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Tina Schermer-Sellers

Medical Director; Northwest Institute on Intimacy
Associate Professor; Seattle Pacific University

Life dropped Tina into the middle of a Swedish immigrant family who taught her that bodies and sexuality were part of an abundant life expressed by a God and by the people who loved you. This resulted in Tina becoming a family therapist, sex therapist - and after seeing the impact of the purity movement on earnest Christians - author of Sex, God & the Conservative Church – Erasing Shame from Sexuality Intimacy. This is the first book to offer hope & healing to those affected by sexual shame.


Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD has had a distinguished career as an educator, sex therapist, medical family therapist, speaker, author, consultant, and thought leader. She serves as an Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and Director of Medical Family Therapy in the School of Psychology, Family & Community at Seattle Pacific University. Her popular blog is filled with inspiring ideas on marriage, parenting, spirituality, sexuality, and culture.

Dr. Sellers also founded the Northwest Institute on Intimacy, whose mission is to provide training in sex therapy and spiritual intimacy for psychotherapists and to provide a solid referral source for physicians, clergy, and community leaders. Her relentless passion for couples and families to know sexual and spiritual abundance, health and healing have won her several awards and requests for radio, TV and podcast interviews.

Tina's community built website, www.ThankGodForSex.org, is internationally acclaimed. Inspired by the ItGetsBetter.org Project, TGFS brings video stories of people who are healing from religious sexual shame. In addition to personal videos, the website is filled with podcasts of live events, blog posts, a store, and other resources. It is a site committed to bringing voice, education, grace, and solidarity to a community that has been isolated in shame for far too long.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Sexual shame and religious sexual shame
    Comprehensive and holistically trained physicians and behavioral health providers (all domains that represent the patient's life experience: individual, couple, family, sex and spiritual intimacy therapies)
    Women's health; women's sexual health; oncology
    Raising emotionally, relationally and sexually healthy children
    Integrated and collaborative medicine

Personal Interests

    Camping, hiking, kayaking, taking new classes at Esalen, playing and traveling with my family, finding new ways to make a difference with female leaders.



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Q & A with the Author: Why is Sexual Shame a Problem?

Published: Jul 09, 2017

In this video, author Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers explains why sexual shame is such an important problem to be addressed in the lives of people.

Why Do Clinicians Need a Book Like This?

Published: Jul 09, 2017

This video explains why this book is critical for psychotherapists, physical therapists, and physicians in helping to raise cultural competence when treating patients who have experienced the effects of sexual shame and trauma. The book provides a treatment model and evidence-based treatment practices.

Trailer to the book Sex, God, and the Conservative Church

Published: Jul 09, 2017

In this video, author Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers talks about what inspired her to write this book, who this book is for and how this book will help those affected by sexual shame to heal and live vital lives.