Sex Work & Erotic Labor

LifeWorks recognizes that sex work and erotic labor includes a wide range of work from escorting, fetish work/professional BDSM, webcam/phone sex and stripping, to name a few. People who work in any sex work or erotic labor-related field may experience stigma related to cultural norms around work, career and occupation, though many people have positive or neutral experiences of their work.

People who are engaged in sex work often report that mental health providers are poorly informed about the vast and varied nature of sex work and how that work may or may not impact mental health and other relational concerns. At LifeWorks, we understand that people who do sex work come to therapy for many of the same reasons that others do – anxiety, depression, relationship issues, lack of fulfillment and stress. We focus on a collaborative approach and advocate supporting people to achieve their goals, both within and outside of work.

LifeWorks therapists strive to be informed about the industry, and to take an informed, non-judgmental and affirming approach to sex workers’ lived experiences. As with any form of labor, sex work and erotic labor can bring both positive and negative experiences to individuals, and we work to identify each individual’s needs and challenges to help navigate life’s demands. Our practice endeavors to continually grow in our nuanced understanding of how criminalization/legality, stigma, marginalization, sexual norms and general inequalities impact individuals’ experience of sex work. We also strive to continually find and create resources to support people who do sex work.

We provide individual therapy, relationship counseling and a support group for people who identify as current or former sex workers.

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