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"I really thought that positive, healthy sexuality was just out of reach for me...until I started intimacy coaching with Valerie. I finally had an orgasm again! Sorry 😬 TMI, I know"

—Sarah S.

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Rediscover Your Sexual Self

Sex therapy & intimacy coaching for individuals & partners.
Schedule a call and start living better today.

Richmond Institute of Sexual Empowerment

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Welcome to RISE!

I'm Valerie McDonnell, sex therapist and intimacy coach. I help individuals and partners communicate, understand, and explore their sexuality and intimacy needs.
 

As a trauma-informed therapist and social worker, I've helped hundreds of people reclaim their sense of security, sexuality, and intimacy—with a partner or otherwise.

As an intimacy coach, I focus on longterm strategy to help you build better communication habits, get in touch with your body and desire, and become the whole person you want to be.

So what's your next step?

How sex coaching works

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DISCOVERY CALL
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DESIGN YOUR STRATEGY
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DO YOUR HOMEWORK
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DISCOVER YOUR POSSIBILITIES
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It couldn't be easier—simply decide that you have something to gain by working with a professional sexologist. Then decide to begin.

Whatever you're dealing with—you're not alone

During this free consultation call, we'll talk about what you're hoping to accomplish, your experience so far, and where your head is on all this. I'll fill you in on my process, explain how coaching works, and answer any questions you have.

If it seems like a good fit, we'll come up with a growth plan together. This may include mindfulness exercises, meditation, journaling, strategic communication, self-care rituals, sensate focus, and other exciting opportunities for growth and practice.

And that's where the fun begins...

Each week we'll talk about your progress and adjust our plan accordingly. This is your path. I just help you map it out.

Rise together. Rise to intimacy.

Don't wait for things to get worse. Your journey to better intimacy, higher self esteem, and deeper connection starts with a free 30-minute call: