My name is Kayna Cassard, with my Masters in Clinical Psychology, my license in Marriage and Family Therapy, and specializing in Sex Therapy, I’ve been assisting people increase their sensual and sexual IQ for over a decade. I guide my clients on their personal path of learning to love themselves inside and out, so they can connect more deeply and intimately with themselves and others, as well as reignite their authentic passion. As a result of the work we do together, they are able to face their sexual challenges head on, and overcome debilitating intimacy issues. With my Certification in Trauma Treatment, my clients find that they feel safe in navigating the sensitive issues that often accompany sexual challenges. When my clients invest hard work and dedication to healing problems in these areas of their lives, they can also make important improvements elsewhere, helping them reach the most optimal version of themselves.
- Kayna has a Masters in Clinical Psychology, and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Sex Therapist.
- Studying for over 12 years in the fields of psychology, sexual health and trauma treatment, has enabled her to work comfortably and safely with a range of psychological challenges, which can significantly impact sex and intimacy. These challenges include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, loss, compulsive behaviors and life transitions.
- She is also a Certified Trauma Therapist and training facilitator with the Trauma Resource Institute, in Los Angeles, which provides education and training worldwide.
- Her unique skill-set means she is able to give her clients treatment which goes above and beyond that of most in her field.
- She is acknowledged as a pelvic pain expert — healthcare professionals, therapists, and coaches come to her from all over the world to get assistance with training and pelvic pain diagnoses.
- She has also worked with and presented on these topics at conferences held by…
- The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)
- American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)
- Los Angeles Sexuality Association (LASA)
- Southern California Counseling Center (SCCC)
- Center for Healthy Sex (CHS)
I began my professional journey at the age of 19 in college when I took my first “Human Sexuality” course and decided to help others by providing them accurate and non-judgmental information on healthy sex practices. After several years of focused study and teaching classes to college students, I was regarded as a sexual health expert, and I felt inspired as my students learned how to embrace a more pleasure-centered mindset and ultimately feel happier with themselves and their sexuality.
Early in this portion of my journey, I began to experience pelvic pain issues and went on the emotional roller-coaster that only patients of pelvic pain truly understand. Here I was, a sexually-empowered young woman eager to learn more about myself and my sexuality, and it came to a crashing halt when I started to experience pain during intercourse. This strained my romantic and intimate relationships, created an identity crisis, and filled me with shame as I watched my sexual life begin to crumble, taking with it my self-esteem and my expectations of what it meant to be “a woman.” Not only that, but I was conflicted about how I was going to provide hope around sexual health and healing when I was dealing with this shameful secret.
I continued my professional journey and obtained my Masters in Clinical Psychology and then became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapy, specializing in Sex Therapy. I became determined to learn all that I could about sexual functioning issues from a psychological perspective, so I could not only help myself, but also provide information to other women and couples struggling, too. I devoted a large portion of energy into providing help at my psychotherapy practice in Los Angeles, focused on treating women and couples who were looking for hope in the midst of their sexual and intimate issues. Through individual, couples and group therapy, I helped clients break free of unhealthy patterns in their sex lives, and taught them skills that helped them act more positively in their sexual relationships with themselves and each other. My Pelvic Pain Treatment and Support group is the only one in the United States dedicated to pelvic pain and facilitated by someone who knew the struggle personally, giving women a beacon of hope that they too can find healing. Additionally, I did not want women or couples to have to struggle as long as I had, so I provide my clients tailored treatment plans, resources for and collaboration with other health care providers so we are able to tackle the problem more quickly and at multiple levels — in the mind, body, and soul.
Eventually, I became pain-free thanks to a team of specialized healthcare providers who helped me learn that the pain was not only physical but psychological as well. I realized I needed a lifestyle change that required tools to reduce stress, manage pain, communicate better with others, connect with my authentic self, exercise better, eat healthier, embrace playfulness, and love my body and myself more deeply.
Though this process and education, I learned that most sexual functioning issues are largely impacted by the mind and how we relate to stress, relationships, sexuality and intimacy. These issues are also influenced by our past experiences — such as harmful experiences, traumas, or sex-negative ideals instilled in us which affected our attitudes toward sex. Through navigating the past carefully, I help clients understand the underlying issues that might be contributing to their sexual symptoms. Addressing root causes typically assists in resolving sexual functioning problems. As such, clients lives are not only improved sexually, but in many more ways than they expected.
My trauma-based training and certification means I can skillfully and safely help clients overcome their sexual and intimate challenges that are a result of overt traumas like abuse, or implicit traumas such as negative sexual messages, oppressive sexual cultures, or childhood neglect and shame.
The unique arsenal of tools and training in these essential fields of psychology, sexual health, and trauma treatment means my clients are able to develop an awareness of their bodies which many say is the missing piece to traditional talk therapy. It is also ultimately the reason for deeper changes in their lives.