Sex Worker Suport Group

A whole-life support group for current and former sex workers. 

Date & Time: Monday 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Location: North Austin near Mopac & Spicewood Springs Rd

Cost: $43 per session, with a pay-what-you-can sliding scale 

Time frame: 

This group meets weekly on an ongoing basis and is currently accepting new members. 

 

New members may enroll any time the total number of members in the group is fewer than eight. Members will conclude their time in the group when they feel they have made substantial strides towards their self-determined goals. 

Description: 

This group provides a welcoming and affirmative space for those involved in sex work to explore mental health concerns and to receive support and validation around their career and personal life. Given the effects that the passage of FOSTA/SESTA legislation has had on the safety and feasibility of sex-based work, this group offers members an opportunity to provide mutual support and guidance during a trying time.

 

This group offers its members:

  • A supportive and sex-positive environment to explore professional and personal identities, as well as examine how those identities may intersect

  • Opportunities to build relationships and a sense of mutual support with other individuals engaged in sex-based work

  • The experience of witnessing and learning from the strengths, coping strategies and advice of other individuals in the group

  • A sense of acceptance and community stemming from group members’ professional identities

This group operates on the understanding that sex work is a legitimate form of work and that those engaged in sex-based work have the right to mental well-being, life satisfaction and professional recognition. Moreover, this group is an inclusive and affirmative space for people of all gender identities, sexual preferences, and forms of sexual expression.

Membership Requirements

This psychotherapy group is open to individuals that meet the following criteria: 

  • Are at least 18 years old 

  • Identify as someone who engages in sex-based work (including, but certainly not limited to, escorts, dancers, dominatrices, phone sex operators, sensual massage professionals, and actors in adult films) 

Individuals of all backgrounds (race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political beliefs, etc.) are welcome in this group. Additionally, individuals who have previously engaged in sex-based work but do not currently are also welcome to join the group. 

All prospective group members will meet with me for a free pre-group consultation to determine if the group is a good fit for your needs. During this 30-minute meeting, we will discuss:

  • Why you are interested in joining the group

  • Your primary mental health concerns

  • What you are hoping to get out of your group experience

  • Expectations for participation in the group

  • Any questions and concerns you may have 

Ready to join the group?

To schedule a pre-group consultation or to discuss any questions you may have about the group, contact  me (512) 537-3618 or email emilykarpinski@gmail.com

or fill out the contact form below. 

Please note: If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911. This form and the contact information listed on my website are not intended for response to emergencies.