Meet Our Instructors

Leading Sex-perts in the Field of Sex Therapy!

Dr. Stephanie Buehler

Psychologist & Sex Therapist
Director, The Buehler Institute
I am a licensed psychologist and I am certified as a sex therapist and supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. I attended UCLA, USC, Pepperdine University, and California School of Professional Psychology. I am the author of a few books, most recently What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex, 2nd Edition. I have spoken at major conferences across the country and around the globe–and to small support groups right here in Orange County. I am affiliated with Hoag Hospital and my practice is now co-located with Hoag Pelvic Health Program with locations in Newport Beach and Irvine, CA.

Dr. Stephanie Buehler

Psychologist & Sex Therapist
Director, The Buehler Institute
I am a licensed psychologist and I am certified as a sex therapist and supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. I attended UCLA, USC, Pepperdine University, and California School of Professional Psychology. I am the author of a few books, most recently What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex, 2nd Edition. I have spoken at major conferences across the country and around the globe–and to small support groups right here in Orange County. I am affiliated with Hoag Hospital and my practice is now co-located with Hoag Pelvic Health Program with locations in Newport Beach and Irvine, CA.

Natasha Helfer-Parker 

Marriage & Family Therapist & Sex Therapist
Natasha Helfer Parker is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, speaker, writer, podcaster and supervisor in training with 20 years of experience treating individuals, couples and family systems. Ms. Parker has developed a practice where her clients report there being an "approachable and safe space often injected with humor" to discuss sensitive and personal subjects. She has developed a special interest in helping clients work through issues regarding their interpersonal relationships, sexual development, and faith or spiritual journeys. She particularly enjoys helping those wanting to navigate their religious cultures in healthy ways - whether they desire to stay within their faith communities or leave all together. She honors all religious paradigms and choices.    

Dr. Mary Minten

Marriage & Family Therapist & Sex Therapist
Dr. Minten holds a doctorate in counseling from Oregon State University. This degree focuses on advanced clinical practice, supervision, teaching, and research.
She has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. This degree focused on diagnosis and treatment of mental health concerns, counseling theory and techniques, as well as relationship concerns. In addition, Dr. Minten holds a post-graduate certificate program in Marriage and Family Therapy and a second post-graduate certificate in Sex Therapy. She has a specialization in LGBTIQ families and couples. She is a member of AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists), AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists), SSSS (Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality), and she is a KAP (Kink Aware Professional). She has advanced training in sexual health, relational health, prevention and wellness for relationships, evidence-based modalities such as Emotion-Focused Therapy, motivational interviewing, Gottman Method (Certified), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Systemic and Existential Therapy, and EMDR. She brings to her work an in-depth understanding of techniques to deepen creativity. 

Dr. Christine King Burke

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist
Christine is the clinical supervisor for the Hoag Pelvic Health Program in Newport Beach, CA. She specializes in pelvic health with a strong background in orthopedics that she incorporates into her practice. She enjoys treating patients with sacroiliac or hip pain, coccyx pain, painful intercourse, post-partum complications, interstitial cystitis, pelvic pain and incontinence. She graduated from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science with a pre-therapy and allied health option. She then went on to Chapman University in Orange, CA where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She is currently completing coursework for her Master's in Healthcare administration from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Dulcinea Pitagora

Psychotherapist & Sex Therapist
Dr. Dulcinea Pitagora—who also goes by Alex and uses gender neutral pronouns—has a psychotherapy and sex therapy private practice at the Manhattan Alternative Wellness Collective in support of all sexualities, genders, and lifestyles. They are proudly out as a member of the kink, poly, queer, and TGNC communities, and also as a former sex worker. They created ManhattanAlternative.com, a referral site for sex positive therapists and wellness professionals, and they co-organize the AltSex NYC Conference, a forum for expansive sexuality education.

Dr. Marylou Naccarato

Marriage & Family Therapist & Sex Therapist
Dr. Marylou Naccarato, is a Board Certified Clinical Sexologist and AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator who speaks from the POV as a “Little Person,” pioneered an innovative practical model for people with unique body types, living with dwarfism, disabilities, and other medical conditions to achieve optimal fulfillment in sexual expression and pleasure. She addresses disability cultural competency, body image, communication/intimacy issues, limited range of mobility, chronic pain, creative techniques, adaptive sex positions, and conducive adult devices. She consults with individuals/couples in her private practice, and conducts sexuality & disability training for students and professional clinicians in the fields of Sexology, Sex Therapy, and Physical Rehabilitation. She has presented at numerous disability and sexuality conferences. She has been featured in a variety of print, blogs, radio, and television media.

Traci Medeiros-Bagan

Marriage & Family Therapist & Sex Therapist
Traci Medeiros-Bagan is a CA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #86600. They hold a BA in Critical Gender Studies with a focus in Sexuality and an MA in Counseling Psychology. Traci is Co-Director and Owner of Gather & Grow OC, a group practice in Fullerton, CA, that offers counseling, education, and wellness services. They have been a featured speaker through Everyday Feminism's School for Social Justice and were recently interviewed in Bitch Magazine regarding mental health in marginalized communities.

Lucie Fielding

Resident in Counseling, Educator, Writer

Lucie Fielding (she/they) is a sexuality educator and resident in counseling inCharlottesville, Virginia. They have an MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute as well as a PhD in French from Northwestern University. Their background in literature attunes them to ways narrative and image impact our embodies sexualities. Their book, Trans Sex: Clinical Approaches to Trans Sexualities and Erotic Embodiments, was published by Routledge in 2021.

Anneka Buehler

Program Administrator

Anneka Buehler is very excited to join her mother in her life's work at LearnSexTherapy.com. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Denison University, and is currently enrolled in a Master's in Counseling program at George Mason University. In her professional life, she is passionate about serving neurodiverse people and their loved ones. Her previous career was dedicated to early intervention services for little ones with significant developmental delays. She believes in inclusive, developmentally-appropriate sex education for all.

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