Dr. Carlson received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Dakota and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University. She also completed a doctoral minor through the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University.
As part of her training, Dr. Carlson completed a pre-doctoral internship at the New Orleans Southeast Louisiana Veteran Health Care System (SLVHCS). She also finished a two-year research and clinical postdoctoral fellowship through the Program in Human Sexuality, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota . She is certified as a Sex Therapist by the American Association for Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
Dr. Carlson is currently licensed in Louisiana as well as Minnesota.
Blaine Wilson is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST) who received his Masters of Social Work and Masters of Education in Human Sexuality degrees from Widener University. Blaine is a member of both the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and is a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor through the State of Louisiana.
Blaine guides individuals and couples to develop insights and make informed decisions that improve their relational experiences with self and with others, while recognizing and interrupting maladaptive patterns created by shame, depression, and unresolved traumas. By using a non-judgemental and collaborative therapeutic communication style, Blaine empowers and educates clients by establishing and maintaining the therapeutic alliance built on trust and compassionate understanding.
Seeking the support of a therapist is a major step on a personal journey to develop awareness, understanding, and a sense of authenticity in a world of uncertainty and constant judgement. The willingness to discuss sexuality-related challenges can be a deeply personal experience, and a courageous step towards resolving personal distress and inner turmoil. As such, clients are encouraged to identify sexual scripts and beliefs that may interfere with relationship growth, sexual satisfaction, and intimacy in a safe and confidential space. Blaine is willing to embark down the journey of self-discovery and healing with his clients to improve their overall sexual satisfaction leading toward a more integrated life in which one thrives and not just passively lives.
Blaine’s clinical interests include a focus on pleasure-oriented sexual behavior; recognizing and addressing sexual dysfunction and dissatisfaction; resolving relational/couple dysfunction; improving emotional awareness and expression; strengthening communication skills; and exploring general sexuality, gender identity, and alternative sexuality distress. Evidenced-based practices available for therapeutic intervention include: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).