Michelle Herzog, LMFT, CST
I’m fascinated by relationships. At the end of the day, the connection you have to the people you love is what truly matters. I understand that life can get complicated. I'm here to offer guidance and support that makes sense for you and the life you want to live. I get deep into the work with you while calling attention to your areas of growth and supporting you in your achievements. If you are serious about improving your relationship with yourself, your sexuality, or your partner, let’s work together. We’ll set achievable goals and solutions that make sense for you.
I work with a variety of relationship and sex issues and have special interests in working with mismatched desires, pre-orgasmic women, navigating dating and modern love and erectile dysfunction. My other areas of clinical expertise include recovering from infidelity, communication issues, stress and anxiety management and pre-marital counseling.
As an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am uniquely qualified to work with issues relating to sexuality and relationships. I earned my MS from Northwestern University in Marriage and Family Therapy and BA in Psychology from DePaul University. I have completed specialized training in sex therapy and sex education from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work.
In addition to my clinical work, I am an Alumni Board Member at Northwestern University. I am also a co-founder and Director of Communication for the Great Lakes Sexual Health Alliance, an organization dedicated to providing accurate sexual health information to medical and mental health practitioners.
Rachel has been a yoga teacher in Chicago for 19 years, demystifying the ancient teachings to make them accessible to contemporary minds. She is our resident expert on “alternative” paths. For six years, Rachel has worked both in private practice and in association with Chicago’s Berman Center as an alternative consultant to couples in crisis who seek to heal or enhance their intimate connection. She has completed the four levels of Ipsalu Tantra Kriya Yoga as well as TantraHeart teacher training. Rachel’s approach to sexuality is that our bodies are the home for our spirit, and that sexual contact is an inherently reverent act, with much more significance than the world we live in currently acknowledges. That being said, she leaves plenty of room for irreverent fun. Visit her Urban Goddess Yoga page to view a clip from her Oprah appearance, a cover story in YogaChicago and recommendations from her clients that describe this sought-after teacher.
Rachel guides couples to see each other anew, and helps them remember why they are together. Because each couple is unique, each session is unique. Often a session will allow couples to release the tensions that accumulate in their bodies—the tensions that can keep them from being fully present and available to each other. Simple, accessible partner stretches help couples reconnect powerfully and enjoyably. Couples’ shared breathing exercises help them deepen their sense of union in ways that go beyond words. Getting physical helps couples integrate the teachings and processes of the therapists, making the entire package a fun, unforgettable experience. And then there’s homeplay: you will walk away with guidance for specific pleasurable techniques and exercises to rock your sex life.