Background and Education
I first became involved in this work because I wanted to help people who had been sexually, emotionally and physically abused. That yearning to serve launched my journey to join the helping professions.
Today, my education, training, and experience make it possible for me to work with virtually any matter related to sex, intimacy, and relationships.
Being a sex therapist is more than a job for me, it is my passion. I feel like sex therapy, teaching and mentoring is my calling and my life’s work all wrapped up into one. I am beyond grateful to have what I view as the greatest career on earth. When I am not seeing clients, you will generally find me supervising (a formal mentoring process), writing, speaking, or educating.
I am very active both locally, nationally and internationally in the community of sexuality professionals. This helps me stay current on the latest trends and best practices. I am privileged to have served as the Colorado Section Leader for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) since 2007. With approximately 2000 members, AASECT is the leading certification body for sex therapists throughout the world.
Over the past few years I have conducted workshops in more than two dozen cities throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. I’ve also done diversity training for the federal government, including OSHA.
In addition to my primary work as a sex therapist, I’m also a teacher at the graduate and post-graduate level. I love my role as an educator and I’m delighted to be a part of the process to help shape and prepare the next generation of clinicians. About once per month, you will find me guest lecturing on college and university campuses throughout the state of Colorado, including the University of Denver, the University of Colorado, Metropolitan State University, Front Range Community College, and Regis University.
I am also honored and grateful to be an instructor a The University of Michigan School of Social Work Sexual Health Certificate Program. The University of Michigan is well known as one of the leading sex therapy training programs in the world.
I’ve also served as an expert witness on matters related to sexuality, and I’ve appeared on countless radio and television programs, including Playboy Radio. You may have seen me on Fox 31’s Everyday Show where I appeared regularly for several seasons. I can’t say yes to everything. However, I try to be available to provide education for our community whenever possible.
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- Alumnus of the Harvard Business School, OPM, Class of 1987
- Doctorate degree in Human Sexuality
- Master’s degree in Public Health
- Post-graduate certification in Marriage & Family Therapy
- Post-graduate certification in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Queer Family Systems
- EMDR Trained for treating trauma, abuse, bullying, and disturbing memories
Cannon, N.P., Holmberg-Sasek, A. (2020). Relationship Counseling and Sex Therapy with Kinky Clients. In T. Nelson (Eds.) Integrative Sex & Couples Therapy, (P. 99 – 122). Eau Claire, WI: PESI Publishing & Media.
Cannon, N.P., Holmberg-Sasek, A. (2019). Systemic Sex Therapy Supervision. In J. Wadley and R. Siegel (Eds.) The art of sex therapy supervision, (P.151 – 174). New York, NY: Taylor & Frances.
Article ID: JCLP22511
Article DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22511
Internal Article ID: 14251255
Article: Alternative or Non-traditional Sexualities and Therapy: A Case Report
Journal: Journal of Clinical Psychology
(Accepted May 11, 2017, Publish date TBD).
Cannon, N. (2016). A Call to End Tolerance: Embracing Sexual & Gender Diversity. The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-call-to-end-tolerance_us_5773ee08e4b00eaa47883931
Weiner, L., Cannon, N., & Avery-Clark, C. (2014). Reclaiming the lost art of Sensate Focus: A clinician’s guide. Family Therapy Magazine, 13(5), 46-48.
Reproductive Health: The Biology, Psychology and Sociology of Sexuality. Cairo, B, E. (2012). Author of Chapter 12: Understanding Sexual Taboos.
Professional Association Memberships
- Certified Sex Therapist & Supervisor, the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) www.aasect.org
- Clinical Fellow, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) www.aamft.org
- National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) https://www.ncsfreedom.org.
- Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) www.caras.ws
- YPO Gold www.ypo.org
- Harvard Alumni Association www.haa.harvard.edu