What's it like to work with me?                                             I work collaboratively and invite you to bring your curiosity and be ready to get to work! This work is challenging and can cause you to push against your growth edge. I'm there to affirm and empower your agency. I offer warmth, authenticity and lived experience through an intersectional, social justice and holistic lens.


I'm a fat, Sicilian-american, queer cis woman. I'm sex-positive and have worked extensively with the Black community, People of Color & LGBTQIA+ community with issues around gender, sexuality, toxic masculinity, heternormativity, internalized fat phobia and body image.

What is sex therapy?

Sex therapy is exclusively talk therapy that addresses

psychological or physical sexual difficulties. Sex therapy does not involve any sexual or physical contact. Many people struggle to find a safe place to talk about their sexual concerns or interests and could benefit from sex therapy. From relational issues to individual concerns, sex therapy can help you discover your sexual identity and work through issues that may be hindering the enjoyment of your sexual experiences.


We can discuss: bisexuality, sexual identity, gender identity, sex work, poly, consensual non-monogamy, kink, desire discrepancy, performance anxiety,  body image issues. 

My Training
In process: Sexuality Educator Certification
Supervised by Bianca Laureno, AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator Supervisor
California Institute of Integral Studies
Masters, Human Sexuality
Pepperdine University
Masters, Clinical Psychology
California State University Dominguez Hills
Bachelors, Psychology
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Zur Institute
Clinical Supervision Certification

Taking the first steps to therapy can be daunting; finding the right therapist can be challenging. It is important to me that you feel comfortable and understood-that's when the good stuff happens. Before we meet, we'll have a chance to talk about what brings you to therapy.


I use an integrative approach, which means I incorporate a broad range of therapies depending on your needs as a whole person. The foundation of all my work starts from a collaborative, safe relationship. 

Some of the approaches I focus on are: Person-centered, Somatic, CBT, DBT, Relational, Mindfulness.


What the heck does that mean?

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"Be curious, not judgmental."

                    -Walt Whitman

© 2021 by Jean Pappalardo 

Jean Pappalardo, MA, LMFT

Sex Therapist

License #94424

Tel: (310) 425-3783