Kink, BDSM, and Mental Health

According to Sprott and colleagues (2021), approximately 50% of individuals involved in kink reported that they did not disclose their kink behavior to their mental healthcare clinician. This is only slightly lower than the 58% who reported they do not disclose this to their physical health providers. Moreover, this same study found that 19% of individuals involved in kink delay or avoid healthcare due to their anticipated fear of stigmatization.

At Wombat MHS, we take pride in not only acknowledging the dynamic sexual experiences of those in our care but also celebrating them. In fact, many members of the Wombat MHS Team are active in the Kink and BDSM community themselves, in addition to their clinical expertise. This puts us in a unique position to provide a truly open, nonjudgmental space for a community that often faces stigma and fears further stigmatization by mental health clinicians.

How does Wombat Mental Health affirm Kink and BDSM Practitioners?

Here are some of our active steps:

  • We provide an open, nonjudgmental space for you to discuss aspects of your kink practice that we can celebrate or, if needed, address in ongoing psychotherapy.
  • We understand the complexities of kink dynamics and the important role they play in our lives.
  • We approach concerns related to sexuality and sexual behaviors through a lens of sex positivity.
  • We aim to understand, from our clients’ perspectives, the role and function of these practices and, when necessary, how we can work together to address any concerns that may be present.
  • We commit to learning and growing our own knowledge and familiarity with kink and BDSM practices so that our clients do not have to spend their session time educating us on the basics. We want you to focus on the things that matter to you.
  • We collaborate in our documentation practices and make all attempts to minimize potential harm in our documentation procedures.
  • We strive to follow the Clinical Guidelines for Working with Clients Involved in Kink, published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy by Sprott et al. (2023).
  • We dedicate our time at Wombat MHS to training, supervision, and consultation with other professionals.
  • We engage in active efforts to increase kink awareness in our respective fields and are committed to breaking down stigma within our professional circles.