When most people hear about a clinical disorder like sexual addiction, they snicker and say things like, "I'll have what she's having." But family therapist Jill Denton knows it's no laughing matter, and that this can be a seriously debilitating disorder.
Denton has been practicing marriage and family counseling since 1981, and this year she's being certified as a Clinical Sexologist. She already has a certificate in sex education from the Institute of Advanced Study in Human Sexuality of San Francisco. But her interest in this subject goes far beyond the clinical and the academic.
While doing graduate work at the UCLA Film School in the 1970s, Denton was violently attacked one night. After the incident, she suffered from nightmares and panic attacks. She soon realized that no one was available with the necessary skills and training to help her cope with the acute anxiety. So Denton began studying psychology and psychotherapy for herself.
It wasn't long before she was treating victims of sexual assault and people suffering from a wide range of other emotional conditions. When AIDS was first identified, she was working as a therapist in West Hollywood. She counseled many victims of HIV, as well as people living with cancer and other deadly diseases. She also has extensive experience in counseling patients through recovery from drug and alcohol addictions.
In 1992, Denton decided to specialize in sexual addiction and dysfunction, and today she treats people from all over California and the country in her Los Osos office or over the phone. With her knowledge and expertise, she helps couples to strengthen their relationships and overcome their most intimate problems.
"There's so much shame around sex," Denton acknowledges, and that often prevents people from recognizing a problem or seeking the help they need. She's currently forming a support group for women who are pre-orgasmic.
For more info, please don't hesitate to call Jill Denton at Access Point, 534-1101 or visit her website at www.jillsextherapist.com.
Perbacco Cellars and Wild Wood Vineyard & Winery will host Roll Out The Barrels on May 7 and 8, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The wine tasting and barbecue benefit will be held at the Filipponi Ranch, 1850 Calle Joaquin in San Luis Obispo, and a portion of the event's proceeds will be donated to Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA). For $8, guests can enjoy samples from both premium wineries, as well as a delicious barbecue and a few games of horseshoes or bocce. Wild Wood is celebrating the release of its 2002 Syrah, and Perbacco Cellars will show off its new tasting room and add three new wines to its already distinguished portfolio. TMHA has been providing advocacy, support, and services for mentally ill adults and children since 1979. To learn more, visit Transitions online at www.t-mha.org. ...
... Bellevue Santa Fe Charter School invites you to join in its annual Calypso Carnival to be held Saturday, May 21, from noon to 4 p.m. on the school grounds in Avila Valley. Activities at this free, all-ages event include a rock climbing wall, bounce houses, carnival games, and live music by Shival Experience. Ever-popular silent and live auctions will be the fund-raising focus of the day, with opportunities to bid on everything from handmade quilts and stepping stones to gourmet dinners, professional artwork, jewelry, and vacations. The Spring Auction and Carnival is the school's main source of fund-raising for the year. For more info, call the school at 595-7169 or stop by 1401 San Luis Bay Drive in Avila Valley. ...
... Throughout the month of May, local author Marian Willingham is offering a course at Cuesta's Community Program titled Healing Your Chakras, Balancing Your Energy Centers. Willingham's students will learn all about the chakras - the body's seven energy centers - and how to balance them for a more emotionally satisfying life. To register or learn more, call Cuesta College at 546-3132, or contact Marian Willingham at 927-2855.
... Lisa Corcoran has just purchased the San Luis Obispo mobile knife sharpening business known as Bo's Mobile Sharpening. With a background in sales and restaurant services, Corcoran plans to keep her small business on the cutting edge. A Sharper Image will service restaurants, beauty parlors, dog groomers, private residences, and much more. She even makes house calls at no extra charge. Get to the point by calling Lisa Corcoran at 550-3329. Â³
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