner conflict, questions about how and where you fit in to our kooky world. Or perhaps you just want to talk to someone without having to hide any facet of yourself or your life. 

Affirming Therapy Center serves San Diego County, and the state of California via TeleHealth.

Phone: (619) 246-5342



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