About Our Practice

Albuquerque Sex Therapy was founded to address issues that frequently go undiscussed, exaggerated, or hidden under layers of misinformation and shame. Discover the drivers behind your discomfort, and acquire tools that can help. A systemic approach understands that nobody was raised in or lives in a vacuum. Sexuality and emotions develop in more significant family, culture, and community contexts. These beliefs continue to evolve in the world we live in, influenced by media, culture, religion, and sexual partners. Taking a bird’s eye view that includes all of these systems helps us address the issues at hand and the underlying realities that create them. In this way, we don’t just make a short-term solution, but safe and sustained wellness.

Human sexuality is intriguing and complicated, and it impacts everyone. Albuquerque Sex Therapy is fortunate to be professionally guided by The Clinical Assessment Group, keeping our practice accredited, grounded in best practices, and informed by sound science. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (505) 705 1701 or email contact@abqsextherapy.com.

Clinical Director Renée LaVail, LMFT, CST, ACS
Renée (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist & Approved Clinical Supervisor. Working as a psychotherapist for 14 years, Renée began her professional career focusing on family therapy. In 2011, her focus shifted to include sexual health. Renée is passionate about providing a safe and supportive clinical space for the community to address and talk about all areas of sex, sexual health, and relationship diversity. Renée has been a clinical supervisor since 2011 and founded the Clinical Supervisor Academy with colleague Dr. Leandrea Romero, with the support of the Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute. Renee worked with Southwest Family for 13 years, ending her tenure as its Clinical Director in 2021 to expand her organization. She is a doctoral candidate in Behavioral Health Leadership & is the founding director of Albuquerque Sex Therapy and its guiding organization, the Clinical Assessment Group.

Therapist Laura C. Anderson, LPCC
Laura (she/her/hers) is a licensed professional clinical counselor pursuing certification in sex therapy. Laura works from a sex-positive, trauma-informed, strengths-based approach. Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all matter. Laura examines your goals and tailors your sessions to dovetail with your values and unique life experiences. The goal is to work collaboratively, find new insights, and access the tools needed to enable the life changes you desire. Laura has extensive experience working with clients with trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse issues and uses EMDR, CBT, MI, and other modalities as appropriate.

Therapist Katherine Spikes, LMFT
Katherine has over eight years of experience with sex-positive counseling for adults, couples, and families. She is completing her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, specializing in adolescent and youth sexual health. Independently licensed and certified in family trauma work, her passion is developing age and developmentally appropriate, sex-positive educational programming that includes safety, consent, body positivity, and gender identity.

Therapist Christina Coleman, LCSW, CSOTP
Christina is a certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider with over five years of experience in detention and hospital settings. Grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy augmented with elements of  Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, she has a person-centric, motivational approach. Meeting clients wherever they are emotionally is her utmost priority. Christina feels that our society does not talk about sex and sexual health enough or approach the subject optimally constructively. Her goals are to normalize topics of sexual health and hold a space for people to be their authentic selves without fear of shame or alienation.

Therapist Krishna Vemulapalli, LMHC
Krishna is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician delivering sex therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, blending person-centric and narrative therapy approaches. His unique perspective is informed by a blended Jamaican and Asian Indian parentage, a four-year tour in the US Armed forces, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, and a Masters’s Degree in Counseling from the University Of New Mexico. Krishna’s focus is working with individuals and couples on sex and sexual health issues, including alternative relationship structures, kinks, and fetishes.

Therapist Lori Ortiz, LPCC
Lori (she/her) is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who specializes in sexual health and wellness. For the last six years, she has focused on Multisystemic Therapy, a family and community-based program specializing in Problem Sexual Behavior (MST-PSB). Lori’s compassionate approach helps identify strengths and areas for growth, encouraging straightforward steps toward lasting change. She is pursuing certification in sex therapy and provides a safe space for clients to explore their identity and sexuality challenges. Her unique perspective is informed by being a gay woman in a same-sex marriage.

Therapist Marylouise Kuti, LMSW
Marylouise (she/her) is a Licensed Master Social Worker specializing in sexual health. Marylouise provides confidential, inclusive, and respectful care rooted in individual autonomy in a shame and stigma-free environment. Marylouise specializes in psychotherapy services, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT). Her psychoeducational, solution-focused approach supports and improves communication skills, healthy coping habits, self-determination, and behavior management.

Therapist Vincent Espinoza, LMSW
Vincent (he/they) is a nonbinary, pansexual Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Substance Abuse Associate (LSAA) Counselor who specializes in Sex Therapy through a systems-oriented lens. Vincent strongly believes in incorporating all aspects of an individual’s identity in the journey toward healing and self-love. Vincent’s focus is working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with special sexual interests (including, but not limited to, fetish and kink), couples involved in nontraditional relationships (including, but not limited to, ethical nonmonogamy and polyamory), and adolescents and young adults seeking guidance and support in exploring their emerging gender and sexual identities. Vincent believes in creating a safe therapeutic space free of guilt, judgment, and shame.

Therapist Leanne Lusko, LMHC
Leanne (she/her) is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in Sex Therapy and is certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Timeline Therapy, and Hypnotherapy. She utilizes an evidence-based approach that is grounded in psychoeducation, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Before focusing on sex therapy, she worked with clients to address issues such as anxiety, depression, divorce, domestic violence, infidelity, anger management, substance use, addiction recovery, post-traumatic stress disorder, and self-harm. Leanne provides a safe, motivational space to explore past experiences, identify areas needing support, and develop positive habits that can improve quality of life.

Therapist Lyric Parks, LMSW
Lyric is a Licensed Master Social Worker who specializes in Sexual Health and Wellness. As a multiracial, multicultural social worker, she brings a unique, person-centric, and strengths-based approach to therapy. Specializing in trauma, PTSD, and cooccurring/dual-diagnosis conditions, Lyric enjoys working with people in all stages of life, including women, men, nonbinary and LGBTQAI+ people, teens, and children.