Credentials Registered Nurse with 32 years’ experience AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor Sex Educator Traci Owen describes herself as a servant heart and healer. She began her journey in healthcare thirty-eight years ago at the age of seventeen. In 1989, she graduated from nursing school and began a lifelong journey of caring for people in a variety of healthcare settings. From 2009 to 2021, Traci worked in the oncology setting and it was there that she recognized that there was a huge gap in the medical and mental health models of care specific to adult sexual health education and intervention for those experiencing natural body changes of aging, menopause, chronic health issues, cancer and the treatment of cancer, and physical disability. Traci expanded her role as a RN and in 2015 began working with clients and their partners to address concerns related to relational intimacy, sexual body health, and the sexual experience. In 2018, she sought advanced training focused on sexual health, counseling, and education at the University of Michigan. In 2020, she was awarded AASECT Certification as a Sexuality Counselor. There are less than 1,300 AASECT certified providers in the U.S. In 2021, Traci and her husband, Michael, opened a private practice, Intimate Pathways Center for Sexual Health. Traci identifies her professional role as a partnership with an individual or couple to create a safe environment where intimacy and sexuality can be explored. Our society is drenched with mixed sexual messages, myths, and unrealistic expectations. Our bodies are in constant transition over a lifetime and as the sexual body ages, so will the sexual experience. Traci seeks to guide her clients as they navigate these messages and body transitions by exploring their intimate and sexual desires, providing education, and making recommendations to address the identified concerns. She is a collaborative professional and enjoys working with other members of the healthcare team to help a client meet their goals. “I seek out opportunities to bring real information to real people in a manner that allows them to feel heard, accepted, and safe to explore topics that are rarely discussed in our social and healthcare environments. I am a fierce advocate for those I serve.”, Traci Owen.
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