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Holly Wood

MS., PhD(c), LMFT, CST




San Clemente, Orange County, CA and Virtual

Who am I? A message from Holly…

My name is Holly, and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, a Certified Sexologist with the American Board of Sexology (ABS), and a trauma specialist. This unique combination of credentials enables me to focus on clients’ sex lives as well as their overall mental health and trauma recovery. I aim to provide sex therapy and coaching to individuals and couples that are struggling with reaching their full potential. As a clinician, I am passionate about helping people achieve their goals and live happy, healthy, rewarding lives. I truly believe that trauma is the source of pathology, and that everyone has within them the capacity to heal. Furthermore, I am dedicated to fostering a safe environment, working with each individual to develop the necessary skills to achieve lifelong change to improve their quality of life.

As your therapist, I can’t guarantee that I will be able to fully understand what it is like to walk in your shoes, but I can guarantee that I can help you to sort things out, let go of what does not serve you, and create the life you truly want. Peaceful. Connected. Powerful. And Pleasurable.

I offer a judgment-free zone, hold space for healing, and offer straight forward, no-nonsense feedback (if that’s what you need). Overall, I offer you the tools and guidance to get past your past and develop the necessary skills to achieve lifelong change and truly start living.

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Who does she help?

Holly has years of experience in trauma work, sex therapy, and relationships. Her specialties include trauma recovery, sex after sexual abuse, domestic violence, PTSD, substance use, life transitions/personal growth, women’s issues, and LGBT+ issues. She also works with people who are dealing with anxiety, grief and loss, and other concerns.

Holly uses a truly integrative and collaborative approach, utilizing empirically supported treatments to assist clients in healing and developing a renewed sense of self. EMDR, CBT, MDFT, and Humanistic approaches are often used.

She is sex-positive, trauma-informed, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, BDSM/kink, polyam, sex worker, and neurodivergent affirming.

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Education and Training

Holly Wood MS., PhD(c), LMFT, CST is a trauma-informed clinical sexologist. She earned her masters degree in marriage and family therapy from Loma Linda University, and is a Ph.D Candidate in Human Sexuality. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with post-master’s training and doctoral level education in Sex Therapy. Holly is an AASECT certified sex therapist and certified sexologist through The American Board of Sexology (ABS) .She is also certified in MDFT (Multidimensional Family Therapy) and is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy. 

Professional Memberships

Holly is an active member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), where she is co-leader of the AASECT Orange County Chapter and a member of AASECT's Public Relationships, Media, and Advocacy (PRMA) committee. Holly is also an active member of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), The American Board of Sexology (ABS), The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), The International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA), the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR), The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), and Gamma Eta Rho, A National Honor Society in Human Sexuality.

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