SkyHill Forum

January 2015 Newsletter

January 22, 2015

Written by Rick Laska, MSW, LGSW

Sex Therapy and the New Year

The New Year can be a time for new beginnings.  It can also be in the dead of Winter when we are least likely to get outside and enjoy the sun if we live in the North.  So often, we use the beginning of the year to make commitments to our health and well-being as a result of this indoor isolation.  We join gyms; we start eating foods that support our health goals; we start new spending/saving habits; or we make commitments to spend time with important others in our lives.

All of these actions to health and well-being can be boosted by sex!  Research has shown that sex can enhance feelings of closeness, improve immune system functioning, and even elevate our moods.  By spending some intentional time mucking through some of our barriers around sex, we can achieve some of these wonderful outcomes.

In addition to being licensed mental health practitioners and able to address non-sexual mental health needs, SkyHill therapists are AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists)-certified sex therapists or working toward certification.  This process includes on-going education in areas specific to human sexuality, supervision, and consultation with other sexual health experts.  With this rigorous training, clients can know that they are working with competent sex therapy professionals.  To learn more about working with a therapist at SkyHill, call us at 952-562-7837 or email us at

Congratulations SkyHill Therapists!

Congratulations to Jennie Hilleren, LMFT, CST, Laura Rademacher, MA, LAMFT, and Rick Laska, MSW, LGSW for being accepted to speak at the 2015 Annual AASECT Conference.  This conference is being held in Minneapolis this year and will include leading sexual health professionals from around the nation.  SkyHill therapists will be presenting on a range of topics.  Keep your eyes open for further information regarding the AASECT Conference and SkyHill’s involvement!

Upcoming Events and Groups

Get Your Sexy Back Girl's Night
Friday, Feb. 6th
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Enlightened Mama
970 Raymond Ave. Suite 200
Saint Paul, MN 55114

Grab a girlfriend or just yourself! Enjoy a cocktail and tasty appetizers while laughing and learning all about how to have fabulous intimacy and sex through pleasure-positive, empowering education provided by Skyhill. We'll cover what it takes to have satisfying long-term sex and much more.  For part 2 of the evening, the effervescent Lindsey of Smitten Kitten will continue the education and share all the latest, greatest, tried and true options in toys, lubes, and more. Lindsey always keeps the mood light! 

No pressure to buy a thing, but should you choose, there will be an opportunity to buy products from the Smitten Kitten and take them home with you right away. Whether a trip to a sex shop it too intimidating or you already have oodles of sex toys and are wondering what the latest greatest product is, you'll be able to find something perfect for you just in time for Valentine's Day!

There's no mandatory sharing or introductions, just informative, super fabulous, highly inspiring, sexual wellness education!  Space is limited to 50 participants so reserve your spot early! 

$15 in advance or $20 at the door.  Cocktails, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and appetizers provided.  Yoga studio seating (floor with bolsters, blankets, low chairs, etc). Limited sofa/chairs for those with physical concerns. 

Go to to register today!

Compulsive Sexual Behavior Group

Whether you feel you may be a sex addict, sexually compulsive, or experiencing out-of-control sexual behaviors, finding the support you need is an important part of healing from the hurt and shame that may be a part of your past.  Join us for an 8 week group to explore strategies to manage your sexual behaviors, learn about triggers to impulsive sex, set reasonable goals toward your ideal sex life, and find help and support from others going through similar experiences.

This group is facilitated by Heather Verjovsky, MA, LAMFT, compulsive sexual behavior specialist at SkyHill.  For more information, or to enroll in the group, call Heather at 952-836-4525 or email