Hi! My name is Dr. Jenn Hutchinson, OTR/L. I identify as nonbinary femme and my pronouns are they/them. I am an occupational therapist who works with adults with illness, disability, or going through life transitions to develop strategies to address relationships, intimacy, connection, sexual wellness, sexuality and gender expression.
I am extremely passionate about the area of sexuality and intimacy as it intersects with illness and disability. Sex is considered an activity of daily living and I personally believe that sex, sexuality, expression of gender, and creating intimate and loving connections are just as important to people’s overall health and well-being as any other occupation that is meaningful in their lives.
As a health professional trained in both the medical and psychosocial models, I analyze the larger picture of physical, mental, cognitive, sensory, social, and environmental contexts. The scope of what I assist with is broad, holistic, and always client specific so I may provide the best interventions to meet my clients’ needs in these areas. My aim is to work together with clients to help them be a human being and a human doing!
Sexual activity is only one aspect of sexuality and intimacy that we can address in occupational therapy.
Some examples that folks may be experiencing include difficulty with:
- engaging in sexual or intimate activities
- feeling satisfied with or not having enough intimacy
- establishing or communicating sexual boundaries
- pain or discomfort during sexual or intimate activities
- finding open minded and supportive caregivers or difficulty explaining sexuality, gender, and intimacy needs with caregivers
- bringing up sexuality, intimacy, or gender identity concerns with health professionals
- arousal or desire or mismatched desire levels with your partners
- feeling masculine, feminine, non-binary, or other gender and sexual expression
- participating in work, social, or community events where folks may openly express gender or sexuality
- knowing or understanding sexuality or gender identity
- communicating or asserting gender pronouns or name changes
- participating in roles, rituals, or routines associated with sexuality or gender identity
- communicating needs or desires with partners
- low self-esteem or sense of attractiveness
- relationships because partners may not understand the illness, condition, or disability
- showing or expressing intimacy with or receiving from partners
- regulating emotions or managing executive function tasks which impact relationships
- feeling like the condition gets in the way of meeting partners’ needs
- creating environments that are conducive to intimacy
- creating, maintaining, or leaving intimate relationships
- difficulty accessing or navigating the environment or community to pursue intimacy and social connections
- maintaining sexual wellness such as regular sexual health exams
- choosing or using contraceptive options
- managing menstrual health and hygiene
- managing bowel/bladder during intimate activities
- feeling attractive with ostomy bags of other externally worn medical devices or scars from medical procedures
- knowing how to find or use appropriate sexual wellness devices or incorporating medical equipment into intimate activities
- knowing positions or how to engage in sexual or intimate activities safely
- and so much more!
Some examples of interventions include:
- Adaptation and compensatory strategies for mental and physical disabilities
- Recommendations for environmental modification
- Strategies to conserve energy and manage fatigue
- Recommendations and instruction on how to use adaptive equipment or adapt already existing equipment
- Identifying and working with your sensory processing style
- Therapeutic exercise and home exercise programs
- Cognitive and executive function strategies
- Acceptance and commitment therapy to address behavioral change
My practice is aware and friendly towards:
Sessions are 50 minutes long. Initial evaluation and assessment visits are $200 and a flat rate of $150 per subsequent visit, due at time of service.
At this time I do not take insurance so sessions will be considered private pay with the option of receiving a superbill that you may submit to your insurance for potential reimbursement based on your insurance coverage for out of network outpatient occupational therapy services.
Due to state and federal regulations, I am not able to serve clients who have Medicaid or Medicare insurance, not even as private pay.
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