Jessica VerBout, M.A., LMFT, CST

  • Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy 

  • Certified Sex Therapist

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

  • Co-Founder & Owner of OCMN 

  • Clinical Therapist

  • MN MFT Board Approved Supervisor

  • AASECT Supervisor in Training

  • PhD Student in Sexology

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Specialties Treated:

  • Out of Control Sexual Behaviors (OCSB, aka "sex addiction" or "hypersexuality")

  • LGBTQIA2S+

  • Women's Sexual Health

  • Men's Sexual Health

  • Fetishes

  • Kink

  • Trans Health

  • Non-monogamy Relationships

  • Non-consenting sexual behavior

  • NOMAPs/MAPs

  • Couples/Relationship Therapy

Jessica's Style

"I just can't accept I'm attracted to [fill in the blank]. Am I normal?" "I've lost my desire for sex, even though I love my partner and am still attracted to them, I just find it exhausting to be sexual." "I know what I'm doing is wrong and hurtful, but I just can't control it when it happens. How can I stop this?" These are only a few examples of the struggles expressed by many clients, seeking a place of understanding, craving change and improvement, finding a sense of acceptance and peace with themselves, wanting acceptance.

 

My work with my clients is to help them rediscover themselves, bring back passion to their lives, and understand more of the reasons for their struggles, so they are more equipped to reclaim their happiness.

I will be the first to tell you that my professional therapeutic style, while influenced by therapeutic theories of Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Theory, Sex Positive approaches (among others), has always been client-focused, sex-positive and strength-based. Bad jokes, analogies and metaphors galore are incorporated within my style, as I believe it is important to help others feels as comfortable as possible to share parts of their life with me that they may have never told another person about. I find my work with my clients a humbling opportunity to assist in the best way I  am able to work through life's difficulties, increase safety and enhance their sexualities as much as possible and I look forward to walking with my clients through their struggles, meeting them here they are. 

Education/Certifications

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  • Bachelors of Arts in Child Psychology, with minors in English and Japanese from the University of Minnesota (2005, Mpls., MN)
     

  • Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary's University (2008 Mpls., MN)
     

  • PhD Student at the International Institute of Clinical Sexology (2021 to present)

 

  • Independently licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Minnesota (2011)

 

  • Clinical member of and Certified Sex Therapist from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT, 2015)
     

  • Clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), as well as the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT)
     

  • Clinical member of ATSA and MnATSA
     

  • PREPARE/ENRICH provider
     

  • Board Approved MN MFT Supervisor 
     

  • AASECT Supervisor in Training

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