Dr. Sheila Silver is a board certified clinical sexologist and maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon.
She is a trained sex counselor, an experienced group facilitator, workshop leader, professional speaker and sex educator. She holds a Doctorate in Human Sexuality from The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, and a Masters degree in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy. She has experience teaching sex education at the high school level and has assisted with the Love, Intimacy, & Sexuality workshops for adults at the Human Awareness Institute since 2003. She has also worked as a rape victim advocate for the Sexual Assault Resource Center.
Dr. Silver is a member of the American College of Sexologists, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
She works with a broad spectrum of clients including individuals, couples, and mental and medical health care workers. Among her areas of expertise are sexual communication, orgasm difficulties, pain with intercourse, Parkinson's disease, alternative relationships, teaching, and group facilitation.
In addition to being an expert in the field of sexuality, Dr. Silver has presented at national conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topic of human sexuality, and how to maintain emotional and physical intimacy throughout the aging process, particularly for those with Parkinsons disease.
Dr. Silver understands the vulnerability that clients bring when seeking out professional help for sexual issues. She offers safety, confidentiality, respect, compassion, encouragement and support. She holds the belief that each of us need a safe place to explore what we want in relationship, emotionally and physically, and permission to seek out that which helps us thrive as human beings.
Her approach is sex positive and nonjudgmental. She encourages her clients to focus on pleasure rather than performance, and provides support, information and tools to help clients effectively address their sexual concerns. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the sexual goals they are committed to achieving.