The mission of the Sexual and Gender Health Clinic at the Eli Coleman Institute for Sexual and Gender Health is to develop,  provide and promote evidence-based best clinical care. Our clinic promotes the sexual and gender health of individuals, couples, and families of all backgrounds by providing assessment and treatment. We provide services across the lifespan, with specific services for children, adolescents, and adults. We have helped thousands of people with sexual and gender health issues. Our faculty and professional staff represent a variety of disciplines including:

• Psychology
• Family Medicine
• Psychiatry
• Mariage and Family Therapy
• Sexual Health
• Gender Care
• Social Work

You DO NOT need a referral to make an appointment at the Sexual and Gender Health Clinic. If you're interested in becoming a patient, please call us at 612-625-1500.

Our Specialty Areas

Compulsive Sexual Behavior

Some people have difficulty controlling their sexual behavior, to the point where normally healthy, enjoy- able, and pleasurable behaviors become recurrent, intense, and out of control, causing personal distress and/or interference with relationships or work. Com- pulsive sexual behavior (CSB), also known as “sex addiction,” affects people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Treatment for CSB inlcudes:

• Evaluation of client’s specific concerns and needs, including the impact of the CSB on the client’s intimate or family relationships
• Screening and treatment for depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns
• Coordination with medical providers to treat problems with a physical component
• Weekly group therapy
• Developing a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan
• Individual, couple, family and group therapy as needed
• Developing a positive and healthy sexual functioning and relationships
• Developing a maintenance plan approach following treatment
• Support for partners of people in treatment for CSB

Gender Health Services

Child & Adolescent Gender Services

All children and adolescents develop differently, and it’s common for some children, adolescents, and their families to need professional help understanding various gender issues. Intervention begins with assessment of a child/adolescent in conjunction with their caregiver(s). Our providers then work collaboratively with the child/adolescent and caregivers to develop customized treatment plans that may include:

• Individual, family, and/or group therapy and psychoeducation
• Communication and consultation with psychiatric providers and general mental health providers (when applicable)
• Medical care including: individualized information sessions on puberty suppression and hormone therapy; gender affirming medication interventions including puberty suppression, men- strual suppression, and hormone therapy
• Care coordination to help clients navigate the healthcare system and access resources
Caregiver(s) often experience a range of emotions and have many questions when learning about their child’s gender. We provide education and therapeutic support for caregivers. For caregivers of adolescents, we invite them to participate in group therapy with their adolescent. This gives
the opportunity to meet other caregivers in similar situations.

Our guidelines for puberty suppression, hormone therapy, and surgery are based on the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care Version 8.

Adult Gender Services

We offer several services that adults and their families may find particularly helpful, including:

• Individual, family, and/or group therapy and psychoeducation
• Therapeutic sessions to explore and discuss relationships and sexual health (pleasure-oriented positive sexuality)
• Psychiatric referral
• Individualized information sessions on gender affirming hormone therapy options
• Gender affirming medical care including menstrual suppression and individualized hormone therapy, including low dose options
• Stabilization of common medical conditions, with referral to specialty and primary care as needed
• Gender affirming preventive care counseling
• Referral letters for medical interventions such as surgery
• Care coordination to help clients navigate the healthcare system and access resources

Therapeutic & Peer Support Groups

We have multiple therapeutic groups for transgender and gender diverse adults that meet twice a month. One example is our young adult group, which offers a place where transgender, non-binary, two spirit, genderfluid, and gender- exploring individuals ages 18-22 can get therapeutic and peer support. It meets twice per month, and examples of common topics include:

• Exploring embodiment goals and navigating medical interventions
• Coming out to friends and family
• Navigating social transition
• Sexuality, dating, and friendships

Another example of the unique groups that we offer is specifically for our older adults, called the elders group. Group therapy provides an opportunity to learn from the experiences of other group members, build social support, and make progress on therapeutic goals.

Relationship & Sex Therapy

Difficulty maintaining healthy sexual and romantic relationships is common, but relationship skills can be learned and improved, leading to more fulfilling and intimate relationships. Our clinic’s relationship and sexual therapy program allows individuals and couples to explore their concerns, and provides a space for them to grow as sexual beings and partners. Our providers focus on supporting key areas of sexual health including:

• Sexual knowledge and understanding (sexual literacy)
• Sexual adaptation and resiliency
• Relational intimacy
• Pleasure-oriented positive sexuality
Our clinic also offers interdisciplinary care with medical providers to treat concerns with a physical component, as well as group
therapy options. Common concerns discussed in group therapy include:
• Low desire/interest in sex
• Problems with orgasm
• Sexual pain
• Sexual aversion
• Conflict about differences in sexual desire/preferences
• Relationship problems contributing to sexuality concerns

What to Expect


To best meet your needs as a new patient, our intake coordinator will conduct an individualized assessment. 

First appointment

During your first appointment, you will meet with a therapist for 50 minutes for a diagnostic assessment. The assessment will outline a recommendation for future appointments.


  • Payment is due at the time of service. We accept cash, check, money order, Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover.
  • We accept most major health plans and will file your claim for you.
  • Your benefits for mental health services may vary from your medical benefits, and benefits vary by insurance company. Contact your insurance carrier to find out about your mental health benefits.
  • After your insurance company has processed its portion of the bill, you will be responsible for the remaining balance which may include out-of-network charges.
  • Learn more about payment options


We accept most major insurance plans, and we encourage you to contact your insurance provider to determine if you have benefits for these services. Contact us (612-625-1500) if you have questions about fees or insurance. Our billing office staff can assist you with figuring out your benefits. We can give you a general idea of fees, but we can only estimate fees until services have been provided.


To cancel an appointment, call during business hours at least 2 full business days prior to your scheduled visit.



Business Hours

M–F 8:00 AM–4:30 PM

Clinic Address

1300 South 2nd Street
Suite 180
Minneapolis, MN 55454

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