Hi! My name is Kamisha Ford and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, Adjunct Professor, and Clinical Supervisor practicing in California. I created The Intimacy Group, Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc. out of the crucial need for the Black community to have spaces for healing and growth. The mission is to cultivate a community that prioritizes healthy relationships and bridges the gap between mental wellness and sexual health.
While I work with a variety of clients experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, and life transitions; I am most passionate about working with adults struggling with intimacy and relationship issues, sexuality, sexual difficulties, and navigating open relationships. I offer individual relationship work and teach couples who experience high levels of conflict and relationship trauma effective communication skills. I've observed successful outcomes in working with clients reporting sexual desire discrepancy, erectile issues, delayed ejaculation, painful intercourse, recovery from infidelity, navigating ethical non-monogamy, and coming out in mixed-orientation relationships. With my experience and through psychoeducation, I offer compassion and transparency to help you approach sensitive topics openly in order to develop the necessary tools needed to create a healthy intimate and sexual relationship that works for them.
I received both my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of La Verne in Southern California, and completed The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapist (AASECT) Sex Therapist Certification. In my generalist training, I worked with children, adolescents, families, and couples presenting with a variety of clinical concerns including anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, and complex trauma in community mental health, schools, residential programs, and private practice, in addition to, supervising pre-licensed and licensed therapists and other mental health para-professionals.
In terms of my clinical style, I use an intersectional approach that guides my practice to address complex issues you're experiencing. I am foundationally trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and often work through a Psychodynamic Therapy lens. However, I may also use Narrative Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, and The Gottman Method based on your needs. I prefer to collaborate with you to build a strong therapeutic relationship to promote change.
Outside of the therapy room, I value quality time with my loved ones. For fun, I especially enjoy reading, strength training, and traveling.